UW Hosts No. 10 Stanford In Battle Of Top Two Pac-10 Teams Thursday

Jan. 9, 2007

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Thursday, January 11, 2007
#10/10 Stanford (12-3, 5-0 Pac-10) at UW (12-5, 5-1 Pac-10) • 7 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - Comcast VOD

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

#22/22 California (11-4, 2-3 Pac-10) at UW (12-5, 5-1 Pac-10) • 1:30 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live TV - FSN

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Coming off its first loss in over a month, Washington women's basketball (12-5, 5-1 Pac-10) returns to Seattle to host a big three-game homestand featuring contests this week versus a pair of ranked Pac-10 opponents in No. 10/10 Stanford (12-3, 5-0 Pac-10) and No. 22/22 California (11-4, 2-3 Pac-10). The top two teams in the conference will battle on Thursday, Jan. 11, with the second-place Huskies entertaining the first-place Cardinal at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Washington will then host California on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday's game can be viewed on Comcast ON DEMAND 24 hours following the final buzzer. Saturday's game will televised live to a national audience on FSN. Washington's nine-game winning streak was snapped last weekend with a split on the road versus the Arizona schools. UW defeated Arizona handily (83-66) before falling to then-No. 13 Arizona State in a tight five-point contest (83-88). The Huskies conclude their homestand with a contest versus in-state rival Washington State on Jan. 20.

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.

Comcast To Televise UW Contest Thursday:
Washington's game with Stanford on Thursday can be seen exclusively on Comcast ON DEMAND for Comcast Digital Cable subscribers. The game can be viewed as soon as 24 hours following the final buzzer. Viewers can select Channel 1 and then go to the 'Get Local' folder. Tom Lafferty will call the play-by-play and former Husky Kayla Burt will provide color commentary for the broadcast, with Jon Horton reporting from the sidelines. Thursday's game is the first of four UW women's basketball games that will be available 'ON DEMAND.' Games versus Arizona State (Feb. 1), at California (Feb. 8) and versus Oregon State (Feb. 22) will also be televised by Comcast.

TV Coverage:
Saturday's game versus California will be televised nationally on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from Bank of America Arena. The contest marks the second-straight week the Huskies have been featured nationally on FSN.

Rankings:
Washington received votes in both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN polls for the fourth-straight week. UW has received votes in the AP poll the last four weeks and in the coaches' poll the last eight 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 find themselves in place they haven't been in awhile - coming off a loss. Washington had won nine-straight games - including five-straight Pac-10 contests - until falling at then-No. 13 Arizona State (83-88) on Sunday. The Huskies have still won 12 of their last 15 games after opening the season 0-2. Until Sunday, Washington's last loss was at then-No. 6 Ohio State on Dec. 3 by another five-point margin (79-84). UW's nine-game winning streak was its longest since a nine-game streak during the 1993-94 season. UW will welcome its return to the confines of Bank of America where it is undefeated this season (8-0) and has an 11-game winning streak dating back to last season. All five of UW's losses have come on the road, four to teams currently ranked in the Top-25: #16/17 Marquette, #13/13 Purdue, #6/8 Ohio State and #11/11 Arizona State. Washington is in the midst of facing three-straight ranked opponents with No. 10 Stanford and No. 22 California on the docket for this week. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 18.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 12-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 17 points in the last eight-straight contests. 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 10 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29). The smallest Husky, she is UW's second leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 6.0 boards per game. Florence leads the team in assists (63) and steals (33) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 12.1 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures four times in the last five games.

Dawg Bites:
Going into this week, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (18.00), and ranks second in steals (10.00), scoring offense (74.9) and turnover margin (+4.94) ...Cameo Hicks ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.4 ppg), sixth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.431) and eighth in three-pointers made (1.29)...Hicks is the Pac-10's leading scorer in conference play averaging 18.8 points per game in Pac-10 contests...Senior forward Maggie O'Hara has the second-best free-throw shooting percentage in the league behind only All-Pac-10 player Shay Murphy (USC) with an 85.4 clip (35-for-41)...Emily Florence, a high school teammate of O'Hara's from Boise, Idaho, ranks fifth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.10), seventh in steals (1.94) and eighth in assists (3.71)...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, is third on the squad with a 5.2 rebounding average...Senior guard Cheri Craddock ranks ninth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.352)...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 7.1 points per game, while eight Huskies are averaging at least 16.3 minutes of playing time per contest...UW shot a season-high 53.1 percent (34-64) in its last contest at ASU...UW is 11-3 when leading at halftime, 9-2 when outrebounding its opponents and 11-5 when forcing over 15 turnovers.

Scouting Stanford (12-3, 5-0 Pac-10):
Stanford begins the week as the only unbeaten Pac-10 team at 5-0. The Cardinal has endured a tough schedule and is in the midst of playing three games in six days for the second time this season. Stanford, though, brings a 10-game winning streak into Seattle, Thursday. The Cardinal squeezed in a non-conference contest versus South Carolina in Palo Alto, Monday, before traveling to the Northwest, Wednesday. Senior All-American Brooke Smith led the way with a season-high 28 points in the 60-54 victory. Another All-American - Candice Wiggins - leads the team with 15.7 scoring average, with Smith averaging 13.9 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds. Stanford's only losses have come to then-No. 24 BYU, then-No. 4 Tennessee, and then-No. 8 Georgia.

Deja Vu?:
Last season, Stanford was also ranked 10th when the Cardinal met the Huskies in Seattle (Dec. 22, 2005). UW pulled an upset over Stanford (77-72), its last win against a Top-10 opponent.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Stanford:
Washington is 14-30 all-time against Stanford. Stanford has won five of the last six meetings, but these teams split their contests last season. UW pulled a 77-72 upset over the 10th-ranked Cardinal on Dec. 22, 2005, but then fell at Palo Alto on Feb. 23, 2006 - 69-100. UW is 9-11 all-time against Stanford at home. Prior to last season's win over Stanford, UW had not defeated the Cardinal since Feb. 13, 2003 (92-68).

A Quick Look At Cal:
The Golden Bears have spent the entire season ranked in the Top-25, earning as high as a No. 15 billing twice in December. Cal opened the season 8-1, but since then is 3-3. Cal is 2-3 against Pac-10 teams so far, defeating Arizona and USC, while falling to UCLA (in overtime), Arizona State and Stanford. Ashley Walker leads the team with 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. The Golden Bears suffered a huge blow when sophomore starting guard Alexis Gray-Lawson suffered a torn ACL in a contest with Kansas (Dec. 8). Gray-Lawson, last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, is out for the season. Washington is 38-9 all-time against Cal, including a 20-2 mark at home. In the last meeting, Cal defeated UW (81-58) and in doing so, snapped an 11-game Husky winning streak in the series.

Last Game Recap - ASU 88, UW 83:
Dymond Simon made a free throw with 50.4 seconds left to break a tie and No. 13 Arizona State held off Washington for an 88-83 win Sunday in Pacific 10 Conference play that snapped the Huskies' nine-game winning streak. The Sun Devils made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 37.3 seconds to secure the victory, Arizona State's 10th in 11 games. Emily Westerberg scored 22 points before fouling out with 1:30 remaining and Simon added 15 for Arizona State, which trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and eight early in the second. Stefanie Clark scored 21 points and Cameo Hicks added 18 for the Huskies. After Clark missed two free throws with 58.5 seconds left, Simon made 1 of 2 to give Arizona State an 81-80 lead. Hicks missed a 14-footer and then fouled Danielle Orsillo with 37.3 seconds left. Orsillo made her two shots. Andrea Plouffe, who added 16 points, made a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 85-83, but Jill Noe made a free throw after being fouled on the ensuing in-bounds play. Orsillo then grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. She sank two more free throws for the final margin. The Huskies built a 38-27 lead in the first half, but Arizona State scored the last six points to cut the advantage to 44-40 at the break. The Huskies made seven of their first 10 shots and finished the night 34-of-64 from the field. Washington has lost four straight to Arizona State.

Ranked Opponents:
The Huskies are in the midst of a tough Pac-10 stretch in which they are facing three-straight ranked opponents - and three of the top teams in the conference. UW is 2-3 against Top-25 foes this season (counting teams ranked in either the AP or coaches polls). Both wins have come at home - versus then-No. 15 Texas A&M and then-No. 23 Florida State. The Huskies' three losses came on the road - falling to then-No. 12 Purdue in West Lafayette, 64-88, nearly pulling an upset over then-No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus, 79-84, and falling just short at then-No. 13 Arizona State most recently in Tempe, 83-88. Washington is 41-104 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 29-39 mark at home (these records reflect only teams ranked in the AP poll; Florida State was only ranked in the coaches poll at the time of their meeting in December). UW's all-time record against Top-10 opponents is 13-56 overall, 11-17 at home. Washington's last win against a Top-10 team was versus Stanford - then also ranked 10th - last season at home (77-72). Eight of Washington's opponents this season 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).

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 Quick Out of the Gates:
Before falling to ASU, Sunday, Washington's 5-0 start to the Pac-10 slate was its best since opening the 1987-88 Pac-10 season 8-0.

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