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Washington 96, UCLA 75

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington junior guard Cameo Hicks scored 13 of
her game-high 17 points in the second half Thursday night in
sparking the Huskies to a 96-75 victory over UCLA.

Hicks, who made just one of four attempts in the first half,
scored six of her team's points during a crucial 14-5 run to open
the second half. The Huskies (12-3, 5-1 Pac-10) enjoyed a
double-digit lead the rest of the way. The Huskies now are off to
their best start since going 12-2 in 2002-2003.

UCLA was led by senior guard Nikki Blue with 24 points.
Sophomore forward Lindsey Pluimer had 19 points. The Bruins (9-7,
4-3) are now 0-3 on the road in conference play.

With UW's Kristen O'Neill finishing the first half with
successive 3-pointers, the Huskies carried a 40-33 lead into the
second half. Hick's 3-pointer with just under 16 minutes left ended
the 14-5 run and gave the Huskies a 54-38 lead.

Four other Huskies scored in double figures. Dominique Banks had
16, O'Neill finished with 14, Emily Florence had 11 and Breanne
Watson had 10. Florence, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard, also finished
with a career-high nine rebounds.

Kayla Burt, a senior guard with a history of heart problems,
left the game early in the first half when her defibrillator
activated. She was taken across the street from Bank of America
Arena to the UW Medical Center for observation. She was in no pain
and was alert when she left.

Washington has won seven of its last eight games.

The Huskies return to the court Saturday against Southern Cal
(11-5, 5-2).