4:00 PM ET, December 10, 2006
SEATTLE (AP) -- Good defenses come into Bank of America Arena and get grounded into reality.Cameo Hicks had 17 points and Stefanie Clark had 16 in another solid defensive effort by Washington, which defeated Nevada 79-60 on Sunday and remains undefeated in four home games.Washington (5-4), fresh off a 65-59 home win Wednesday over No. 15 Texas A&M, hasn't lost a non-conference game at home since a loss Dec. 21, 2004, against Colorado -- a span of nine games."Nevada and Texas A&M at this point will be the two best defensive teams that we have gone against," said Washington coach June Daugherty, whose team also has faced fifth-ranked Ohio State.Hicks, playing with bruised bone in her knee, was 8-of-12 with five assists and six rebounds. "She's making great strides," Daugherty said. "She's a big-time player."Clark, who set a career high in points, was 6-of-9 and had three of Washington's 10 steals.Brandi Fitzgerald had 17 points for Nevada (4-5), which started the season 3-0 but has lost five of its last six.The Wolf Pack, who average 15 steals per game but had only eight on Sunday, had 26 turnovers -- 16 in the first half."Just giving them the ball -- a lot of travels," said Nevada coach Kim Gervasoni, who scouted Washington as an assistant at Arizona State.Nevada shot 37 percent in its man offense against Washington's matchup zone."If you run zone offense, you just stand around too much," said Gervasoni, who pulled the plug on her team's zone offense after a couple possessions.Dellena Criner, Nevada's leading scorer this season at 16.2 points per game, was shut out for more than 20 minutes. She fouled out with 5:28 to go and had eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.Washington's crisp passing from the top of the key and in transition led to 19 assists, while Nevada managed just one. The Huskies shot 47 percent.The recipe for spreading the wealth isn't complex."Being more patient on our offense and executing," Hicks said. "We're getting a lot of open looks for our teammates."Washington led 14-2 and added a 14-4 run to close the first half -- after Nevada had cut its deficit to five -- to give the Huskies their largest lead at 41-26.With 1:30 remaining in the first half, Huskies' guard Emily Florence was fouled by Traci Graham and her momentum carried her into the padded basket support where she banged her head hard. She stayed down a few seconds, made both free-throw attempts and went to the bench.Florence, who had five points and four assists, started the second half and showed no signs of discomfort.Fitzgerald had Nevada's first eight points of the second half as the Wolf Pack closed the gap to 11."It uplifted me," said the sophomore guard. "I was hoping it would do the same for our team."Soon after, at the 16:43 mark, Washington's bench was assessed two technical fouls -- one each to assistant coach Mike Daugherty and then his wife, coach June Daugherty -- after being displeased with a double-dribble call."I don't know, I don't care," answered Daugherty when asked about the situation.The Wolf Pack got four points out of the deal, but the technicals sparked another Huskies' run -- 13-0 -- to give them their largest lead at 60-38 after Maggie O'Hara's fast-break pass to a streaking Cheri Craddock.It was the first meeting of the WAC and Pac-10 schools since 1985.
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