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Defense Keys Huskies to Win in Home Opener
Release: 11/23/2005
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Nov. 23, 2005

Facing 23rd-ranked Utah looked like a difficult test for the Huskies in their first home game of the season. However, Washington relied upon its solid defense, and great all-around play from Cameo Hicks to defeat the Utes, 63-56, Wednesday night at Bank of America Arena.

The team's strong defense was evident on the stat sheet as UW crashed the boards to the tune of a 54-38 advantage, while forcing 21 turnovers - 12 of them via steals. Washington is averaging 44.0 rebounds per game through its first three games this season, up from 34.0 in 2004-05, and has held its opponents to an average of just 59.0 points per game.

"I'm really proud of how our team buckled down in the second half, and came out with great intensity," said UW head coach June Daugherty. "We were making hustle plays, flying around getting stops and forcing Utah to take some tough shots."

At the offensive end, Hicks paced the Huskies with 21 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and three assists. The performance marked her second career double-double, and her second-straight 21-point output.

"Cameo Hicks made some unbelievable plays," commented Daugherty of her junior guard, who has scored in double-digits in 15 of her last 18 games dating back to last season.

Outside of Hicks, the Huskies' offensive performance was one to forget. As a team, they shot just 34.3 percent, although it was slightly better than the Utes' 33.3 percent shooting.

"This basketball game was like burning the turkey on Thanksgiving," Daugherty joked. "It was ugly, but sometimes you'll have to win games like that."

Washington's next test comes Sat., Nov. 26, at 3 p.m. when they face San Diego in the first round of the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena. They also play the next day against either Rice or Pennsylvania.

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