UW Women Wrap Regular Season At Cal Saturday
Feb. 24, 2006
Washington women's basketball (18-8, 11-6 Pac-10) will continue it Bay Area road trip, facing Cal (17-10, 9-8) in both teams' regular season finale at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on FSN with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action. The contest, however, will not be seen on FSN Northwest due to a conflict with a previously scheduled Sonics-Heat game, but can be seen live on GoHuskies.com. The Huskies will look to pick up the pieces from their worst loss of the season, a 100-69 thumping at No. 15 Stanford, Thursday night. The Golden Bears are coming off a 61-51 victory over Washington State, Thursday. Seeding for next week's Pac-10 Tournament will be on the line Saturday, as UW enters the game in a three-way log jam for third-place with USC and UCLA. The Bears sit in sixth place. UW is looking for the season sweep over Cal after defeating the Bears in the Pac-10 opener way back on Dec. 20 in Seattle (62-55). This week marks the first of back-to-back road trips to the Bay Area for UW, as the Huskies will travel to San Jose next week for the Pac-10 Tournament held at the HP Pavilion, March 3-6.
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150. Steve Sandmeyer, in his seventh season as the voice of UW women's hoops, calls the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fans can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass.
Washington's game at Cal, Saturday, was selected by FSN as the national wildcard game, however, due to a conflict with the previously scheduled Sonics-Heat game on FSN Northwest, the game will not be seen in Seattle. As a result, a live webcast of the contest will be shown on Washington's official athletic website, GoHuskies.com. Fans wishing to view the game can do so by purchasing a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. FSN Northwest has also secured live and delayed distribution of the game through the following outlets: 1) live on Comcast Channel 76 in Pierce County and available to all Comcast subscribers through Video on Demand immediately following the game, 2) live on Fox College Sports Pacific, and 3) on a delayed basis on FSN Northwest Saturday at 12 a.m.
First-place Stanford clinched at least a share of the Pac-10 title with its victory over Washington, Thursday. Second-place Arizona State could share the conference crown with Stanford if the Sun Devils defeat Arizona and the Cardinal falls to Washington State on Saturday. Washington's loss to Stanford allowed USC and UCLA - who both won their Thursday games - to climb back into a third place tie with the Huskies. Therefore, depending on the outcome of Saturday's contests, UW could finish anywhere from third to fifth place.
The seeds for next weekend's Pac-10 Tournament are based on the final regular season standings. In the event of any ties, a tie-breaking procedure will take place. In Washington's case, should it remain in a three-way tie with USC and UCLA, head-to-head records are compared between all three teams. In that scenario, USC would get the No. 3 seed (3-1 record), UW the No. 4 (2-2) and UCLA the No. 5 seed (1-3). If the Huskies end in a tie with USC, UW would get the advantage. UW and USC split their two meetings, therefore both teams' records vs. Stanford are compared - UW was 1-1 vs. Stanford and USC was 0-2. If the Huskies tie with UCLA, the Bruins would hold the advantage. UW and UCLA split and both have identical records vs. Stanford. Moving down the standings, UW was 0-2 vs. Arizona State and UCLA was 1-1, therefore UCLA gets the nod. The tournament's Friday night play-in games will feature the No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 and No. 8 vs. No. 9. Saturday will see the No. 3 seed vs. No. 6, game one winner vs. No. 2, game two winner vs. No. 1 and the No. 4 seed vs. the No. 5 seed. The Pac-10 Tournament winner receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Scouting California (17-10, 9-8 Pac-10):
California, having its best season in13 years, enters Saturday having won three of its last five games. The Bears defeated Washington State at home Thursday, 61-51, improving their home record to 9-8 overall this season, 5-3 against Pac-10 teams. Cal is led by three players averaging scoring in double-figures - Devanie Hampton (15.1 ppg), Alexis Gray-Lawson (14.5 ppg) and Ashley Walker (12.9 ppg). Cal's starting five includes four freshmen - Hampton, Walker, Gray-Lawson and Jene Morris - while Renee Wright is the lone senior. Walker entered the week leading the Pac-10 in blocks (46) and blocks per game (1.77), while Morris is second in the league in steals per game (2.29).
All-Time Series Versus California:
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal, 38-8 and has won the last 11-straight meetings dating back to 2001. The Huskies won the earlier season meeting in Seattle, Dec. 20, 62-55. Washington is 17-6 versus the Bears in Berkeley, the last loss coming Feb. 24, 2000 (49-51). UW has won the last five straight meetings in Berkeley since then.
Last Time Versus Cal:
Led by 16 points from junior Cameo Hicks and a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds from sophomore Andrea Plouffe, Washington outlasted Cal, 62-55, in the Pac-10 Conference opener for both teams at Bank of America Arena, Dec. 20. Guard Alexis Gray-Lawson and center Devanei Hampton combined for 41 points for the Golden Bears, whose streaks of four-straight wins and eight straight vs. unranked opponents were snapped. Gray-Lawson scored 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Hampton added 20. Playing its first game in eight days, Washington came out of the gate slowly, committing three turnovers in the first two minutes, and 17 in the opening half - just one shy of its season per-game average. Those turnovers limited the impact of Washington's swarming defense, which forced Cal into 15 first-half turnovers of its own, and held the Golden Bears without a field goal for more than 11 minutes during one first-half stretch. Cal's defense was particularly effective against Hicks, who entered the game ranked sixth in the Pac-10 at 16 points per game. After hitting her third basket to give UW a 23-12 lead - its largest of the game - with 6:36 to play in the first half, the sophomore guard was held without a point for more than 20 minutes, as the Golden Bears mounted a 24-15 run to close within two, at 38-36, with 11:02 to play. Five minutes later, with Washington leading 45-42, Hicks came out of her slump with a long three-pointer, extending UW's lead to six. Cal would never close within three again. Hicks followed up her three-pointer with a layin three minutes later, then added four free throws - including two after a technical foul on Cal's Jene Morris - to pad the UW lead in the closing minutes. Washington outrebounded Cal by a 48-29 margin, and forced the Bears into 24 turnovers, while committing 27 of its own.
Three Husky players, as well as assistant coach Kellie Lewis-Jay, are Northern California natives. Cameo Hicks hails from Tracy, while Cheri Craddock is from Oakland and Dominique Banks is from Stockton. Lewis-Jay grew up in Auburn, a city 30 miles northeast of Sacramento.
The Huskies have tallied at least 18 wins five times in the last six seasons. Washington's 11 Pac-10 wins are the most since winning 13 conference games in 2002-03.
The Huskies closed out another strong season at home, finishing the year with a 12-2 record at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies' 12 home wins is the most since UW went 14-0 at home in 2002-03. Dating back to last season, Washington has won 16 of its last 18 home games.
The Huskies' 31-point loss at Stanford was its worst since losing by 31 points to Arizona (62-93), Jan. 10, 1998. It was the second-worst loss in the all-time series with Stanford. The Cardinal defeated UW by 40 points, 102-62, on Jan. 11, 1990. Thursday's contest also marked the last time since 2000 that the Huskies allowed 100 points - UW fell 100-54 vs. Connecticut, Nov. 24, 2000.
The Huskies have yet to lose consecutive Pac-10 games this year. Only once has UW lost back-to-back games this season, coming at then-No. 5 Baylor and at Texas A&M.
Washington has won 13 of its last 19 games and is 23-10 in its last 33 games dating back to last year.
The Huskies are 6-6 on the road this year, 4-4 while playing at Pac-10 opponents.
Going into this week, Washington led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.92) , turnover margin (+4.84) and steals (10.80). UW also ranked in the conference Top-5 in scoring offense (3rd, 71.8), scoring margin (3rd, +6.6), rebounding offense (2nd, 40.7), three-point field goal defense (5th, .316), rebounding margin (5th, +3.3), assists (5th, 14.76), and three-point FG made (3rd, 6.04).
Junior All-America candidate Cameo Hicks is the team's leader in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.5), and is second in assists (2.6). Hicks, selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25, has reached double-figure scoring 20 times in 25 games including six 20-point efforts. Going into this week Hicks ranked ninth in the Pac-10 in scoring, seventh in free-throw percentage (.775), ninth in offensive rebounds (2.42) (.370), and 10th in steals (1.75).
Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is not far behind Hicks when it comes to offensive numbers. On the season, Plouffe averages 10.6 points and 4.3 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in scoring 14 times in the last 18 games. Plouffe is averaging 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in Washington's 17 Pac-10 games thus far.
UW set a school record with its perfect 14-for-14 (1.000) clip from the free-throw line at Baylor, Dec. 2. The Huskies surpassed the previous school record of a 93.8 percentage (15-for-16) set in 1978 versus Sacramento State and in 1985 versus Oregon.
Daugherty Nearing 300-Win Mark:
Tenth-year head coach June Daugherty needs just five more victories to reach 300 in her career. Her all-time record currently stands at 295-197. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have reached the 300-career win mark: Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (653-176) and Arizona's Joan Bonvincini (590-251). Daugherty already reached a coaching milestone earlier this season, earning her 100th Pac-10 victory in UW's overtime win at USC, Feb. 9. Daugherty's record at Washington is 172-122.
Last Time Out:
Candice Wiggins scored 29 points and made a career-high seven 3-pointers, helping No. 15 Stanford clinch at least a share of its sixth straight Pac-10 title with a 100-69 victory over Washington on Thursday night. Brooke Smith added 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Cardinal, who won their 15th Pac-10 title overall. The Cardinal also extended their home-winning streak against Pac-10 opponents to 45 games. Kristen Newlin scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half for Stanford, which reached the century mark for the first time since last Jan. 20 against UCLA. It was Washington's second-worst loss to Stanford. Breanne Watson scored 12 points and Jill Bell and Andrea Plouffe each scored 10 points to lead Washington, which beat the Cardinal earlier in the season and was looking for its first season sweep of Stanford. The Huskies lost their seventh straight at Stanford. Wiggins missed her first 3-point attempt and then made four straight to help Stanford open a 22-point advantage in the first half. Cameo Hicks, who scored 23 points in Washington's earlier win over Stanford, returned to the lineup after missing a game with the stomach flu and was held to eight points, her worst effort in conference play which ended a string of eight straight double-figure scoring games. Wiggins, who nursed a stomach ailment on Wednesday, sat out the final 8:50. Stanford took control of the game with a 15-0 run midway through the first half. Wiggins and Smith combined for 12 of those points and the Cardinal held a 27-9 lead with 9:09 left in the half. The Huskies went over five minutes without scoring during that span. Stanford led 51-31 at halftime.