Huskies Head to LA To Begin Second-Half of Pac-10 Play

Jan. 24, 2007

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Friday, January 26, 2007
Washington (13-7, 6-3 Pac-10) at UCLA (10-11, 4-5 Pac-10) • 7:00 p.m. PT
Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none

-- UP NEXT --
Sunday, January 28, 2007

Washington (13-7, 6-3 Pac-10) at USC (11-8, 5-4 Pac-10) • 2:00 p.m. PT
Galen Center • Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (13-7, 6-3 Pac-10) will begin the second-half of Pac-10 play this week when the Huskies travel Southern California to take on UCLA and USC. UW will face the Bruins (10-11, 4-5 Pac-10), Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion, followed by a contest with the Women of Troy (11-8, 5-4 Pac-10), Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the new Galen Center. The Huskies are tied for third in the Pac-10 race with California, while USC sits in fifth place and UCLA is in sixth. The Huskies snapped their longest losing skid of the season - a three-game streak - with a 22-point victory over Washington State (86-64, Saturday. The Bruins are coming off of a road split at the Arizona schools, falling to Arizona State (92-52) but coming back to defeat Arizona (76-73). USC also split in the desert last week, defeating Arizona (77-68) and falling to Arizona State (62-54). Washington is 3-1 in Pac-10 road game 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.

Think Pink:
The Washington women's basketball staff will join the WBCA (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) in wearing pink this weekend to show support for coaches in the profession who are battling breast cancer. The Husky staff will also wear pink ribbon buttons on the bench during the games at UCLA and USC.

Rankings:
Washington did not receive votes in either of this week's Associated Press or WBCA/USA Today/ESPN polls for the second straight week. Last week marked the first time UW did not receive votes in either poll this season. 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:
Washington put an end to its losing streak and shooting woes with a 22-point victory over Washington State, Saturday. Until then, UW had lost three straight and failed to shoot above 30 percent in the last two contests. The Huskies put their offense back into motion versus the rival Cougars, scoring 86 points and shooting 48.4 percent. Before the losing streak, UW had won as many as nine-straight games including a 5-0 start to Pac-10 play. Of Washington's seven losses this season, six have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #5 Ohio State, #9 Stanford, #10 Arizona State, #12 Purdue, #17 Marquette, #20 California, and #21 Texas A&M. The Huskies have still won 13 of their last 18 games after opening the season 0-2. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 15-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 17 points in eight of the last 11 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 10 of the last 13 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29), a team-high seven vs. Cal (Jan. 13) and a team-high eight vs. Washington State (Jan. 20). The smallest Husky, she is UW's leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 6.0 boards per game and is second on the squad overall (5.3 rpg). Florence leads the team in assists (75) and steals (44) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 11.6 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures five times in the last eight games including a team-high 14 in UW's win over Washington State, Saturday. Sophomore guard Stefanie Clark has moved up to third on the team with 7.6 points per game. She chipped in 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting vs. Washington State and contributed three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 15 minutes on the floor.

Husky Homecoming:
Washington guards Stefanie Clark and Sami Whitcomb will be making a homecoming of sorts when the Huskies travel to Southern California this week. Clark, a sophomore, is from Lakeview Terrace which is in the Los Angeles area, while Whitcomb, a freshman, hails from Ventura - about 90 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

SoCal Season Sweep?:
The Huskies swept UCLA and USC at home in the earlier season meetings between these two teams. UW defeated USC, Dec. 29, 76-60, before a 72-67 victory over UCLA, Dec. 31. The last time UW swept a complete season series with BOTH UCLA and USC was during the 2001-02 season. That year, the Huskies picked up home wins versus both schools (86-53 vs. UCLA, 80-79 OT vs. USC) and road wins versus both schools (69-63 at USC, 68-48 at UCLA).

Road Warriors:
The Huskies hit the road this week for the first time since early January after enjoying a three-game homestand. Pac-10 road games are always a challenge, but so far the Huskies have excelled this season with a 3-1 record away from Seattle in conference games. UW's Pac-10 road victories came against Oregon (Dec. 21), Oregon State (Dec. 23) and Arizona (Jan. 4). The lone loss came to nationally ranked Arizona State in Tempe (Jan. 7), but only be a five-point margin.

Top Rebounding Dawgs:
Like it has all season long, Washington enters the week leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.60 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 352-243 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds this year. This week's opponents - USC and UCLA - ranks second and third in the Pac-10, respectively, in offensive rebounds as well.

High Octane Offense:
The Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 in scoring average with 73.2 points per game. Washington has scored at least 83 points in three of the last five games, including an 86-point scoring output versus Washington State, Saturday - its second highest point total of the season. UW recorded back-to-back games of scoring 83 points in its last road trip at Arizona (Jan. 4) and Arizona State (Jan. 7).

Scouting UCLA:
The Bruins split a pair of games in the desert last week and return to Pauley Pavilion where they are 3-5 this season, 2-3 in Pac-10 play. UCLA is powered by Noelle Quinn and Lindsey Pluimer. Quinn leads the squad with 16.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds, while Pluimer is right behind with 16.1 points and 6.1 rebounds. Both players are coming off 23-point performances in UCLA's last win at Arizona (Jan. 20). UCLA's four Pac-10 wins during the first-half of conference play came versus California, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona. As a team, the Bruins are scoring 68.7 points per game and allowing opponents to score 70.1

All-Time Series Vs. UCLA:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with UCLA, 26-17. In Westwood, Washington holds a slim 11-10 margin in the series and has lost the last four meetings at Pauley Pavilion. The last time the Huskies picked up a road win at UCLA was Feb. 3, 2002 (68-48). In these team's last meeting in Seattle, Dec. 31, Cameo Hicks sparked UW with team-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Huskies to a 72-67 victory.

Scouting USC:
The Women of Troy host Washington State on Friday before their matchup with the Huskies, Sunday. USC returns home this week for the first time in almost three weeks. Despite having its roster depleted by injuries, USC continues to fight on, led by senior Shay Murphy, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer (18.8 ppg) and leading rebounder (8.8 rpg). USC is coming off a loss at Arizona State that snapped a season-high six-game winning streak. After opening the Pac-10 slate 0-3, USC has won five of its last six.

UW To Make Galen Center Debut:
Sunday marks the first time the Huskies will play in USC's new Galen Center. It's probably not far-fetched to assume the new venue will be home to many of the same thrilling UW vs. USC matchups that were held in the L.A. Coliseum in the past. Four of the last five matchups between these teams in LA have been decided by eight or fewer points including two in overtime.

All-Time Series Vs. USC:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with USC, 27-18, but trail the Women of Troy when playing in Los Angeles, 9-12. Last year UW won a double-overtime thriller at USC, 87-79, but had lost the previous two meetings in LA before then. In fact, UW's last two wins at USC have come in OT - the other being a 83-81 victory on Jan. 5, 2003.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Washington also ranks second in the Pac-10 in steals (10.30) and turnover margin (+5.00) ...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.4 ppg), fourth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.414), eighth in free-throw percentage (.792) and ninth in three-pointers made (1.20)...Junior point guard Emily Florence ranks third in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.21), fifth in steals (2.20) and eighth in assists (3.75)...Guards Sami Whitcomb (.385) and Cheri Craddock (.361) rank ninth and 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-PT field goal percentage...Freshman forward Laura McLellan leads the team and is tied for 10th in the Pac-10 in blocked shots (13)...she is just averaging 7.8 minutes of playing time per game.

A Little Help From Their Friends:
Depth has been a key factor in UW's success this season. The Huskies rotate nearly their entire bench into each game. Ten players are averaging at least 11.4 minutes of playing time and eight players are averaging 5.1 or more points per outing. Three of the Huskies' top seven scorers are currently coming off the bench - senior center Jill Bell (7.2 ppg), senior guard Cheri Craddock (7.1 ppg) and freshman guard Sami Whitcomb (5.1 ppg). The team's leader in blocked shots is reserve forward Laura McLellan with 13. UW's depth has leant itself to head coach June Daugherty using several different starting lineups through the course of the season. Only senior guard Cameo Hicks, junior point guard Emily Florence and senior forward Breanne Watson have started all 20 games.

Hicks Named To Another National Watch List:
In addition to being named a preseason candidate for the 2006-07 Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy, Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks was selected one of 30 candidates for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award last week. The Husky co-captain leads the squad with 17.4 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and a 44.5 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied 19 double-figure scoring games including five 20-point games. She has scored at least 11 points in 19 of 20 games and has 15-straight double-figure scoring outputs. Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in 11 of the last 15 games, a span during which she has averaged 18.3 points per game. She was also 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 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.

Last Game Recap - UW 86, WSU 64:
Washington snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating cross-state rival Washington State, 86-64, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Saturday. The victory upped Washington's winning streak in the series between these cross-state rivals to 23 games. Junior center Andrea Plouffe led all Huskies with 14 points, while sophomore guard Stefanie Clark chipped in 13 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks contributed 12. Junior point guard Emily Florence was a catalyst on both offense and defense, recording team-highs in rebounds (eight), assists (six) and steals (seven). She also scored five points. All five Cougar starters reached double-figures in scoring led by freshman forward Marisa Stotler. Guards Colleen Betteridge and Katie Appleton each scored 12 points. After losing back-to-back home games the previous week and failing to shoot above 30 percent from the field in those contests, the Huskies turned things around versus the Cougars. UW shot 48.4 percent, including a 55.2 clip from the field in the second half - much improved from the previous two outings. The Huskies racked up 18 assists and added a season-high 19 steals. UW also forced WSU to commit 27 turnovers while only committing 15 of their own. UW opened the game on a 10-2 run and never trailed. The Huskies led by as many as nine points (22-15) midway through the opening period but the Cougars fought back to get within one (28-27) with 4:07 remaining until the intermission. Washington wasn't about to let the lead slip out of their hands in front a season-high crowd of 3,175 fans, ending the half on a 13-4 run. The Huskies' largest lead to that point was 11 until Appleton knocked down an eight-footer with 36.7 seconds on the clock. Led by all 12 of Hicks points coming after halftime, UW pulled away from WSU in the second-half. A 13-2 run over a four-minute span gave the Huskies their largest lead of the game - 32 - (84-52) with 3:34 left in the game.

Don't Forget To Watch UW 'On Demand':
The Huskies' game versus Stanford (Jan. 11) can be seen by Comcast Digital Subscribers in the state of Washington ON DEMAND. Former Husky Kayla Burt made her broadcast debut 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.

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