UW Women Host Washington State Saturday
Jan. 16, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Washington St. (5-13, 1-7 Pac-10) at UW (12-7, 5-3 Pac-10) 1:00 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (12-7, 5-3 Pac-10) wraps a three-game homestand looking to snap a three-game losing streak when the Huskies host cross-state rival Washington State (5-13, 1-7 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Washington begins the week in third place in the Pac-10 standings, trailing Stanford and Arizona State, while the Cougars occupy the 10th spot. The Huskies are in the midst of their longest losing skid of the season, but all three losses have come to Top-25 teams: then-No. 13 Arizona State, then-No. 10 Stanford and then-No. 22 California. The Huskies have a 22-game winning streak in the all-time series versus the Cougars. Following Saturday's contest, UW will travel to Southern California to face UCLA (Jan. 26) and USC (Jan. 28).
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.
Saturday's game versus Washington State can be seen free of charge on the Huskies' official athletics web site at GoHuskies.com. Live stats and live audio will also be available at GoHuskies.com.
Saturday's game features a popular Husky promotion - Autograph Day. All the UW women's basketball players will sign autographs for one hour after the game at the North Court located on the concourse level of Bank of America Arena.
Washington did not receive any votes in either the Associated Press or WBCA/USA Today/ESPN polls this week. It marks the first time this season the Huskies have not at least received votes in either poll. UW had received votes in both polls the last four 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:
After racking up as much as a nine-game winning streak, the Huskies have now lost their last three straight contests - at then No. 13 Arizona State (Jan. 7), at home versus then-No. 10 Stanford (Jan. 11) and at home versus then-No. 22 Cal (Jan. 13). The losing streak is the longest of the season. But those three losses all came against ranked opponents. The last time UW lost three-straight games was late last year - falling in its last regular season contests vs. Stanford (Feb. 23, 2006) and California (Feb. 25, 2006), and then losing to USC in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 tournament (March 3, 2006). The Huskies have still won 12 of their last 17 games after opening the season 0-2. The Huskies suffered an uncharacteristic home sweep last weekend, suffering back-to-back losses to then-No. 10 Stanford and then-No. 22 Cal at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies have lost two straight home games after winning 11-straight on their own floor. The last time UW lost back-to-back home games was during the 2004-05 season. UW lost three straight home games that year, falling to USC, UCLA and Stanford. Of Washington's seven losses, six have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #6 Ohio State, #9 Stanford, #10 Arizona State, #12 Purdue, #17 Texas A&M, #19 Marquette and #21 Cal. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 17.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 14-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 17 points in eight of the last 10 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 nine of the last 12 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29) and a team-high seven vs. Cal (Jan. 13). The smallest Husky, she is UW's second leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 5.8 boards per game. Florence leads the team in assists (69) and steals (37) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 11.4 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures four times in the last seven games. Senior guard Cheri Craddock is coming off a good game vs. Cal on Saturday, scoring nine points and grabbing a career-high five rebounds vs. the Golden Bears.
Baby It's Cold Outside:
The last few games have seen Washington post polar opposite numbers when it comes to their field goal shooting percentage. In fact, it's almost as if the Huskies' shooting numbers have reflected the climate they're playing in. After shooting a season-high 53.1 percent (34-of-64) against Arizona State in the desert (Jan. 7), the Huskies returned to chilly, snowy and icy Seattle and turned around to set back-to-back season lows from the field. UW shot 27.8 percent (20-of-72) versus Stanford (Jan. 11) and then shot 26.2 percent (16-61) from the field versus Cal (Jan. 13). Likewise, UW notched 83 points versus the Sun Devils (although not a season-high but was above the Huskies' average) and tallied back-to-back season-lows with 56 points versus the Cardinal and then 49 points versus California. With another home game on tap for this week, the Huskies are hoping the forecast calls for warmer temperatures in the Pacific Northwest very soon.
Top Rebounding Dawgs:
Like it has all season long, Washington enters the week leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.79 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 338-228 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds this year.
High Octane Offense:
Despite its recent shooting woes versus the Bay Area schools last weekend, the Huskies still rank second in the Pac-10 in scoring average with 72.6 points per game. After scoring 83 points in back-to-back games versus Arizona and Arizona State, the Huskies have been held under 60 points for the first times this season last week versus Stanford (56) and Cal (49).
Washington also ranks second in the Pac-10 in steals (9.84) and turnover margin (+4.63) ...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.7 ppg), fifth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.421) and ninth in three-pointers made (1.26)...Senior forward Maggie O'Hara ranks third in the Pac-10 in free-throw shooting percentage with a 84.4 clip (38-for-45)...Emily Florence, a high school teammate of O'Hara's from Boise, Idaho, ranks fifth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.03), seventh in steals (1.95) and ninth in assists (3.63)...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, is second on the squad with a 5.2 rebounding average...Senior guard Cheri Craddock ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in 3-PT field goal percentage (.356)...Freshman forward Laura McLellan leads the team in blocked shots (13), and is just averaging 7.8 minutes of playing time per game...McLellan has tallied two blocked shots on four occassions...UW has six players averaging at least 7.0 points per game, while eight Huskies are averaging at least 15.6 minutes of playing time per contest.
Scouting Washington State:
The Cougars come to Seattle with an overall record of 5-13, 1-7 in Pac-10 play. WSU also fell victim to a sweep by the Bay Area schools last weekend, but lost both contests by just a combined 15 points. WSU has lost seven straight games, its last win coming in its first Pac-10 contest vs. Oregon State (Dec. 21), 58-41. Freshman forward Marisa Stotler leads the team in scoring with 10.9 points per game while senior Kate Benz is the squads top rebounder with 7.1 boards per game.
All-Time Series Vs. Washington State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Washington State 52-10. The Huskies have won the last 22 straight games with the Cougars. The last UW loss to WSU came on Feb. 25, 1995 in Pullman (67-72). At home, UW is 26-6 against WSU - the last loss coming on Jan. 19, 1993 in overtime, 72-75.
Last Game Recap - No. 22 California 72, UW 49:
Devanei Hampton scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half and the 22nd-ranked Golden Bears routed cold-shooting Washington 72-49 in the Huskies' last outing. Hampton started strong and her teammates followed her lead. Hampton made 11 of 15 shots overall, finishing two off her career-high of 27 set earlier this year against UCLA. She also grabbed eight rebounds. But it was Hampton's start that set the tone. She scored six points during a 12-0 run to start the game and Washington never answered. The Bears' leading scorer, Ashley Walker, added 12 points and Rama N'diaye had 11. Washington shot a season-low 26 percent and lost its third straight to a ranked team -- its fifth loss overall to ranked opponents. The Huskies were on the verge of cracking the Top 25 after a nine-game win streak, but lost to Arizona State (Jan. 7) and Stanford (Jan. 11). Cameo Hicks led Washington with 12 points, six under her season average. While the Huskies struggled to make anything against Cal's zone defense, the Bears shot 58.5 percent and never let Washington get closer than 15 in the second half. Hampton's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 5:58 left in the first half gave the Bears' a 26-9 lead and her two free throws in the final minute gave Cal its biggest lead of the half at 35-14. Washington missed its first nine shots, 20 of its first 24, and shot just 20 percent in the first half. The 17 first-half points were a season-low for the Huskies and just three off the school record for fewest in a half. It was the second straight poor shooting performance by the Huskies, who shot only 28 percent against Stanford (Jan. 11). The 49 points were a season-low.