Nov. 6, 2005
Today's game featured the debut of two experimental rules in place for all games through Jan. 1, 2006. The three-point line has been moved back by nine inches, to 20-feet, 6-inches, while a 10-second backcourt rule has also been implemented. Teams failing to cross midcourt within 10 seconds after bringing the ball inbounds will be credited with a turnover.
After falling behind, 7-1, in the first three minutes of play, Washington scored 13-straight points to key a 40-4 spanning more than 14 minutes. During the run, Washington held Baden to separate scoreless droughts of 4:09 and 9:00.
The Huskies needed nearly 10 minutes to convert a field goal from beyond the experimental three-point line, with junior guard Cheri Craddock finally hitting a three at the 10:24 mark. Craddock needed just 30 seconds, however, to hit her second three, however, and converted a third less than three minutes later. In all, Craddock scored 11 consecutive points for Washington over 3:22 in the first half, accounting for all of her scoring in the game.
Senior guard Kristen O'Neill made four steals in the first eight minutes of play. She finished with a team-high five for the game, part of 24 steals overall by Washington. O'Neill's regular-season career-high for steals is six vs. Washington State in 2002.
Senior guard Kristen O'Neill was among UW's leaders in nearly every statistical category, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Washington committed just 13 turnovers, while forcing 32 from Baden Sports.
Former Washington forward Melissa Erickson was one of 10 players suited up for Baden Sports on Sunday. Erickson, a senior on the Huskies' 2001 Elite Eight team, was credited with three points and one rebound in 16 minutes of play.
Sophomore center Andrea Plouffe earned her first-career start Sunday, finishing with 15 points, two rebounds and five steals. Plouffe boasts regular-season career-highs of seven points, seven rebounds and one steal, all set in 2004.
Four Huskies scored in double digits, led by Cameo Hicks' 16 points. Andrea Plouffe added 15, Kayla Burt scored 13 and Cheri Craddock had 11. In all, 11 of the 12 Huskies to play in the game scored at least two points.
All 12 of UW's players to appear in the game grabbed at least one rebound. Seniors Kristen O'Neill and Eric Schelly led the way with eight each, while sophomore Dominique Banks and freshman Heidi McNeill each grabbed five.
Washington will open the season at Alabama on Nov. 18, marking the sixth time in the last seven years that the Huskies will open the season away from home.