UW Women Take On No. 11 Stanford Saturday
Feb. 9, 2007
Coming off a dramatic comeback win at No. 20 Cal on Thursday, Washington women's basketball (15-10, 8-6 Pac-10) will look to take its momentum into another big Pac-10 contest with No. 11 Stanford (20-4, 12-1 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. PT. The game at Maples Pavilion will be televised live to a national audience with Ted Robinson and Tracy Warren calling the action. The Huskies stunned the Golden Bears in Berkeley, coming back from a 19-point deficit with just under 14 minutes left in the game to force overtime and win by three points, 79-76. It was Washington's third win over a ranked foe and second overtime win on the road this season. After losing six of seven games, Washington has now won two straight with four contests remaining in the regular season. UW will have its hands full with first-place Stanford, which defeated Washington State, 60-34, on Thursday and has won 18 of its last 19 games. The Huskies will look to even the season series with the Cardinal after falling to Stanford in Seattle, Jan. 13 (56-77). Washington enters the game in fifth place in the Pac-10 standings, a half game behind third-place teams Cal and USC. The Huskies are in the midst of their final regular season road swing, as they will travel to Washington State on Feb. 17 before returning home for their final two home games versus Oregon State (Feb. 22) and Oregon (Feb. 24).
Saturday's game at Stanford will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Ted Robinson and Tracy Warren will call the action from Maples Pavilion.
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.
Washington did not receive votes in either of this week's Associated Press or USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Polls for the fourth-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.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington is riding high after its dramatic comeback victory at No. 20 Cal, Thursday. The Huskies have now won two-straight games after a stretch that saw them lose six of seven - their only win in that span coming at home versus Washington State (Jan. 20). The Huskies put together as much as a nine-game winning streak earlier season - including a 5-0 start to Pac-10 play - from Dec. 6 through Jan. 4. Washington's win over Cal was its third over a ranked team this season, first over a ranked team on the road. It was also Washington's first victory over a ranked team on the road since defeating Minnesota in the first round of last year's NCAA Tournament. Of Washington's 10 losses this season, seven have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #4 Ohio State, #10 Arizona State (twice), #11 Stanford, #13 Purdue, #16 Texas A&M, #20 California and #23 Marquette. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 20-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 16 points in 12 of the last 16 contests. She has scored at least 25 points in the last two straight games, scoring 27 points vs. Cal on Thursday after racking up 25 vs. Arizona (Feb. 3). In all she has eight 20-point scoring games this season. In the last three games, Hicks is averaging 22.7 points and 6.0 rebounds. 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 12 of the last 18 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),a team-high seven vs. ASU (Feb. 1) and seven vs. Cal (Feb. 8). The smallest Husky, she is UW's second leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 5.4 boards per game and is second on the squad overall (5.1 rpg). Florence leads the team in assists (92) and steals (56) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 10.5 points per game. Plouffe is coming off perhaps her best game of the season, notching a double-double with 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Cal on Thursday. 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 4.6 rebounds. She leads the team in blocked shots (17) and has reached double-figures in scoring three times in the last four games. Junior guard Dominique Banks has also reached double-figures in scoring in two of the last four games, with a season-high 12 points at USC (Jan. 28) and 10 vs. ASU (Feb. 1).
Bay Area Ties:
Four members of the Washington's women's basketball team are Northern California natives - senior guard Cameo Hicks (Tracy/West HS), senior guard Cheri Craddock (Oakland/James Logan HS), junior guard Dominique Banks (Stockton/St. Mary's HS) and freshman forward/center Laura McLellan (Campbell/Leigh HS). UW assistant coach Kellie Lewis-Jay is also a NoCal native, hailing from Auburn and prepping at Placer High School, while assistant coach Janet Soderberg has Northern California ties serving as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Pacific from 1993-95 while earning her Master's degree in educational and counseling psychology. In addition, head coach June Daugherty served as an assistant coach at Stanford from 1986-89 before taking her first head coaching position at Boise State in 1989.
Feb. 24 Time Change For TV Broadcast:
Washington's regular season home finale with Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 24, has been changed to a 3 p.m. tip-off time to allow for a live television broadcast. The original start time was 1 p.m. The contest will be produced by both KONG-TV and the Oregon Sports Network. 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.
Stanford had its 17-game winning streak snapped by rival California on Feb. 4, falling to the Golden Bears 64-79. Junior All-American Candice Wiggins scored a team-high 17 points and senior forward Brooke Smith added 16, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bears. Freshman guard JJ Hones tore the ACL in her left knee in the first minute of the game and will be out for the remainder of the season, Stanford announced Monday. Until then, Stanford's last loss came to then-No. 8 Georgia, Nov. 26. The Cardinal rebounded with a dominating 60-34 victory over Washington State, Thursday. Freshman Jayne Appel led the way with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Wiggins leads the team with 16.5 points per game, while Smith is averaging 13.8.
All-Time Series Vs. Stanford:
Washington is 14-31 all-time against Stanford, having lost the last two straight meetings and six of the last seven. UW trails the series 4-17 at Maples Pavilion, the last road win for the Huskies coming on Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62). Since then, the Huskies have lost the last seven-straight meetings on the Farm.Last Game Recap - UW 79, Cal 76 (OT): Cameo Hicks had 27 points, six rebounds and six assists to help Washington overcome a 19-point second-half deficit and beat No. 20 California, 79-76, in overtime Thursday. Andrea Plouffe added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Huskies who won their second in a row after losing six of seven in Pac-10 play. Devanei Hampton led Cal with 25 points and 13 rebounds, but was just 3-of-8 from the foul line. The Bears were only 12 of 26 in free-throw shooting and the Huskies were 13-of-16. Cal had a 19-point lead with 13:48 remaining, but Washington upped the defensive pressure and cut into the Bears' lead. The Huskies tied the scored with1:50 to go on Emily Florence's 3-pointer and took the lead for the first time when Plouffe followed a miss by Breanne Watson with 23 seconds to play. But Cal's Ashley Walker, who finished with 19 points, made one of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Washington took the lead in extra time on Hicks' layup with 3:02 remaining and never trailed after that. Washington attempted a game-tying three with six seconds left, but the ball bounced off the rim. Cal, which had dominated the first 30 minutes, couldn't maintain its pace on the boards, as the Huskies had 12 offensive boards in the second-half. Washington also hit 4-of-9 3-pointers in the second-half including back-to-back threes from Plouffe and Florence in the final 2:40 of regulation. Florence finished with a season-high 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.
With its win over No. 20 Cal, Thursday, UW improved to 3-6 against Top-25 foes this season (counting teams ranked in either the AP or coaches polls). Two of the three wins came at home - versus then-No. 15 Texas A&M and then-No. 23 Florida State. The third was an overtime thriller at No. 20 Cal in which the Huskies came back from as much as a 19-point deficit midway through the second-half. 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 25 games. Daugherty stayed with the same starting five Thursday night against Cal. Ten different players have been inserted into the starting lineup in 2006-07.Washington is 42-107 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 13-74 mark on the road (4-47 away, 1-15 neutral). These records reflect only teams ranked in the AP poll; Florida State was only ranked in the coaches poll at the time of their meeting in December. Eight of Washington's opponents this season were ranked in the preseason polls (AP/WBCA Coaches' Poll): Stanford (4/4), Ohio State (7/7), Purdue (11/13), Arizona State (13/12), Texas A&M (14/14), California (21/21), USC (22/22), and UCLA (23/23).
Top Rebounding Dawgs:
Like it has all season long, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.44 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 436-299 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds.
Washington leads the Pac-10 in steals (10.32), is second in turnover margin (+4.80) and scoring offense (72.5)...Cameo Hicks ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.0 ppg) behind only Oregon State's Casey Nash (20.4 ppg) and USC's Shay Murphy (18.8)...She also ranks fifth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.414)...Junior point guard Emily Florence ranks third in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.19), is tied for third in steals (2.24) and is eighth in assists (3.68).
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