Huskies Continue Homestand With UC Irvine Sunday
Nov. 30, 2007
GAME 8 - Sun., Dec. 2, 2007
UC Irvine (2-3) at Washington (3-4)
2 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Radio/Video at GoHuskies.com
Having won two straight games and three of its last four, the Washington women's basketball team (3-4) continues its four-game homestand hosting UC Irvine (2-3), Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies won their own Husky Classic title last weekend thanks to a pair of wins over Idaho (73-57) and Arkansas State (69-59). The victories extended Washington's non-conference home winning streak to 13 games - a streak that dates back to the 2005-06 season and will be tested against the Anteaters on Sunday. UC Irvine is taking on Eastern Washington Friday, Nov. 30, before continuing its Northwest trek to Seattle for Sunday's matchup. Washington will wrap the homestand on Tuesday, Dec. 4 versus Pepperdine (7 p.m.).
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.
A free live video and audio broadcast of Washington's game versus UC Irvine on Sunday will be available on GoHuskies.com. Fans must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access pass to watch or listen to the games, but the membership is free of charge. Live statistics will also be available on GoHuskies.com.
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.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington brings a bit of momentum into Sunday's contest having won two straight games and three of its last four since opening the season 0-3. The Huskies also have a bit of rest under their belt having not played a game in what will be exactly a week when they tip-off against UC Irvine on Sunday. Prior to this week, Washington played its first seven games in a 16-day span - five of which were on the road. Indeed happy to be back in Seattle, Washington made its home debut by winning its own Husky Classic with a 2-0 record. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb, who averaged 17.5 points in the two games, earned tournament MVP honors while senior point guard Emily Florence joined Whitcomb on the all-tournament team. Whitcomb leads Washington with 13.1 points per game to go along with a team-high 2.0 steals per contest. She has tallied double-figures in scoring six times in UW's seven games including the last three straight. Whitcomb is coming off a career-high 19-point scoring performance versus Arkansas State in the Husky Classic championship. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (12.1 ppg) and freshman forward/center Jess McCormack (11.0 ppg) round out the three Huskies with double-figure scoring averages. McCormack, though, is still sidelined with a high ankle sprain which she suffered last week. The Huskies received some more bad new on the injury front when the knee injury suffered by freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens in practice last week was diagnosed as a torn ACL. Argens will have surgery and miss the remainder of the season. In addition to McCormack, UW is also anxiously awaiting the return of senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe who is out another 1-3 weeks with Achilles tendonitis. The good news is that the healthy Huskies have been putting up some solid offensive numbers. Including Whitcomb, five players scored in double-figures in Washington's last outing versus Arkansas State. Sophomores Laura McLellan and Sara Mosiman are both coming off career-high scoring performances with 10 points each versus the Lady Indians. Redmon and Florence joined that group, each scoring 11 points. Florence is still a model of consistency, having started the last 88-straight games dating back to her freshman campaign, Florence is second on the team in rebounding with 6.9 boards per game, shares the team lead in assists (15) and is averaging a career-high 7.7 points.
Non-Conference Home Winning Streak On The Line:
Washington's victories over Idaho and Arkansas State last weekend improved its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to 13 games. The Huskies were 6-0 at home against non-conference opponents last year after going 5-0 in 2005-06. The last non-conference home lost for UW was Dec. 21, 2004 versus Colorado in overtime (74-76).
Argens Out For Season With Torn ACL:
The left knee injury that Washington freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens suffered in practice last week has been diagnosed as a torn ACL, UW head coach Tia Jackson announced Friday. Argens, a Seattle native and 2007 Roosevelt High School graduate, will miss the remainder of the season and is expected to undergo surgery during the Christmas break. The injury occurred in a Nov. 20 practice. Argens came off the bench in four games for the Huskies this season. She averaged 2.3 points and 2.8 rebounds, with her best performance coming at Gonzaga (Nov. 12) scoring five points and grabbing six rebounds. Argens is the second Husky to miss the season due to an injury. Senior guard Dominique Banks is redshirting the year looking to get back to 100 percent after undergoing surgery to repair stress fractures in both of her legs last season.
Scouting UC Irvine:
The UC Irvine Anteaters, who play at Eastern Washington on Friday, are 2-3 so far this season. After opening the season with three straight losses - to New Mexico State (61-65), Utah (50-91) and Utah Valley (83-103) - UC Irvine has bounced back with a pair of wins over Cal State Bakersfield (74-61) and Sacramento State (78-44). UCI is led by senior forward Stephanie Duda who is averaging team-highs of 11 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Senior guard Miranda Forry and junior forward Kelly Cochran are both averaging 9.0 points per outing. Irvine features eight returning letterwinners and four returning starters from last year's team that went 6-24 overall and placed seventh in the Big West Conference with a 3-11 record. The Anteaters are coached by former Arizona State standout Molly Tuter who is in her fourth season at the helm of the program. Tuter, who also served as an assistant coach at UCLA from 1998-00 after graduating from ASU, ranks third on the Sun Devil career scoring list with 1,374 points.
All-Time Series With UC Irvine:
Sunday marks the first meeting in the all-time series between Washington and UC Irvine.
Last Game Recap:
Behind a game-high 19 points from tournament MVP Sami Whitcomb, Washington women's basketball defeated Arkansas State, 69-59, en route to winning its own Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. Washington won its third-straight Husky Classic title and 14th overall in the 21-year history of the tournament. The Huskies, who snapped the Lady Indians' (4-2) four-game winning streak, created a winning streak of their own with their first back-to-back victories of the young season. Whitcomb led five Husky players in double-figures with her career-high 19-point scoring output. She sank five three-pointers and scored all but three of her points in the first-half. Senior point guard Emily Florence, who joined Whitcomb on the All-Tournament team, tallied 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. A 20-4 run to finish out the first half proved to be the deciding factor for the Huskies who after leading by as many as 21 points (53-32) with 13:09 left in the game, survived a late rally from Arkansas State to hold on for the victory. ASU used a 14-2 spurt to cut the Husky lead to six (55-49) with just over five minutes remaining, before freshman Katelan Redmon hit back-to-back buckets to hold ASU at bay and UW went 6-of-7 from the line down the stretch. ASU guard Caroline Starr sparked the comeback for the Lady Indians, scoring all of her 17 points in the second-half including five three-pointers. Other Huskies to reach double-digits in scoring were Redmon (11), sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan (10) and sophomore guard Sara Mosiman (10). McLellan also grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots. Starr was joined in double-figure scoring by fellow guard Angie Criner who added 12 points. Criner earned a nod to the All-Tournament Team, as did Idaho's Hannah Wells, Weber State's Sara Tuomi. Weber State claimed the tournament's third-place trophy with a 56-48 win over Idaho in the consolation contest.
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. Jackson picked up her first collegiate head coaching victory when the Huskies defeated Northern Arizona (83-70) in the second round of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic, Nov. 17. She garnered her first home victory as a head coach when the Huskies beat Idaho (73-57) in the first round of the Husky Classic, Nov. 23. Her overall record as a head coach stands at 3-4.
Nine different Huskies have reached double-figures in scoring in seven games, a group led by sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb who has done so six times. Behind Whitcomb is freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who has five double-digit games under her belt. And for good measure, eight different players have led the team in either scoring or rebounding this season. Junior guard Michelle Augustavo, Whitcomb and Redmon have led the team in scoring twice (ties included), while freshman guard/forward Jess McCormack has led the squad in rebounding a team-high three teams.
Sink It Sami:
Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is already on her way to a standout season. Whitcomb, who has started all seven games after coming off the bench for the most part as a freshman, leads the team in scoring and ranks eighth in the Pac-10 with 13.1 ppg. Where Whitcomb has especially excelled has been from long range. Whitcomb ranks seventh in the conference in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.432) and is fourth in three-pointers per game (2.29). Her 16 three-pointers are also a team-high after knocking down a career-high five in the UW's last outing versus Arkansas State. Whitcomb's 19-point scoring effort versus the Lady Indians were also a career-high which earned her way to Husky Classic MVP honors as well. Whitcomb enters the game versus UC Irvine with three-straight double-figure scoring efforts.
Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence is the Huskies' leader both on and off the floor. Florence, who has started 88-straight games dating back to her freshman campaign, is averaging a team-high 31.7 minutes of playing time this year. Perhaps saving her best for last, Florence is averaging career-highs of 7.7 points and 6.7 rebounds (second on the squad). Despite being the smallest Husky on the floor at 5-5, Florence has pulled down at least nine rebounds in each of the last two games and three overall this season including a career-high 11 boards at Hawaii (Nov. 16). Florence has two double-figure scoring games, having tallied a career-high 15 points in the squad's season debut at Kansas State and she is coming off an 11-point effort vs. Arkansas State. Florence was just one rebound shy of a double-double with the Lady Indians, a stat that is surely on its way for the Husky senior. Florence also is tied for the team lead in assists (19) and is second in steals (12).
Longest Homestand Of The Season Underway:
The Husky Classic last weekend marked the beginning of a four-game homestand for Washington who after playing its first five games on the road are now in the midst of playing four straight at home. Following Sunday's game, UW will host Pepperdine, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. In fact, the Huskies will play four if their next five non-conference games in the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena. UW will travel to Boise State (Dec. 7) and then return to Seattle to wrap up the preseason slate with Ohio State (Dec. 16) and Purdue (Dec. 21).
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies have a strong tradition of playing well on their home court and this season is no different. Washington is off to a 2-0 start at home and is 26-5 at Bank of America Arena dating back to the 2005-06 campaign. UW compiled a home record of 12-3 last season, opening the year with an impressive eight-game winning streak. UW has an all-time record of 300-73 (.804) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.