Dec. 31, 2005
TUCSON, Ariz. - Sophomore Andrea Plouffe scored 14 points and junior Breanne Watson added a season-high 13 to lead Washington over Arizona, 66-54, at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday afternoon.
The win snapped a three-game road losing streak and improved the Huskies' Pac-10 record to 3-1, 10-3 overall. Arizona fell to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play. Washington salvaged a split versus its Pac-10 opponents in the desert after falling to No. 11 Arizona State, Thursday.
Forwards Plouffe and Watson powered the Husky frontline, with Plouffe scoring eight of her 14 points in the last eight and a half minutes and grabbing a team-high eight boards. Watson scored nine of her 13 points from the free-throw line, shooting 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. Junior Cameo Hicks grabbed seven rebounds in addition to her eight points.
Arizona had three players in double figures led by 14 points from Joy Hollingsworth. Whitney Fields added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Washington recovered from a dismal start to the game, committing 17 first half turnovers including 14 in the first nine minutes. The Huskies were also held to just one field goal through the first 11 minutes. In fact, it took five minutes and 16 seconds for Washington to even hit its first field goal of the game, a jumper from junior forward Jill Bell. Arizona went on a 7-0 run to take a nine-point lead, 12-3, before the Huskies could muster their second made field goal by sophomore guard Dominique Banks at the nine-minute mark.
Down by nine with 8:38 left in the first half, the Huskies slowly chipped away at the Wildcats' lead. Finally starting to find an offensive rhythm, Washington closed out the half with an 18-6 run to head into the locker room with a five-point lead, 29-24. And after its barrage of early turnovers, UW committed just three in the last 11 minutes.
Unlike the first half, Washington wasted no time getting on the board in the second half. Hicks, Watson and sophomore Emily Florence hit field goals, extending Washington's lead to nine in the first three minutes. But Arizona responded with an 11-0 run to go up by two, 37-35. After trading baskets and the Wildcats up, 39-37, Watson scored six straight points - four from the line - to ignite a 10-0 Husky run. From there, Washington never looked back.
Plouffe scored eight of her 14 points in the final eight and a half minutes and senior Kristen O'Neill added seven of her eight points in that span as well. Washington led by as many as 15 points, until a three-pointer from Hollingsworth cut the final score to 66-54.
The Huskies will wrap their three-game road trip at cross-state rival Washington State, Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. The contest will be televised live on FSN Northwest.