SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington hopes to get some recognition after
beating one of the top teams in the country.
Cameo Hicks scored 23 points and the Huskies answered
Stanford's 14-0 scoring run in the second half with one of their
own to eventually upset the Cardinal (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 10 AP) 77-72 Thursday night.
When asked what this huge win over a team that has finished the
last four seasons ranked in the Top 10 should tell the rest of the
conference, if not the nation, senior guard Kayla Burt said: "That
we're experienced. And we're hungry."
Brooke Smith scored a career-high 24 points for Stanford but
missed a free throw with 9.8 seconds left that would have cut
Washington's lead to 3. The Huskies' Andrea Plouffe then made two
free throws to seal the win.
The game ended with Washington coach June Daugherty raising both
arms skyward, the Huskies hopping joyously inside a midcourt
huddle, and 3,530 fans roaring their approval. The stunned Cardinal
players walked glumly off the floor behind them.
"I'm just so proud and happy," Daugherty said. "This is a
Washington (9-2, 2-0 Pac-10) used Hicks' fourth 20-point game
this season to win its 11th straight at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Its
last home loss was Jan. 27 to Stanford, 82-60. The Huskies' only
two losses this season have been on the road, against Texas A&M and
defending national champion Baylor.
Stanford (6-3, 1-1), winner of the last five Pac-10
regular-season championships, had beaten Washington four straight
times. The Cardinal also split its first two games of a
conference-opening road trip last season -- yet ended up 32-3 and in
the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
But that Stanford team had five seniors. This team has only one,
Krista Rappahahn, and relies upon the scoring of dynamic, slashing
sophomore Candice Wiggins.
Thursday, Wiggins was on the bench with four fouls throughout
Washington's decisive, 14-0 spurt midway through the second half.
She finished with 13 points on 5-for-11 shooting in 16 minutes.
"This is the way it is going to be for us," Stanford coach
Tara VanDerveer said. "I try to stay positive about this team, but
we don't have a lot of room for error -- especially with Candice in
Washington finished seventh in the Pac-10 and was 14-16 overall
last season, its first losing effort in five years. But those young
Huskies won five of their last seven games, including a win at NCAA
That set up the eye-raising start to this season -- punctuated by
Thursday's eye-opening win.
"Just look out for Washington," Hicks said. "We've known
we're one of the top contenders in the nation. This just lets
everyone else know that."
The teams traded turnovers on successive possessions in the
final 1:08 with Washington leading 72-70. Then Hicks tied up
Stanford's Clare Bodensteiner to force a held ball and Stanford's
23rd turnover -- nine over its season average coming in -- with 29.1
Kristen O'Neill then made three of four free throws to prompt
the Huskies' celebration.
Washington rallied from 11 down in the first half to take its
first lead with 16:16 left on Hicks' full-court drive and layup.
However, Stanford answered immediately. The Cardinal scored the
next 14 points to take its biggest lead of the game. Rappahahn,
sixth in the nation in 3-point shooting at 52 percent entering the
night, made her third and fourth 3-point baskets of the game during
the spurt. She finished with 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting on 3s.
Washington went more than 3 minutes without scoring during
Stanford's run and trailed 51-38. Yet the Huskies rallied again.
Emily Florence scored five points and assisted on four more during
Washington's 14-0 response. That forged its second lead, 55-53, on
Hicks' basket with 7:44 left.