gives the Huskies a much-needed offensive boost coming off the bench
...In September, Cheri Craddock came to the University of Washington from her Oakland, Calif., home with a Huskies track scholarship.
Four months later, she
has gone home as a scholarship basketball player. She
and UW coach June Daugherty couldn't be happier.
In the first of two Bay Area games this weekend, Craddock
and the Huskies will be at Stanford
tonight for the start of the second half of the Pac-10 Conference season.
Don't be afraid,' " Craddock
said of Orlon Robinson.
Craddock's offensive boldness has resulted in a scoring average of 4.5 points a game, enhanced by the fact she
is averaging just eight minutes of playing time.She
has made 16 of 31 field-goal attempts (51.6 percent), including 4 of 8 3-pointers.
"So, if you just shoot it, you have a better chance of making it," Craddock
is a Husky in part because of the misfortunes of others -- the early retirements of Kayla Burt, Sarah Keeler and Kirsten Brockman and the season-ending foot injuries of Kristen O'Neill and Erica Schelly.
, a cousin of UW men's team player Nate Robinson, had played for four years for James Logan High School
A tryout was arranged, and Craddock
The plan was for Craddock
So, in the second game of the Pac-10 season, Craddock
debut at Arizona State and scored seven points.
"I always wanted to play basketball," Craddock
wasn't recruited for basketball in high school in part because she
didn't play in the summer or go to the summer camps, at which so much recruiting is done.
"So I guess people didn't really know about me," Craddock
said."I got one scholarship offer for basketball, and that was Washington State."
But by then, she
had agreed to accept a UW track scholarship as a sprinter -- 100 and 200 meters and the 400 relay.
"Track was my main thing," Craddock
said."It was what I did.I'd been running track since I was 4 years old, so it was a given that I was going to run track and just play basketball for my school."
is planning to be a two-sport athlete at Washington, with a favored emphasis on basketball.
"Because track is just a lot of hard work," Craddock