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Dec. 28, 2006

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Friday, December 29, 2006
USC (6-6, 0-2 Pac-10) at rv/rv Washington (9-4, 2-0 Pac-10) • 7 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - None • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

UCLA (7-7, 1-1 Pac-10) at rv/rv Washington (9-4, 2-0) • 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 (9-4 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) will look to further its six-game winning streak when it hosts USC and UCLA this weekend. The Huskies will take on the Women of Troy (6-6, 0-2 Pac-10) Friday, Dec. 29, at 7 p.m., followed by a contest with the Bruins (7-7, 1-1 Pac-10) Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. Both games will be held at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies opened Pac-10 play on the road last week, picking up a pair of victories at Oregon (60-56) and at Oregon State (71-67 in overtime). Since opening the season 0-2, Washington has won nine of its last 11 games. UW also owns a nine-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

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:
Live webcasts for both Washington games this week can be seen at GoHuskies.com. Live stats and live audio for both contests can also be accessed on UW's official athletics website.

Rankings:
Washington received votes in both of this week's Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN polls. UW has received votes in the AP poll the last two weeks and in the coaches' poll the last six 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:
Washington returns home again this week after opening the Pac-10 schedule with a pair of games in Oregon last week. UW has won six-straight games heading into Friday's matchup with USC and nine straight at home dating back to last season. Along with Stanford (2-0) and Arizona State (1-0), the Huskies are one of three Pac-10 teams without a conference loss heading into this week's action. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 18.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. Hicks led UW to its victories at Oregon and Oregon State last week, averaging 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two contests. She notched her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career in UW's overtime win at OSU with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The injury bug that hit the Huskies early in the season seems to finally be a thing of the past. Junior center Andrea Plouffe, who missed three of the first seven games while battling patellar tendonitis in both knees, has now played in the last six straight games, receiving a starting nods in UW's last two games at Oregon and Oregon State. Plouffe is second on the team in scoring (12.2 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (3.8 rpg). The most significant comeback was the return of junior guard Dominique Banks who played for the first time this season at Oregon, Dec. 21, after undergoing surgery in September to repair stress fractures in both legs. Banks, who spent six weeks in a wheelchair after surgery, was a spark off the bench against the Ducks scoring seven points in a 9-0 run at the end of the first half. The only player left on the injured reserve list is freshman guard Sami Whitcomb who will be out at least another week with a broken hand. Junior point guard Emily Florence continues to lead the Huskies' stellar backcourt play, owning team-bests in assists (50) and steals (28). Florence has also been a major contributor on the boards, grabbing at least five rebounds in five of the last six games.

Dawg Bites:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.92) and ranks second in scoring offense (73.8), steals (10.92) and turnover margin (+5.46) ...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and third in 3-PT field goal percentage (.444)...Emily Florence ranks fifth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.00), sixth in steals (2.15) and eighth in assists (3.85)...Hicks (1.23) and Cheri Craddock (1.15) rank seventh and ninth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made...Craddock also ranks eighth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.366)...Freshman forward Laura McLellan is tied for the team lead with nine blocks, inspite of averaging just 7.2 minutes per game...McLellan has tallied two blocked shots on three occassions...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, has the third highest rebounding average at 5.0 boards per game...UW has six players averaging at least 7.0 points per game, while nine Huskies are averaging at least 17.0 minutes of playing time per contest...UW has held each of its last five straight opponents to 67 points or less and forced them to commit 18 or more turnovers.

Scouting USC:
The Women of Troy have lost two straight heading into Friday's contest, falling in their first two Pac-10 games to Stanford (46-62) and Cal (53-62) last week. Prior to that, USC finished its non-conference slate winning its last three straight. USC is back out on the road for the first time in nearly a month after a five-game homestand. Senior Shay Murphy leads the Women of Troy with 19.0 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game, while Chloe Kerr is averaging 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest. As a team, USC is averaging 66.3 points per game while allowing opponents to score 60.2. The Women of Troy and the Huskies had one common non-conference opponent this season - Ohio State. USC fell to the Buckeyes in Columbus, 58-77.

All-Time Series Record Vs. USC:
Washington leads the all-time series with USC, 26-18 and is 14-5 against the Women of Troy at home. USC has held the upper hand in the series the last two seasons, winning four of the last five matchups. These teams split their regular season meetings last year, with USC defeating UW 64-61 in Seattle (Jan. 14, 2006) and UW defeating USC 87-79 in double overtime in Los Angeles (Feb. 9, 2006). The Women of Troy then ousted UW from last year's Pac-10 Tournament, defeating the Huskies 67-70 in the quarterfinals.

Scouting UCLA:
The Bruins will face Washington State in Pullman on Friday before making the trek to Seattle. UCLA opened the Pac-10 slate at home last week with a split versus California and Stanford. The Bruins upset the Golden Bears in overtime, 77-68, beofre falling to the Cardinal, 59-68. UCLA has lost three of its last four games. Lindsey Pluimer leads the squad with 16.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds. Preseason All-America candidate Noelle Quinn is averaging 15.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. As a team, UCLA is averaging 69.4 points and allowing opponents to score 68.9.

All-Time Series Record Vs. UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA, 25-17, and 13-6 in the Seattle. UCLA has won five of the last six meetings since the 2004 season. These teams split their meetings last year, with UW winning big, 96-75, in Seattle (Jan. 12) and UCLA answering with a victory in Los Angeles, 83-75 (Feb. 11).

Last Game Recap - UW 71, OSU 67 (OT):
Junior center Andrea Plouffe scored 20 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington to a 71-67 overtime victory versus Oregon State, Dec. 23. Hicks was the key for the Huskies, scoring eight of Washington's 12 points in extra minutes including six of the first eight in overtime. The win was the sixth-straight for Washington. The Beavers gave the Huskies a tough battle from start to finish. Oregon State held as much as a seven point lead with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Led by Plouffe and Hicks, the Huskies came back to tie the game with a 7-0 run, 55-55. Plouffe sparked the run with a bucket and Hicks followed suit, hitting a pair of free-throws and capping the run with a three-pointer. Senior forward Casey Nash put OSU back in the lead, 57-55, with 2:15 on the clock until the Huskies battled back to tie on a rebound and putback from UW senior forward Maggie O'Hara and a bucket from Plouffe. OSU freshman forward Judie Lomax hit a shot with 31.6 seconds to tie the game, 59-59. Washington came back with one more possession, but Hicks missed a shot at the buzzer. The Huskies never trailed in overtime and led by as many as six points, 71-65, with nine seconds left. The Huskies trailed nearly the entire first half and by as many as eight points three times, the last coming with 8:08 remaining until the intermission. Washington came back with a 14-4 run to claim its first lead of the contest, 24-22, with 1:07 on the clock. OSU reclaimed its lead, finishing the half with a 4-0 run to take a 26-24 advantage into the locker room.OSU outrebounded Washington 41-40, but the Huskies held the advantage on the offensive glass, 21-14. OSU shot 50 percent from the field and held UW to just a 39 percent clip.Junior point guard Emily Florence was also an impact player for Washington's defense, matching her career-high with five steals. UW forced 27 turnovers and grabbed 14 steals. Florence also added seven rebounds and a team-high five assists.Nash led Oregon State with 27 points and Lomax notched a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Banks Makes Her Comeback At Oregon:
Junior guard Dominique Banks, a returning starter from last year who averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds, made her season debut in UW's road trip at Oregon and Oregon State last week. Banks, who had just returned to full court practice two weeks ago, missed the first 11 games after undergoing surgery to repair stress fractures in both legs, Sept. 15. Banks, who spent six weeks in a wheelchair after the surgery, had multiple stress fractures in both tibias which were discovered in August. The surgery included the insertion of rods down the middle of each tibia. In her first game back on the floor at Oregon (Dec. 21), Banks tallied seven points, one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting a 6-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. The Huskies currently have a nine-game home winning streak dating back to last season. UW finished 2005-06 winning its last three games on its home floor. Washington has an all-time record of 300-70 (81.1 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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