Huskies Continue Homestand Hosting Arizona Saturday

Feb. 2, 2007

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Saturday, February 3, 2007
Arizona (8-16, 2-10 Pac-10) at UW (13-10, 6-6 Pac-10) • 1 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (13-10, 6-6 Pac-10) continues its homestand hosting Arizona (8-16, 2-10 Pac-10) Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Saturday marks Washington's annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, beginning with the annual silent auction at 11 a.m. at the North Court inside the arena. All girls are encouraged to wear a uniform from a team they have played on and participate in a special halftime procession onto the court. The Huskies will look to get back in the win column after suffering a 64-75 loss to No. 12 Arizona State, Thursday. The Wildcats are coming off a 55-51 win at Washington State, Thursday. Washington won the earlier season meeting with Arizona in Tucson, Jan. 4, defeating the Wildcats handily, 83-66. Following Saturday's game, the Huskies will be back out on the road traveling to the Bay Area to face nationally ranked Pac-10 opponents, California and Stanford.

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.

Live Webcast:
Saturday's game between Washington and Arizona will be broadcast live on the web, free of charge, at GoHuskies.com. Live stats and live audio will also be available on Washington's official athletics department website.

Rankings:
Washington did not receive votes in either of this week's Associated Press or WBCA/ESPN/USA Today polls for the third-straight week. UW received votes in both polls for four-straight weeks from Dec. 18-Jan. 8. 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.

UW To Celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day Saturday:
Washington will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in conjunction with UW's contest with Arizona, Saturday. Festivities include the annual Husky Women's basketball silent auction beginning at 11 a.m., a special halftime presentation and much more. All girls in attendance for the game with the Wildcats are encourthe annual auction beginning at 11 a.m. at the North Court in Bank of America Arena. Bidding for fans will close at the end of halftime with proceeds from the auction benefiting the Husky women's basketball program. Items up for bid include autographed sports memorabilia from Seattle PI Sports Stars of the Year Courtney Thompson (Husky volleyball) and Brandon Roy (Husky men's basketball), a signed copy of a poster and DVD from the 'Heart of the Game''- a movie documenting the Roosevelt High School girls basketball team, a private southern dinner with Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan, a fly fishing trip with UW associate head coach Mike Daugherty, a hot air balloon ride, Husky football tickets, a seat next to the voice of Husky women's basketball Steve Sandmeyer during a broadcast, many autographed items from current Husky women's players and much more. In addition to the auction, fans will have a chance to engage in a variety of pre-game activities starting at noon on the concourse at Bank of America Arena including autograph signing with female UW student-athletes, face painting, sign making and more. A special two-for-one ticket offer will be available for Saturday. Fans can exchange a Pepsi can or bottle for a 2-for-1 ticket voucher. Look for the table with the Pepsi banner on the Southwest porch of Bank of America Arena to redeem your voucher.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington has lost three straight games and six of its last seven heading into Saturday's contest with Arizona. Prior to that, the Huskies put together a nine-game winning streak - a stint that was halted by Arizona State Tempe, Jan. 7. Washington nearly pulled an upset over the 12th-ranked Sun Devils on Thursday, jumping out to as much as a 10-point lead early and taking a one-point advantage into halftime (35-34). But the Huskies couldn't regroup after a 15-4 ASU run midway through the second-half. The culprit for the Huskies' struggles of late has been their field goal shooting woes. The Huskies have failed to shoot better than 33 percent in four of the last six games - the two exceptions being a 48.4 percent clip from the field in a win over Washington State (Jan. 20) and Thursday night's 37.1 percent effort versus ASU. Of Washington's 10 losses this season, seven have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #5 Ohio State, #8 Stanford, #10 Purdue, #12 Arizona State (twice), #16 Marquette, #18 Texas A&M and #21 California. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 17.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 18-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 16 points in 10 of the last 14 contests. She notched her sixth 20-point scoring game of the season versus UCLA, Jan. 26, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds versus the Bruins. She followed that up with a team-high 13 points at USC, Jan. 28, and a team-high 16 points vs. Arizona State, Feb. 1. 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 11 of the last 16 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29), a team-high seven vs. Cal (Jan. 13), a team-high eight vs. Washington State (Jan. 20) and a team-high seven vs. ASU (Feb. 1). The smallest Husky, she is UW's second leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 5.3 boards per game and is second on the squad overall (5.0 rpg). Florence leads the team in assists (81) and steals (51) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 10.3 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures five times in the last 11 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, Jan. 26. Senior forward/center Jill Bell has taken over the third spot on UW's scoring list with 7.5 points per game to go along with 4.9 rebounds. She leads the team in blocked shots (15) and is coming off back-to-back double-figure scoring games with 13 points at USC (Jan. 28) and 10 points vs. ASU, Thursday. Junior guard Dominique Banks has also reached double-figures in scoring the last two games, with a season-high 12 points at USC (Jan. 28) and 10 vs. ASU.

What To Watch:
With a game-high 16 points vs. Arizona State, Thursday, senior guard Cameo Hicks surpassed Amber Hall on Washington's all-time career scoring list. Hicks now ranks 12 with 1,336 points while Hall finished her career with 1,330. Hicks is now 127 points away from moving past former teammate Andrea Lalum who ranks 11th with 1,462 career points. Hicks has 18 straight double-figure scoring games - only once this season has she failed to reach 10 points or more in a single-contest.

Top Rebounding Dawgs:
Like it has all season long, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.61 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 405-274 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds.

Scouting Arizona:
Arizona's win at Washington State, Thursday, snapped a six-game losing streak for the Wildcats. Just its second Pac-10 win - the second over Washington State - Arizona is still struggling, having lost 11 of its last 13 games. Seattle native Joy Hollingsworth leads the squad with 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Hollingsworth scored a game-high 20 points against the Cougars, Thursday, while guard Jessica Arnold added 13 points and four assists. Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini needs one more win to reach 600 in her career.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 28-16. The Huskies have won the last three straight meetings after struggling in the series, losing the previous seven consecutive games with the Wildcats. UW is 17-3 against Arizona in Seattle, the only three losses coming Dec. 27, 2004 (63-67), Feb. 28, 2004 (54-71) and Jan. 15, 2000 (85-96).

Flashback - Earlier Season Meeting Recap UW vs. Arizona:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks led four players in double-figures with a team-high 18 points, lifting Washington to an 83-66 victory over Arizona at the McKale Center, Jan. 4. Joining Hicks in double-figures for UW were junior center Andrea Plouffe (12 points), senior forward Jill Bell (12) and junior point guard Emily Florence (season-high 10). Junior guard Dominique Banks contributed a team-high eight rebounds - tying a career-high - in 13 minutes off the bench. Seattle native Joy Hollingsworth led all Wildcats with 31 points, while Whitney Fields grabbed a team-high eight rebounds for Arizona, seven on the offensive glass. The Huskies never trailed, leading by as many as 10 points three times in the first half, and took a 41-33 lead into the locker room in halftime. UW upped its lead to as many as 16, 55-39, seven minutes into the second half. But the Wildcats weren't about to go down easily, coming back with a 15-5 run to close within six points, 66-54, with 8:09 remaining in the contest. Washington's experience then took over, as Hicks hit back-to-back buckets and Banks added another score to quickly give the Huskies a 12-point cushion, 66-54. Washington put the game away in the final minutes with a 9-0 run to take a 19-point lead, 81-62, with 1:20 left on the clock.

Catch Husky Women's Hoops On Comcast:
Washington's previous game with Arizona State can be seen exclusively on Comcast ON DEMAND for Comcast Digital Cable subscribers. Viewers can select Channel 1 and then go to the 'Get Local' folder. Tom Lafferty calls the play-by-play and former Husky Kayla Burt provides the color commentary for the broadcast, with Jon Horton reporting from the sidelines. The ASU game is the second of four UW women's basketball games available 'ON DEMAND.' UW's games at California (Feb. 8) and versus Oregon State (Feb. 22) will also be televised by Comcast.

Last Game Recap - USC 78, UW 58:
Arizona State reserves Jill Noe, Danielle Orsillo and Kate Engelbrecht combined for 35 points and keyed a second-half run that propelled the 12th-ranked Sun Devils to a 75-64 win over Washington on Thursday night. Noe finished with 13 points, while Orsillo and Engelbrecht scored 11 apiece. Emily Westerberg added 10 points for Arizona State which held Washington to 37 percent shooting and outscored the Huskies 21-9 at the free-throw line. Most important though was the Sun Devils' transition offense, which fully returned for the first time since the Sun Devils' lost guard Dymond Simon for the season with a knee injury on Jan. 21. Arizona State recovered from a 10-point first-half deficit, then used its transition game to ignite the decisive second-half spurt.Cameo Hicks led the Huskies with 16 points, but Washington's midseason slide continued. The Huskies lost for the sixth time in their last seven games, a skid that began with an 88-83 loss at Arizona State on Jan. 7. The Huskies dropped their sixth game to a ranked opponent this season. Orsillo, Arizona State's second-leading scorer, hit a pair of challenging jumpers as part of a 15-4 run the Sun Devils made midway through the second half that finally shook the pesky Huskies. Noe added a 3-pointer and Reagan Pariseau's driving layup capped the run that gave Arizona State a 66-53 lead.Washington made a final push to get within eight. Hicks' jumper then spun around the rim and out, and Westerberg converted a three-point play at the other end to put the game away. Washington led by 10 early in the first half before its scoring struggles of the last three weeks returned. The Huskies went nearly 8 minutes with just two points. By the time Stefanie Clark slashed through the lane to score with 4:48 left in the half, the Sun Devils led 26-23. Washington closed the half on a 8-2 run and Cheri Craddock's 18-footer with 5 seconds left gave the Huskies a 35-34 halftime lead.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in steals (10.30), is second in turnover margin (+5.00) and third in scoring offense (71.9)...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.3 ppg), sixth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.403) and 10th in offensive rebounds (2.26)...Junior point guard Emily Florence ranks fourth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.19) and fourth in steals (2.22)...Guard Cheri Craddock ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-PT field goal percentage (.338).

Huskies Shuffle Lineup:
UW head coach June Daugherty used her sixth different starting lineup of the season on Thursday versus Arizona State. Newcomers to the starting five were senior forward Maggie O'Hara and junior guard Dominique Banks making their first starts of the year versus the Sun Devils. Senior center Jill Bell got the starting nod for the eighth time this year but first since Dec. 17 vs. Florida State. Mainstays in the lineup have been senior guard Cameo Hicks and junior point guard Emily Florence. Both Huskies have started all 23 games. Ten different players have been inserted into the starting lineup in 2006-07.

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