Huskies Host No. 23 Florida State In Non-Conference Finale Sunday
Dec. 16, 2006
Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006
rv/#23 Florida State (10-1) at nr/rv Washington (6-4), 1 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150, TV - none, Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com
Looking to extend its three-game winning streak, Washington women's basketball (6-4) will wrap its non-conference slate and its longest homestand of the season, hosting No. 23 Florida State (10-1), Sun., Dec. 17. The contest will tip-off at 1 p.m. PT at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies will also look to remain perfect at home, going into the match-up with a 5-0 record on its home court this season. Washington is coming off a 75-61 victory over cross-state rival Gonzaga, Friday, while the Seminoles come to Seattle well rested after having a week off for finals. Sunday's game will mark a homecoming for Florida State head coach Sue Semrau, a Seattle native who attended Shorecrest High School and the University of Puget Sound. Florida State will be the fourth ranked opponent the Huskies have faced this season. These teams met last season in Tallahassee for the first time in series history, with the Huskies prevailing 71-69. Following Sunday's game, the Huskies will turn their attention to Pac-10 competition as they open conference play on the road at Oregon (Dec. 21, 7 p.m.) and at Oregon State (Dec. 23, 4 p.m., FSN Northwest).
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.
A free, live video webcast and live statistics of Washington's contest versus Florida State, will be available on GoHuskies.com.
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 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 will look for its fourth-straight victory of the homestand, Sunday, which began with an upset of No. 15 Texas A&M (Dec. 6) and continued with wins over Nevada (Dec. 10) and Gonzaga (Dec. 15). The Huskies will also look to remain unbeaten at home with a 5-0 record at Bank of America Arena this season. Yet another streak on the line will be its string of 10 consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home which dates back to last season. After opening the season with two-straight losses, UW has regrouped to win six of its last eight. Three of UW's four losses this season have come to opponents ranked in this week's Top-25 polls (No. 8/8 Ohio State, No. 13/13 Purdue, No. 21/25 Marquette). The Huskies continue to be led by senior guard Cameo Hicks, who has been the team's leading scorer in the last five straight games. During that span she has scored at least 16 points per game including a team-high 17 in UW's most recent 75-61 victory over Gonzaga, Friday. Hicks is averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game and began the week ranked fourth in the Pac-10 scoring. Hicks has sparked the Husky offense that is averaging 74.5 points per game, which ranked third in the conference heading into this week. The Huskies have welcomed the return of junior center Andrea Plouffe, who after missing three of the first seven games due to injury, has played in the last three straight, scoring 13 points versus Texas A&M and 12 versus Gonzaga. Starting guards Stefanie Clark and Emily Florence have contributed to stellar backcourt play, especially in UW's last game versus the Zags. The Huskies grabbed a season-high 14 steals, led by Florence with a career-high five, and committed a season-low 12 turnovers. Clark has also scored in double-figures the last two straight games (16 vs. Nevada, 11 vs. Gonzaga).
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 18.2 points per game and 45.9 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied nine 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 10 straight home games versus non-conference opponents. UW is 5-0 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 5-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. Washington has an all-time record of 291-70 (80.6 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Scouting Florida State:
The Seminoles, ranked 23rd in this week's WBCA/USA Today/ESPN coachesÃfÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬TM poll, are off to a 10-1 start this season. Florida State will be well rested when they arrive in Seattle, having had a week off for final exams. 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. Sophomore center Britany Miller leds the Seminoles with 14.4 points per game, while senior guard Alicia Gladden also averages 14.0 points per contest. Rounding out the top three scorers for FSU is sophomore Tanae Davis-Cain with 11.2 points per game. Junior center Nikki Anthony leads the team in rebounding off the bench, with 6.4 boards per game. The Seminoles will continue their West Coast swing with a contest at San Francisco on Wed., Dec. 20.
Semrau Returns Home:
This West Coast trip for Seminole head coach Sue Semrau is a true homecoming. 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.
All-Time Series Record Vs. Florida State:
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. The Huskies held as much as a 16-point lead midway through the first half but trailed by seven with 5:46 left to play. A steal and ensuing laying from Hicks, a big three-pointer from senior guard Kayla Burt and timely free-throw shooting kept UW in the game during the waning minutes. Hicks had seven of UW's final 14 points including a left-handed driving layin that broke a 69-69 tie.
Last Game Recap - UW 79, Nevada 60:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks led four players in double-figures with 17 points, as Washington defeated Gonzaga, 75-61, in a battle of cross-state rivals, Friday, at Bank of America Arena. The victory was the Huskies' (6-4) third-straight and 10th-consecutive against a non-conference opponent at home dating back to last season. Gonzaga fell to 7-6 on the season with the loss. Joining Hicks in double-figures for Washington were junior center Andrea Plouffe (12 points), redshirt-sophomore guard Stefanie Clark (11) and senior guard Cheri Craddock (10). Junior point guard Emily Florence was the Huskies' defensive catalyst, grabbing team-highs in rebounds (six) and steals (a career-high five).Freshman forward Heather Bowman led Gonzaga with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Stephanie Hawk also added 12 points and six rebounds. The Huskies trailed just once, 6-5, in the opening minutes and then took command with a 25-7 run that led to as much as a 17-point lead with 9:15 remaining in the first half (30-13). Craddock sparked the run, scoring seven of her 11 points in that span, including a three-pointer and back-to-back buckets. Gonzaga responded with a 13-2 run of its own to cut the Husky lead to seven, 33-26, but UW took a 10-point lead into the lockeroom, 36-26. Both teams traded baskets to start the second-half, before the Huskies used a 10-0 to again increase its lead to 15 (48-33) in the opening five minutes of the second half. Hicks' three-pointer off a fast-break pass from Florence capped the run.Gonzaga cut the HuskiesÃfÂ¢Ã¢,Â¬TM lead to under double-digits just once, 64-55, with 6:35 remaining, but Washington finished the game outscoring the Bulldogs 11-6.