UW Women Host New Year's Eve Contest With UCLA Sunday

Dec. 30, 2006

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Sunday, December 31, 2006
UCLA (8-7, 2-1 Pac-10) at rv/rv Washington (10-4, 3-0) • 1 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - None • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

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Coming off a resounding victory over USC, Friday, Washington women's basketball (10-4, 3-0 Pac-10) will ring in the New Year playing host to UCLA (8-7, 2-1 Pac-10), Sunday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies have won seven-straight and are off to their best start in Pac-10 play since 2000-01 with their 3-0 conference record. In its first Pac-10 home game of the season Friday, Washington overpowered the Women of Troy, 76-60, while on the other side of the state the Bruins edged Washington State, 74-71. 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 10 of its last 12 games. UW also owns a 10-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 Washington's game versus UCLA, Sunday, can be seen at GoHuskies.com. Live stats and live audio 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:
Winners of 10 of their last 12 games and seven-straight, the Huskies are off to their best Pac-10 start (3-0) since the 2000-01 season - the last year UW captured a share of the Pac-10 title. Washington is back at home this weekend after opening conference play on the road at the Oregon schools just prior to the Christmas holiday. Washington's seven-game winning streak is its longest since winning eight-straight during the 2002-03 campaign. Another streak on the line, Sunday, is UW's 10-game home winning streak. UW is 7-0 at Bank of America this season after ending last season with three-straight home victories. UW will look for a sweep of the LA schools after its 76-60 trouncing of USC, Friday. The Huskies used a season-high 26 offensive rebounds and a game-changing 21-0 first-half run to down the Women of Troy. As of Dec. 30, the Huskies lead the Pac-10 standings with Stanford (3-0). ASU is also unbeaten in conference play at 2-0. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 18.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Hicks, who tallied a team-high 18 points versus USC, has reached double-figures in scoring nine-straight times and has scored at least 17 points in the last five games. Junior point guard Emily Florence continues to lead the Huskies' stellar backcourt play, but more impressive are her rebounding numbers. Florence has grabbed at least five rebounds in six of the last seven games including a career-high 11 versus the Women of Troy, Friday. The smallest Husky, she is averaging 5.4 rebounds behind team leaders Hicks and senior forward Jill Bell who are averaging 5.5 boards per game. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 12.1 points per game.

Dawg Bites:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (18.50) and ranks second in scoring offense (74.0), steals (10.79) and turnover margin (+5.71) ...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and third in 3-PT field goal percentage (.488)...Emily Florence ranks fifth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.08), sixth in steals (2.07) and eighth in assists (3.71)...Hicks (1.43) and Cheri Craddock (1.14) rank sixth and ninth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made...Craddock also ranks ninth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.372)...Freshman forward Laura McLellan leads Washington with 11 blocked shots, in spite of averaging 7.8 minutes per game...McLellan has tallied two blocked shots on four occassions...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, has the third highest rebounding average at 5.4 boards per game...UW has six players averaging at least 7.4 points per game, while nine Huskies are averaging at least 16.8 minutes of playing time per contest...UW has held each of its last six straight opponents to 67 points or less and forced each of them to commit 17 or more turnovers.

Huskies Quick Out of the Gates:
Washington is 3-0 to start the Pac-10 slate for the first time since the 2000-01 season, when the Huskies shared the Pac-10 title. Washington has opened 3-0 on five other occasions since joining the Pac-10 in 1987, including an 8-0 start to Pac-10 play in 1987-88. With a win against UCLA, Sunday, Washington would be 4-0 in Pac-10 play for the first time since the 1991-92 season.

Did You Know...:
that 5-5 junior point guard Emily Florence is the Huskies' leading rebounder in Pac-10 play, averaging a team-high 8.0 boards in the first three contests against conference foes.

Injury Update:
Freshman guard Sami Whitcomb is still out another week with a broken hand...freshman guard Sara Mosiman is listed as day-to-day after suffering a concussion in practice on Dec. 27.

Scouting UCLA:
The Bruins are coming off a 74-71 victory over Washington State in Pullman, Friday. Preseason All-America candidate Noelle Quinn led the way with 24 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. Also scoring in double-digits were forward Lindsey Pluimer (15 pts) and Chinyere Ibekwe (10). The win improved UCLA's conference record to 2-1, 8-7 overall. 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, before falling to the Cardinal, 59-68. Quinn leads UCLA with 16.4 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds per outing. Pluimer averages 16.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. As a team, UCLA is averaging 69.7 points and allowing opponents to score 70.0.

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 76, USC 60:
Washington used a season-high 26 offensive rebounds and a 21-0 first-half run sparked by senior guard Erica Schelly to prevail over USC, 76-60, in Pac-10 women's basketball action Friday evening at Bank of America Arena. The win was the seventh-straight for Washington, which improved to 3-0 in Pac-10 play, 10-4 overall. The Women of Troy, still winless against conference opponents, dropped to 0-3 in the Pac-10, 6-7 overall. Schelly, who finished the game with a career-high 11 points, came off the bench to tally eight straight points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist in a three-minute span during the decisive first-half run. In fact her eight consecutive points in the run eclipsed her previous career high. The Huskies turned a one-point deficit (11-10 at 12:32) into a 20 point lead (31-11 at 3:18), holding USC without a field goal for 10-plus minutes during the 21-0 first-half run. Senior guard Cheri Craddock ignited the run with a three-pointer and junior center Andrea Plouffe drained a pair of free-throws to set-up Schelly's scoring barrage. The Huskies finished the run with a pair of three-pointers from senior guard Cameo Hicks and a jumper from senior forward Jill Bell.USC put an end to its scoring drought when Chloe Kerr sank the first of two free-throws but didn't get its first field goal until a 14-foot baseline jumper from Morghan Medlock with 1:54 until halftime. Following the game-changing run, Washington never trailed by fewer than 16 points and led by as many as 26 three times. Hicks contributed a game-high 18 points and junior point guard Emily Florence grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds - including five offensive boards. Florence came just shy of her first career double-double, also adding eight points. The Huskies outrebounded the Women of Troy, 50-35, and forced nearly twice as many turnovers as they committed (17-8). Plouffe joined Hicks and Schelly in double-figures with 11 points. Senior guard Shay Murphy paced USC with 17 points and 11 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 7-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. The Huskies currently have a 10-game home winning streak dating back to last season. UW finished 2005-06 winning its last three games on its home floor. UW's current streak ranks seventh in UW history, and is the longest since a 13-game winning streak from Jan. 2, 1988 through Dec. 19, 1988. Washington has an all-time record of 301-70 (81.1 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

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