Huskies Put Streak On The Line At No. 13 Arizona State Sunday
Jan. 5, 2007
Sunday, January 7, 2007
UW (12-4, 5-0 Pac-10) at #13/14 Arizona St. (13-2, 3-1) 11:30 a.m. PT
Wells Fargo Arena Tempe, Ariz.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 Live TV - FSN
Washington women's basketball (12-4, 5-0 Pac-10) will put its nine-game winning streak on the line when it takes on #13/14 Arizona State (13-2, 3-1 Pac-10) in a Pac-10 conference showdown, Sunday, Jan. 7, at 11:30 a.m. PT at Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU campus in Tempe. The contest will be televised nationally on FSN with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action. The Huskies are coming off a 17-point victory over Arizona, Thursday (83-66) - win that upped their current winning streak and gave them their first 5-0 Pac-10 start since the 1987-88 season. After opening the season 0-2, UW has won 12 of its last 14 games. The Sun Devils, ranked in the Top-25 all season, are coming off an 89-44 victory versus Washington State, Thursday, and have won nine of their last 11 games. ASU's only losses have come to nationally ranked teams Tennessee and Stanford.
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.
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.
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 12 of their last 14 games and nine-straight, the Huskies are off to their best Pac-10 start (5-0) since the 1987-88 season. Washington's nine-game winning streak is its longest since winning nine-straight during the 1993-94 campaign. As of Friday, UW sits atop the Pac-10 standings (5-0), followed by Stanford (4-0) and ASU (3-1). Washington's 5-0 Pac-10 start includes three road wins and three victories decided by five or fewer points (four point wins vs. Oregon and Oregon State, five point win vs. UCLA). UW is coming off its biggest margin of victory in conference play, a 17-point win at Arizona (83-66), Thursday. The win improved the Huskies' road record to 4-4 this season. All four of UW's losses have come on the road, three to 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 18.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Hicks, who tallied a team-high 18 points in UW's last win at Arizona, has reached double-figures in scoring 11-straight times and has scored at least 17 points in the last seven 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 eight of the last nine games including a career-high 11 versus the Women of Troy, Dec. 29. The smallest Husky, she is UW's leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 6.8 boards per game. Overall, she is tied for second on the squad in rebounding with 5.4 boards per game. Florence also leads the team in assists (58) and steals (32) and has committed just three turnovers in the last three games (0-vs. USC, 1-vs. UCLA, 2-vs. Arizona). Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 11.8 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures in three of the last four games, while senior forward/center Jill Bell has two-straight games with 12 points. Junior guard Dominique Banks, a returning starter from last year's NCAA Tournament team, has played in the last five games after missing the first 11 recovering from surgery to repair stress fractures in both tibias.
As of Friday, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (18.38), and ranks second in steals (10.19), scoring offense (74.4) and turnover margin (+5.38) ...Cameo Hicks ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.4 ppg), fifth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.449) and seventh in three-pointers made (1.38)...Senior forward Maggie O'Hara has the second-best free-throw shooting percentage behind only All-Pac-10 player Shay Murphy (USC) with an 87.2 clip (34-for-39)...Emily Florence, a high school teammate of O'Hara's from Boise, Idaho, ranks fifth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.07), sixth in steals (2.00) and eighth in assists (3.63)...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, is tied for second on the squad with a 5.4 rebounding average...In Pac-10 play, she ranks sixth in the conference in offensive rebounds (2.80) and ninth in rebounds per game (6.8)...Senior guard Cheri Craddock ranks 10th in 3-PT field goal percentage (.365) and 10th in three-pointers made (1.19)...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...UW has six players averaging at least 6.9 points per game, while eight Huskies are averaging at least 16.2 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 11-2 when leading at halftime, 9-2 when outrebounding its opponents and 11-4 when forcing over 15 turnovers.
Huskies Quick Out of the Gates:
Washington is 5-0 to start the Pac-10 slate for the first time since the 1987-88 season. That year, UW opened Pac-10 play 8-0, the best start in school history.
The Last Time...:
Washington won 10-straight games was during the 1997-98 season (Nov. 26, 1987-Jan. 3, 1998)...Washington swept both Arizona and Arizona State on its desert road swing was during the 1994-95 season (W, 71-68 at Arizona - March 2, 1995; W, 93-54 at Arizona State - March 4, 1995).
Scouting Arizona State (13-2, 3-1 Pac-10):
The Sun Devils entered the week in third place in the Pac-10 standings behind UW and Stanford. On Thursday, ASU defeated Washington State, 89-44. Dymond Simon led the Sun Devils with a career-high 24 points, along with five assists and two steals in 19 minutes on the floor. Emily Westerberg added 19 points and Danielle Orsillo chipped in 15. The Cardinal dealt ASU just its second loss of the season in its second Pac-10 contest, 77-71 (Dec. 30). 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 14.8 points per game. Also with double-figure scoring averages are sophomore guard Danielle Orsillo (11.5 ppg) and senior guard Jill Noe (10.1 ppg). ASU is outscoring its opponents by an average scoring margin of 19.9 points. The Sun Devils are scoring a Pac-10 high 78.8 points per game and allowing just 58.9 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 83, Arizona 66:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks led four players in double-figures with a team-high 18 points, lifting Washington to an 83-66 victory over Arizona in Pac-10 women's basketball action at the McKale Center, Thursday evening. The victory extended Washington's winning streak to nine games, including its first 5-0 start in Pac-10 play since the 1987-88 season. The Wildcats lost their fourth-straight Pac-10 contest and fifth overall. Joining Hicks in double-figures for UW were junior center Andrea Plouffe (12 points), senior forward Jill Bell (12) and junior point guard Emily Florence (season-high 10). Junior guard Dominique Banks contributed a team-high eight rebounds - tying a career-high - in 13 minutes off the bench. Seattle native Joy Hollingsworth led Arizona with 31 points. The Huskies never trailed, leading by as many as 10 points three times in the first half, and took a 41-33 lead into the locker room in halftime. UW upped its lead to as many as 16, 55-39, seven minutes into the second half. But the Wildcats weren't about to go down easily, coming back with a 15-5 run to close within six points, 66-54, with 8:09 remaining in the contest. Washington's experience then took over, as Hicks hit back-to-back buckets and Banks added another score to quickly give the Huskies a 12-point cushion, 66-54. Washington put the game away in the final minutes with a 9-0 to take a 19-point lead, 81-62, with 1:20 left on the clock. Hicks, a preseason All-American and already a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week this year, notched her 11th-straight double-figure scoring game and 15th overall this season. Washington's nine-game winning streak is the longest since a nine-game streak during the 1993-94 season, and only one other UW team has opened up Pac-10 play 5-0 - the 1987-88 team that began their conference slate 8-0.
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).