Dec. 9, 2005
SEATTLE - Senior Kristen O'Neill came off the bench to score a season-high 17 points, and junior Cameo Hicks added 17 more as Washington knocked off Michigan, 82-60, for its eighth-consecutive home win at Bank of America Arena.
The win earned a measure of revenge for Washington (6-2), which was defeated by the Wolverines, 75-68, last year in Ann Arbor. Michigan, meanwhile, fell to 4-5 with the loss.
"This game has been circled on the calendar," said 10th-year head coach June Daugherty. "Our players played hard tonight. [Last year], we were up at the half, and then didn't come back out with a fire. We gave them a game for 40 minutes tonight, and that was the difference."
After trading the lead early, Washington broke the game open with an 18-6 run midway through the first half, extending a 19-17 lead with 7:56 remaining to 37-23 by halftime. Washington knocked down 15 of its 31 shots before halftime (.484) and finished the game at a 44.1 percent clip, including 9-of-22 shooting from three-point range.
Michigan came out of the locker room much as it did in Ann Arbor last season, hitting seven of its first eight shots. Washington, however, responded this time with nine field goals of its own, preserving its lead at 60-47 before putting the clamps on the Wolverines the rest of the way. Michigan managed just one basket in the next four minutes, and just five the rest of the way, as Washington buried the Wolverines under a 20-9 run.
Washington's win was its fourth at home this season and its 11th in 15 games dating back to last year.
"We're excited about this victory," Daugherty said. "It was great to see us force some turnovers and get into our running game. It was a physical game and our kids responded well."
O'Neill provided most of the highlights in the second half, scoring 12 of her 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 2-of-3 three-pointers. O'Neill came off the bench Friday for the first time since 2003, as Washington went to a bigger lineup with Breanne Watson and Andrea Plouffe inside.
"I don't mind coming off the bench," O'Neill said afterward. "I'll do whatever I can to help the team."
Hicks also added 17 points - her sixth double-digit game this season and 18th in 22 games dating back to last year. Dominique Banks added nine, and Emily Florence scored eight. Forward Ta'Shia Walker led Michigan with 17 points and 8 rebounds, but was limited to just seven and two, respectively, in the second half.
After playing four of its first seven games on the road, Washington's game Friday marked the beginning of a four-game homestand, its longest of the season. The Huskies will return to the court Monday at 7 p.m.to host Eastern Washington, a game televised live by Fox Sports Net NW, before opening Pac-10 play against California and Stanford Dec. 20th and 22nd.