No. 23 Women's Hoops Continues Road Trip At No. 12 Purdue
Nov. 16, 2006
Friday, November 17
rv/#23 Washington (0-1) at #12/13 Purdue (3-0) 3 p.m. PT
Mackey Arena West Lafayette, Ind.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 TV - None
After a season-opening loss at Marquette, Tuesday, 23rd-ranked Washington will look for its first 'w' when the Huskies face No. 12/13 Purdue (3-0), Friday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. PT, at the Mackey Arena In West Lafayette, Ind. Washington (0-1) is opening its season on the road for the seventh time in nine seasons and for good measure will play five of its first seven games away from Seattle. The Boilermakers (3-0) already have three home contests under their belt and are in the midst of competing in the preseason WNIT. Purdue is the first of eight opponents the Huskies will face this season that were ranked in the preseason Top-25 polls. Washington had two exhibition games to tuneup for the start of the regular season before its opener at Marquette, winning both contests by an average of 52.5 points. UW defeated the University of Regina, 111-57, Nov. 1, before taking care of the Australian Institute of Sport, 107-56, Nov. 5.
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.
Washington is ranked 23rd in the first regular season WBCA/USA Today/ESPN poll released Nov. 14, moving up from a No. 25 billing in the preseason poll. UW has also received votes in the Associated Press Poll. The Huskies were also tabbed 14th according to an ESPN.com preseason poll conducted by Nancy Lieberman.
Huskies Fall In Season Opener At Marquette:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored 12 points just two days afer suffering a knee injury in practice, but it wasn't enough to help the Huskies avoid a season-opening defeat to Marquette, 78-61, at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Tuesday. Hicks finished the game with team highs of 12 points and 28 minutes, adding four rebounds and one assist. Washington, though, endured a sluggish start, missing 18 of its first 26 shots and committing 11 first-half turnovers while falling behind 40-29 at the break. After seeing its deficit extend to 13 just seconds into the second frame, however, the Huskies rallied to take a one-point lead with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Freshman Sami Whitcomb ignited the Huskies' 18-4 second-half run with back-to-back three-pointers, and senior Jill Bell added four points and two rebounds during the run, which gave Washington its first lead since the game's opening minutes. After the two teams traded baskets to the eight-minute mark, Marquette took command, scoring six straight points and 28 of the next 34 to send the Huskies to their first defeat. Marquette sophomore point guard Krystal Ellis had eight of her game-high 24 points during the Golden Eagles' closing run, during which UW shot just 2-for-14 from the field and committed three turnovers. Bell nearly recorded a double-double coming off the bench, with 10 points and eight boards (six on the offensive glass). Senior forward Breanne Watson finished with nine points and five rebounds.
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 10.7 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.
Purdue, which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 last year and is ranked 12th in the Associated Press poll, already has three regular season games under its belt. The Boilermakers are playing in the Preseason WNIT, having notched wins over Belmont (67-43), Hartford (83-51) and N.C. State (68-38) to advance to the final. So far Purdue is averaging 72.7 points per game while allowing opponents to score just 44.0 points per contest. The Boilermakers, under the direction of first-year head coach Sharon Versyp, are led by senior All-America candidates Katie Gearlds and Erin Lawless. Gearlds, a 2006 Kodak All-District All-American, has averaged 16.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in the first three games. Lawless has also averaged double-figure scoring so far, with 14.0 points to go along with 6.3 rebounds. Junior forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton is the team's leading rebounder, averaging 9.7 boards per game to go along with 12.3 points per game.
All-Time Series vs. Purdue:
The Huskies are 0-2 all-time against Purdue, with both meetings coming in NCAA Tournament play in 1998 and 1994. Washington fell to Purdue (88-71) in the first round of the Tournament in 1998 and suffered a second-round loss to the Boilermakers (86-59) in 1994.
Washington is 22-11 in season openers after its loss to Marquette, Tuesday. Until then, the Huskies had won their last five straight openers. The Huskies have opened on the road 18 times, including five times in the last six years and seven in the last nine. Last year, Washington defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 56-52, to open the season. Before Tuesday, UW's last season opening loss was at Indiana on Nov. 17, 2000 (77-74) - the same season the Huskies advanced as far as the NCAA Elite Eight.
Washington will play its first three games of the season on the road until making its home debut versus Saint Louis in the first round of the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Nov. 25. After traveling to the Midwest to take on Marquette and Purdue, the Huskies will face Eastern Washington in Cheney, Tues., Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m. In fact, Washington will play five of its first seven contests on the road. After the two-day Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, UW will be back out on the road to face Kent State (Nov. 30) and Ohio State (Dec. 3).
Hicks Named Preseason Wooden Award Candidate:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks was named one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award. Hicks, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection last year, led the Huskies with 15.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Also a 2006 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and an ESPN The Magazine Academic-All-District second-team selection, Hicks ranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players last year in scoring (eighth), three-point field goal percentage (ninth), offensive rebounds (ninth) and steals (10th). She scored in double-figures in 24 of 29 games and notched seven 20-point games, while averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in UW's two NCAA Tournament games.
Hicks Nearing 1,000 Point Club:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks needs just 49 points to reach 1,000 in her career. Hicks enters Friday's contest at Purdue with 951 career points. When she reaches that plateau, she will be the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 career points.
Daugherty Approaching 300 Career Wins:
Hicks isn't the only Husky on the verge on notching a notable career accomplishment. Head coach June Daugherty needs four more wins to reach 300 in her career. She tallied 123 wins during her seven-year career at Boise State and 173 in her 11th year at Washington.
Huskies Breeze Past Exhibition Contests:
Washington notched a pair of exhibition wins to prepare for the official start of the season. UW outlasted Canadian collegiate team - the University of Regina - 111-57, before downing a squad from the Australian Institute of Sport, 107-56. Redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark led the squad averaging 19.5 points in addition to grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game. Senior forward Jill Bell averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, while senior forward Breanne Watson averaged 13.5 points and a team-high 7.0 boards in both contests. The Huskies showed in both games how vital their depth will be, as every player that took the floor contributed both points and rebounds. UW had seven players reach double-figures against Regina and six reach double-figures against AIS. A promising sign for the future was the play of freshman Sami Whitcomb who averaged 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Washington's 2006-07 schedule features 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.
Eight of Washington's opponents are ranked in the preseason polls (AP/WBCA Coaches' Poll): Stanford (4/4), Ohio State (7/7), Purdue (11/13), Arizona State (13/12), Texas A&M (14/14), California (21/21), USC (22/22), and UCLA (23/23). Washington is 40-101 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 12-71 mark on the road (3-44 away, 9-27 neutral).
The Last Time...:
A Husky team faced a ranked opponent was its NCAA Tournament second round game with No. 5 LSU (March 20, 2006). Washington lost that game, 72-49. UW's last win over a ranked opponent came in the first round of last year's tournament, a 73-69 victory over No. 25 Minnesota (March 18, 2006).
UW Picked To Tie For Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll, Fifth In Media Poll:
Washington was picked to finish in a tie for fourth according to the 2006-07 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll and fifth according to the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll. Stanford was voted as the favorite to win the conference title according to both the coaches and media. The coaches selected the following order of finish: No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 USC, t-No. 4 California, t-No. 4 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Washington State and No. 10 Oregon State. Behind Stanford, the media predicted the following finish: No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 USC, No. 4 California, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 10 Washington State.
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.
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 173-127, and a career record of 296-201. 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.
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.
Jones Calls It A Career:
Senior guard Angie Jones announced the end of her playing career, Oct. 5. She will remain with the team as a student-assistant coach this season as she finishes her degree. Jones has sustained multiple injuries to her right knee since her junior year of high school that have resulted in a build up of arthritis. She has undergone two ACL surgeries and two meniscus surgeries during that time, all on the same knee. Jones suffered yet another injury to her right knee in one of the Huskies' practices prior its foreign tour to Italy in August. She sprained two ligaments (MCL and PCL) in her knee, in addition to suffering a hamstring strain and a bone bruise. Jones missed her junior year at Holy Names Academy after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee. She then tore the same ACL in a preseason practice during her freshman year at UW (2002-03). Since then, she underwent meniscus surgeries in August, 2004 and September, 2005. Jones played in 51 games for the Huskies, starting four. She averaged 1.9 points per game and shot 34.2 percent from the field.
Junior guard Michelle Augustavo will sit out the 2006-07 due to NCAA transfer rules. Augustavo, a native of Bothell, Wash., transferred to Washington from San Diego.