Feb. 18, 2006
Washington guard Cameo Hicks missed Saturday's game due to the stomach flu.
Washington's 18 wins in 2005-06 mark the seventh time in June Daugherty's 10 seasons at UW that the Huskies have won at least 17 games. Saturday's win clinched UW's second 18-win season in the last three years, while its 11 Pac-10 wins are its most since winning 13 conference games in 2002-03.
Washington has won 13 of its last 18 games, and is 23-9 in 32 games dating back to last year.
Washington finished the 2005-06 home schedule Saturday with a 12-2 record at Bank of America Arena. This season marks the seventh time in the last eight seasons that Washington has won at least 12 games at the arena, formerly known as Hec Edmundson Pavilion (does not include the 1999-2000 season, played at Mercer Arena). Washington is 286-70 (.803) all-time at Hec Ed, including a 70-22 (.761) since the arena reopened in 2001.
Washington's win was its fifth-straight over Oregon State, and improved UW to 44-24 all-time versus OSU, including a 23-9 record in Seattle. The Beavers last beat the Huskies during the 2004, earning a narrow 62-59 victory in Corvallis.
Washington's defense forced 22 OSU turnovers, marking the 22nd time this season that the Huskies have forced at least 15 opponent turnovers. The Huskies are 18-4 in those 22 games.
The Huskies' lead grew to as many as 20 points, at 45-25 with 14:17 to play, before the Beavers mounted a 20-9 run to cut the lead to nine, at 52-43, with 6:56 remaining. The Huskies, however, responded with a 12-3 run of their own - including three points from Breanne Watson and four from Andrea Plouffe - to build the lead back to 18 in the final two minutes.
OSU's first eight possessions resulted in four missed shots and five turnovers. UW led 8-0 before the Beavers finally scored on a runner in the lane by Tiffany Ducker with 15:46 to play.
Saturday's game marked the second-straight in which Washington held Oregon State to fewer than 20 points in the first half. The Huskies limited the Beavers to 17 first-half points Saturday, after holding them to just 15 first-half points in the teams' matchup in Corvallis last month.
Forward Kristen O'Neill's 17 points were just two shy of her season-high, and marked her sixth time in double figures in UW's last 11 games.
Dominique Banks' seven rebounds were just one shy of her season- and career-high.
Washington's win snapped a two-game OSU winning streak.
Washington's three seniors were recognized prior to Saturday's game, UW's final home game of the 2005-06 season. Included among those recognized were seniors Kristen O'Neill, Nicole Castro and Kayla Burt.