Husky Women Continue Homestand With Cal Saturday
Jan. 28, 2005
This Week: Coming off a 22-point loss to No. 4 Stanford on Thursday, Washington women's basketball (8-12, 4-6 Pac-10) looks to rebound when it faces California (8-11, 2-8), Saturday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Golden Bears are coming off a loss at Washington State on Thursday in Pullman. The Huskies have won the last nine-straight meetings with California including a 65-52 decision in Berkeley, Jan. 2. The Bears come to Seattle looking to snap a six-game losing streak, while the Huskies have won two of their last three.
CARE To Collect Tsunami Relief Donations: Volunteers for the CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc.) organization will be at the Husky women's basketball game on Saturday, collecting donations from fans wishing to support their relief efforts for the recent Asia earthquake and tsunami disaster. CARE is mounting a comprehensive, multi-country emergency response that includes food, water purification tablets, shelter materials and basic medical supplies. Contributions will help rush this lifesaving aid to India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Husky Promotions: Saturday's contest with California will be Husky Autograph Day. All members of the UW women's basketball team will sign autographs for approximately one hour following the game.
Radio Coverage: 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.
Scouting Cal: California will look to snap a six-game losing streak this week when it heads Seattle. The Bears are coming off a 79-69 loss at Washington State on Thursday. Cal sits one spot below Washington in the Pac-10 standings (eighth) and the two teams nearly have identical overall records. Cal's two Pac-10 wins have come over Washington State (64-56) and Oregon State (77-71). Three players average double-figure scoring, led by Leigh Gregory with 12.4 points. Jessica Lawson (10.3) and Kristin Iwanaga (10.2) round out the top three. Cal is averaging 67.6 points as a team, while allowing opponents to average 70.2. Cal is just 1-8 away from Haas Pavilion this year. The Bears lead the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (42.1) and free-throw shooting percentage (73.4). Iwanaga helps that effort, leading the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (65.9) and free-throw percentage (93.5).
Series With Cal: Washington has won the last nine-straight meetings with California and holds a 36-8 advantage in the all-time series. The last time Cal defeated the Huskies was Feb. 24, 2000, in Berkeley by a two-point margin (51-49). The Huskies' first Pac-10 win of the year came against Cal, Jan. 2, (65-52). Last year, the Huskies swept the season series defeating Cal 65-54 at home and 72-67 in Berkeley. UW is 18-2 against Cal in Seattle, with the Golden Bears' lone wins coming in 2000 (72-59, Jan. 29) and 1991 (67-66 in overtime, Jan. 21).
Welcome Back Sunny: Sunny Smallwood, who was an assistant coach with the Huskies the previous 11 seasons, will be making her first trip back to Seattle as the associate head coach of the California Golden Bears. UW's recruiting and defensive coordinator, Smallwood was a fixture in Husky women's basketball. She was an assistant for all eight years of June Daugherty's tenure since 1997 and for three years under Chris Gobrecht (1993-96). Smallwood guided a UW program that made nine postseason appearances and had a record of 202-129.
Last Time Out: The Huskies lost their fifth game to a ranked opponent this year, falling to No. 4 Stanford, 82-60, at Bank of America Arena in front of a season-high crowd of 3,773 fans on Thursday evening. Washington played a solid first half and trailed by just five points (36-31) at the intermission. The Huskies came out of the lockeroom on fire as freshman Emily Florence and sophomore Cameo Hicks hit back-to-back three-pointers to give Washington a 37-36 lead at 18:56. From there, Stanford scored 23 of the next 30 points to take a 15-point lead to put the game away. Cardinal freshman Candice Wiggins scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half to carry Stanford to its ninth-straight win. Wiggins was one of three Cardinal player to reach double-figures in scoring, along with Brooke Smith (20) and Kelley Suminski (14). Smith also grabbed seven rebounds and Suminski hit four three-pointers. Sophomore Jill Bell led all Husky scorers for the second-straight game with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Sophomore Breanne Watson scored 10 points, shooting 4-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Freshman Dominique Banks scored seven points, had two assists and grabbed a career-high seven boards.
Ranked Opponents: Washington is 2-5 against Top-25 opponents this season (0-2 on the road, 2-3 at home). UW upset then-No. 14 Minnesota and then-21 Arizona State, but suffered losses to then-No. 7 Notre Dame, then-No. 6 Baylor, then-No. 8 Stanford and then-No. 22 UCLA. The Huskies are 37-96 all-time against ranked opponents. Washington is 26-39 against Top-25 teams at home.
Washington has played four teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-10: No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 10 Minnesota. UW is 1-4 versus these squads.
Washington's loss versus Stanford snapped a two-game winning streak. The Huskies have not won three-straight this year. Washington's wins over Oregon State and Washington State were the first back-to-back road wins of the season.
After opening the year 3-1, the Huskies have won five of their last 16 games.
Washington has six players averaging more than seven points per game, led by Kristen O'Neill's 9.7 points per game.
The Huskies have outshot their opponent just four times this year, but are 4-0 in those games (Denver, Cal, ASU and OSU).
Washington looked to have snapped out of its shooting slump, shooting over 40 percent for the first time all season at Oregon (46.4) and eclipsing that at Oregon State with a 50 percent clip. But the Huskies were unable to shoot at least 40 percent versus Washington State and Stanford.
Washington opened the season 2-0 for 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 then-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.
Minnesota, currently ranked 10th in this week's AP poll, has suffered just three losses this year - its first coming at the hands of Washington (Nov. 15). No. 2 LSU and No. 8 Michigan State are the only other teams to defeat the Gophers this year.
Second Half Struggles: If only the Huskies could play two 'first' halves. Washington's shooting numbers greatly decrease after the halftime intermission. The Huskies have outscored their opponents by 15 points in the first half (621-606). But after halftime, they have been outscored by 87 points (746-659). Against Stanford Thursday, the Huskies trailed by just three points at the intermission, only to be outscored by 17 points in the second half. Washington has outscored its opponents in the second half just six times, with the Huskies going 6-0 in those games. UW's field goal percentage takes a dip in the second half as well. The Huskies are shooting 35.4 percent in the second half (227-642), while their opponents have a 46 percent second-half clip (249-540).
O'Neill Ignites Offense: Co-captain Kristen O'Neill has been looked upon the lead this young Husky team. She became the first Husky to score 20 points when she recorded a career-high 23 at Oregon State, Jan. 15. O'Neill had a nearly flawless performance, shooting 5-for-8 from the field, 4-for-5 from long range and 9-for-9 from the free-throw line. O'Neill, the only Husky to start all 20 games, has scored at least 19 points in two of the last five games and at least 11 in five of the last nine. O'Neill leads the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game and has the third-highest shooting percentage (38.1). She is also one of UW's top three-point threats and leads the team with 31 total three-pointers. In Pac-10 play, O'Neill is averaging 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds, while shooting 39.6 percent from the field (40-101).
Burt's Back: Washington's season opener with South Carolina, Nov. 14, marked the first official game for redshirt 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 nine times, including in seven of the last 14 games. Burt had a career-high 19 points at Oregon (Jan. 13), eclipsing her previous high of 18 at Utah, and had 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). She matched her career-high for three-pointers (four) and rebounds (seven) at Washington State. Burt has come off the bench in the last four games after starting 15. She leads the team assists (52) and is second in overall scoring (9.1 ppg) and steals (31).
Scoring Woes: For a team that traditionally averages over 70 points per game, Washington's 65.2 percent point average - that ranks seventh in the Pac-10 - is uncharacteristic. Washington 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 36.0 percent field goal percentage ranks ninth in the Pac-10.
Juggling Lineups: Coach June Daugherty has spent all season trying to find the right starting lineup combination. Daugherty used her sixth different lineup at Oregon Jan. 13. In all she has used nine different starters in 20 games, with junior guard/forward Kristen O'Neill the only player to start all 20. The latest fivesome to get the starting nod in the last four Husky games has been sophomore forward Jill Bell, O'Neill, sophomore guard Cameo Hicks, and freshmen guards Dominique Banks and Emily Florence. The combo of O'Neill, Kayla Burt, Florence, Cheri Craddock and 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 first road trip featured two different lineups: Maggie O'Hara, Craddock, Florence, Hicks and O'Neill versus Utah; and Bell, Watson, Hicks, Burt and O'Neill versus Denver and Notre Dame. That fivesome started three games, before the lineup changed to O'Hara, O'Neill, Hicks, Burt and Florence for seven games.
Total Team Effort: 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 13 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 six players averaging between 9.7 and 7.3 points per game. UW had a different leading in scorer in seven-straight games from Dec. 15 (Baylor) to Jan. 7 (USC): Cameo Hicks versus Baylor (15), Dominique Banks versus Colorado (19), Cheri Craddock versus Arizona (14), Kayla Burt against Arizona State (12), Jill Bell at Cal (14), Kristen O'Neill at Stanford (16) and Breanne Watson versus USC (12). Banks, Craddock, Bell and Watson all scored their team-high points coming off the bench.
Jumpin' Jill: Redshirt sophomore forward Jill Bell has come into her own this season, leading the team in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (40.2). A standout long jumper in high school, Bell's jumping ability has translated into success for the Huskies on the basketball court. Bell, who was second on the team in rebounds as a freshman, has led all UW rebounders in 10 of 20 games this season, including an 11-board performance against Minnesota and back-to-back nine-rebound efforts at Utah and Denver. Her 6.3 rebounds per game rank sixth among Pac-10 players. In addition to have the best field goal shooting percentage, Bell is also the team's third-leading scorer averaging 8.7 points. She played her best game of the season at Washington State, Jan. 22, notching her second career double-double with a career-high 15 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. She followed that with a team-high 14 points versus Stanford, Thursday. She has recorded nine double-digit scoring games this year, second on the team behind Kristen O'Neill (10). Bell has used her athleticism to lead UW with 26 blocks, including a season-high four versus Minnesota (Nov. 15). Bell's 1.30 blocks per game rank third in the Pac-10. 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, set in last year's Husky win over Denver.
Banks Breaks Through: Freshman guard Dominique Banks provided valuable minutes off the bench for the Huskies this season, before finally breaking into the starting lineup at Oregon Jan. 13. Since earning that starting role Banks has taken advantage of the opportunity. She had six points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in her first collegiate start against the Ducks. She followed that up with eight points and two steals at Oregon State, Jan. 15, and 11 points (including a 7-for-7 mark from the free-throw line), six rebounds and two assists at WSU, Jan. 22. Banks is sixth on the team in scoring with 7.3 ppg. She had the best game of her young career in UW's contest versus Colorado, setting career numbers in five categories that included scoring 19 points. Banks also set career numbers in assists (four), field goals made (seven), field goals attempted (13), and free-throws attempted (eight). Her career-best in rebounding came versus Stanford on Thursday as she pulled down seven boards, including six offensive. The freshman is third on the team in steals (22) and is fifth in assists (32).
Fantastic Frosh: Freshman Emily Florence may not have the scoring and rebounding numbers but the 5-5 point guard has sparked a much improved Husky defense with her tenacious and fearless play. Florence, who has started 17 of 20 games in her first collegiate season, leads Washington with 32 steals for an average of 1.60 per game. That number has her ninth on the Pac-10 list for steals. Florence has led the team in steals in eight of the last 12 games, including a career-high four at California (Jan. 2). Washington has also relied upon her unselfish play with Florence playing a big part in helping her teammates get into the scoring act. She is tied for second on the squad with 39 assists (2.0 apg). Florence dished a career-high eight assists at OSU Jan. 15, the most assists by a Husky in a single game this year. She also grabbed a career-high six boards in Corvallis, and matched that number with six at Washington State, Jan. 22. Four of her six rebounds in Pullman were on the offensive end.
Quiet Leader: 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 players. She has shown that especially in Pac-10 games, scoring at least 10 points in four of the last five. She had 10 versus UCLA, a season-high 16 at Oregon, 13 at OSU and 11 at Washington State. Hicks is the team's fourth-leading scorer with 8.6 points per game and is second in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game. In fact Hicks has been UW's leading rebounder in four of the last eight games. She grabbed at least eight boards in back-to-back games (nine at OSU, eight at WSU). She tied for the team lead with seven rebounds at Cal, tied for the lead with six at Stanford and was the sole leader with six boards versus USC and a season-high nine at OSU. Hicks is second on the team with a field goal shooting percentage of 38.5 percent (65-for-169).
Cheri 'Machine-Gun' Craddock: Sophomore forward Cheri Craddock has played true to her nickname coined last year when she was a walk-on freshman. Craddock's quick release-style shooting has made her one of the Huskies' top three-point threats. Despite seeing limited minutes since suffering a high ankle sprain in practice on Jan. 6, Craddock still has the second-highest three-point field goal percentage (37.5) on the team. She is also third on the squad with 24 three-pointers made. Also a sprinter on the UW track team, Craddock has reached double-figures in scoring five times including a 14-point performance versus Arizona (Dec. 27) that matched her career high set earlier this year. Craddock also had 10 points versus Baylor (Dec. 15), 11 at Michigan (Nov. 22) and 10 at Oregon (Jan. 13). She missed games versus USC and UCLA due to the injury. An aggravation of the injury forced her to miss the second half at Oregon, and despite playing through the pain managed 10 points (4-of-6, 2-of-3 from long range) in 10 minutes before coming out. Still struggling through the injury at OSU, Craddock recorded six points (on a pair of three-pointers) in seven minutes. She also grabbed three boards.
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.
Youth Movement: 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. The last time Washington did not have a single senior on its roster was 1999-2000.
Home Sweet Home: The Huskies have a home record of 4-7 this season, unusual for a squad that has dominated opponents on its own floor. The Huskies have always excelled at home, compiling an overall record of 267-67 (.799) at Bank of America Arena (also known as Hec Edmundson Pavilion before the 2000 renovation). Washington has an overall home record of 29-12 since the 2002-03 season. 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. Washington has never finished a season with less from a .500 record on its home court and its seven home losses is an all-time high. Priorto this year, Washington had not lost more than five games at Bank of America Arena in a single season.
Bring On The Best: Washington has a challenging schedule, facing seven NCAA Tournament teams and three WNIT squads from last year. 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). Washington pulled another upset over No. 21 Arizona State (63-55), before falling at No. 8 Stanford (61-74) and to No. 22 UCLA (74-63).
Husky Coaching Staff: June Daugherty is in 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 appearance 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 147-111, and a career record of 270-185. 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 10 home games, UW ranks 33rd in the nation with an average of 3,072 fans per game. That mark is third-highest among Pac-10 teams, behind Oregon (25th, 3,701) and Stanford (27th, 3,688). 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. 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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