Dec. 20, 2005
SEATTLE - It has been the story so far this season for the Washington Huskies. When junior guard Cameo Hicks finds her stroke, the Dawgs find success. And when Hicks cannot put the ball in the basket, Washington struggles to keep pace with its competition.
Both truths were on display Tuesday night as the Huskies (8-2, 1-0) defeated the California Bears 62-55 at Bank of America Arena in Seattle. It was the first Pac-10 Conference match-up of the season for both schools.
Hicks paced the Huskies early, scoring seven of the team's first 23 points. The hot start helped UW build an early lead. But then Hicks' shooting went south and Cal (8-3, 0-1) worked its way back into the game.
"I missed a lot of shots that I had hoped I would make," said Hicks who finished 5-of-14 from the field. "But I guess they eventually had to fall."
Then, with Washington's lead down to three with 6:08 left in regulation, Hicks drained a three-pointer. It marked her first points in more than 20 minutes. She added six more in the remaining minutes, bringing her game total to a team-leading 16, and the Bears never came within three points the rest of the way.
"I don't think there was a time where we felt that the game was getting out of control or out of our reach," explained Hicks. "We did a great job of staying poised and staying in control, especially in the last few minutes of the game."
The Huskies have now won 10 consecutive home contests, including four from last season and six from this year. That ranks as the seventh-longest in team history and second-longest since the remodel of Bank of America Arena in 2001.
Washington next faces No. 11 Stanford at 7 p.m. Thursday.