Husky Women To Host Pair of Exhibition Games This Week
Oct. 31, 2006
Washington opens its 33rd season of women's basketball hosting a pair of exhibition contests this week. The Huskies will play host to the University of Regina, Wed., Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. and the Australian Institute of Sport, Sun., Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. Both contests will be played at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Admission for both games will be free. The Husky women officially start the season on the road, traveling to Marquette (Tues., Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. CT) and Purdue (Fri., Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. ET).
Live Video Streaming:
Both women's exhibition games can be seen live and free of charge on the Dawg Channel All-Access at GoHuskies.com.
With the exception of the two exhibition contests, all Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his eighth season as the voice of UW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.
Both exhibition games will be free to the public. Regular season reserved individual game tickets are $12 and subject to availability within reserved areas. General admission tickets are $6. Tickets are available online at GoHuskies.com, by calling 206-543-2200 or in person at the Husky Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Graves Building.
Scouting the University of Regina:
The University of Regina is a collegiate team from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Cougars are already nine games into their non-conference season, posting a 4-5 record thus far. Regina competes in the Great Plains division of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. Freshman forward Gabrielle Gheyssen leads the team averaging 14.4 points per game, while junior post Chelsea Cassano has averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds. The Cougars have used 10 different players in their starting lineup this season. All but one of the players on the squad hail from Canada, the exception being Maja Kralovcova from the Czech Republic.
Scouting the Australian Institute of Sport:
The Australian Institute of Sport women's basketball team will face eight collegiate teams on the West Coast during a two-week exhibition tour. In addition to Washington, the squad will face Seattle University, Portland State, Oregon, Portland, USC, Cal Poly SLO and Cal Poly Pomona.
2006-07 Season Outlook:
Washington returns a veteran and experienced squad this season with a roster that boasts six seniors and five returning starters. Last year, the Huskies surprised everyone but themselves finishing with a 19-11 record, and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Although projected to finish sixth and seventh in the Pac-10 standings by the media and coaches, respectively, the Huskies ended in a tie for fourth with USC (11-7). Senior All-America candidate and co-captain Cameo Hicks leads the way for UW, a returning first-team All-Pac-10 player from a year ago. Hicks led the Huskies in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.6) last season. Also returning is junior center Andrea Plouffe who had a breakout year in 2005-06. Plouffe helped step up the Huskies' rebounding game with her inside presence and averaged 10.6 points. The other three returning starters are senior forward Breanne Watson and junior guards Dominique Banks and Emily Florence. UW will be without the services of Banks for the first half of the season after she underwent surgery in September to repair stress fractures in both lower legs. Banks will be missed as she was a key to the Huskies' running game with her speed and quickness. Florence has started the last 49 straight games dating back to her freshman season and is a defensive spark plug, while leading the team in assists last year. UW welcomes three freshmen including forward/center Laura McLellan (Campbell, Calif.) and guards Sami Whitcomb (Ventura, Calif.) and Sara Mosiman (King's HS/Seattle). Junior transfer Michelle Augustavo (Blanchet HS/Bothell) has also joined the squad after playing the last two seasons at the University of San Diego, but will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. She will be able to practice with the team.
Washington's 2006-07 schedule includes nine opponents that appeared in the 2006 NCAA Tournament including seven squads that advanced to the second round or better. Road games at Purdue, which advanced as far as the NCAA Sweet 16 last year, and Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in the final 2006 AP poll, highlight a formidable preseason slate that also includes fellow 2006 Tourney participants Texas A&M and Florida State. With a conference record six teams getting a nod to the NCAA Tournament last season, the Pac-10 schedule will be that much more challenging. Stanford (Elite Eight), USC (second round), UCLA (second round), Arizona State (second round) and California (first round) are also UW opponents that participated in the Big Dance last year.
Huskies On Television:
Washington women's basketball will have three games nationally televised by FSN during the 2006-07 season, the Pac-10 Conference office announced. The Huskies will be featured on the road in contests at Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. PT and at Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. PT. UW's home game versus California on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. PT will also be televised by FSN to a national audience. Additional Husky women's basketball games may also be selected for regional broadcasts by UW television partners.
UW Garners No. 14 Ranking By ESPN.com:
The Washington women's basketball team was tabbed 14th in an ESPN.com Preseason Top-25 poll selected by ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. The Huskies were one of five Pac-10 teams chosen by Lieberman in the preseason poll, a group that also included No. 3 Stanford, No. 12 California, No. 15 USC and No. 16 Arizona State. In addition to the Pac-10 teams selected to the poll, UW will face three more squads this year that were also Top-25 picks: No. 5 Ohio State, No. 9 Purdue and No. 13 Texas A&M. The two major women's basketball polls - Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today/WBCA - have not yet been released.
UW Picked To Tie For Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll:
Washington was picked to finish in a tie for fourth according to the 2006-07 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll, the conference office Oct. 16. Stanford was voted as the favorite to win the conference title according to the coaches, receiving nine of 10 first-place votes. Arizona State, selected to finish second, received the remaining first-place nod. USC was tabbed to finish third, followed by California and Washington in a tie for fourth. UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Washington State and Oregon State rounded out the bottom half of the poll.
Husky Coaching Staff:
June Daugherty enters her 11th season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason eight times. She has guided UW to five 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. Daugherty has compiled a UW record of 173-126, and a career record of 296-200. 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 11th year with the team, while Soderberg begins her third season and Lewis-Jay enters her fourth year. Senior Angie Jones, who announced her retirement in early October due to recurring knee injuries, will serve as a student assistant coach for UW this year.
Head coach June Daugherty needs just four more wins to reach 300 in her career...senior Cameo Hicks is 61 points away from becoming the 20th player in UW history to reach the 1,000 point plateau...senior Jill Bell ranks eighth all-time in career blocks with 56...senior Cheri Craddock and Hicks rank seventh (.367) and eighth (.355), respectively, on the UW career 3-point FG percentage list...Hicks and senior guard Erica Schelly were selected team captains for this year's squad...assistant coach Janet Soderberg was inducted into the Kitsap County Hall of Fame, Sept. 30.
UW Takes Foreign Tour of Italy:
The Huskies got a jump start on the season, taking a foreign tour to Italy from August 22-September 1. The NCAA allows teams to take foreign tours every four years. UW played four games against international competition and traveled to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Como. The Huskies went 4-0 on the trip, dominating their competition and averaging 97 points a game.
Banks To Miss First Part Of Season:
Junior guard Dominique Banks will miss the first half of the women's basketball season after undergoing surgery to repair stress fractures in both of her legs. Banks, a native of Stockton, Calif., had multiple stress fractures in the tibias of her lower legs, injuries that were discovered in August. Banks underwent surgery on Sept. 15, a procedure in which rods were inserted down the middle of each tibia.
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