UW To Face Northern Iowa In Basketball Travelers Husky Classic Championship Game

Nov. 25, 2006

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

Northern Iowa 73, Miami 66
Washington 96, Saint Louis 69

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006
Consolation - Miami (2-3) vs. Saint Louis (5-1) • 12:30 p.m. PT
Championship Game - Northern Iowa (1-3) vs. Washington (2-2) • 3 p.m. PT
UW Games: Live Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Video - GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Following its 96-69 first round victory over Saint Louis, Saturday, Washington women's basketball (2-2) will face Northern Iowa (1-3) in the championship game of the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Sunday, Nov. 26. The game will tip-off at 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Preceding that contest will be the tournament's consolation game between Miami (2-3) and Saint Louis (5-1) at 12:30 p.m. Northern Iowa defeated Miami, 73-66 in overtime, in Saturday's other first round game. Washington is aiming for its 13th Husky Classic title in the 20-year history of the tournament.

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.

Rankings:
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 be in the midst of its first homestand (a two-game stint) after opening the season with three straight road games. Washington's win in its home opener versus Saint Louis, Saturday, was its second straight after picking up its first at Eastern Washington (67-59), Tuesday. The Huskies opened with back-to-back road losses at Marquette (61-78) and then-No. 12 Purdue (64-88) last week. Washington is now in a position to win its 13th Husky Classic title when it faces Northern Iowa in the championship game, Sunday. Despite struggling with early injuries, senior guard Cameo Hicks and junior center Andrea Plouffe have led the Huskies. Hicks, averaging 16.5 points per game, is coming off back-to-back 20-point games including a 21-point effort versus the Billikens, Saturday. She became the 20th player in Washington women's basketball history to reach 1,000 career points versus Saint Louis. Hicks has been playing injured after suffering a bone bruise to her right knee in practice two days before the season opener (Nov. 14). Plouffe is right behind Hicks in offensive production, averaging 15.0 points to go along with 5.3 rebounds. Plouffe, last year's Husk Classic MVP, dropped a career-high 23 points on Saint Louis, her second-straight outing in double-figures. Plouffe missed UW's contest at Eastern Washington, Tuesday, due to patellar tendonitis in both knees. The Huskies shot a season-high 44 percent from the field versus Saint Louis, but have a ways to go to raise their 34.4 overall shooting percentage on the season. The Husky defense has stepped up as well. After allowing at least 78 points to its first two opponents, UW has held the last two opposing teams to under 70 points. The Huskies are outrebounding their opponents 174-169, including a 76-47 advance on offensive boards.

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 Northern Iowa:
The Panthers picked up their first victory of the season in the first round of the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Saturday. UNI held on to defeat Miami, 73-66, in overtime. Senior forward Tara King led four Panthers in double-figures with 23 points, while senior guard Jessie Biggs tallied 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists. UNI 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 King who is averaging 23.5 points per game after dropping a career-high 38 versus Iowa State. Biggs is averaging 17.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. Biggs scored a career-high 22 points in UNI's season-opener. Northern Iowa is scoring 67 points per game and shooting 37.8 percent from the field. UNI is coached by Tony DiCecco in his 12th season with the Panthers.

All-Time Series Records:
Sunday's meeting between Washington and Northern Iowa will be the first in program history.

Last Game Recap - UW 96, Saint Louis 69:
Junior center Andrea Plouffe scored a career-high 23 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks added 21 to lead Washington over Saint Louis, 96-69, in the first round of the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Saturday. Despite missing the previous game at Eastern Washington with patellar tendonitis in both knees, Plouffe paced the Huskies on 9-of-16 shooting and a 4-for-6 clip from the free-throw line. Hicks notched her second-straight 20-point scoring game, and in doing so became the 20th player in UW women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point scoring mark. Hicks shot 11-for-13 from the line versus Saint Louis, both career-highs. Senior forwards Breanne Watson and Maggie O'Hara rounded out the four Huskies to finish in double-figures, with Watson racking up a season-high 16 points and O'Hara setting a career-high with 10. O'Hara led UW with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Theresa Lisch led the Billikens with 20 points, while senior guard Tyler McIlwraith added 15 and freshman guard Katie Paganelli scored 12. The Huskies put their best shooting performance of the season to good use,notching a 44 percent clip from the field to score a season-high 96 points. In turn, the UW defense forced 27 turnovers. The Huskies posted an early four-point lead in the opening minutes of the game, but the Billikens came back to take their own four-point advantage, 20-16, at the 13:06 mark. Washington then responded with a 12-0 run and led by no fewer than seven - and as many as 12 - up until halftime. With UW up 57-46 at 13:49, Saint Louis went on a 7-0 run to get within four, but the Huskies proceeded to hold the Billikens without a field goal for the next six minutes. In that span, UW outscored SLU 24-4. At that point, the Huskies had built over a 20-point lead and put the game out of reach.

Hicks Reaches 1,000 Point Club:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks became the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 points, Saturday. Hicks' 21 points versus Saint Louis pushed her above the 1,000 point plateau for her career. She now has 1,005 points, which ranks 20th all-time.UW Career Scoring List
1. Jamie Redd (1996-99) 2,027 points (17.8 average)
2. Giuliana Mendiola (2001-04) 1,928 (15.5)
3. Rhonda Smith (1992-95) 1,801 (15.5)
4. Karen Murray (1981-84) 1,745 (16.3)
5. Leteia Hughley (1982-85) 1,704 (16.1)
6. Yvette Cole (1986-89) 1,681 (13.7)
7. Loree Payne (2000-03) 1,675 (14.4)
8. Megan Franza (1998-01) 1,612 (13.5)
9. Karen Deden (1988-91) 1,596 (13.8)
10. Carlin McClary (1979-82) 1,508 (13.5)
11. Andrea Lalum (2001-03) 1,462 (11.9)
12. Amber Hall (1996-99) 1,330 (12.8)
13. Laurie Merlino (1988-91) 1,262 (10.3)
14. Amy Mickelson (1987-90) 1,224 (10.0)
15. Renee Avelino (1982-85) 1,195 (11.6)
16. Liz Chicane (1980-83) 1,153 (11.6)
17. Lisa Oriard (1985-88) 1,151 (9.9)
18. Jacki Myers (1987-90) 1,144 (9.4)
19. Tara Davis (1991-94) 1,143 (10.1)
20. Cameo Hicks (2004-07) 1,005 (10.7)

Home Openers:
After its win over Saint Louis, Saturday, Washington is 27-6 overall in home openers and has won the last six 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 four games including 20 at Eastern Washington, Tuesday, and 21 versus Saint Louis, Saturday. 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 16.5 points, to go along with a 4.3 rebounding average. She is shooting 36.5 percent from the field (19-52) and 46.7 percent from three-point range (7-15). 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 10.0 points and 7.3 rebounds in UW's first four 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 14 of her 29 boards being offensive rebounds. Bell is also third on the team in steals (five).

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 15.0 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. She also leads the team with nine steals and three blocked shots. Plouffe dropped a career-high 23 points, Saturday, against Saint Louis after missing the team's last game at Eastern Washington with patellar tendonitis in both knees. She appeared to not have skipped a beat since her previous performance at Purdue, when she notched team highs with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals (career-best)and two blocks. Plouffe also matched a career-high with two three-pointers versus the Boilermakers.

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