Husky Women Open Pac-10 Tournament Play With Oregon State Friday

March 1, 2005

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This Week:
Finishing the regular season with a 9-9 league record and a seventh-place spot in the Pac-10 standings, Washington women's basketball (13-15 overall) earned the No. 7 seed to the 2005 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament and will face No. 10 seed Oregon State (6-22, 1-17), Friday, March 4, at 6 p.m. PT at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The winner advances to the quarterfinal round to face No. 2 seed Oregon (19-8, 12-6), Saturday, March 5, at 1:15 p.m. Semifinal games will be played on Sunday afternoon, with the championship game to take place Monday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the Pac-10 Tournament receives the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies ended the regular season winning four of their last five games, including a 31-point victory over Oregon State in Seattle, Feb. 10, and a thrilling come-from-behind win over Arizona, Feb. 26.

Radio Coverage:
Steve Sandmeyer and former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will call all the Washington action from San Jose on KKNW AM 1150. Fans can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.

TV Coverage:
The semifinals and final of the Pac-10 Tournament will be televised live by FSN with Barry Tompkins and Mary Murphy callling the action.

Pac-10 Tournament Schedule:
Friday, March 4 -
Game 1: No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Oregon State, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Washington State, 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 5 -
Game 3: No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 UCLA, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Oregon vs. Game 1 Winner, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 USC vs. No. 5 Arizona, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 -
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 12:30 p.m. (FSN)
Game 8: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 3:04 p.m. (FSN)
Monday, March 7 -
Game 9: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)

Huskies At The Pac-10 Tournament:
Washington's No. 7 seed is its lowest since the inception of the league tournament...UW was the No. 2 seed at the first two tournaments (2002, 2003) and the No. 6 seed last season...Washington is 2-3 in Pac-10 Tourney games, including an 0-2 mark in the semifinals...the last two years have seen the Huskies defeat USC in the quarterfinals, before falling to Arizona in both 2003 and 2004 semifinals...in the inaugural tournament in 2002, UW faced host Oregon in the quarterfinals but fell to the Ducks, 64-78...UW has yet to face Oregon State in the tournament.

Fast Facts:
Washington has defeated all but one team on its side of the bracket at least once this season...UW swept Oregon State, split with Oregon and Arizona State, but lost two to UCLA...on the final day of the regular season, the Huskies knocked Arizona down from a No. 3 seed to a No. 5 seed with its come-from-behind victory, Feb. 26...Washington has yet to play on a neutral court this year.

Burt Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Washington junior guard Kayla Burt was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb. 21-28. Burt averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games as Washington split at Arizona State and Arizona. On the weekend, she shot 47.4 percent from the field (9-of-19), 54.5 percent from beyond the arc (6-of-11) and 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the foul line. In the 64-60 win over Arizona on Feb. 26, she led the Huskies' second-half comeback against the Wildcats, scoring 17 of her 23 points after intermission. Burt secured the win, knocking down two free throws to extend the Husky lead to four points with 10 seconds left in the game.

Regular Season Recap:
Washington's win in its regular season finale at Arizona, Feb. 26, was in fact symbolic of the way the Huskies have come back from a slow start to the year. Down 15 points with 9:10 left to play in Tucson, Washington pulled a 19-0 run to overtake the lead and end up with a 64-60 victory. And after opening the season winning just six of their first 17 games, the Huskies have bounced back to finish the year winning seven of the last 11. UW, a team void of any seniors on its 15-woman roster, finished seventh in the Pac-10 standings with a 9-9 mark, and an overall record of 13-15. Washington finished with a .500 conference record for the second-straight year, after finishing 9-9 last season. The Huskies' seventh-place standing is its lowest since a ninth-place finish in 1999-2000. UW also finished with less than 16 regular season wins for the first time since 1999-2000, when that squad posted an 8-22 record. Only once has Washington ever finished with losing record, that being the 8-22 season in 1999-2000. The Huskies started out the year on a winning track, winning the WBCA BTI Classic with victories over South Carolina and then-No. 14 Minnesota in overtime. UW then fell upon tough times, losing six of its next eight including a four-game losing streak. Two of those losses came against Top-10 teams Notre Dame (then-No. 7) and Baylor (then-No. 6), as UW was not shying away from facing the nation's top teams. UW snapped its four-game skid with its first Pac-10 win of the year over Arizona State (Dec. 29). The Huskies followed that up with a road win at Cal, before losing another four straight. It was Jan. 15 at Oregon State that things seemed to fall in place a little better for June Daugherty's squad. Its 75-64 victory in Corvallis that day opened a span in which Washington won seven of its next 11 contests. Daugherty has used seven different starting lineups this season, and has six players averaging at least 7.2 points per game. Junior guard Kayla Burt, not a current member of the UW starting five, leads the team with 9.7 points per game and 78 assists. Sophomore forward Jill Bell is the leader on the glass with 5.4 rebounds per game.

Series With Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 41-24 and has won seven of the last 10 meetings. The Huskies swept OSU this year with a nine-point win in Corvallis, Jan. 15 (75-64), and a 31-point win over the Beavers in Seattle, Feb. 10 (84-53). Prior to this season, Washington and OSU split their season series the last three years. These teams have never met in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Beavers have lost nine-straight road games heading into Friday and have dropped 12-straight Pac-10 games.

Series With Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon, 33-35, but has won five of the last six meetings. These teams split their season meetings with Oregon winning in Eugene (86-77) and Washington winning in Seattle (81-57). The Huskies' last two wins over the Ducks in Seattle have come by a combined 89 points. These teams have met once in Pac-10 Tourney play, when Oregon defeated UW 78-64 in the quarterfinals of the inaugural tourney in 2002. The Ducks (19-8, 12-6) are vying for their first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001. They finished tied with ASU and USC for second in the Pac-10 standings, and received the No. 2 seed being the only conference team to beat Stanford this year.

Last Time Out:
Junior guard Kayla Burt scored 17 of her career-high 23 points in the second-half, leading the Huskies to a dramatic second-half comeback to defeat Arizona, 64-60, in both teams' regular season finale in Tucson, Feb. 26. Washington trailed Arizona by 15 points with 9:10 remaining in the contest, before mounting a 19-0 run and holding the Wildcats without a field goal for nearly eight minutes. The win snapped a nine-game UW losing streak against Arizona in Tucson, as the Huskies had not earned a victory at the McKale Center since 1995. Washington and Arizona were knotted at 40 points each with 13:09 left in the game, but the Wildcats took control with a 15-0 run to take a 54-40 lead. Arizona senior Dee-Dee Wheeler, playing her final home game of her career, scored seven points in that run which figured to put the Huskies down for good. Washington was not about to go down quietly. Burt drained her third trey of the second-half to spark the 19-0 Husky run. Burt scored eight points in that span - including her sixth three-pointer of the game - to put UW within two points, 53-55, with 6:25 remaining. Sophomore Jill Bell, who drained her first career three-pointer in that run, tied the game with a bucket at 4:42. Freshman Dominique Banks and sophomore Breanne Watson finished off the run with baskets to put Washington up four points, 59-55, with 2:53 left. Arizona did come within one point, 59-58, on a basket from Wheeler, only to have Washington hit three-of-four free throws to lead 62-58. Wheeler again scored to get Arizona within two, but Burt remained steady and hit her pair of free-throws with 8.9 seconds to keep the Wildcats at bay. Both teams played a tight first half, with Washington leading by as many as five points four minutes into the contest but trailing by two - 28-26 - at the intermission. Burt finished with a career-high six three-pointers and came one shy of equaling the UW single game record of seven set by Loree Payne and Megan Franza in the 2002 and 2001 seasons, respectively. The Huskies equaled their season-high with 10 buckets from long range. Joining Burt in double-figures were Watson and junior Kristen O'Neill who each scored 11 points. Watson pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while freshman point guard Emily Florence grabbed seven. Wheeler led all Wildcat players with 19 points, while center Shawntinice Polk posted a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Dawg Bites:
• The Huskies are 7-4 in their last 11 games after opening the year 6-11.

• The Huskies have scored at least 80 points in four of the last eight games, after reaching the 80-point plateau once in the first 19 games. The Huskies' season-high output was 86 points versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Nov. 26).

• Since averaging a season-low 64 points through the first 16 games, the Huskies have brought their average scoring numbers to 67.4 per game.

• Washington's increased offensive output reflects a much improved team shooting percentage. The Huskies shot no higher than 40 percent in the first 16 games. Since then, UW has shot better than 40 percent in six of the last 12 games including a season-high 52.7 percent (29-for-55) performance versus California (Jan. 29).

• Washington's win over Arizona in Tucson, Feb. 26, was just the Wildcats' fourth home loss in the last three seasons.

• ASU held UW to a season-low 48 points, Feb. 24, and a season-low 30.5 percent shooting percentage.

• Washington's 31-point win over Oregon State (Feb. 10) was its largest winning margin since defeating Oregon by 45 points (95-50) at home last season (Jan. 15, 2004).

• Despite playing with a broken nose suffered in UW's contest with Oregon (Feb. 12), junior guard Kayla Burt continues to lead the Huskies in scoring (9.7 ppg) and assists (78), and is second in steals (43). Since the injury, Burt has played with a custom-made protective mask. Playing for the first time with the mask versus WSU, Feb. 19, Burt still managed seven points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Her big game came in UW's 64-60 win over Arizona, Feb. 26. Burt scored 17 of her career-high 23 points in the second-half to help the Huskies overcome a 15-point deficit. She also set a career-high with six three-pointers, the most by a Husky this season. Burt has reached double-figures in seven of the last 12 games and 13 overall.

• Sophomore forward Breanne Watson has put up some big numbers coming off the bench. Watson, who scored a season-high 16 points versus Washington State, Feb. 19, and has reached double-figures eight times in the last 11 games. Watson contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in UW's win over Arizona, Feb. 26. She is averaging 8.3 points and 4.1 rebounds on the season.

• Sophomore forward Jill Bell continues to be the Huskies' go-to player. Bell equaled her career-high with 17 points versus the Cougars, Feb. 19. She has reached double-figures in scoring in seven of the last 12 games, and is averaging 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds.

• Washington finished the regular season with an 8-7 record at home, marking the first time the Huskies have lost over five home games in the history of Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies were still able to salvage their streak of never finishing with a sub-.500 record at home.

• UW is 5-1 when outshooting its opponents. UW outshot UCLA 47.5 percent to 46.2 percent (Feb. 3), but the Bruins ended up with the win. Until then, the Huskies had outshot their opponent just four times and were 4-0 in those games (Denver, Cal, ASU and OSU). UW outshot Washington State, Feb. 19, 47.6 percent to 45.5 percent.

• Washington has six players averaging at least seven points per game - including three with over nine points - but none in double-figures. Four Huskies average at least nine points per game (Kayla Burt - 9.7 ppg, Cameo Hicks - 9.2, Kristen O'Neill - 9.1 ).

• Washington has outscored its opponents in the second half 11 times, and the Huskies are 10-1 in those games. That loss came in UW's contest at USC, Feb. 5. The Huskies outscored USC 44-30 in the second-frame only to come up five points shy at the end.

Hot Hicks:
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 since. She has shown that especially in Pac-10 games, scoring at least 10 points in four of the last five games and 10 of the last 13 contests. Much of the Huskies' improved play can be attributed to the play of Hicks, who was UW's leading scorer and rebounder in wins over Oregon (14 pts., eight rebounds) and Oregon State (13 points, nine rebounds), to go along with 11 points versus WSU. She also led the Huskies with 14 points against ASU, Feb. 24. She is averaging 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds against conference foes. Overall, Hicks is second on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg) and rebounding (4.6 rpg). Hicks leads the squad with a field goal shooting percentage of 42.1 percent (101-for-240).

Jumpin' Jill:
Redshirt sophomore forward Jill Bell has come into her own this season, providing the Huskies with an inside presence on the boards in addition to her trademark turnaround jumper. Leading the team in either scoring or rebounding a combined 17 times, Bell has scored at least 10 points in six of the last 10 games, including a career-high 17 versus California, Jan. 21, which she equaled against WSU, Feb. 19. She notched her second career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds at Washington State (Jan. 22). She has reached double-figures in scoring for a team-high 13 times. Bell is fourth on the team with 8.8 points per game and is second on the squad with a 40.5 shooting percentage (106-262). She is still Washington's top rebounder with 5.4 boards per game, and ranks 10th in the Pac-10. Bell has used her athleticism to lead UW with 29 blocks, including a season-high four versus Minnesota (Nov. 15). Among the league's elite, Bell ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.04 per game). 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.

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 has paid little mind to her starting status, having started 16 games, while coming off the bench 12 times. In a reserve role, Burt has scored at least 19 points three times including her career-high of 23 set at Arizona, Feb. 26. In that same outing, she drained a career-high six three-pointers, one shy of equaling the Husky single game record of seven set by Megan Franza (2001) and former teammate Loree Payne (2002). Burt was instrumental in the come-from-behind win over the Wildcats Saturday, scoring 17 of her 23 points in the second-half and sparking a 19-0 UW run to erase a 15-point deficit. Burt set her career-high for rebounds with eight at UCLA, Feb. 3. Against Cal, Jan. 29, Burt scored 13 points on a perfect 10-for-10 clip from the line, to go along with a team-high six rebounds and seven assists. She leads the team in assists (78) and scoring (9.7 ppg), and second in steals (43) and in the Pac-10 ranks seventh in 3-pointers made (1.54 per game) and 10th in steals (1.54). Perhaps her biggest thrill this year was hitting a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer to give Washington a 20-point halftime lead (48-28) versus Oregon State (Feb. 10). Nothing will keep her down as Burt has been playing with a broken nose since suffering the injury in UW's contest with Oregon, Feb. 12. In her first game playing with a custom-made protective mask (vs. WSU, Feb. 19), she recorded seven points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.O'Neill Ignites Offense: Despite redshirting last year with a stress fracture in her left foot, co-captain Kristen O'Neill has been looked upon to lead this young Husky team and has done so in successful fashion. Perhaps the Huskies' most versatile player, O'Neill starts at forward but also rotates in at point guard for starter Emily Florence. 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 28 games and has 12 total double-figure scoring games. O'Neill is third on the team in scoring with 9.1 points per game, third in assists (52) and fourth in steals (31). She is also one of UW's top three-point threats and is second on the squad with 41 three-pointers made. Her average of 1.46 treys per game going into this week ranked 10th on the Pac-10 list heading into this week.

Fearless Florence:
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 25 of 28 games in her first collegiate season, leads the squad with 46 steals and has led the team in steals in 11 of the last 20 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. Florence dished a career-high eight assists at OSU Jan. 15, the most assists by a Husky in a single game this year. Florence's aggressive play has also made on impact on Washington's rebounding. She set a career-high with seven boards against Arizona, Feb. 26, and has pulled down at least six rebounds in two of the last three games heading into the Pac-10 Tournament.

Wonderful Watson:
Sophomore forward Breanne Watson has provided a spark off the bench for the Huskies this season, contributing at least 10 points in eight of the last 11 games. She had a season-high 16 points versus Washington State, Feb. 19, and contributed 11 points and eight rebounds in UW's win over Arizona, Feb. 26. Watson is tied for the team lead in double-figure scoring games (with Burt and Bell) with 13. Also relied upon for her rebounding, Watson is third on the squad with 4.1 boards per contest. Watson has played in all 28 games and started seven of the first nine games before coming off the bench since.

Banks Breaks Through:
Freshman Dominique Banks isn't the only freshman guard making her presence known in the starting five. Banks provided valuable minutes off the bench, 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 7.2 ppg. She had the best game of her young career coming off the bench 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 (Jan. 27) as she pulled down seven boards, including six offensive.

Scoring Numbers On The Rise:
For a team that was averaging just 64 points through the first 16 games, Washington has turned its scoring woes around. The Huskies have scored at least 80 points in four of the last eight games. UW's scoring average dropped after a season-low 48-point peformance against Arizona State, Feb. 24, but remains at 67.4 points per game. Washington 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).

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 7.2 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.

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.

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 finished the regular season with a home record of 8-7, unusual for a squad that has dominated opponents on its own floor. The Huskies have always excelled at home, compiling an overall record of 271-67 (.801) at Bank of America Arena (also known as Hec Edmundson Pavilion before the 2000 renovation). Washington has an overall home record of 34-12 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 this year is an all-time high. Prior to 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), to No. 22 UCLA (74-63) and again to then-No. 4 Stanford (60-82).

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 153-114, and a career record of 279-188. 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 15 home games, UW ranks 31st in the nation with an average of 3,304 fans per game. That mark is third-highest among Pac-10 teams, behind Oregon (27th, 3,896) and Stanford (28th, 3,891). 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.

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