UW Women Close Out Regular Season Hosting Oregon State, Oregon
Feb. 20, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Oregon State (8-17, 3-13 Pac-10) at UW (16-11, 9-7 Pac-10) 7 p.m.
Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 TV (Delayed) - Comcast VOD
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Saturday, February 24, 2007
Oregon (15-11, 7-9 Pac-10) at Washington (16-11, 9-7 Pac-10) 3 p.m.
Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 Live TV - KONG-TV
Washington women's basketball (16-11, 9-7 Pac-10) closes out the regular season this week, hosting Oregon State (8-17, 3-13 Pac-10) on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. and Oregon (15-11, 7-9 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. Both contests will take place at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. Thursday's game can be seen on Comcast ON DEMAND 24 hours following the end of the contest, while Saturday's game will be televised live in the Seattle area on KONG-TV. Six Husky seniors will be playing their final two regular season home games this week and will be recognized - along with senior student-assistant coach Angie Jones - in a special pre-game ceremony prior to Saturday's meeting with the Ducks. Washington is coming off its largest winning margin of the season - a 32-point victory over Washington State in Pullman (81-49) - and has won three of its last four games. The Huskies are happy to be home, playing on their own floor for the first time since Feb. 3. Washington enters the week in fifth-place in the Pac-10 standings, a full game behind third-place teams California and USC. Oregon is biting at the Huskies' heels, tied for sixth with UCLA, while Oregon State sits in ninth-place. Much is on the line for these teams this week, with Pac-10 Tournament seedings being based on their final conference standing. The Pac-10 tournament is just around the corner - March 2-5 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The Huskies are aiming for a season sweep over the Oregon schools after picking up wins versus both the Ducks and Beavers on the road in December.
Washington's game with Oregon State on Thursday can be seen exclusively on Comcast ON DEMAND for Comcast Digital Cable subscribers. The game can be viewed as soon as 24 hours following the final buzzer. Viewers can select Channel 1 and then go to the 'Get Local' folder. Tom Lafferty will call the play-by-play and former Husky Kayla Burt will provide color commentary for the broadcast, with Jon Horton reporting from the sidelines. Saturday's game with Oregon will be televised live on KONG-TV in the Seattle area.
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 Coaches' polls for the sixth-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 down to just its last two regular season games when it hosts Oregon State and Oregon this week. The Huskies began the Pac-10 slate facing these Northwest rivals in the Willamette Valley way back in December. Washington came away with two 'w's' on the trip, the first of its 5-0 start in conference play. UW defeated Oregon 60-56, before edging Oregon State in overtime, 71-67. Washington has won three of its last four games and is coming off its largest winning margin of the season - a 32-point victory over Washington State, Saturday. The Huskies have definitely endured a 'roller coaster' season. After opening the season 0-2, UW won 12 of its next 14 games including nine in a row. Then the Huskies lost six of seven until their recent upswing. 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 double-digit scoring numbers in 21 of the last 22 games and 25 overall this season. She had her 20-game double-figure scoring streak come to an end at Stanford (Feb. 10), after scoring 25 points vs. Arizona (Feb. 3) and 27 points at Cal (Feb. 8) the previous two games. In all she has eight 20-point scoring games this season. Junior point guard Emily Florence continues to lead the Huskies in assists (106) and steals (62), and is second in rebounding (5.2). She has even tallied double-figure scoring efforts twice in the last three games. Florence has grabbed at least five rebounds in 14 of the last 20 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29). The smallest Husky, she is tied for the team rebounding lead in Pac-10 play with 5.6 boards per outing. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 10.3 points per game. Senior forward/center Jill Bell is third on the squad with 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, and has tallied a team-high 19 blocked shots. She is coming off a 12-point performance at WSU, Saturday, shooting 5-of-6 from the field.
RPI/Strength Of Schedule:
With Selection Monday only weeks away, the eyes of the college basketball world are already looking at RPI numbers. Heading into this week, Washington's strength of schedule is ranked 21st according to Collegiate Basketball News - which also leads the Pac-10. Stanford (33rd) and Arizona (41st) are the only other teams with strength of schedule rankings in the Top-50 (Arizona State is 53rd). Washington also owns an RPI ranking of 30th according to Sagarin and 41st according to Collegiate Basketball News. Washington's RPI rankings are fourth highest in the Pac-10 behind Stanford (8-Sagarin, 11-CBN), Arizona State (10-Sagarin, 16-CBN), and California (24-Sagarin, 34-CBN). Of Washington's 11 losses this season, seven have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #5 Ohio State, #8 Stanford (twice), #10 Arizona State (twice), #15 Purdue, and #19 Marquette.
Washington's six-woman senior class, as well as student-assistant coach Angie Jones, will be honored prior to the Huskies' regular season home finale versus Oregon on Saturday. Jill Bell, Cheri Craddock, Cameo Hicks, Maggie O'Hara, Erica Schelly and Breanne Watson will all be playing their final home game versus the Ducks. Bell, Jones and Schelly are fifth-year seniors, while Craddock, Hicks, O'Hara and Watson are wrapping up their UW careers in four years.
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers have lost seven-straight games heading into Thursday's contest, and nine of their last 10. OSU is coming off a strong performance against then-No. 22 California on Saturday, taking the Golden Bears to double overtime and losing by just six (61-67). Senior guard Casey Nash led the way with a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Forward Judie Lomax added 14 points and nine rebounds. Nash and Lomax are the Beavers' top two players, with Nash leading all Pac-10 scorers with 20.0 points per game, in addition to 6.1 rebounds per outing. Lomax is averaging 11.4 points and a team-high 7.0 rebounds (fourth in the Pac-10).
All-Time Series Vs. Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 45-24, and has won the last six-straight meetings with the Beavers. The earlier season meeting between Washington and Oregon State went into overtime in Corvallis, with the Huskies coming out with a 71-67 victory. Washington is 23-9 all-time against Oregon State at home, the last Husky loss in Seattle coming on Feb. 21, 2002 in overtime (71-73). The last time Oregon State defeated Washington in the overall series was Feb. 12, 2004 in Corvallis - 59-62.
Earlier Season Meeting - UW 71, OSU 67 (OT):
Junior center Andrea Plouffe scored 20 points and senior guard Cameo Hicks notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Washington to a 71-67 overtime victory versus Oregon State, Dec. 23. Hicks was the key for the Huskies in overtime, scoring eight of Washington's 12 points in extra minutes including six of the first eight in overtime. The Beavers gave the Huskies a tough battle from start to finish. OSU held as much as a seven-point lead with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. Led by Plouffe and Hicks, UW came back to tie the game at 55 with a 7-0 run. Senior Casey Nash put OSU back in the lead, 57-55, with 2:15 on the clock until the Huskies battled back to tie again on a rebound and putback from senior forward Maggie O'Hara and took the lead on a bucket from Plouffe. OSU freshman forward Judie Lomax hit a shot with 31.6 seconds to tie the game, 59-59. UW came back with one more possession but Hicks missed a shot at the buzzer. The Huskies never trailed in overtime and led by as many as six points, 71-65, with nine seconds left. UW trailed nearly the entire first half and by as many as eight points three times. Nash led Oregon State with 27 points and Lomax notched a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
Quick Look at Oregon:
After losing six of seven games that included a four-game skid, the Ducks have stormed back, winning five of their last seven contests. Oregon pulled big upset over then-No. 22 California, Feb. 15, defeating the nationally ranked Golden Bears by 20 points (62-42). Oregon ended up splitting its final regular season homestand, falling to Stanford (56-74). Eleanor Haring leads the team with 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The all-time series between Washington and Oregon is tied at 36 games apiece. UW has won the last two, including the earlier season meeting in Eugene (60-56).
Last Game Recap - UW 81, WSU 49:
Cameo Hicks scored 13 points, while Jill Bell and Cheri Craddock each added 12 apiece to lead Washington to an 81-49 victory over Washington State in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Beasley Coliseum, Saturday. The 32-point win was Washington's largest winning margin of the season. The victory also improved Washington's overall winning streak in the all-time series with WSU to 24 games. Washington used a 19-0 first half run to put the game away early and used a 12-0 run in the second-half to seal the victory. Washington led by as many as 23 points at halftime and held the Cougars to just 14 first-half points. The Huskies used a balanced attack, with junior point guard Emily Florence tallying 10 assists, six assists and three steals. Junior guard Dominique Banks also added six rebounds. All but one of the 14 Huskies who took the floor contributed to the scoring total. Washington shot 52.8 percent from the field, including a 65.4 clip in the second-half. Freshman forward Marisa Stotler led the way for Washington State with 19 points and seven rebounds. Amanda DuRocher added 10 points.
Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting a 10-3 record this season after going 12-2 last year. The Huskies had their 11-game home winning streak snapped on Jan. 11 by Stanford, before suffering a second loss to Cal on Jan. 13. UW finished 2005-06 winning its last three games on its home floor before winning its first eight this season. The streak ranked seventh in UW history, and was the longest since a 13-game winning streak from Jan. 2, 1988 through Dec. 19, 1988. Washington has an all-time record of 303-73 (80.6 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
With its loss at then-No. 11 Stanford, Feb. 10, UW fell to 3-7 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. Washington is 42-108 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 13-75 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 17.19 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 464-333 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds.
Washington also ranks second in the Pac-10 lead in steals (10.26), second in turnover margin (+4.56), third in assist/turnover ratio (0.81), third in scoring offense (72.1) and third in 3-PT FG made (4.59)...Cameo Hicks ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.4 ppg) behind only Oregon State's Casey Nash (20.3 ppg) and USC's Shay Murphy (18.1)...She also ranks fourth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.397) and ninth in steals (1.70)...Junior point guard Emily Florence is second in the Pac-10 in steals (2.30), second in assist-turnover ratio (2.36) and fifth in assists (3.93)...Senior guard Cheri Craddock ranks eighth in three-point FG percentage (.333).
Huskies Shuffle Lineup:
UW head coach June Daugherty used her seventh different starting lineup of the season in the Huskies' last two games. The latest starting five combination is junior point guard Emily Florence, junior guard Dominique Banks, senior guard Cameo Hicks, senior forward Maggie O'Hara and junior forward/center Andrea Plouffe. Ten different players have been inserted into the starting lineup in 2006-07, but the mainstays have been Hicks and Florence. Both Huskies have started all 27 games.
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 12.3 minutes of playing time and eight players are averaging 4.8 or more points per outing.
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 in January. The Husky co-captain leads the squad with 17.4 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game and a 45.5 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied 25 double-figure scoring games including eight 20-point games. She tallied a string of 20-straight double-figure scoring outputs - a span during which she has averaged 18.8 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.
As Bell Tolls:
Senior forward/center Jill Bell has reached double-figures in scoring in four of the last six games including 13 points at USC, 10 vs. Arizona State, 11 versus Arizona and 12 at Washington State. Bell has tallied 10 double-figure scoring games this season, including a pair of double-doubles at Eastern Washington (15 points/13 rebounds) and vs. Northern Iowa (12 points/10 rebounds). Bell also leads the team with 19 blocked shots and ranks seventh on Washington's all-time blocks list with 75 in her career. She needs six more blocks to move past Malinda Lynch (1995-99) who is sixth on the list with 80 career blocks. Bell is the team's third-leading scorer with 7.4 points per game and is third on the team in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game.
Junior point guard Emily Florence serves as the Huskies' floor leader and defensive sparkplug. Florence turned in two of her best back-to-back performances during the team's Bay Area road trip two weeks ago, scoring a season-high 12 points in UW's come-from-behind win at then-No. 20 Cal (Feb. 8) and a team-high 11 points at then-No. 11 Stanford (Feb. 10). In fact, she led the Huskies in nearly every statistical category at Stanford with team-highs in points (11), rebounds (eight), assists (four) and steals (three). She also was 3-for-3 from three-point range in Palo Alto, matching a career-high for 3-pointers made. At Cal, in addition to her season-high 12 points, Florence added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals. She hit a huge three-pointer that tied the game at 68 with 1:50 remaining in regulation. Measuring in as the team's shortest member at 5-5, Florence is second among her teammates in rebounding with 5.2 boards per game and tied for first with Cameo Hicks for the team rebounding lead in Pac-10 play (5.6). Florence has grabbed at least five rebounds in 14 of the last 20 games. She also leads the squad with 106 assists and 62 steals. Florence dished a career-high 11 assists in UW's close loss at No. 6 Ohio State (Dec. 3) and tallied 10 assists in UW's most recent game at Washington State, Saturday.