10:00 PM ET, December 20, 2005
SEATTLE (AP) -- With 33.2 seconds left, Washington's Breanne Watson had to be helped up off the court and into the locker room after a jarring body slam by California freshman forward Ashley Walker.It was that kind of game."Obviously, it was a hard-fought game," Huskies coach June Daugherty said after watching her team defeat the Golden Bears 62-55 in a Pac-10 opener Tuesday night.The 6-1 Walker fouled out on the play and was booed by Huskies fans as she left the court.After the game, Daugherty said she did not know how seriously the 6-foot-1 Watson, a starting junior forward, had been injured."They're still evaluating her and we'll probably know more in the next couple days," Daugherty said. "She got knocked down and then the girl got on top of her so she got hit everywhere. I just think the Pac-10 is a physical game and it's a physical conference."First-year Cal coach Joanne Boyle didn't think Walker's crunching collison of Watson was deliberate. In fact, she said Walker was crying as she went to the Bears' bench."Ashley just fell on her," Boyle said. "She's not a kid who would ever do anything intentional."Fortunately for the Huskies, Cameo Hicks came alive late in the second half, scoring nine of her 16 points in the final 6:08. Hicks suffered through a 5-for-14 shooting night."I did miss a lot of my shots," she said. "Eventually, some of them had to fall."The Huskies (8-2, 1-0) beat the Golden Bears (8-3, 0-1) for the 11th straight time, dating back to the 2000-2001 season, despite 21 points from Alexis Gray-Lawson and 20 by Devanei Hampton, both Cal freshmen.Washington improved to 6-0 at home this season and captured its 10th straight victory at home over two seasons.The Huskies won despite committing a season-high 28 turnovers, four more than Cal had in the ragged game. Three Bears players -- Renee Wright, Jene Morris and Walker -- fouled out and Morris was whistled for a technical with 2:13 to go.Kristen O'Neill scored 11 points off the bench and, Andrea Plouffe added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington.The Huskies out-rebounded Cal 48-29, the big difference in the game, Daugherty said.But Boyle liked the way her freshmen-led team didn't quit against the Huskies."They're gamers. They don't back down from anyone," she said.Cal never led in the second half, but the Bears made it close -- 38-36 with 11:02 left.Hicks' 3-pointer with 6:08 left gave the Huskies a 48-42 lead.The Huskies led 28-22 at halftime, holding Cal without a basket for 11:01 until Hampton got a layup with 3:46 left to cut its deficit to 23-16.Washington limited the Bears to four free throws after a layup by Ashley Walker with 5:13 gone until Hampton's basket. The Huskies outscored Cal 16-2 for their biggest lead of the first half at 11 -- 23-12 -- with 6:36 remaining after a fastbreak layup by Hicks.The Huskies will be at home against defending Pac-10 champ and No. 10 Stanford on Thursday night. Stanford opened the Pac-10 season Tuesday with a 76-56 win at Washington State."Everybody knows the Pac-10 is going to be an amazing race," Daugherty said.
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