10:00 PM ET, December 9, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Washington Huskies waited a whole season to get even with Michigan.Cameo Hicks and Kristen O'Neill each scored 17 points Friday night to lead the Huskies to an 82-60 victory over the Wolverines, avenging a loss in Ann Arbor."Forty minutes," Washington coach June Daugherty said when asked to explain the difference between this game and the Huskies' 75-68 loss in Michigan's opener last season. "We were up at the half there, it was close and we went into the locker room and didn't come back with a fire."At Michigan, the Wolverines came back to win after trailing 36-30 at halftime."We didn't like being tagged a one-half team last year and that was something that we worked hard to improve upon," Daugherty said. "We gave them a game of 40 tonight. This game has been circled on the calendar and I think our players played hard tonight."The Huskies (6-2) bounced back after dropping two games last weekend -- at defending NCAA champion Baylor and Texas A&M.Ta'Shia Walker had 17 points and Janelle Cooper had 13 for the Wolverines (4-5).Daugherty started Breanne Watson at forward in place of O'Neill and brought O'Neill off the bench at guard. O'Neill, a senior, started the Huskies' first seven games at forward. She started all 30 of Washington's games last season."I don't mind coming off the bench," O'Neill said. "It was nice not to play the four. I'm more than happy to go back to the guard spot. I'm a guard now."O'Neill and Emily Florence think the Huskies could be headed to an outstanding season after going 14-16 last season."We'd love to go back and replay those games in Texas, but I think we learned a lot from them," O'Neill said.Said Florence, Washington's point guard who contributed eight points and six assists: "It's a great feeling. We're an entirely different team this year because of our experience."Washington used 14 players and 11 of them scored.Florence got the Huskies started in the second half with a 3-pointer to give them a 40-23 lead.They led by 19 -- at 68-49 -- with 6:55 to go after O'Neill followed a 3-pointer with two free throws. Their biggest lead was 24 points -- twice -- in the final two minutes.The Huskies led 37-23 at halftime, outscoring the Wolverines 18-6 in the final 7:35 of the first half. Hicks, Watson and Nicole Castro hit 3-pointers, and O'Neill made an offensive rebound putback to end the run for Washington.Michigan lost one of its starters, junior Kelly Helvey, with a right knee injury only 3:59 into the game.Wolverines coach Cheryl Burnett wouldn't be specific about the injury, but said, "It doesn't look good, it doesn't look good."She said it was a tough injury to overcome."She always guards the best player on the other team," she said.A year ago, the Wolverines struggled to a 5-13 record in Burnett's second season at Ann Arbor.Against Washington, they committed 24 turnovers."We have a lot of things we need to get better at," Burnett said.
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