Huskies Continue Road Trip At No. 6 Ohio State

Dec. 1, 2006

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Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006
Washington (3-3) at #6/6 Ohio State (6-0) • 11 a.m. PT
Schottenstein Center • Columbus, Ohio
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none

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Looking to bounce back from an overtime loss at Kent State, Washington women's basketball (3-3) continues its road trip facing sixth-ranked and unbeaten Ohio State (6-0), Sun., Dec. 3, in Columbus. The contest will tip off at 11 a.m. PT at the Schottenstein Center on the OSU campus. The trip is a homecoming for UW head coach June Daugherty and her husband, associate head coach Mike Daugherty. Both Husky coaches are Ohio State graduates and Ohio natives. June, who needs just one more win to reach 300 in her career, is a member of the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame, earning four letters from 1975-78 and earning All-America honors as a senior. Mike was a three-year letterwinner with the Buckeyes from 1975-77 after transferring from Georgia Tech. Ohio State is the second ranked team the Huskies have faced this season, after falling at then-No. 12 Purdue, Nov. 17. Washington lost a tough overtime contest at Kent State (78-81), Thursday, after relinquishing an 18-point halftime lead. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for UW. Ohio State has won six straight contests to open the season, most recently against Longwood (68-33) on Thursday. Sunday's contest wraps a stint in which the Huskies played five of their first seven games on the road. UW will return to Seattle after the contest to host four-straight, beginning with 10th-ranked Texas A&M, Wed., Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.

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, calls the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.

Rankings:
Washington received votes in both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls this week. The Huskies have been ranked as high as No. 23 in the coaches' poll (Nov. 13) this season and have received votes in the AP Top-25 in three of four weeks.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington had its three-game winning streak come to an end, Thursday, suffering a three-point overtime loss at Kent State (78-81). UW will look to get back in the win column against a formidable opponent in sixth-ranked Ohio State. The Buckeyes will be the first of two consecutive Top-10 opponents for the Huskies who will host 10th-ranked Texas A&M, Wed., Dec. 6. Prior to its trip to Ohio, UW rattled off three straight wins at Eastern Washington, and against Saint Louis and Northern Iowa at home to win its own Basketball Travelers Husky Classic. Washington is averaging 74.5 points per game and shooting 37.0 percent from the field. UW opponents are averaging 73.0 points per game and shooting 41.8 percent from the field. The Huskies began the week leading the Pac-10 in both rebounding offense (44.0) and offensive boards (19.40). UW also led the conference with 11.0 steals per game. UW's leader on the floor has been senior guard Cameo Hicks. The All-America candidate is averaging a team-high 17.2 points per game to go along with a rebounding average of 4.8 boards per game. Hicks is coming off a career-high scoring night against Kent State (29) and has scored at least 20 points in three of UW's six games. Hicks is one of three Huskies averaging points in double-figures, followed by junior center Andrea Plouffe (11.3) and senior forwar/center Jill Bell (10.0). Plouffe has been hampered by patellar tendonitis in both knees that has caused her to miss two games, including UW's last outing at Kent State. She is listed as day-to-day. Plouffe is second on the team in rebounding (5.3) and steals (nine), and leads the squad in blocked shots (four). Bell, who has started both games in Plouffe's absence, is the Huskies' top rebounder with 7.5 boards per game.

Daugherty Approaching 300 Career Wins:
Head coach June Daugherty needs just one more win to reach 300 in her career. She tallied 123 wins during her seven-year career at Boise State and 176 in her 11th year at Washington. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have 300 career wins under their belt, Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (595-256/27 years) and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (663-182/27 years).

Daughertys Return Home:
This week's trip marks a homecoming for UW head coach June Daugherty and her husband, UW associate head coach Mike Daugherty. Both Daughertys are Ohio natives and Ohio State graduates. June, a native of Columbus who prepped at Westerville South High School, is a 1978 OSU grad and played four seasons for the Buckeyes from 1974-78. As a senior at Ohio State, June was a first-team All-American, a Wade Trophy finalist and team captain. She led her squad to Big Ten championship titles in 1978 and 1977. In 2000, she was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame. Entering this season, June ranked 21st on OSU's career scoring list with 1,137 points and ranked fourth in career rebounds (829). Mike is a native of Bedford, Ohio, and a 1977 OSU graduate. He played three seasons with the Buckeyes from 1975-77 after playing one season at Georgia Tech (1974). He was named Ohio State's defensive player of the year in 1976 and scored a career-best 18 points in a two-point loss to eventual national champion and undefeated Indiana. The Daughertys' ties also stretch to Kent State where June took on her first collegiate coaching position. She was an assistant at Kent for three seasons (1983-85).

Scouting Ohio State:
The Buckeyes are one of the top teams in the nation, ranking sixth this week in both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls. Ohio State is 6-0 and coming off a 68-33 victory over Longwood on Thursday. Ohio State has played all but one of its six games at home, its only road game was at Army in the team's season opener (77-41). OSU's other wins have come against USC (77-58), Boston College (80-72 OT), Cornell (77-43) and Montana (83-43). The Buckeyes are averaging 77.0 points per game while allowing opponents to score an average of just 48.3 per game. Jessica Davenport leads the squad with 20.8 points per game and 9.2 rebounds. Brandie Hoskins also has a double-figure scoring average with 16.8 points per game. OSU's roster features three starters from last year's team that posted a 29-3 overall record, won the Big Ten title and advanced as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is coached by Jim Foster.

All-Time Series Record vs. Ohio State:
Sunday marks the first ever meeting between these two schools.

Last Game Recap - Kent State 81, UW 78 (OT):
Led by 29 points from senior guard Kristin Peoples, Kent State overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to come back to defeat Washington in overtime, 81-78, at the M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio, Thursday evening. The Huskies received their own 29-point career-high scoring night from senior guard Cameo Hicks, but it wasn't enough to lift UW head coach June Daugherty to her 300th all-time victory where her collegiate coaching career began - as an assistant with the Golden Flashes from 1983-85. After scoring 18 points in the second-half to spark Kent State's comeback, Peoples added nine more in overtime - including a three-pointer that broke a 76-76 tie with 18 seconds remaining and two free-throws to secure another three-point lead (81-78) with 5.2 seconds left. UW junior point guard Emily Florence, who scored the Huskies' last three points in overtime and pulled down a season-high eight rebounds, threw up a desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer to tie, but it fell short. The Huskies would have never predicted overtime after the opening 20 minutes of the contest. The first half saw Washington hold Kent State to just seven field goals and a 26.9 field goal shooting percentage, including a drought that saw the Golden Flashes fail to make a field goal during the final seven minutes. During that time, the Huskies outscored the Golden Flashes 14-3 and finished the half on a 12-2 run. The tides quickly turned after the intermission, as KSU cut its 18-point deficit to eight in the first seven minutes of the second half, with a 17-7 run. Washington ended up with a higher shooting percentage in the second half, but its defense couldn't stop Peoples and senior forward La'Kia Stewart who scored all 15 of her points after halftime.The Huskies clung to a three-point lead (67-64) with 2:30 left in regulation, but Kent State climbed to within one on a basket from Jamilah Humes and tied the score (67-67) when Peoples made the first of two free-throws with 23.7 seconds left. She missed the second, which could have given KSU the lead at that point. Senior forward/center Jill Bell missed a jumper at the other end of the floor with 2.7 seconds remaining. Washington led twice in overtime, once after Hicks scored off the opening tip (69-67) and again on a pair of free-throws from Hicks after back-to-back buckets from Kent State (72-71). The Golden Flashes answered with a basket from Peoples and a three-pointer drained by senior guard Sarah Burgess to take a four-point lead (76-72). UW chipped away with a pair of made free-throws from senior forward Breanne Watson and a basket from Florence to tie at 76-76. Hicks notched her career-high 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including an 8-of-10 clip from the free-throw line. Redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark scored a career-high 13 points to go along with seven rebounds. Senior forward/center Jill Bell, starting for junior center Andrea Plouffe who is battling patellar tendonitis in both knees, recorded eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.

Ranked Opponents:
Sixth-ranked Ohio State will be the second ranked opponent the Huskies have faced this season. The Huskies fell to then-No. 12 Purdue in West Lafayette, 64-88. The last time UW faced an opponent ranked as high as sixth was No. 5 LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, last year. Washington is 40-102 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 12-72 mark on the road (3-45 away, 9-27 neutral). Against Top-10 competition, UW is 13-55, 2-39 on the road (1-24 away, 1-15 neutral). Including Purdue and Ohio State, eight of Washington's opponents were 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).

Hicks Reaches 1,000 Point Club:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks became the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 points, during last weekend's Basketball Travelers Husky Classic. Hicks' 21 points versus Saint Louis pushed her above the 1,000 point plateau for her career. She now has 1,042 points, which ranks 20th all-time.

Road Warriors:
Washington is in the midst of playing five of its first seven games on the road. The Huskies' contest at Eastern Washington, Nov. 21, wrapped a three-game season-opening road trip and after a brief two-game homestand hosting the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic last weekend, they were back out on the road this week playing at Kent State (Nov. 30) and No. 6 Ohio State (Dec. 3). Following Sunday's game in Columbus, the Huskies will host a four-game homestand.

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 five of the first six games including three-point 20-point efforts - 20 at Eastern Washington (Nov. 21), 21 versus Saint Louis (Nov. 25) and a career-high 29 at Kent State (Nov. 30). 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 17.2 points, to go along with a 4.8 rebounding average. She has excelled from long range, shooting 42.1 from beyond the three-point arc (8-for-19). 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 whether in a starting role or coming off the bench, averaging 10.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in UW's first six games. Bell has already notched two double-doubles, with 15 points and 13 rebounds in her first start of the season at Eastern Washington, and 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Husky Classic championship game versus Northern Iowa, Nov. 26. Bell was named to the Husky Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts. She nearly recorded a double-double in UW's season opener at Marquette with 10 points and eight boards. In her second start at Kent State, Bell tallied eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. She has especially come up big for the Huskies on the offensive glass, with 20 of her 45 boards being offensive rebounds. Bell is also tied for third on the team in steals (eight).

Model of Consistency
Although hampered by patellar tendonitis that has caused her to miss two games this season, junior center Andrea Plouffe has been a consistent force for the Huskies' inside game. Plouffe, who averaged 10.7 points per game as a sophomore, is averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. She also leads the team with four blocked shots. Plouffe dropped a career-high 23 points, Nov. 25, against Saint Louis after missing the team's previous game at Eastern Washington due to the tendonitis. 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. Plouffe missed UW's last game at Kent State and her status is listed day-to-day.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting a 2-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. Washington has an all-time record of 288-70 (80.4 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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.

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.

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 b>y 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 176-129, and a career record of 299-203. 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 sustained multiple injuries to her right knee since her junior year of high school that resulted in a build up of arthritis. She underwent two ACL surgeries and two meniscus surgeries during that time. 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 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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