UW Women To Host Basketball Travelers Husky Classic

Nov. 24, 2006

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Basketball Travelers Husky Classic • Seattle, Wash. • Bank of America Arena
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006

Miami (2-2) vs. Northern Iowa (0-3) • 12:30 p.m. PT
Saint Louis (5-0) at Washington (1-2) • 3 p.m. PT

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006
Consolation Game • 12:30 p.m. PT
Championship Game • 3 p.m. PT
UW Games: Live Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Video - GoHuskies.com

This Week:
After opening the season with three straight road games, Washington women's basketball (1-2) makes its home debut hosting the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Sat., Nov. 25, through Sun., Nov. 26, at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Saturday's first round action will feature Miami (2-2) versus Northern Iowa (0-3) at 12:30 p.m. followed by the Huskies taking on Saint Louis (5-0) at 3 p.m. On Sunday, the first round winners will meet in the championship game at 3 p.m., preceded by the consolation contest at 12:30 p.m. UW has won its own Husky Classic 12 times in the 19-year history of the tournament, including three times in the last four seasons.

Radio Coverage:
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.

Live Video:
Free live video webcasts of Washington's contests this weekend can be seen at GoHuskies.com.

Northwest Harvest Canned Food Drive:
Fans who bring a can of food to donate to Northwest Harvest will receive a free general admission ticket to the Husky women's games this weekend.

Ticket Information:
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.

Washington fell from this week's WBCA/USA Today/ESPN poll released Tuesday, after being ranked in the Top-25 the first two weeks of the season. UW was ranked 25th in the preseason poll and moved up to 23rd in the first regular season poll. The Huskies are also unranked in the Associated Press Poll, but received votes in the preseason billing.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington is happy to return home after opening the season with three straight road games. The Huskies picked up their first win of the year at Eastern Washington (67-59), Tuesday, after suffering back-to-back losses at Marquette (61-78) and then-No. 12 Purdue (64-88) last week. Senior guard Cameo Hicks and redshirt-senior forward/center Jill Bell have come up big for the Huskies in these early games. Hicks, who has reached double-figures in scoring three times, is just 16 points away from reaching 1,000 in her career. Hicks leads the team with a scoring average of 15.0 points per game to go along with 4.7 boards per contest. After notching her fourth career double-double in UW's win versus Eastern, Bell leads the team in rebounding with 8.0 boards per game and is third with 10.3 points per game. Junior center Andrea Plouffe is second on the squad in both scoring (11.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.5 rpg) but missed the Huskies' last game with patellar tendonitis in both knees. Her status is listed as day-to-day for this weekend's tournament. UW has struggled with its shooting numbers thus far, notching a 31 percent field goal percentage and averaging 64 points per game. Despite their low field goal shooting percentage, the Huskies began the week leading the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (17). UW opponents are averaging 75.0 points per game and shooting 44.1 percent from the field. The Huskies have excelled on the offensive glass, recording a 58-34 advantage in offensive rebounds.

Basketball Travelers Husky Classic:
For the 20th-consecutive season, Washington plays host to the Husky Classic. The first tournament was held in 1986, with the Huskies defeating Oklahoma in the championship game, 83-64. UW has won a total of 12 Husky Classic titles, with the other champions being Louisiana Tech (1987), Long Beach State (1988), Colorado (1994), Kansas (1998), Oklahoma State (1999), Santa Clara (2001) and most recently Alabama (2004). Last year, Washington defeated San Diego, 77-61, in the first round before going on to defeat Rice, 86-62, in the championship game. Then-sophomore Andrea Plouffe was named the tournament's MVP, while fellow Husky teammates Cameo Hicks and Emily Florence were selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Scouting Saint Louis:
Under the direction of second-year head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, the Billikens are 5-0 heading into this weekend's games. Saint Louis opened with its first four games at home, defeating Akron (85-58), Chicago State (83-63), Tennessee State (96-59), and UT-Martin (66-65). SLU then continued its streak at Southern Illinois, Tuesday, winning there, 80-73. The Billikens are averaging 82 points per game, shooting 44.2 percent from the field and have five players with double-figure scoring averages. Freshman guard Theresa Lisch leads the squad with 17.0 points, to go along with a rebounding average of 5.8 boards per game. Senior guard Tyler McIlwraith (16.4 ppg), freshman guard Katie Paganelli (13.0), freshman center Amanda Kemezys (11.2) and senior guard Rachel Diener (10.8) round out SLU's top five scorers. Freshman forward Maggie Hennegan leads the squad with 6.8 rebounds per game. SLU's five wins almost equal its total number of victories from last year (7-20). The Billikens won just four games in 2004-05 before Gray-Miller took over the program last year.

Saint Louis/Washington Connections:
The Billikens' head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller was an assistant coach under June Daugherty at Washington for three seasons. While with the Huskies from 2001-03, Gray-Miller helped lead UW to an overall record of 63-30 and three-straight postseason appearances. In Gray-Miller's first season at UW, the Huskies advanced as far as the NCAA Elite Eight. After leaving Washington, she was an assistant coach at Arizona before taking on the head coaching duties at Saint Louis. Also, current Washington men's basketball head coach Lorenzo Romar was the head coach at Saint Louis for three seasons before returning to coach at his alma mater in 2002-03.

Scouting Miami (Ohio):
The RedHawks are 2-2 coming into this week's tournament, notching wins over Cleveland State (86-84) and Wright State (90-63), while falling to Robert Morris (89-90) and Northwestern (51-80). Miami has four players averaging points in double-figures, led by junior guard Amanda Jackson with 16.0 points per game. Also averaging in double-figures are junior guard Sarah Hull (15.0), sophomore forward Eve Pyle (11.3) and sophomore guard Jenna Schone (10.5). Miami is shooting 40.9 percent from the field and averaging 79 points per game. Maria Fantanarosa is in her ninth season as the head coach for the RedHawks.

Scouting Northern Iowa:
The Panthers come to Seattle this week in search of their first victory. UNI has dropped its first three games of the season at Minnesota (63-75), at Weber State (58-69) and at home verus Iowa State in overtime (74-80). The Panthers are led by senior forward Tara King who is averaging 23.7 points per game after dropping a career-high 38 versus Iowa State. Senior guard Jessie Biggs is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Biggs scored a career-high 22 points in UNI's season-opener. Northern Iowa is scoring 65 points per game and shooting 36.8 percent from the field. UNI is coached by Tony DiCecco in his 12th season with the Panthers.

All-Time Series Records:
Washington has yet to ever face Saint Louis or Northern Iowa. Washington and Miami have met once, with the Huskies posting an 86-62 victory over the RedHawks on Dec. 27, 1994 in Seattle.

Last Game Recap - UW 67, EWU 59:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a game-high 20 points and senior center Jill Bell added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Huskies staved off a second-half surge from Eastern Washington to down the Eagles, 67-59, at Reese Court, Tuesday evening. The win was the first of the season for Washington (1-2), while the loss was the first for Eastern Washington (3-1). Washington held a 13-point halftime lead, 36-23, but it was quickly relinquished when Eastern Washington came out of the locker room with a 19-6 run. The surge tied the score at 42 with 11 and a half minutes remaining in the game. The Huskies responded with a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead and managed to stay a step ahead of the Eagles until the closing seconds. Bell and redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark held the Huskies together in the second half, with Bell scoring 10 of her 15 points and Clark scoring eight of her 10 points after halftime. Washington committed a season-high 29 turnovers but made up for it on the glass, outrebounding the Eagles 60-42. In addition to Bell's 13 boards, Clark added eight and senior forward Maggie O'Hara grabbed seven. Bell responded to the call in her first start of the season, getting the nod after it was decided that junior center Andrea Plouffe would miss the game due to patellar tendonitis in both knees. The Huskies opened the game with a 12-2 run to take an early 10-point lead. Hicks contributed seven of the first 12 points to spark Washington early. The Huskies and Eagles traded baskets for the next nine minutes, with UW leading by as many as 11 points during that span. Hicks then rattled off 7-0 run of her own capped by a three-pointer at 5:25 to give UW its largest lead of the game to that point, 35-18. The Huskies went into the lockeroom with a 13-point lead, 36-23.

Home Openers:
Washington is 26-6 overall in home openers and has won the last five straight. UW's last loss in a home opener was Nov. 24, 2000, to Connecticut (54-100). Last year, the Huskies defeated nationally ranked Utah in its home opener, 63-56. Cameo Hicks led UW in that game with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Road Warriors:
Washington is in the midst of playing five of its first seven games on the road. The Huskies' contest at Eastern Washington, Tuesday, wrapped a three-game season-opening road trip and after hosting the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic this weekend, they will be back out on the road for contests at Kent State (Nov. 30) and Ohio State (Dec. 3).

Hicks Continues To Lead:
Senior co-captain Cameo Hicks is already off to a strong start in her final season. After reaching double-figures in scoring in all but five games last year, she has scored at least 12 points in the first three games including a season-high 20 at Eastern Washington, Tuesday. What makes her performances that much more significant is the fact that she is playing with an injured right knee after suffering a bone bruise in practice, Nov. 12. Hicks is averaging a team-high 15 points, to go along with a 4.7 rebounding average. She is shooting 34.1 percent from the field (14-41) and 58.3 percent from three-point range (7-12). Exactly half of Hicks' field goals made have been from beyond the arc. Hicks stays plenty busy when she's not on the basketball court, serving in her second year as the President of the Washington Student-Athlete Advisory Council (WSAAC).

Bell Comes Up Big:
Senior forward/center Jill Bell has made an immediate impact in her final season, averaging 10.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in UW's first three games. Bell was a key contributor coming off the bench at Marquette, nearly notching a double-double with 10 points and eight boards. Getting her first starting nod of the season for an injured Andrea Plouffe at Eastern Washington, Tuesday, Bell recorded her fourth career double-double with 15 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. She has especially come up big for the Huskies on the offensive glass, with 13 of her 24 boards being offensive rebounds. Bell is also tied for second on the team in steals (four).

Model of Consistency:
Junior center Andrea Plouffe has picked up right where she left off last season. Plouffe, who averaged 10.7 points per game as a sophomore, is averaging 11 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds. She also leads the team with nine steals and three blocked shots. Plouffe came up big for the Huskies against 12th-ranked Purdue, notching team highs with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two blocks. She finished just off pace from her career high of 19 points, but did establish a career-best with five steals. Plouffe also matched a career-high with two three-pointers versus the Boilermakers. Plouffe missed the Huskies' last game at Eastern Washington with patellar tendonitis in both knees and her status for the weekend is listed as day-to-day.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, heading into Saturday's contest with 286-70 overall record (80.3 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies posted a home record of 12-2 last year, losing only to USC and Arizona State.

Hicks Nearing 1,000 Point Club:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks needs just 16 points to reach 1,000 in her career. Hicks enters Saturday's home opener versus Saint Louis with 984 career points. When she reaches that plateau, she will be the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 career points.

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.

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 three more wins to reach 300 in her career. She tallied 123 wins during her seven-year career at Boise State and 174 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.

The Schedule:
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.

Ranked Opponents:
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 40-102 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 12-72 mark on the road (3-45 away, 9-27 neutral).

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 is in 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 174-128, and a career record of 297-202. 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. She is slowly making her way back into practice, most recently participating in shooting drills.

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.

Roster Note:
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.

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