Dec. 12, 2005
SEATTLE - Sophomore guard Emily Florence may stand just 5-foot-5, but the Boise native has been coming up big in key moments all year.
On Monday, with her team trailing cross-state rival Eastern Washington early, Florence was at it again, jumping into the lane to steal defensive rebounds away from taller post players, and sparking the UW with repeated drives to the hoop on the offensive end.
Florence finished the game with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, plus a career-high eight rebounds and three assists. Five of Florence's eight rebounds came in the first 13 minutes of the game, helping the Huskies overcome early shooting woes.
It was Florence who helped spark the Huskies early, setting up a Cameo Hicks jumper at the 16:47 mark of the first half, then nailing a couple of jumpers of her own to launch the Huskies on an 18-2 run that put the Eagles away for good before halftime.
Florence later helped push the Husky lead to 14 points with a steal and a breakaway lay-in midway through the second half, before putting an exclamation point on a career night with a three-pointer at the four-minute mark.
After averaging 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2004-05, Florence is up to 6.4 and 3.6, respectively, in 2005-06, and has already matched or better her career-highs in points, rebounds and assists.
Florence will have her hands full when Pac-10 play opens next week, as Washington welcomes Cal and defending Pac-10 champion Stanford on Dec. 20th and 22nd, respectively.
Winning in the Pac-10 will be no small task, but this year, even the smallest Husky is coming up big.