Huskies Head To Hawaii For Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic

Nov. 15, 2007

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GAME 3 - Fri., Nov. 16, 2007
Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic
Washington (0-2) at Hawai'i (0-0)
7 p.m. PT/5 p.m. HT • Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, Hawai'i
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: KFVE-TV (Honolulu)
Internet: Live Stats/Radio Broadcast at GoHuskies.com
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Remaining Tournament Games
Game 4 - Sat., Nov. 17: Washington vs. Northern Arizona • 7 p.m. PT/5 p.m. HT
Game 5 - Sun., Nov. 18: Washington vs. UC Davis • 5 p.m. PT/3 p.m. HT

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball will head to Honolulu, Hawai'i this week to compete in the three-day Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii at the Stan Sheriff Center, Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 18. The Huskies (0-2) will take on the host Rainbow Wahine (0-0) to open the tournament Friday, at 7 p.m. PT, followed by contests versus Northern Arizona (2-0) Saturday (7 p.m. PT) and UC Davis (1-0), Sunday (5 p.m. PT). The games this weekend mark the end of a five-game season-opening road trip for the Huskies, who are in the midst of playing four games in seven days this week alone. UW will be looking for its first win of the season and the inaugural win for first-year head coach Tia Jackson after losing its first two games at Kansas State (61-88) and at Gonzaga (72-91).

Radio Coverage:
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 joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts.

TV Coverage:
Washington's game on Friday versus Hawaii will be broadcast live on local television in Honolulu. Jim Leahey and Lori Santi will call the action from the Stan Sheriff Center.

Internet Coverage:
Live statistics and the live radio broadcast of Washington's games this weekend will be available at GoHuskies.com. Live stats will also be available on Hawaii's website - HawaiiAthletics.com.

Scouting The Huskies:
The Huskies head to Honolulu still in search of their first win of the season after suffering back-to-back road losses at Kansas State (61-88) and Gonzaga (72-91) to open the road trip. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is Washington's leading scorer so far averaging 14.0 points per outing in the two contests, an average that eclipsed her career-high from last season. Whitcomb leads three Huskies in double-figure scoring, followed by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (12.5 ppg) and senior point guard Emily Florence (11.5 ppg). Whitcomb, Redmon and Florence have comprised the starting back court for the Huskies this season, while junior forward Heidi McNeill (7.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg) and freshman forward/center Jess McCormack (5.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) makeup UW's starting front line. Florence, who shares the co-captain duties with senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe and junior guard Michelle Augustavo, shoulders the leadership role on a young team. Plouffe, UW's top returning scorer from last season, is currently sidelined with Achilles tendonitis in her right calf and will miss the next 3-5 weeks, while UW's other senior Dominique Banks will redshirt this season. Where the Huskies struggled in their first two games has been defense, allowing opponents to score an average of 89.5 points and to shoot 50.7 percent from the field. UW has committed 47 turnovers while forcing 31.

Jackson In First Year At Washington:
Tia Jackson was named the eighth head coach in the history of the women's basketball program on April 6, 2007. Jackson begins her first season at Washington after a successful 11-year tenure in the assistant coaching ranks. Before coming to UW, she spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Duke, where she was considered by many experts as one of the top recruiters in the country. She helped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game in 2006 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007. In addition to working at Duke, Jackson served as an assistant coach at UCLA (2000-2005), Stanford (1999-2000), and Virginia Commonwealth (1996-1999). As an assistant coach, she has been to four NCAA Tournaments and one NCAA Final Four. Jackson played her collegiate career at the University of Iowa where she was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hawkeyes to the 1993 NCAA Final Four. After graduating from Iowa in 1995, Jackson played one season in the WNBA (1997) as a member of the Phoenix Mercury before her career was cut short by knee injuries.

Last Time At The Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic:
Washington played in this same tournament four years ago in 2003. The Huskies came away with the tournament crown after wins over Maine (82-70) in the first round and Lipscomb (78-52) in the championship game.

Scouting Hawaii:
The Rainbow Wahine will be making their season debut versus the Huskies on Friday. Hawaii returns eight letterwinners and two starters from last year's squad that posted a 15-14 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. Leading the way for Hawaii will be senior forward Tanya Smith who averaged 10.8 points and 9.2 rebounds last year, and senior guard Saundra Cariaga who tallied 5.1 points and 2.6 rebounds a year ago. UW is 18-8 in season opening games dating back to the 1981-82 season. Jim Bolla enters his fourth season as head coach at Hawaii.

All-Time Series Vs. Hawai'i:
Washington leads the all-time series with Hawai'i, 3-2, but the Rainbow Wahine have won the last two straight meetings. The last time these teams met was back during the 1999-2000 season. UW fell to UH, 59-73, on Nov. 27 at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu. The Huskies are 1-2 versus Hawai'i in Honolulu.

Scouting Northern Arizona:
Northern Arizona is off to its best start in six years heading into the tournament with a 2-0 record. The Lumberjacks opened the season with a 64-50 victory over UT Arlington on Nov. 9 and followed that up with a 75-68 win over North Dakota State, Nov. 11. UT Arlington was a 24-9 team a year ago that earned a NCAA Tournament berth. Junior center Ashley Ingle was named the Big Sky Player of the Week following the games after averaging 16.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks on the weekend. NAU was picked to finish fifth in the preseason Big Sky Coaches Poll and fourth in the preseason Big Sky Media Poll. Last year, NAU posted a 20-12 overall record and tied for second in the conference with an 11-5 league mark. The Lumberjacks, led by fifth-year head coach Laurie Kelly, return seven letterwinners and two starters from that team.

All-Time Series Vs. NAU:
Washington leads the all-time series with NAU 1-0, winning the only previous meeting between these two teams on Dec. 29, 1996, in Seattle (77-55).

Scouting UC Davis:
UC Davis heads to Hawaii with one regular season game under its belt which it won, 68-39 over Sacramento State, Nov. 11. Forward Jessica Campbell scored a game-high 14 points to pace the Aggies, while forward Paige Mintun added 10 points off the bench. UCD returns eight letterwinners and four starters from last year's squad that posted a 13-16 overall record. The Aggies are under the direction of 11th-year head coach Sandy Simpson.

All-Time Series Vs. UC Davis:
Sunday will be the first meeting between UC Davis and Washington.

Last Game Recap:
Forward Heather Bowman scored a game-high 21 points, including 16 in the second-half, to lead Gonzaga to its first-ever victory over Washington in the all-time women's basketball series between these two teams at the McCarthey Athletic Center, Monday evening. UW suffered its second-straight loss to fall to 0-2, while Gonzaga won their season-opener. Like they did at Kansas State Saturday, the Huskies got out to another slow start, giving up 55 first-half points to the Zags. UW turned around to outscore Gonzaga 39-36 in the second-half, but it was too little too late for the Huskies who are still searching for their first win for first-year head coach Tia Jackson. UW led the all-time series with the Zags 17-0 before Monday's contest.Bowman led four Gonzaga players in double-figure scoring. Forward Janelle Bekkering also scored 20 points, with guards Jami Bjorklund and Michelle Elliott knocking down 17 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb led UW with a career-high 16 points to go along with five assists, four rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Michelle Augustavo scored a season-high 11 points on a trio of three-pointers. UW freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon, playing in front of her hometown crowd, was forced to sit out most of the first half after committing two early fouls.

Season Openers:
With its loss at Kansas State, last Saturday, Washington fell to is 22-12 in season openers. The Huskies have now lost their last two straight season openers after falling at Marquette last year (61-78), but have still ended up on the winning side five times in the last seven years. The Huskies have opened on the road 19 times, including six times in the last seven years and eight in the last 10.

Dawg Bites:
UW opened the year with two-straight road losses for the second-consecutive season...the Huskies began the 2006-07 season with setbacks at Marquette and Purdue...UW is coming off two straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two-straight fourth-place finishes in the Pac-10...UW enters the season with an 11-game non-conference home winning streak which will be tested in the Huskies' home debut with Idaho, Nov. 23...UW was 6-0 at home against non-conference opponents in 2006-07 after going 5-0 in 2005-06...senior point guard Emily Florence needs 29 assists and 19 steals to crack the Top-10 on both UW career lists...she currently has 287 assists and 164 steals.

Husky Coaching Staff:
First-year head coach Tia Jackson will be assisted by three coaches who have a combined 38 years of collegiate coaching experience. Former Husky Loree Payne is a familiar face to UW fans. Payne returns to coach at her alma mater after serving three years as an assistant at Portland and one year at Northwest Nazarene. Katie Abrahamson-Henderson joins Jackson's staff after spending the last five years as the head coach at Missouri State where she guided the Lady Bears to a 95-61 overall record. Abrahamson-Henderson also spent assistant coaching tenures at Michigan State, Iowa State, Maine and Duquesne. Fred Applin rounds out the Husky staff. Applin came to Washington after spending the last three seasons as an assistant at Wake Forest. Applin has also been an assistant coach at Texas, Houston and UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as serving as head coach at Hampton for two seasons (1995-97).

Huskies Split Exhibition Games:
The Huskies came out on the winning and losing ends of their first two preseason tuneups last week. UW cruised past Love & Basketball, 84-59, in its first exhibition led by a game-high 21 points from sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb. Junior forward Heidi McNeill added a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Senior point guard Emily Florence (12 pts, nine boards, four assists), freshman center Kali Bennett (10 points) and freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens (11) joined Whitcomb and McNeill in double-figures. UW then met a true test facing its Division II rival, Seattle Pacific, at Bank of America Arena, Tuesday. The Huskies fell victim to a 12-0 SPU run during the last few minutes of the game as the Falcons came away with the victory. McNeill led three Huskies in double-figure scoring with 15 points. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon scored 14 and Whitcomb added 12 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds. UW ended up having four players average double-figure scoring in the two games, led by Whitcomb's 16.5 per outing. McNeill averaged 14.5, Redmon averaged 11.0 and Florence averaged 10.0 points. McNeill was the team's leading rebounder, averaging 9.5 boards in the two outings.

Road Warriors:
Washington is in the midst of playing its first five games of the season on the road before making its home debut versus Idaho in the first round of the Husky Classic, Nov. 23. After UW's season-opening road swing to Kansas State and Gonzaga, the Huskies will head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort Classic, Nov. 16-18. UW will face host Hawaii (Nov. 16), Northern Arizona (Nov. 17) and UC Davis (Nov. 18) in the three-day, round-robin style tournament.

Banks To Redshirt:
Senior guard Dominique Banks will redshirt the 2007-08 season, Jackson announced at media day Oct. 30. Banks missed the first 11 games last year after having surgery to repair stress fractures in both of her legs in September of 2006. She returned midway through the year and earned her way back into the starting lineup, averaging 4.4 points, but is still not 100 percent.

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