Huskies Host Final Preseason Exhibition With SPU Tuesday

Nov. 5, 2007

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Tuesday, November 6
Seattle Pacific vs. Washington (exhibition) • 7 p.m.
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Live Video Streaming at GoHuskies.com • No Radio

This Week:
Washington women's basketball will play the second of its two preseason exhibition games hosting Seattle Pacific, Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Admission is free for the exhibition contest. The new era under first-year head coach Tia Jackson got off to a running start as the Huskies downed Love & Basketball, 84-59, in Jackson's head coaching debut, Saturday. The Huskies make their official season debut at Kansas State, Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m. CT/3 p.m. PT.

Live Video Streaming:
Tuesday's exhibition game can be seen live and free of charge on the Dawg Channel All-Access at GoHuskies.com. Live statistics for all home games can also be accessed at GoHuskies.com.

Radio Coverage:
With the exception of the two exhibition contests, all Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his ninth season as the voice of UW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.

Ticket Information:
Admission for Tuesday's exhibition game is free. Regular season reserved individual game tickets are $12 and subject to availability within reserved areas. General admission tickets are $6. Tickets are available online at GoHuskies.com, by calling 206-543-2200 or in person at the Husky Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Graves Building.

Huskies Shine In Jackson's Exhibition Coaching Debut:
Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb scored a game-high 21 points and junior forward Heidi McNeill added a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Huskies over Love & Basketball, 84-59, in the team's first exhibition contest, Sat., Nov. 3. Whitcomb and McNeill led five players in double-figure scoring as first-year head coach Tia Jackson got her first 'unofficial' victory. Senior point guard Emily Florence tallied 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists, while reserve freshman post players Kali Bennett and Mackenzie Argens scored 10 and 11 points, respectively. Despite getting off to a slow start offensively, the Huskies dominated their opponent made up of former Southern California area collegiate players on the boards, 63-39. McNeill scored 10 of her 14 points and had a double-double by halftime, while Argens scored all 11 of her points in the first half. The Huskies, bit early by the injury bug, played just eight players in the game. Florence, Whitcomb, freshman Katelan Redmon (8 pts/6 reb.), McNeill and freshman Jess McCormack (2 pts/2 reb.) made up Jackson's first starting five. McCormack, New Zealand National Team player and a member of UW's highly-touted incoming freshman class, got into early foul trouble and played just 15 minutes.

Scouting Seattle Pacific:
The Falcons, an NCAA Division II team, are led by third-year head coach Julie van Beek who has guided SPU to a 44-15 record during her tenure. Seattle Pacific returns three starters - including former Husky Jackie Hollands - from its 2006-07 squad that went 20-9 overall and won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title (12-4). SPU has made 11 straight appearances to the NCAA Div. II Tournament, advancing to the second round last year before falling to Chico State (75-60). Leading the Falcons this year will be Hollands, a senior guard who player her freshman year at UW before transferring to SPU. Hollands, an All-GNAC selection, averaged 11.0 points and 2.1 steals last year. The other returning starters are senior Beth Christensen (6.0 ppg, 4.9 apg) and junior Kelsey Hill (12.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg).

2007-08 Season Outlook:
The 2007-08 season marks the beginning of a new era for Husky women's basketball. First-year head coach Tia Jackson is at the helm, having been appointed the eighth head coach in UW women's hoops history April 6, 2007. Jackson, who came to Washington after assistant coaching stints at Duke, UCLA, Stanford and Virginia Commonwealth, inherits a squad that features seven returning letterwinners to go along with a Top-10 nationally ranked recruiting class. Looking to lead the way for Jackson's Huskies will be senior point guard Emily Florence and forward/center Andrea Plouffe. Florence has started 80 straight games at the point, and last year led the Pac-10 in steals and was second in assist-turnover ratio. Plouffe, who has battled her own share of injuries in her career, will look to power UW's front line. She is UW's top returning scorer with 10.0 points per game last year. Also returning are junior forward Heidi McNeill and junior guard Michelle Augustavo. McNeill figures to play a substantial role with the squad this year and Augustavo, who sat out last year due to NCAA transfer rules, will look to make a strong UW debut this season after playing her first two seasons at the University of San Diego. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is another player who should see more playing time this season, while her fellow sophomores - forward/center Laura McLellan and guard Sara Mosiman - are currently sidelined by injuries but will be looked upon to provide some valuable floor time. Headlining UW's nationally-ranked incoming recruiting class is 6-5 New Zealand National Team Player Jess McCormack.

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