UW Women Host No. 22 California Saturday

Jan. 12, 2007

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Saturday, January 13, 2007
#22/22 California (12-4, 3-3 Pac-10) at UW (12-6, 5-2 Pac-10) • 1:30 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live TV - FSN

Up Next:
Looking to get back in the win column, Washington women's basketball (12-6, 5-2 Pac-10) will host No. 22 California (12-4, 3-3 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. The contest will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies suffered a 77-56 loss to 10th-ranked Stanford, Thursday, while the Golden Bears come to Seattle on the heels of a 55-48 victory over Washington State in Pullman. Cal is the Huskies' third-straight ranked opponent they have faced, as Washington took on then-No. 13 Arizona State in Tempe before playing the Cardinal. Stanford snapped the Huskies' 11-game home winning streak and handed UW its first loss on its home floor this 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.

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.

Gameday Promotions:
Saturday is FSN Purple T-Shirt Day. Free purple Husky t-shirts, courtesy of FSN, will be given out to the first 2500 fans at the game. Saturday is also 'Take a Kid To The Game Day.' Fans who buy one adult ticket can receive one free child ticket. This offer must be mentioned at the box office.

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.

Don't Forget To Watch UW 'On Demand':
The Huskies' game versus Stanford on Thursday can be seen by Comcast Digital Subscribers in the state of Washington ON DEMAND. Former Husky Kayla Burt made her broadcast debut, Thursday, serving as the color commentator for the telecast. UW games vs. Arizona State (Feb. 1), at California (Feb. 8) and versus Oregon State (Feb. 22) will also be available on Comcast ON DEMAND.

Scouting The Huskies:
After racking up as much as a nine-game winning streak, the Huskies have now lost their last two straight contests - at then No. 13 Arizona State (Jan. 7) and at home versus Stanford (Jan. 11). The last time UW lost back-to-back games was earlier this season at Kent State (Nov. 30) and at Ohio State (Dec. 3). The Huskies have still won 12 of their last 16 games after opening the season 0-2. UW's nine-game winning streak was its longest since a nine-game streak during the 1993-94 season. The Huskies suffered an uncharacteristic home loss to the Cardinal, Thursday. The setback was Washington's first home loss of the season and snapped an 11-game home winning streak dating back to last season. Of Washington's six losses, five have come to opponents currently ranked in the Top-25: #16/17 Marquette, #13/13 Purdue, #6/8 Ohio State, #11/11 Arizona State and #10/10 Stanford. California is the third-straight ranked opponents the Huskies have faced. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 18.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 13-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 17 points in the last eight of the last nine 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 11 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 5.6 boards per game. Florence leads the team in assists (67) and steals (34) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 11.8 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures four times in the last six games. Freshman reserve guard Sami Whitcomb is coming off a strong performance, scoring a career-high versus 10th-ranked Stanford, Thursday, including a trio of three-pointers. Whitcomb was 4-of-8 from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point range. She also matched a career-high with two steals. The contest was Whitcomb's first home game since suffering a broken right hand in practice, Dec. 3.

Dawg Bites:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.72), and ranks second in steals (9.83), scoring offense (73.9) and turnover margin (+4.72) ...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.0 ppg), fifth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.415) and ninth in three-pointers made (1.22)...Hicks began the week as the Pac-10's leading scorer in conference play (18.8 ppg)...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 86.0 clip (37-for-43)...Emily Florence, a high school teammate of O'Hara's from Boise, Idaho, ranks fourth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.09), seventh in steals (1.89) and eighth in assists (3.72)...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, is third on the squad with a 5.1 rebounding average...Senior guard Cheri Craddock ranks ninth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.357)...Freshman forward Laura McLellan leads the team in blocked shots (12), and is just averaging 7.5 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 15.9 minutes of playing time per contest.

Hot and Cold:
The last two games have seen Washington post polar opposite numbers when it comes to their field goal shooting percentage. After shooting a season-high 53.1 percent (34-of-64) at Arizona State (Jan. 7), the Huskies turned around to set a season-low with a 27.8 percent (20-of-72) clip from the field versus Stanford on Thursday. Likewise, UW notched 83 points versus the Sun Devils (although not a season-high but was above the Huskies' average) and tallied a season-low 56 points versus the Cardinal.

Scouting California:
Cal is coming off a 55-48 victory over Washington State in Pullman, Thursday. Ashley Walker led the Golden Bears with 20 points and nine boards, while Devanei Hampton notched a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. 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 4-3. Cal is 3-3 against Pac-10 teams so far, defeating Arizona, USC and Washington State, while falling to UCLA (in overtime), Arizona State and Stanford. Walker leads the team with 18.1 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.

All-Time Series Record Vs. California:
Washington is 38-9 all-time against Cal, including a 20-2 mark at home. Cal defeated UW (81-58) in the last meeting between these teams, Feb. 25, 2006, which snapped an 11-game Husky winning streak in the series. Before last season, the last time Cal defeated Washington was Feb. 24, 2000 in Berkeley (49-51). The last time California defeated a Husky team in Seattle was on Jan. 29, 2000 (59-72). The other home loss for UW vs. Cal occured on Jan. 21, 1992 - a 66-67 overtime decision.

Last Game Recap - Stanford 77, UW 56:
Freshman Jayne Appel made seven straight shots in the first half and finished with 19 points, Candice Wiggins added 17 and No. 10 Stanford pulled away in the second half for a 77-56 victory over Washington on Thursday night. The Huskies couldn't slow the 6-foot-4 Appel or 6-3 Brooke Smith inside as Stanford held a 50-22 advantage on points in the paint and rolled to its 11th straight win. Smith finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Wiggins pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds and the Cardinal remained the only undefeated team in conference play. Reserve Sami Whitcomb led Washington with 13 points, but leading scorer Cameo Hicks was held to 11, seven under her season average. The Huskies shot a season-low 28 percent and lost to a ranked team for the fourth time this season. Washington had a nine-game win streak snapped last Sunday at No. 11 Arizona State, and had won 11 straight at home. Stanford has won six of the last seven against Washington. Appel scored all 15 of her first-half points in the final 4:37 of the half. Leading 26-21, Appel started a 15-7 run making short hook shots or scoring uncontested under the basket. Appel's easy layup as the halftime buzzer sounded gave the Cardinal a 41-28 advantage, giving the Cardinal a 13-point advantage at halftime. Washington started the game shooting just 4-for-23 and the struggles returned to start the second half, as it missed its first eight shots. Stanford scored the first 10 points of the half to take a 51-28 lead and led by as many as 29. Freshman J.J. Hones added 10 for the Cardinal.

Ranked Opponents:
The Huskies are wrapping up a tough Pac-10 stretch in which they have faced three-straight ranked opponents - and three of the top teams in the conference. UW is 2-4 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. Three of the four 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 41-105 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 29-40 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). 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).

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