UW Women Open Homestand With No. 15 Texas A&M Wednesday

Dec. 5, 2006

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Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006
#15/14 Texas A&M (6-1) at nr/rv Washington (3-4) • 7 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
After playing five of its first seven games on the road, Washington women's basketball returns home to host its longest homestand of the season - a four-game stint beginning with 15th-ranked Texas A&M, Wed., Dec. 6. The contest will tip-off at 7 p.m. PT at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies will look to snap a two-game losing streak after suffering road setbacks at Kent State (78-81 in OT) and at then-No. 6 Ohio State (79-84) last week. The Aggies will be the second-straight Top-15 opponent for the Huskies, who nearly pulled an upset over the Buckeyes on Sunday. UW head coach June Daugherty needs just one more win reach 300 in her career. The Huskies are unbeaten at home this year with wins over Saint Louis (96-69) and Northern Iowa (81-63). Washington's homestand continues with Nevada on Dec. 10 (1 p.m.), followed by in-state rival Gonzaga on Dec. 15 (7 p.m.) and Florida State on Dec. 17 (1 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.

Web Coverage:
A free, live video webcast and live statistics of Washington's contest versus Texas A&M, Wednesday, will be available on GoHuskies.com.

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 received votes in this week's WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll, but did not receive votes in the Associated Press poll. The Huskies have been ranked as high as No. 23 in the coaches' poll (Nov. 13) this season after earning a No. 25 preseason billing.

Scouting The Huskies:
The Huskies return to Seattle this week to host a four-game homestand, beginning with the 15th-ranked Aggies, Wednesday. The Huskies will welcome the site of Bank of America Arena having played five of their first seven games on the road. UW will look to snap a two-game losing skid after losses at Kent State and then-No. 6 Ohio State last week. Washington is 2-0 at home this season, with victories over Saint Louis (Nov. 25) and Northern Iowa (Nov. 26). Texas A&M will be the second-straight ranked opponent for Washington. UW is 0-2 against ranked teams this year, falling to then-No. 12 Purdue (64-88) and the Buckeyes (79-84). Although winless in their last two contests, the Huskies lost both games in Ohio by a combined eight points - three to Kent State (78-81, OT) and five to Ohio State (79-84). Washington is led by senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging 18.9 points per game. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, Hicks recorded back-to-back career-high 29 point scoring efforts last week at Kent State and Ohio State. Hicks began the week fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring, sixth in three-point FG percentage (.478) and seventh in three-pointers made (11). The Huskies have been hit by the injury bug, the most recent player to go down being freshman guard Sami Whitcomb. Whitcomb suffered a broken hand in a practice at Ohio State, Dec. 2. She will be out at least four weeks. Whitcomb had played in every game until the Ohio State matchup, averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. UW has been without the services of second-leading scorer and rebounder, junior center Andrea Plouffe, the last two games. Plouffe has been battling patellar tendonitis in both knees and her playing status is listed as day-to-day. Junior guard Dominique Banks is still recovering from surgery (performed in September) to repair stress fractures in both her lower legs. Senior forward/center Jill Bell and junior point guard Emily Florence have made big contributions as of late. Bell is the team's top rebounder with 7.4 boards per game which ranks seventh in the Pac-10. Florence, who dished a career-high 11 assists at Ohio State, is the Huskies' floor leader and defensive catalyst, leading the squad in steals (12) and assists (27). In this week's Pac-10 statistical rankings, she is tied for seventh in assists (3.86 per game) and is fourth in assists-turnover ratio (2.08)

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 (596-256/27 years) and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (664-182/27 years).

Hicks Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Hicks turned in a pair of all-around excellent performances in two tight road losses for the Huskies. At Kent State, Hicks set a career-high with 29 points while pulling down six rebounds, but the Huskies fell just short in overtime, 81-78. Hicks shot 10-of-17 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the contest. Next time out, the Huskies nearly pulled a dramatic upset of No. 6 Ohio State, thanks in part to another 29-point outburst from Hicks. She also shared the ball to the tune of six assists, and was a presence on defense with three steals and a pair of blocks, while again shooting an efficient 11-of-19 from the field. The Huskies held the lead over the Buckeyes for 32 minutes of the game but ended up falling 84-79. For the week, Hicks averaged 29.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and a block per game while shooting .583 from the field (21-of-36), .571 from three-point range (4-of-7) and .800 from the charity stripe (12-of-15). This is the second career Player of the Week award for Hicks and the 25th all-time for Washington.

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.

Scouting Texas A&M:
The Aggies travel to Seattle, looking to rebound from its first loss of the season at Rice (66-79), Friday. Texas A&M is ranked 15th and 14th according to the two national polls, but was ranked as high as 10th last week. The Aggies lost their top player, junior All-American candidate Morenike Atunrase for 4-6 weeks after suffering a foot fracture in the scond half of play at Rice. Atunrase was the team's leading scorer with 17.1 points per game. Looking to fill the shoes of Atunrase will be sophomore guard/forward Danielle Gant. Gant is averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures is sophomore guard Takia Starks with 13.9 points per game. The Aggies are averaging 76.9 points per game while allowing opponents to average just 48.9.

All-Time Series Record vs. Texas A&M:
Washington trails the all-time series with Texas A&M, 0-1. Both teams met for the first time in College Station last year, with A&M prevailing by 14-points, 65-79. Andrea Plouffe and Kayla Burt each led the Huskies with 13 points, while Takia Starks scored 25 and Morenike Atunrase added 21 to pace the Aggies.

Last Game Recap - #6 Ohio State 84, UW 79:
Jessica Davenport and Marscilla Packer each scored 25 points and Brandie Hoskins added 23 to lead No. 6 Ohio State back from an 11-point second-half deficit Sunday to beat Washington 84-79. The Huskies led for a 32-minute span until Hoskins' three-point play with 2:05 left put Ohio State ahead to stay at 76-74. Packer hit four foul shots in the final 31 seconds to maintain the lead. Only five players scored for the Buckeyes. Davenport also had 16 rebounds. Cameo Hicks had 29 points and Cheri Craddock 11 for the Huskies. Emily Florence added five points and 11 assists. The Huskies led by as many 11 points at 64-53 with 10:30 left. At that point, they held a 25-17 rebounding edge over the taller Buckeyes and had forced 17 turnovers. But Ohio State had only two turnovers the rest of the way. Breanne Watson's high-arcing jumper off an assist from Hicks put Washington ahead 74-69 with 2:56 left but Packer countered with a left-handed layup at the other end. After a timeout, Ohio State point guard Maria Moeller stole the ball from Florence and fed Hoskins with a long pass. She hit the driving layup and was fouled to pull the Buckeyes to within 74-73. Packer then hit a turnaround in the lane to push the lead to 78-74 with 1:22 left. The Huskies pulled within two points twice more, the last time on Hicks' long 3-pointer with 10.3 seconds remaining. But Packer made two free throws with just under 9 seconds left and Tamarah Riley added a free throw to close the scoring. Washington outrebounded the Buckeyes 35-32 and forced 19 turnovers, one fewer than they committed. The Huskies were without their second-leading scorer and rebounder, Andrea Plouffe, a 6-foot-2 junior who was out with tendinitis in her knees. The Huskies had to scrap on the boards and scramble on defense to cover the bigger Buckeyes. They led 35-34 at the break even though Davenport scored 15 points and had eight rebounds and the Buckeyes shot 55 percent from the field.They did it by scoring in transition with a smaller, more mobile lineup. Hicks was the biggest problem for Ohio State, scissoring through the defense to challenge Davenport or making layups on long passes behind the lagging Buckeyes defense.

Ranked Opponents:
Fifteenth-ranked Texas A&M will be the second-straight and third overall ranked opponent the Huskies have faced this season. So far UW is 0-2 against Top-25 teams this year. The Huskies fell to then-No. 12 Purdue in West Lafayette, 64-88, and nearly pulled an upset over then-No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus, 79-84. Washington is 40-103 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 28-39 mark at home. Washington's last win over a Top-25 opponent was in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament - March 18, 2006 versus Minnesota (73-69). 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).

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