Northwest Rivalry Renewed When Huskies And Ducks Meet In Pac-10 Quarterfinals

March 4, 2005

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This Week:
Courtesy of an 81-68 victory Oregon State Friday evening, No. 7 seed Washington (14-15) advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2005 State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament and will face No. 2 seed Oregon (19-8), Saturday, March 5, at 1:15 p.m. at HP Pavilion. The Huskies have won five of their last six games heading into the contest with their Northwest rival. Washington is aiming to advance to the Pac-10 semifinals for the third-straight season but will have to get by an Oregon team hungry for its 20th win of the season and an NCAA Tournament berth. Saturday's winner will face either No. 3 seed Arizona State or No. 6 seed UCLA in the semifinals, Sunday, March 6, at 12:30 p.m.

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 81, No. 10 Oregon State 68
Game 2: No. 8 California 70, No. 10 Washington State 52
Saturday, March 5 -
Game 3: No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 UCLA, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 7 Washington, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 8 Cal, 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 3-3 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.

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 is 1-0 playing on a neutral court this season.

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 7.3 points per game. Junior guard Kayla Burt, not a current member of the UW starting five, leads the team with 9.6 points per game and 84 assists. Sophomore forward Jill Bell is the leader on the glass with 5.2 rebounds per game.

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.

Dawg Bites:
• Just one game under .500, the Huskies are looking to avoid just their second losing season in the history of the program. The only losing season was in 1999-2000 when UW went 8-22.

• The last time Oregon and Washington met, both teams played the majority of the game without their leading scorers. Duck senior center Cathrine Kraayveld missed the contest with a viral infection in her left elbow, while Husky junior guard Kayla Burt suffered a broken nose in the first half.

• The Husky men's basketball team attended the women's Pac-10 game Friday versus Oregon State. The UW men, who played at Cal Thursday, will be playing at Stanford Saturday at the same time the UW women will meet Oregon in San Jose.

• The Huskies are 8-4 in their last 12 games after opening the year 6-11.

• The Huskies have scored at least 80 points in five of the last nine 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 67.8 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 seven of the last 13 games three outings with a 50 percent or higher mark. UW shot a season-high 52.7 percent (29-for-55) performance versus California (Jan. 29).

• 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 (9.6 ppg) and assists (84), and is second in steals (44). 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 14 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 12 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 13 games, and is averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 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 6-1 when outshooting its opponents. UW outshot UCLA 47.5 percent to 46.2 percent (Feb. 3), but the Bruins ended up with the win.• 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 - 9.6 ppg, Kristen O'Neill - 9.5 ppg, Cameo Hicks - 9.2).

• 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.

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