Huskies Wrap Non-Conference Slate With Colorado Tuesday
Dec. 20, 2004
The Husky women's basketball team, in the midst of a four-game homestand, closes out its non-conference slate hosting Colorado (4-4), Tues., Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. PST at Bank of America Arena. The contest will be televised live on FSN Northwest, with Cara Capuano and Elise Woodward calling the action. The game can also be heard on the radio at KKNW AM 1150 with Steve Sandmeyer on the mic. Washington (4-5) aims to end its non-conference schedule on a winning note after losing two straight to Top-10 teams Notre Dame (No. 7) and Baylor (No. 6). After opening the season 3-1, the Huskies have lost four of their last five. Colorado brings a brief two-game winning streak to Seattle.
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer enters his sixth season calling the action, while former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer on home broadcasts. Fans can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.
A select number of Husky women's basketball games can be seen via a live webcast at www.gohuskies.com. A subscription to College Sports Pass is necessary to view these games and can be purchased on the website for $6.95 a month or $49.95 for an entire year. The radio broadcasts from all UW women's basketball games are also included in the package.
Scouting Colorado (4-4):
The Buffs are making a West Coast road trip before the Christmas holiday, having faced Pacific on Saturday, before heading north to Seattle for Tuesday's tilt. Colorado is coming off a 45-42 victory over Pacific - its 45-point total registering below the Buffs' average of 63.8 points per game. Colorado has scored as many as 83 points in a win over Colorado State (83-77), Dec. 8. Sophomore forward Anna Nedovic leads the squad with 12.3 points per game and a 6.8 rebounding average. As a team, the Buffs are shooting 41 percent (182-442) from the field and 32 percent (33-103) from three-point land. Last season, Colorado finished with a 22-8 record and placed third in the Big 12 with an 11-5 conference clip. The Buffs culminated the season ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll and made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This year's squad definitely has a different look, with just one starter returning from 2003-04. Among those starters lost was Kodak All-America finalist Tera Bjorklund.
The All-Time Series With Colorado:
Washington trails the all-time series with Colorado, 2-5. In fact, the Buffs have won the last four straight meetings dating back to 1993. These teams met last season in Boulder, with CU winning 78-64. Two Buffs recorded double-doubles against the Huskies, with Tera Bjorklund registering 26 points and 11 boards, and Amber Metoyer had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kate Fagan also added 19 points. The Huskies had three players in double-figures - its senior trio of Andrea Lalum (19 pts, 6 rebounds), Giuliana Mendiola (20 pts, 6 assists) and Gioconda Mendiola (11 pts.). Colorado and Washington met three straight years in 1993, 1994 and 1995, with the Buffs winning all three including a 55-51 game in Seattle (Dec. 28, 1994). UW's wins came in 1991 (67-58) and 1990 (67-58). UW is 1-1 against Colorado in Seattle.
Pac-10 Opener Right Around The Corner:
Tuesday's game with Colorado will be the Huskies' last tuneup before opening Pac-10 play with Arizona (8-2), Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. Washington will then entertain the 23rd-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (7-2), Dec. 29, at 7 p.m. Last year the Wildcats took all three games from the Huskies, including the Pac-10 semifinal, March 7. Last year, ASU and Washington split its games, both winning on its home courts. UW's contest with ASU will be televised by FSN Northwest.
Last Time Out:
Sophia Young scored a season-high 22 points on her 21st birthday, to lead No. 6 Baylor over Washington, 74-58, Dec. 15. Steffanie Blackmon, Emily Niemann and Chameka Scott had 15 points apiece as well to pace the Lady Bears. Washington hung with their second-straight Top-10 opponent, jumping out to a 13-4 lead in the first four minutes and led by as many as 11 points in the first half. UW junior guard Kayla Burt scored 14 points, all in the first half, including a career-high four three-pointers. Baylor erased its deficit and the score was knotted at 42 at the intermiission. UW shot 45 percent from the field in that half (17-38), and 47 percent from three-point land (8-17). The second half belonged to Baylor, as the Bears held Washington to just 16 points after halftime. UW shot a mere 21 percent from the field in the second half, making only six baskets and suffering separate scoring droughts of 4:35 and 8:45. In turn, the Bears shot 42 percent (12-26). Sophomore guard Cameo Hicks led all Huskies with 15 points and four assists. Sophomore forward Cheri Craddock added 10 points and sophomore foward Jill Bell grabbed six boards. It was the Huskies' fourth loss in five games.
Washington is below the .500 mark (4-5) for the first time since the 2000-01 season. The Huskies were 1-2 in their first three games that year, a season that saw them end with a 22-10 record and a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Tuesday's game is the second-straight game televised by FSN. This week's contest with Colorado is a regional FSN Northwest broadcast, while last week's Baylor game was a FSN national broadcast.
Seven different Huskies reached double-figure scoring in the Huskies' first nine games, but only redshirt junior Kayla Burt averages double-digits (11.0). Burt has reached double-figures six times including the last four straight. She scored a season-high 18 points versus Utah.
After averaging 8.0 points after the first five games, Kayla Burt has averaged 14.8 points per game in the last four, including consecutive games of 18, 11, 16, and 14 points. She scored 11 of her 14 points versus Baylor in the first 7:17 of the game.
The Huskies have been held to under 60 points in four of the last five games, including back-to-back outings versus Alabama and Utah, and Notre Dame and Baylor. UW has scored 58 points in its last two-straight. Washington's only performance over 60 points in the last five games was at Denver, when it scored 64.
Under head coach June Daugherty, Washington has never been held under 60 points for three consecutive games. The Huskies did have a similar stretch in 1999-2000, when they failed to reach 60 points in four of five games.
Washington has struggled to find its stroke from the field this season, failing to hit greater than 40 percent of its shots in any of its first nine games. The Huskies hit the 40 mark exactly in an 86-75 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee, but have finished below the mark in each of their other eight contests. For the season, Washington is shooting 36 percent, six percent lower than its 2003-04 average, while UW opponents are connecting at a 47 percent rate, a six-percent increase from the 2003-04 season. Burt is the only Husky to average double-digit scoring (11.0).
Washington's 16 second-half points versus Baylor was a season-low for points in a half. The previous low was 24 points in the first half of UW's 20-point loss to Alabama and in the first half of its season opening win over South Carolina.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jill Bell has been UW's leading rebounder in seven of nine games, averaging a team-high of 7.2 boards. No other UW player has more than 3.8 rebounds per game. Bell is the only Husky to have reached double-digits in rebounding this season, having grabbed 11 boards in the team's win over No. 14 Minnesota.
The Washington defense has forced its opponents to commit at least 15 turnovers each game.
Washington opened the season 2-0 for just the third time in head coach June Daugherty's nine-year tenure and and the 11th time in school history. UW also opened 2-0 under Daugherty in 2003-04, and in 1997-98, when the Huskies began the year on a 10-game win streak.
The win over No. 14 Minnesota (Nov. 15) was Washington's first over a ranked non-conference opponent since March 24, 2001, when UW defeated Oklahoma in the NCAA Sweet 16. The Huskies had lost to five-straight ranked non-conference opponents. The win was the Huskies' first over a ranked opponent of any kind since defeating Stanford at home (92-68) Feb. 13, 2003.
Second Half Struggles:
Washington has made a habit of coming out strong in the first half, but struggles to find that fire in the second period. The Huskies have outscored their opponents 295 to 283 (a 12 point margin) in the opening frame. On the flipside, UW has been outscored 274-325 (a 51 point deficit) in the second half. Overall, opponents average 68.6 points per game, while the Huskies average 64.8. The Huskies have outscored their opponents in the second half just twice: in its first two wins over South Carolina and Minnesota.
Washington is 1-2 against Top-25 opponents this season, upsetting then-No. 14 Minnesota, falling to then-No. 7 Notre Dame, Dec. 11, and falling to then-No. 6 Baylor, Dec. 15. The Huskies are 36-93 all-time against ranked opponents. Washington is 25-37 against Top-25 teams at home, and 10-16 versus Top-10 teams at home. The last time Washington defeated two ranked non-conference opponents in a season was in the Huskies' 2001 Elite Eight run, defeating No. 14 Florida (86-75) in the NCAA second round and No. 7 Oklahoma (84-67) in the Sweet 16. The last time Washington defeated two ranked non-conference opponents during the regular season was 1997 when its knocked down three, defeating No. 20 North Carolina (95-88), No. 5 Vanderbilt (82-71) and No. 20 Iowa (63-62).
Washington's season opener with South Carolina, Nov. 14, marked the first official game for junior guard Kayla Burt since Dec. 28, 2002, a span of 687 days. Burt suffered a cardiac arrest episode on Dec. 31, 2002 and initially retired from basketball after being diagnosed with a heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. At the time, Burt had a defibrillator implanted in the right side of her chest. Last year she underwent further testing that revealed she did not have the condition and UW granted permission for her to rejoin the team on Aug. 17, 2004. She didn't waste any time getting into the action, tying for the team lead in scoring with 12 points in her season debut, including a 7-for-8 mark from the charity stripe. Burt was second on the team with seven rebounds versus Minnesota, and wowed the crowd with a behind the back pass to Emily Florence for a fast-break layin. Burt has reached double-figures six times, including the last four straight. Burt had a UW season-high 18 points at Utah, and a 10-point, 7-assist effort at Michigan in Ann Arbor. Against Baylor, she set career highs for three-pointers (four) and three-pointers attempted (eight), while matching her career high of 11 field goals attempted. Burt leads the team in points (11.0) assists (25), steals (18) and is fifth in rebounding (3.1).
Washington's average of 64.8 points per game is new for a team that has averaged at least 70 points the last four straight seasons, including a 75.6 average in 2002-03. The Huskies have averaged less than 70 points just three previous seasons in the history of the program - 66.7 (1999-00), 67.8 (1991-92) and 69.9 (1987-80) - but there is much more basketball to play this season. Washington's 36 percent field goal percentage ranks last in the Pac-10 according to last week's rankings. UW was also ninth in scoring offense (65.6) and scoring margin (-2.2) in last week's Pac-10 rankings.
But They Still Have The Three's:
Despite Washington's low field goal percentage, the Huskies have still found success from beyond the three-point arc. As of last week, UW led the Pac-10 in 3-pointers made with 54, for an average of 6.75 per game. The Huskies' overall 3-point FG percentage wasn't quite as high, ranking sixth in the Pac-10 with a 34.3 average. Individually, sophomore Cheri Craddock ranked fifth in the conference in 3-PT FG percentage with 41.2 percent (14-34) and junior Kristen O'Neill ranked eighth with 40.5 percent (15-37). O'Neill was the Huskies' leader in treys made (16), ranking seventh in the conference with 1.88 treys per game Craddock was ninth with an average of 1.75 3-pointers made.
Coach June Daugherty has gone with four different lineups featuring eight different players in Washington's first nine games. Only junior Kristen O'Neill has started all nine. The combo of O'Neill, Kayla Burt, Emily Florence, Cheri Craddock and Jill Bell was used in UW's season opening victory over South Carolina. For the next four games, Daugherty used the same group minus Craddock and adding Breanne Watson. UW's last road trip featured two different lineups: Maggie O'Hara, Craddock, Florence, Cameo Hicks and O'Neill versus Utah; and Bell, Watson, Hicks, Burt and O'Neill versus Denver and Notre Dame. The latter five have started the last three games. O'Hara's start at Utah was the first of her career. Hicks' start at Denver was the first of the season after starting 28 of 31 games as a freshman last year.
Sharing The Wealth:
As these early season games may indicate, any one of the Husky players on the 15-woman roster could step up to lead the team on any given night this year. So far 12 different players have led the team in either points, rebounds, assists, or steals in a single game. Washington's scoring has been especially balanced across the board with seven players averaging between 11.0 and 6.3 points per game. Juniors Kayla Burt and Kristen O'Neill, and freshman Dominique Banks have led in scoring more than once. Burt has scored a team-high point total six times, including the last four-straight. Redshirt sophomore Jill Bell is the only player to lead in rebounds more than once, having done so on seven occasions.
Redshirt sophomore forward Jill Bell has quickly established herself as Washington's leading rebounder. Bell, who was second on the team in that category as a freshman, has led all UW rebounders in seven of nine games this season, including an 11-board performance against Minnesota and back-to-back nine-rebound efforts at Utah and Denver. A standout long jumper in high school, Bell's jumping ability has translated into success for the Huskies on the basketball court. Bell was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team last year, despite only starting the last nine games of the season. Bell's career-high for rebounds in a game is 16, in last year's Husky win over Denver.
Freshmen Emily Florence and Dominique Banks have adjusted to college ball quite well, as both players figure into the regular rotation and are averaging at least 14 minutes of playing time a game. Florence, who measures in at just 5-5, started her first six collegiate games at point guard. She is third on the team in assists (20) and has been the Huskies' assists leader in three games. Banks, meanwhile, scored 12 points in her collegiate debut versus South Carolina. She is one of just three players to have led the team in scoring more than once, having done so against South Carolina and Alabama. Banks averages 6.3 points and 1.9 rebounds.
Lending A Hand:
Junior guard Kristen O'Neill hasn't missed a beat, despite sitting out all of last year battling a stress fracture in her left foot. O'Neill, the only Husky to start all nine games, is second on the team with 21 assists and dished a team-high three assists in UW's first two games. In addition to being UW's third leading rebounder (3.6), O'Neill is tied for fourth on the team in steals (nine), and is the third-leading scorer with 7.9 ppg.
Sophomore guard Cameo Hicks, a Pac-10 All-Freshman honoree last year, broke into the starting lineup at Utah (Dec. 4) and has proven to be one of the Huskies'most consistent shooters. Hicks has the second-highest field goal percentage on the squad (at least 25 FG attempts) with a 40.8 clip, and is first in field goals made (31). She has the best three-point shooting percentage from the arc - 44.4 - four three-pointers on nine attempts. Hicks is UW's second-leading scorer with 8.4 points per game and most recently verus Baylor, set season-highs in points (15), assists (four) and field goals made (six).
Changing of the Guard:
Washington's roster features eight players who did not play collegiate basketball last year. Five are freshmen Dominique Banks, Stefanie Clark, Emily Florence, Jackie Hollands and Andrea Plouffe. The other three - Kayla Burt, Kristen O'Neill, and Erica Schelly - redshirted 2003-04. Burt missed due to a heart condition, while O'Neill and Schelly nursed foot injuries. O'Neill had a stress fracture in her left foot, while Schelly broke her left foot in the first day of practice last year.
It's safe to say that Washington is beginning a new era in women's basketball, as 12 of the 15 players on the roster are underclassmen - seven sophomores and five freshmen. UW's elder states'women' are redshirt juniors Kayla Burt, Nicole Castro and Kristen O'Neill. Student assistant Kirsten Brockman is a senior, but was forced to retire from basketball prior to the 2003-04 season after suffering from severe stress fracture injuries. Brockman is studying abroad and will return to the team in late December. The last time Washington did not have a single senior on its roster was 1999-2000.Home Sweet Home:
Washington has an overall record of 28-7 at home since the 2002-03 season. The Huskies have always excelled at home, compiling an overall record of 266-62 (.810) at Bank of America Arena (also known as Hec Edmundson Pavilion before the 2000 renovation). Since 1987, Washington has had three undefeated seasons on its home court, going 15-0 in 1986-87, 14-0 in 1989-90 and 14-0 in 2002-03. The Huskies' stellar home record also speaks volumes to their annual home attendance figures, as UW is among the nation's top-20 teams for attendance on an annual basis.
UW Upsets 2004 Final Four Team Minnesota:
The second day of the WBCA BTI Classic, pitted the Huskies against the 14th-ranked Golden Gophers of Minnesota, a team that advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season. It was another come-back win with Washington trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half before a 17-9 UW run cut the lead to three at halftime. The Huskies ended up taking Minnesota to overtime with the score knotted at 58 at the end of regulation. It didn't take long for UW to put Minnesota away, as sophomore Jill Bell and Cameo Hicks accounted for 10 of UW's 14 overtime points. UW never trailed in overtime, outscoring the Gophers 14-9. Hicks led UW with 14 points, while Breanne Watson chipped in 11 and Kristen O'Neill 10. Bell pulled down a game-high 11 boards. Watson was named tournament MVP and joined junior Kayla Burt on the All-Tournament team.
Bring On The Best:
Washington has a challenging schedule, facing seven NCAA Tournament teams from last year and three WNIT squads. UW met its first test against 2004 NCAA Final Four team Minnesota, defeating the 14th-ranked Gophers 72-67 in overtime, Nov. 15. The Huskies then encountered two straight Top-10 opponents, falling to both No. 7 Notre Dame (58-72) and No. 6 Baylor (58-74). Three of Washington's Pac-10 opponents were also ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 last week: No. 2 Stanford, No. 16 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona State. Arizona dropped from the Top-25 last week, after a No. 24 billing in the AP poll the previous week.
Huskies On Television:
Eight games have been selected for either national or local broadcast by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports Northwest. UW's schedule kicked off with an FSN national broadcast of its home game with Baylor, Wed., Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. Washington's next home game against Colorado, Tues., Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. will be televised locally on FSN Northwest. The Huskies' other FSN nationally televised game will be at Oregon State, Saturday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. FSN Northwest will pick up three additional home contests including Arizona State (Dec. 29, 7 p.m.), USC (Jan. 7, 7 p.m.) and Washington State (Feb. 19, 6 p.m.). Washington's road games at Stanford, Jan. 4, and at WSU, Jan. 22, will also be picked up by FSN Northwest. Two more games have the potential to be broadcast as a wildcard selection by FSN, the Feb. 12 home game versus Oregon and the Feb. 26 regular season finale at Arizona.
Husky Coaching Staff:
June Daugherty enters her ninth season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason all but one year of her tenure. She has guided UW to four NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appear ance in 2000-01, and three trips to the WNIT. She was also one of 25 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year award in 2002-03. Twice has a Daugherty squad reached the 22-win plateau and only once has a Husky squad finished with less than 16 wins in a season. Daugherty has compiled a UW record of 144-104, and a career record of 267-178. She coached seven seasons at Boise State before coming to Seattle. Her husband, Mike, is the Huskies' Associate Head Coach, while Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay are the two assistants. Mike Daugherty is in his ninth year with the team, while Soderberg begins her first season and Lewis-Jay enters her second year.
The Boise Connection:
Washington's entire coaching staff, as well as two players, all have connections to Boise, Idaho. June and Mike Daugherty coached at Boise State from 1990-1996, and among the players they coached were current UW assistants Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay. Soderberg also coached with the Daughertys for one season at BSU (1995-96), and coached Lewis-Jay as a player from 1995-98. Sophomore Maggie O'Hara and freshman Emily Florence both hail from Boise, Idaho, and were teammates at Timberline High School. Lewis-Jay coached the pair on an AAU Idaho Elite team during their prep careers.
Huskies Top Attendance Charts:
Year in and year out, Husky faithful pack the stands at Bank of America Arena, helping UW rank among the top teams in the nation in home attendance. This year figures to be no different. After five home games, UW ranks 25th in the nation with an average of 2,940 fans per game. That same mark is the second-highest among Pac-10 teams, behind only Oregon (3,272). Washington led the Pac-10 in home attendance the last two seasons and ranked in the Top-25 nationally as well. The Huskies' average attendance in 2003-04 was 4,255 fans per game. UW attracted over 6,000 fans for two home games last year, versus Arizona and USC. In 2002-03, UW set an all-time women's basketball attendance record at the arena, when 8,408 fans packed the house to watch the Huskies defeat UCLA 111-77. And for the first time in school history, UW had back-to-back crowds of over 8,000 when 8,083 attended the game versus Stanford on Feb. 13. Washington's average home attendance in 2002-03 was 4,981 and for Pac-10 home games, an average of 5,839 fans were on hand to cheer on the Huskies.
March Madness Is Back In Seattle:
After hosting the NCAA West Regional last year, UW will host the 2005 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds, Saturday, March 19, and Monday, March 21. This year the first and second rounds will be conducted at eight predetermined sites, which represents a change from the previous 16 first and second round sites. Tickets are available by calling the Husky ticket office at 206-543-2200 or by logging onto www.gohuskies.com. All-session ticket prices for adults are $40, while student and youth (under age 18) will be $24. Single-session prices are $16 for adults and $10 for student/youth. Should the Huskies advance to the NCAA Tournament, they would play on their home court at Bank of America Arena.
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