KONG-TV To Air Northwest Women's Basketball Rivalry Game
Feb. 6, 2007
SEATTLE - The University of Washington athletic department and the Oregon Sports Network have reached agreement with KONG-TV to produce a live broadcast of the Saturday, Feb. 24 women's basketball game between the two schools at Bank of America Arena.
The game, which will serve as the final regular-season contest for both teams, will move from its previously-scheduled 1 p.m. start to a 3 p.m. tip-off on the UW campus. It will air live on KONG-TV in the Seattle area as well as select television stations and cable outlets throughout the state of Oregon as part of the Oregon Sports Network.
Both teams will be looking to improve their position in the Pacific-10 Conference standings and gain a higher seed in the upcoming State Farm Pac-10 Women's Tournament, which begins just six days later in San Jose, Calif.
'We are really pleased that we could get so many different entities to work together to televise this game,' said Todd Turner, UW's director of athletics. 'With the profile of women's college basketball continuing to rise, it is critical that we look for creative ways to provide as much exposure as possible. This is a great example of thinking creatively to benefit both schools, the student-athletes and our broadcast partners.'
'KING 5 and KONG 6/16 are big supporters of local sports and bringing them to our community at large,' said Rick Swanson, director of marketing and programming for Belo-Seattle. 'This will be an exciting game and we're proud to be one of the partners airing it.'
The all-time series between the two Northwest rivals stands at 36-wins apiece over the 72 meetings between the two teams since the 1974-75 season, while UW leads by a 19-11 margin in games played at Bank of America Arena. Earlier this season, the Huskies opened Pac-10 play with an emotional 60-56 victory in Eugene, Ore. Senior Cameo Hicks scored 18 points, including 11 in the final five minutes of the game to seal the victory.
The Washington-Oregon game will serve as the final home game for six Husky seniors: Jill Bell, Cheri Craddock, Hicks, Maggie O'Hara, Erica Schelly and Breanne Watson. In addition, three-year letterwinner Angie Jones, who retired this season due to injury, will be recognized as part of the program's annual senior day activities.
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