Huskies Open Pac-10 Play At Oregon Thursday

Dec. 19, 2006

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Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006
rv/rv Washington (7-4) at Oregon (7-2) • 7 p.m. PT
McArthur Court • Eugene, Ore.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none

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Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006
rv/rv Washington (7-4) at Oregon State (4-3) • 4 p.m. PT
Gill Coliseum • Corvallis, Ore.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - FSN Northwest

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (7-4) will open Pac-10 play this week, traveling to the Willamette Valley to take on Northwest rivals Oregon (7-2) and Oregon State (4-3). Washington will make its conference debut facing the Ducks, Thursday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court in Eugene and continue the road trip taking on the Beavers, Saturday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Saturday's contest will be televised live on FSN Northwest with Cara Capuano and Cathy Nelson calling the action. The Huskies have won four straight heading into Thursday's conference opener, and seven of their last nine after starting the season 0-2. Washington has knocked off two ranked opponents in its last four games, defeating then-No. 15 Texas A&M (Dec. 6) and then-No. 23 Florida State (Dec. 17). The Ducks are coming off a 56-71 loss at Missouri State (Dec. 16) which snapped a five-game winning streak. The Beavers will host Washington State in their Pac-10 opener, Thursday.

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.

TV Coverage:
Saturday's game at Oregon State will be televised live on FSN Northwest. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Cara Capuano and Cathy Nelson will call the action from Gill Coliseum.

Rankings:
Washington received votes in this week's Associated Press poll after a two-week absence. UW has received votes in the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll the last five weeks. 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 have a bit of momentum heading into conference play, Thursday. After opening the season 0-2, Washington has won seven of its last nine games including four-straight at home. Two of Washington's last four wins came against ranked opponents in then-No. 15 Texas A&M (65-59) and then-No. 23 Florida State (84-65). After improving their home record to a perfect 6-0 this season, the Huskies hit the road this week where so far they are 1-4 this year. But three of those four losses came to teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25 polls (No. 8 Ohio State, No. 13 Purdue, No. 21 Marquette). In all, Washington has met five teams on its non-conference slate that are currently ranked in the Top-25 or were ranked at the time of the meeting. Leading the way is senior guard Cameo Hicks, named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, Monday, for the second time in three weeks. Hicks, averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game, has been the team's leading scorer in the last six straight games, averaging 21.0 points per contest in that span. 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 four straight, scoring 13 points versus Texas A&M, 12 versus Gonzaga and 18 versus Florida State. Starting guards Stefanie Clark and Emily Florence have contributed to stellar backcourt play, especially in UW's last few games. The Huskies grabbed a season-high 14 steals versus Gonzaga (Dec. 15) - led by Florence with a career-high five. UW has done a good job of taking care of the ball, committing just 12 turnovers in each of its last two games versus Gonzaga and Florida State. Clark has also helped the Huskies on the offensive end, scoring in double-figures twice in the last three games (16 vs. Nevada, 11 vs. Gonzaga).

Hicks Earns Second Pac-10 Player of the Week Nod:
Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Monday. Hicks helped the Huskies extend their winning streak to four last week, leading UW to victories over cross-state rival Gonzaga (75-61) and an upset over No. 23 Florida State (84-65). In the two games, Hicks averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 block and 4.0 steals. Against the Bulldogs, Hicks netted a team-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent) while corralling four rebounds, four steals, an assist and two blocks. Hicks did herself one better against the Seminoles, scoring 18 points to go along with nine rebounds, six assists, and four more steals while shooting 7-of-15 (46.7 percent). Hicks, who was named a preseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy last week, has been Washington's leading scorer the last six games and has tallied 10 double-figure scoring games in 11 contests. She is currently fourth in the Pac-10 with 18.2 points per game. This is the third career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Hicks and the 26th all-time for Washington.

Dawg Bites:
Washington begins the week leading the Pac-10 in steals (10.91) and offensive rebounds (17.55)...UW also ranks second in the conference in turnover margin (+5.09) and third in scoring offense (75.4 ppg)...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg)...Emily Florence ranks fourth in assist-turnover ratio (2.05)...UW has six players averaging at least 7.8 points per game, while nine Huskies are averaging at least 15.6 minutes of playing time per contest...UW has held each of its last four straight opponents to 65 points or less and forced them to commit 20 or more turnovers.

Scouting Oregon:
The Ducks are 7-2 heading into Thursday's conference opener. Oregon split a pair of games on the road last weekend, edging Drake, 66-63, before falling at Missouri State, 56-71. The Ducks had won five straight before their last loss. Senior forward Eleanor Haring leads two players in double-figure scoring with 13.8 points per game. Freshman guard Taylor Lilley is averaging 11.4 points per game but is out 4-6 weeks with a hand injury. Senior forward Jessie Shetters leads Oregon on the boards with a 9.1 rebounding average. Oregon is 3-1 at home this season, its only loss at McArthur Court coming against Boise State (47-56). The Ducks will be happy to return to Mac Court , having not played a home game since Nov. 30 versus St. Mary's. Oregon compiled a 14-15 overall record last year and finished eighth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 conference mark.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon since 1975, 35-36. The Huskies won the last meeting Feb. 16, 2006 in Seattle (61-55), but the Ducks have taken two of the last three. Oregon defeated UW, 81-73, in the first meeting last year in Eugene. The Huskies have had their challenges versus the Ducks at McArthur Court, compiling a 12-21 record in Eugene. Washington's last win over Oregon in Eugene was Feb. 14, 2004 (67-56).

Scouting Oregon State: After opening the season 4-1, the Beavers have dropped their last two straight - at Creighton (62-74) and at Drake (65-72). Oregon State is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, with three of its five starters shooting 50 percent or better. OSU has outscored its opponents by a margin of 8.6 points (67.0-58.4). Senior guard Casey Nash leads the team with 21.0 points per game, to go along with an 8.1 rebounding average. Freshman forward Judie Lomax is averaging a double-double with 11.4 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. OSU is 4-0 at home this season and hosts Washington State in its Pac-10 opener, Thursday.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 44-24. The Huskies own a five-game winning streak against the Beavers that dates back to 2004. The last time OSU defeated UW was Feb. 12, 2004, in Corvallis - 59-62. Washington is 18-12 overall versus OSU in Corvallis.

Last Game Recap - UW 84, Florida State 65:
Led by 18 points apiece from senior guard Cameo Hicks and junior center Andrea Plouffe, Washington won its fourth-straight game with an 84-65 upset over No. 23 Florida State at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. The Huskies improved their overall record to 7-4 and handed the Seminoles (10-2) just their second loss of the season. Hicks led the way for Washington with team-highs of nine rebounds, six assists and four steals to go along with her 18-point scoring performance. Also joining Hicks and Plouffe in double-figures was senior guard Cheri Craddock who tallied a season-high 15 points off the bench. The Huskies used stifling defense to take down the Seminoles, forcing 23 turnovers and grabbing nine steals. UW made the most of its defensive efforts, scoring 30 points off the turnovers it created. Washington won the battle on the glass, outrebounding Florida State, 40-38. Washington put its team depth to good use, with all but one of its 12 players who took the floor contributing to the points and rebounding totals. The Husky bench outscored the FSU bench, 42-22. Guard Shante Williams led Florida State with team-highs in scoring (14) and rebounding (nine).

Huskies Complete Challenging Non-Conference Slate:
Washington has a strong tradition of playing a difficult non-conference schedule and this season was no different. Not only did the Huskies take on some top opponents, they did so on the road. Four of Washington's non-conference opponents this season are ranked in both the current coaches and AP polls, while a fifth - Florida State - fell from the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Top-25 this week as a result of its loss at Washington, Sunday. The Huskies faced three of these ranked opponents on the road - No. 8/8 Ohio State, No. 13/13 Purdue and No. 21/23 Marquette. The other two - #18/19 Texas A&M and then-No. 23 Florida State - the Huskies faced at home - winning both match-ups.

UW Extends Non-Conference Streak:
With the Huskies victory over Florida State Sunday, Washington has won 11-straight home games versus non-conference opponents. UW is 6-0 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.

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