Hot Huskies Head To The Desert This Week

Jan. 2, 2007

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Thursday, January 4, 2006
Washington (11-4, 4-0 Pac-10) at Arizona (6-9, 0-3 Pac-10) • 6 p.m. PT
McKale Center • Tucson, Ariz.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - None

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Sunday, January 7, 2006
UW (11-4, 4-0 Pac-10) at #13/14 Arizona St. (12-2, 2-1) • 11:30 a.m. PT
Wells Fargo Arena • Tempe, Ariz.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - FSN

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Washington women's basketball (11-4, 4-0 Pac-10) will start the new year with a tough test, traveling to the desert to take on Arizona (6-9, 0-3 Pac-10) and #13/14 Arizona State (12-2, 2-1 Pac-10) this week. The Huskies will meet Arizona, Thursday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. MT) in Tucson, before facing Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 7, at 11:30 a.m. PT (12:30 p.m. MT). Sunday's contest will be nationally televised on FSN. Washington enters the week in a tie for first in the Pac-10 standings with Stanford. The Huskies have won 11 of their last 13 games including eight consecutive. Washington's 4-0 Pac-10 start is its best since the 1991-92 season. The Huskies are coming off a pair of wins at home versus USC and UCLA to close out the 2006 calendar year. The Wildcats have lost four straight heading into Thursday's game, including its first three Pac-10 contests. The Sun Devils, ranked in the Top-25 all season, will host Washington State on Thursday before the Huskies come to Tempe on Sunday.

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:
Sunday's game at Arizona State will be televised nationally on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU campus.

Rankings:
Washington received votes in both Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN polls for the second-straight week. UW has received votes in the AP poll the last three weeks and in the coaches' poll the last seven 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 11 of their last 13 games and eight-straight, the Huskies are off to their best Pac-10 start (4-0) since the 1991-92 season. Washington's eight-game winning streak is its longest since winning eight-straight during the 2002-03 campaign. The last time UW won nine consecutive games was during the 1993-94 season. UW is one of two unbeaten Pac-10 teams going into this week, joining Stanford (4-0) atop the conference standings. The Huskies are coming off a home sweep of USC and UCLA last weekend after opening their Pac-10 slate with victories on the road at Oregon and Oregon State. Washington is 3-4 away from Seattle this season, with three of those four losses coming against teams currently ranked in the Top-25 (#18/20 Marquette, #10/11 Purdue, #7/8 Ohio State). Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 18.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Hicks, who tallied team-highs 18 points versus USC and 22 versus UCLA, has reached double-figures in scoring 10-straight times and has scored at least 17 points in the last six 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 seven of the last eight games including a career-high 11 versus the Women of Troy, Dec. 29. The smallest Husky, she is averaging 5.4 rebounds behind team leaders Hicks and senior forward Jill Bell who are averaging 5.7 boards per game. Florence also leads the team in assists (53) and steals (30). Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 11.8 points per game. Junior guard Dominique Banks, a returning starter from last year's NCAA Tournament team, has played in the last four games after missing the first 11 recovering from surgery to repair stress fractures in both tibias.

Dawg Bites:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (18.8) and steals (10.60), and ranks second in scoring offense (73.9) and turnover margin (+5.67) ...Cameo Hicks ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.5 ppg), fourth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.465), eighth in three-pointers made (1.33) and ninth in steals (1.80)...Emily Florence ranks fifth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.04), sixth in steals (2.00) and ninth in assists (3.53)...Cheri Craddock ranks 10th in 3-PT field goal percentage (.340)...Freshman forward Laura McLellan shares the team lead in blocked shots (11), and is just averaging 7.2 minutes of playing time 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...Florence also ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (7.3) in conference games only...UW has six players averaging at least 6.9 points per game, while nine Huskies are averaging at least 16.5 minutes of playing time per contest...UW has held each of its last seven straight opponents to 67 points or less and forced each of them to commit 16 or more turnovers...UW is 10-2 when leading at halftime, 9-2 when outrebounding its opponents and 10-4 when forcing over 15 turnovers.

Huskies Quick Out of the Gates:
Washington is 4-0 to start the Pac-10 slate for the first time since the 1991-92 season. Washington has opened 4-0 on two other occasions since joining the Pac-10 in 1987, including an 8-0 start to Pac-10 play in 1987-88.

Injury Update:
Freshman guard Sami Whitcomb has missed the last nine games with a broken right hand and could return as soon as this week...freshman guard Sara Mosiman is listed as day-to-day after suffering a concussion in practice on Dec. 27...Mosiman has missed the last two games.

Scouting Arizona (6-9, 0-3):
Arizona is still winless in Pac-10 play after three tries, falling at Arizona State (62-89), at Stanford (58-86) and at California (48-65). The Wildcats have lost four straight and six of their last seven. Arizona took on a formidable non-conference schedule, facing ranked teams George Washington, Maryland, Texas A&M and New Mexico. Despite losing those four games, Arizona did pick up tough overtime wins versus TCU (59-56) and North Carolina State (68-66). The Wildcats have two players with double-figure scoring averages. Joy Hollingsworth leads the squad with 14.4 points per game and Ashley Whisonant is averaging 11.8 ppg. Amina Njonkou is the team's leading rebounder with 6.8 boards per game.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 27-16. The Huskies swept last season's meetings after struggling in the series, losing the previous seven consecutive games with the Wildcats. Tucson has been a tough place for Washington to play over the years. Last season's 66-54 victory at the McKale Center was the first road win at Arizona since 1995. UW trails the series with Arizona in Tucson, 10-11.

Scouting Arizona State (12-2, 2-1 Pac-10):
The Sun Devils enter the week in third place in the Pac-10 standings behind UW and Stanford. The Cardinal dealt ASU just its second loss of the season in its last game, 77-71. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Sun Devils. ASU's other loss this season came to nationally ranked Tennessee. Arizona State has been ranked in the Top-25 all season long and is led by returning All-Pac-10 player, Emily Westerberg. Westerberg averages 14.5 points per game. Also with double-figure scoring averages are sophomore guard Danielle Orsillo (11.2 ppg) and senior guard Jill Noe (10.5 ppg). ASU is outscoring its opponents by an average scoring margin of 18.1 points. The Sun Devils are scoring a Pac-10 high 78.1 points per game and allowing just 60.0 points.

All-Time Series Record Vs. ASU:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 26-16 but has lost the last three straight meetings and five of the last seven. Like Tucson, Tempe has been a challenging stop for the Huskies, trailing ASU 9-12 at Wells Fargo Arena. UW has lost five straight to ASU in Tempe, its last win coming on Jan. 11, 2001 (66-62).

Last Game Recap - UW 72, UCLA 67:
Washington improved its current winning streak to eight games with a 72-67 victory over UCLA at Bank of America Arena, Dec. 31. Senior guard Cameo Hicks led the way for the Huskies with game-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Jill Bell was a spark off the bench with 12 points and eight boards. Senior guard Noelle Quinn was the Bruins' leading scorer with 19 points and forward Lindsey Pluimer chipped in 18. The victory also improved Washington's home winning streak to 11 games dating back to last season. For the second straight game, offensive rebounding was the key for the Huskies, who outplayed UCLA on the offensive glass, 23-15. Washington, which leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds, won the overall battle on the boards, 44-35. Washington trailed nearly the entire first half, and was down by as many as nine points (15-6) seven minutes into the game. The Huskies slowly chipped away at UCLA's lead and after a 7-0 run capped by a three-pointer from senior forward Breanne Watson, found themselves down by just one, 27-26, with 4:36 until halftime. Both teams traded baskets down the stretch and down by three, junior center Andrea Plouffe and Hicks each drained a pair of free-throws to give Washington a one-point lead at the intermission (34-33). The second half began much like the first half ended with both teams matching each other, basket for basket, until the Huskies opened up a 10-point lead with an 8-0 run (61-51). UW led by 11 (71-60) with 1:49 left in the game but the Bruins rallied with a three-pointer from Pluimer and two layins from Quinn to trail by just four (71-67) with 48.6 seconds on the clock. Senior forward Maggie O'Hara was fouled and made one of two free-throws with seven seconds left.

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 at Oregon, Dec. 21. Banks 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, Banks tallied seven points, one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington has defeated two ranked opponents this season - then-No. 15 Texas A&M and then-No. 23 Florida State. UW is 2-2 against Top-25 foes this season (counting teams ranked in either the AP or coaches polls). The Huskies' two losses came on the road - falling to then-No. 12 Purdue in West Lafayette, 64-88, and nearly pulling an upset over then-No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus, 79-84. Washington is 41-103 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 12-73 mark on the road. Including Purdue, Ohio State and Texas A&M, eight of Washington's opponents were ranked in the preseason polls (AP/WBCA Coaches' Poll): Stanford (4/4), Ohio State (7/7), Purdue (11/13), Arizona State (13/12), Texas A&M (14/14), California (21/21), USC (22/22), and UCLA (23/23).

Hicks Named Preseason Candidate For Naismith Trophy, Wooden Award:
Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks has been named a preseason candidate for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Trophy. Hicks is one of 30 candidates for the Wooden Award and one of 50 for the Naismith Trophy. Both lists are narrowed down during the season before the final award is presented in the spring. The Husky co-captain leads the squad with 18.5 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and a 44.7 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied 14 double-figure scoring games including five 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. She earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week honor of the season for team-high totals of 17 points versus Gonzaga and 18 versus No. 23 Florida State in mid-December. Hicks played a huge role in Washington's first four Pac-10 wins. She is averaging 19.3 points and 7.5 rebounds in Pac-10 play.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting an 8-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. The Huskies currently have an 11-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 302-70 (81.1 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Huskies Complete Challenging Non-Conference Slate:
Washington also 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 as a result of its loss at Washington, Dec. 17. The Huskies faced three of these ranked opponents on the road - No. 7/8 Ohio State, No. 10/11 Purdue and No. 18/20 Marquette. The other two - #17/17 Texas A&M and then-No. 23 Florida State - the Huskies faced at home - winning both match-ups.

UW Extends Non-Conference Streak:
Washington's win over Florida State (Dec. 17) extended its non-conference home winning streak to 11 games. UW was 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.

Daugherty Notches 300th Career Win:
Head coach June Daugherty notched her 300th career victory when the Huskies defeated Texas A&M, Dec. 6. She tallied 123 wins during her seven-year career at Boise State and has 184 in her 11th year at Washington. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have 300 career wins under their belt, Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (597-260/27 years) and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (667-182/27 years).

Hicks Continues To Lead:
Senior co-captain Cameo Hicks has shown this season why she is up for two of the nation's top honors in collegiate basketball. She has scored at least 12 points in 14 of 15 games including five 20-point efforts. Hicks, who has 10-straight double-figure scoring outputs, has been UW's leading scorer in nine of the last 10 games, a span during which she has averaged 20.3 points per game. She has also been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice in a three-week span in December. What makes her performances that much more significant is the fact that she is playing with an injured right knee after suffering a bone bruise in practice, Nov. 12. Hicks is averaging team-highs in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg). She has excelled from long range, shooting 46.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc (20-for-43). Hicks stays plenty busy when she's not on the basketball court, serving in her second year as the President of the Washington Student-Athlete Advisory Council (WSAAC). She is also keeping an online diary at GoHuskies.com.

Hicks Reaches 1,000 Point Milestone:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks became the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 points, during the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic in November. Hicks' 21 points versus Saint Louis (Nov. 25) pushed her above the 1,000 point plateau for her career. She has already made a steady climb up UW's scoring list and now ranks 15th with 1,216 career points.

Powerful Plouffe:
Although hampered by patellar tendonitis that has caused her to miss three games and limit her practice time this season, junior center Andrea Plouffe has served as a powerful presence for the Huskies' inside game. Plouffe, who averaged 10.7 points per game as a sophomore, is averaging 11.8 points and 3.8 rebounds this season. Plouffe has seven double-figure scoring games this year and has scored at least 18 points in two of the last five games. She was back in the starting lineup the last four games after coming off the bench the previous four contests. She responded to the starting nods with nine points and four rebounds - including three offensive boards - at Oregon (Dec. 21) and then scoring a team-high 20 points in UW's overtime win at Oregon State (Dec. 23). She also scored 11 points versus USC (Dec. 29). Plouffe dropped a career-high 23 points, Nov. 25, against Saint Louis after missing the team's previous game at Eastern Washington due to the tendonitis. She appeared to not have skipped a beat since her previous performance at Purdue, when she notched team highs with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals (career-best) and two blocks. Plouffe also matched a career-high with two three-pointers versus the Boilermakers. Plouffe missed UW's games at Kent State and Ohio State, but came off the bench versus Texas A&M, Dec. 6, to score 13 points and grab five rebounds. She set career-highs in free-throws made (9) and attempted (10) versus the Aggies. Plouffe also played a big role in the Huskies' non-conference win over Gonzaga, contributing 12 points and three rebounds from off the bench. She added to that sharing team-high scoring honors versus Florida State with Cameo Hicks after scoring 18 points.

Bell Comes Up Big:
Senior forward/center Jill Bell has made an immediate impact in her final season whether in a starting role or coming off the bench, averaging 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds, to go along with 11 blocks. Bell has notched two double-doubles, with 15 points and 13 rebounds in her first start of the season at Eastern Washington, and 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Husky Classic championship game versus Northern Iowa, Nov. 26. Bell was named to the Husky Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts. She nearly recorded a double-double in UW's season opener at Marquette with 10 points and eight boards. In her second start at Kent State, Bell tallied eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals. In the Huskies' near upset of No. 6 Ohio State, she grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in addition to scoring nine points. Bell also helped out the Husky defense in its win over Gonzaga, contributing three blocks - the most by a Husky this season. She is coming off a 12-point, eight rebound and four assist performance vs. UCLA (Dec. 31).

Fearless Florence:
Junior point guard Emily Florence serves as the Huskies' floor leader and defensive sparkplug. Measuring in as the team's shortest member at 5-5, Florence ranks third among her teammates in rebounding with 5.4 boards per game. Florence has grabbed at least five rebounds in seven of the last eight games including seven at Oregon State (Dec. 23) and a career-high 11 vs. USC (Dec. 29). She leads the squad with 53 assists and 30 steals. Florence also ranks among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in assist-turnover ratio (fifth, 2.04), assists (ninth, 3.53) and steals (sixth, 2.00). Florence dished a career-high 11 assists in UW's close loss at No. 6 Ohio State (Dec. 3). She also tallied eight rebounds and seven points at Kent State (Nov. 30), while contributing six points, six rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals versus Gonzaga (Dec. 15). Florence helped the Huskies to a victory in their Pac-10 opener at Oregon (Dec. 21), recording six rebounds and a team-high four assists. In UW's against the Beavers last week, Florence matched her career-high with five steals and added six points to her seven rebounds. She came just shy of a double-double versus the Women of Troy, Dec. 29, finishing with 11 rebounds and eight points.

The Schedule:
Washington's 2006-07 schedule features nine opponents that appeared in the 2006 NCAA Tournament including seven squads that advanced to the second round or better. Road games at Purdue, which advanced as far as the NCAA Sweet 16 last year, and Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in the final 2006 AP poll, highlight a formidable preseason slate that also includes fellow 2006 Tourney participants Texas A&M and Florida State. With a conference record six teams getting a nod to the NCAA Tournament last season, the Pac-10 schedule will be that much more challenging. Stanford (Elite Eight), USC (second round), UCLA (second round), Arizona State (second round) and California (first round) are also UW opponents that participated in the Big Dance last year.

Huskies On Television:
Washington women's basketball will have three games nationally televised by FSN during the 2006-07 season, the Pac-10 Conference office announced. The Huskies will be featured on the road in contests at Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. PT and at Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. PT. UW's home game versus California on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. PT will also be televised by FSN to a national audience. In addition, FSN Northwest selected to televise two games on a regional basis - at Oregon State (Dec. 23, 4 p.m.) and at Washington State (Feb. 17, 5 p.m.).

Husky Coaching Staff:
June Daugherty is in her 11th season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason eight times. She has guided UW to five NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2000-01, and three trips to the WNIT. She was also one of 25 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year award in 2002-03. Twice has a Daugherty squad reached the 22-win plateau. Daugherty has compiled a UW record of 184-130, and a career record of 307-204. She coached seven seasons at Boise State before coming to Seattle. Her husband, Mike, is the Huskies' Associate Head Coach, while Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay are the two assistants. Mike Daugherty is in his 11th year with the team, while Soderberg begins her third season and Lewis-Jay enters her fourth year. Senior Angie Jones, who announced her retirement in early October due to recurring knee injuries, will serve as a student assistant coach for UW this year.

UW Takes Foreign Tour of Italy:
The Huskies got a jump start on the season, taking a foreign tour to Italy from August 22-September 1. The NCAA allows teams to take foreign tours every four years. UW played four games against international competition and traveled to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Como. The Huskies went 4-0 on the trip, dominating their competition and averaging 97 points a game.

Jones Calls It A Career:
Senior guard Angie Jones announced the end of her playing career, Oct. 5. She remains with the team as a student-assistant coach this season as she finishes her degree. Jones sustained multiple injuries to her right knee since her junior year of high school that resulted in a build up of arthritis. She underwent two ACL surgeries and two meniscus surgeries during that time. Jones suffered yet another injury to her right knee in one of the Huskies' practices prior its foreign tour to Italy in August. She played in 51 games for the Huskies, starting four. She averaged 1.9 points per game and shot 34.2 percent from the field.

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