Dec. 4, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - Takia Starks scored 25 points, while Morenike Atunrase added 21 to lead Texas A&M over Washington, 79-65, at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas, Sunday afternoon.
The loss was the second-straight for Washington (5-2), which suffered its first setback of the year at No. 5 Baylor on Friday. Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe and senior guard Kayla Burt paced the Huskies with 13 points apiece, but it wasn't enough to stop the Aggies (3-2) who shot 51.7 percent from the field.
Washington jumped out early, dominating the first 10 minutes of the game and shooting 52.0 percent from the field in the first half. UW opened with a 9-0 run thanks to three straight three-pointers, two by Plouffe and one by senior guard Kristen O'Neill. The Huskies led by as many as 13 points twice, including a 26-13 lead with 8:49 left after back-to-back buckets from junior forward Jill Bell.
But then the Aggies caught fire, taking advantage of early foul trouble for UW starting guards Emily Florence and Dominique Banks and finishing the first half with an 11-3 run over the last three and a half minutes. Texas A&M tied the score 34-34 at 2:32 after Patrice Reado put back an offensive rebound and was fouled on the way to the basket by UW junior Breanne Watson. Reado nailed the free-throw to complete the three-point play.
With the Aggies up by two, 36-34, Burt put the Huskies back in the lead with a three-pointer at 1:28, only to have Texas A&M answer with another bucket from Reado and a made free-throw. The Aggies took a two-point lead into halftime (39-37) and never looked back.
Starks and Atunrase sparked Texas A&M after the intermission, with the duo at one point combining for 13 straight points in a 13-3 run that put the Huskies down by 15, 61-46, with 11:23 remaining. The Aggies led by 16 with just 6:13 remaining and held on for the 14-point victory.
The Huskies will look to get well at home as they return to Seattle to host their longest homestand of the season, a four-game stint beginning with Michigan, Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. UW closes out its non-conference slate with Eastern Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. and opens Pac-10 play the following week hosting Cal (Dec. 20) and Stanford (Dec. 22). Washington is 3-0 at home this season.