Husky Women Entertain Gonzaga Friday

Dec. 12, 2006

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Friday, Dec. 15, 2006
Gonzaga (7-5) at nr/rv Washington (5-4) • 7 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

UP NEXT:
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
rv/#23 Florida State (10-1) at nr/rv Washington (5-4) • 1 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (5-4) looks to wrap up its non-conference slate this week when it entertains Gonzaga (7-5), Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. and nr/#23 Florida State (10-1), Sunday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. Both contests will be held at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies have won two straight and are 4-0 at home this season. This weekend's games also mark the end to Washington's longest homestand of the season. The Huskies hit the road next week to open up Pac-10 play at Oregon, Dec. 21 (7 p.m.) and at Oregon State, Dec. 23 (4 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 contests versus both Gonzaga and Florida State, 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:
Washington is in the midst of its longest homestand of the season, a four-game stint that began with a contest versus No. 15 Texas A&M on Dec. 6 and will conclude this weekend as UW entertains Gonzaga and No. 23 Florida State. Washington has won two-straight and is 4-0 at home this season. Senior guard Cameo Hicks continues to lead the Huskies with a team-high 18.3 points per game, fourth-highest among Pac-10 players. Hicks has helped spark the Husky offense that is averaging 74.4 points per game, which ranks third in the conference heading into this week's action. Hicks, who Monday was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy, has been UW's leading scorer in the last four straight games - draining at least 16 points in each of those contests. Second leading scorer, junior center Andrea Plouffe, saw game action again in the last two contests after missing the previous two games due to injury. Plouffe, who is battling patellar tendonitis in both knees, rattled off 13 points and five rebounds in UW's upset over Texas A&M (Dec. 6). She is averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark is coming off a 16-point career-high performance in the Huskies' latest win over Nevada. Clark has become a fixture in the starting five and is fourth on the squad with 8.9 points per game.

Two More TV Games Added To Husky Slate:
Washington's games at Oregon State on Dec. 23 and at Washington State on Feb. 17 will be televised live on a regional basis by FSN Northwest. The contest against the Beavers in Corvallis on Saturday, Dec. 23, will tip-off at 4 p.m. PT, a change from the previously scheduled time of 2 p.m. The Huskies' game versus the Cougars in Pullman on Saturday, Feb. 17, will tip-off at 5 p.m. PT, also a change from the previously scheduled time of 2 p.m. Washington will now have a total of five televised games by FSN, with national telecasts already scheduled at Arizona State (Sun., Jan. 7, at 11:30 a.m. PT), versus California in Seattle (Sat., Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m.) and at Stanford (Sat., Feb. 10, at 1 p.m.). In addition to the FSN telecasts, the Huskies' game at California on Thursday, Feb. 8, will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet.

Hicks Named Preseason Candidate For Naismith Trophy:
Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks was named one of 50 preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, the Atlanta Tip-Off Club announced Monday. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men's and women's players of the year. Hicks, from Tracy, Calif., was also named a preseason candidate for the Wooden Award earlier this season. The Husky co-captain leads the squad with 18.3 points per game and 44.7 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied eight double-figure scoring games including four 20-point games. She tallied back-to-back career-high 29-point scoring efforts in road games at Kent State (Nov. 30) and No. 6 Ohio State (Dec. 3), for which she was honored as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. The Top-50 list, selected based on last season's performances and expectations for the 2006-07 season, was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. In January, the Board of Selectors will narrow the list to the Top-30 players in the nation. Those players, and others who distinguish themselves throughout the season, will be eligible for the final ballot in March.

UW Looks To Extend Non-Conference Streak:
Washington has won nine straight home games versus non-conference opponents. UW is 4-0 against non-conference opponents at home this year, after going 5-0 last season. The last non-conference home loss for the Huskies was Dec. 21, 2004, versus Colorado - in overtime, 76-74.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting a 4-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. Washington has an all-time record of 290-70 (80.6 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Scouting Gonzaga:
The Bulldogs are 7-5 in non-conference play heading into Friday's contest with Washington. Gonzaga is coming off a thrilling 103-102 overtime victory over Eastern Washington in Cheney, Dec. 9. Freshman forward Heather Bowman scored a career-high 32 points to pace the Bulldogs, while senior forward Stephanie Hawk finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Zags haven't shied away from facing some tough competition in the preseason, facing three Top-15 opponents including then-No. 2 North Carolina (L, 101-63), then-No. 13 Arizona State (L, 81-66) and then-No. 9 Purdue (L, 69-44). Gonzaga does have an impressive win under its belt, upsetting then-No. 19 UCLA at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, 62-57. Hawk leads the squad with 14.0 points per game and 6.3 rebounds. Gonzaga is under the direction of seventh-year head coach Kelly Graves.

All-Time Series Record vs. Gonzaga:
Washington leads the all-time series with Gonzaga 16-0. These teams met last on Nov. 28, 2003, the first meeting since the 1998 season. The Huskies defeated the Zags, 70-56, in Seattle. The Huskies are 9-0 against Gonzaga at home, 7-0 on the Bulldogs' home floor.

Quick Look At Florida State:
The Seminoles, ranked 23rd in this week's WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll, are off to a 10-1 start this season. FSU has won four-straight since its only loss - at Mississippi State - in overtime (60-65). Florida State is averaging 72.6 points per game, while holding opponents to just 55.6 points per game. Seminole head coach, Sue Semrau, is a Seattle native and a graduate of Shorecrest High School. She also played two seasons at the University of Puget Sound before transferring to UC San Diego. UW leads the all-time series with Florida State, 1-0, the only meeting coming last year in Tallahassee. The Huskies edged the Seminoles, 71-69, on a lay-in by Cameo Hicks with seven seconds left. Hicks led the Huskies with 21 points in the contest.

Last Game Recap - UW 79, Nevada 60:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored 17 points and redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark added a career-high 16 to lead Washington to a 79-60 victory over Nevada at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. The victory was the second-straight for the Huskies, who are now 4-0 at home this season. In addition to her 17 points, Hicks notched team-highs in rebounds (six) and assists (five). Clark pulled down four rebounds and added two assists and a career-high three steals. Senior forward/center Jill Bell rounded out the three Huskies to score in double-figures with 10 points. Guards Brandi Fitzgerald and Traci Graham led the Wolfpack with 17 and 12 points, respectively.The Huskies overpowered Nevada with their defense, forcing 26 turnovers, grabbing 10 steals and allowing just one assist. Washington scored 23 points off the 26 Nevada miscues, and held the Wolfpack to a 36.5 percent field goal shooting percentage. The Huskies also won the battle on the glass, 36-34, and outscored Nevada in the paint, 46-26. Washington never trailed in the game, opening the contest with a 14-2 run in which Clark scored seven points. Hicks' three-pointer at 15:50 put an exclamation mark on the run. The Huskies led by as many as 13 points (20-7) until Nevada closed the gap to within single digits thanks to a 7-0 run midway through the first half. Nevada trailed by as few as five points with 4:45 remaining until the intermission but the Huskies finished with a 12-4 run to take a 15-point halftime lead (41-26). After scoring just five first half points, Nevada's Fitzgerald scored her team's first eight points after halftime and the Wolfpack came to within nine of Washington (47-38) at 16:30. But the Huskies put the game away with a 13-0 run to lead by 22 (60-38) with 13 minutes left. From there, the Huskies never led by fewer than 15 points.

Huskies Play Challenging Non-Conference Slate:
Washington has a strong tradition of playing a difficult non-conference schedule and this season was no different. Not only have the Huskies taken on some top opponents, they have done so on the road. Five of Washington's non-conference opponents this season are currently ranked in the Top-25 WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, while four are currently ranked in the Associated Press poll. Three of those five teams ranked in the coaches poll - No. 8 Ohio State, No. 13 Purdue and No. 25 Marquette - Washington faced on the road. The other two - No. 19 Texas A&M and No. 23 Florida State - the Huskies have and will face on its home floor.

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