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Hot shooting Huskies defeat Cougars
Release: 02/05/2006
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Feb. 5, 2006

SEATTLE - With six games left until the Pac-10 Tournament, Washington has found its shooting touch.

In their past seven games, the Huskies have shot above 45 percent five times. To compare, UW shot 45 percent or better just two times in its first 14 games.

Sunday added to the impressive trend as the Huskies beat Washington State 83-57 at Bank of America Arena.

"We were so hungry after our loss to ASU," explained senior guard Kristen O'Neil. "It's great to go out, execute, play hard, and have fun."

The hot shooting has translated into big wins. Each of the Huskies past four wins have been by more than 17 points and Sunday's 26-point victory was the team's largest winning margin of the season.

Washington jumped on the Cougars early by building a 17-1 lead and that eventually became a 50-26 halftime score.

"We wanted to get back to our old selves and come out with a tremendous amount of energy," said UW head coach June Daugherty.

Andrea Plouffe led the Huskies in scoring with 16 points, but four other players scored in double-figures, making it truly a team effort.

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