Huskies Continue SoCal Road Swing At USC Sunday
Jan. 27, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Washington (13-8, 6-4 Pac-10) at USC (12-8, 6-4 Pac-10) 2:00 p.m. PT
Galen Center Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 TV - none
Washington women's basketball (13-8, 6-4 Pac-10) continues its Southern California road swing facing USC (12-8, 6-4 Pac-10), Sunday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Huskies will look to regroup after a disappointing six-point loss at UCLA Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. Despite the loss, UW remains tied for third in the Pac-10 with the Women of Troy and California, but the Golden Bears will face Arizona on Saturday before Sunday's matchup between Washington and USC. The Women of Troy are coming off a 65-47 victory over Washington State, Friday, and after opening conference play 0-3 have won six of their last seven games. The Huskies will look for the season sweep over USC, after defeating the Women of Troy earlier this season in Seattle,76-60. Washington's loss at UCLA dropped its Pac-10 road record to 3-2, 4-6 overall. This weekend's play marks the beginning of the second-half of conference action. Following Sunday, UW will return home to host No. 10 Arizona State (Feb. 1) and Arizona (Feb. 3).
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.
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.
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:
After putting together a season-high nine-game winning streak that included a 5-0 start to Pac-10 play, the Huskies have lost four of their last five games - including Friday night's setback at UCLA, 67-73. Three of those games were played against ranked opponents and two on the road, but the Huskies look to get back on track with just eight more games in the regular season. Washington has endured a very tough schedule out of the gates, going into this week with a strength of schedule ranked 13th in the nation. 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. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 16-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 17 points in nine of the last 12 contests. She notched her sixth 20-point scoring game of the season versus UCLA, Friday, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds versus the Bruins. 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 14 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 second leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 5.6 boards per game and is second on the squad overall (5.1 rpg). Florence leads the team in assists (75) and steals (45) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 11.1 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures five times in the last nine games including a team-high 14 in UW's win over Washington State, Jan. 20. She also matched her season-high with seven rebounds at UCLA, Friday. Sophomore guard Stefanie Clark has moved up to third on the team with 7.4 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. Senior forward Breanne Watson is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.3 points per game and is coming off an eight-point performance at UCLA, Friday.
What To Watch:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks needs 24 more points to surpass Amber Hall on Washington's all-time career scoring list. Hicks enters Sunday's game 13th on the list with 1,307 career points behind 12th-place Hall who finished her career with 1,330.
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.
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 faired well this season with a 3-2 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 first loss came to nationally ranked Arizona State in Tempe (Jan. 7), but only by a five-point margin. The second came Friday night at UCLA, by a six-point margin.
Top Rebounding Dawgs:
Like it has all season long, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.71 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 372-260 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds this year. UW's next opponent - USC - ranks third in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds as well.
High Octane Offense:
The Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 in scoring average with 73.0 points per game. Washington has scored at least 83 points in three of the last six games, including an 86-point scoring output versus Washington State, Jan. 20 - 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).
The Women of Troy moved into a third-place tie in the Pac-10 standings with UW and Cal after its 65-47 victory over Washington State, Friday. Senior forward Shay Murphy led the squad with team-highs in points (18), rebounds (eight) and assists (three). Guard Jamie Hagiya also tallied 16 points and forward Allison Jaskowiak added 10 points and five rebounds. 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 Murphy, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer (18.8 ppg) and leading rebounder (8.8 rpg). After opening the Pac-10 slate 0-3, USC has won six of its last seven games. The Women of Troy are 8-3 at home this season, 3-2 in Pac-10 play.
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.
The Last Time...:
UW swept a season series with USC was during the 2002-03 season. The Huskies picked up a thrilling overtime win versus the Women of Troy in Los Angeles (83-81) on Jan. 5 of that season and then earned another victory on Jan. 30 in Seattle - this one a little more one-sided, 94-76.
Washington also ranks second in the Pac-10 in steals (10.24) and turnover margin (+5.33)...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.5 ppg), sixth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.410), 10th in free-throw percentage (.784), tied for eighth in three-pointers made (1.19) and 10th in steals (1.71). ...Junior point guard Emily Florence ranks third in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.21), sixth in steals (2.14) and ninth in assists (3.74)...Guard Sami Whitcomb ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-PT field goal percentage (.355).
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 11.3 minutes of playing time and eight players are averaging 5.0 or more points per outing. Three of the Huskies' top seven scorers are currently coming off the bench - senior center Jill Bell (7.1 ppg), senior guard Cheri Craddock (7.0 ppg) and freshman guard Sami Whitcomb (5.1 ppg). Reserve freshman forward Laura McLellan is tied for the team lead in blocked shots with fellow reserve, Bell. 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 17.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and a 44.3 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied 20 double-figure scoring games including six 20-point games. She has scored at least 11 points in 20 of 21 games and has 16-straight double-figure scoring outputs. Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in 12 of the last 16 games, a span during which she has averaged 18.4 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.