Nov. 27, 2005
All-Tournament Team: Emily Florence, UW; Cameo Hicks, UW; Lauren Neaves, Rice; Jennifer Fleishcer, Penn; Tiara Harris, USD. Tournament MVP: Andrea Plouffe, Washington (30 points, 13 rebounds in two games)
With the win, Washington is 5-0 to open the season for the third time in head coach June Daugherty's 10 years at UW. The Huskies started 5-0 in 2003-04, and were 10-0 to open the 1997-98 campaign.
Saturday's win improves Washington's all-time record in Husky Classic play to 31-7, including a perfect 19-0 record in first-round games, and a 12-7 mark in championship games.
Washington's 80 points are the most it has scored in a game this season, while its xx-point victory was its largest margin of victory in 2005-06.
Sophomore center Andrea Plouffe needed less than one half to match her career-high for rebounds, pulling down seven boards in the game's first 14 minutes. Plouffe also scored 11 points in that same span, bringing her within two of her career-high of 13 set Saturday vs. San Diego. Plouffe finished the game with 17 points and 10 rebounds, both new career-highs. For the tournament, Plouffe totaled 30 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore Andrea Plouffe's double-double 17 points and 10 rebounds was the first double-double of her UW career. She is the second Husky this season to record a double-double, joining Cameo Hicks (11/23 vs. Utah). Washington recorded just one double-double in all of the 2004-05 season (Jill Bell, 1/22 at WSU).
Sophomore Emily Florence likewise needed fewer than 20 minutes to match or better career-highs in points and rebounds, netting 11 (prev. high 9) and 7 (prev. high 7), respectively, in the first half of play. Florence continued to add to her career-highs in the second half, finishing the game with 13 points and a career-high matching 7 rebounds.
After reaching double-digits in the first half of each of Washington's first four games this season, junior guard Cameo Hicks was held scoreless in the first-half Sunday. Hicks finally got on the board with a fast-break layup five minutes into the second half en route to eight total points, snapping her string of four-straight games in double digits. Hicks has still scored in double-digits in 16 of her last 20 games dating back to last season.
Through five games in 2005-06, UW's defense has allowed just 60.0 points per game, down nearly 10 ppg from its 68.3 average in 2004-05. No Husky opponent has managed to crack the 70-point mark.
Washington's women improved to 5-0 Sunday, while the UW men ran their record to 6-0 with a win over Loyola Marymount on Friday. This season marks just the second time in school history, and the first time since 1984-85, that both Husky squads opened 5-0 in the same season. Never have both UW teams opened 6-0 in the same season.
Including Sunday's win, the Huskies have won seven-straight games at Bank of America, dating to an 82-60 loss to Stanford on Jan. 27, 2005. That streak equals the ninth-longest in program history.