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
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
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
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