Huskies Host Pepperdine Tuesday Night
Dec. 3, 2007
Washington women's basketball (4-4) wraps up its longest homestand of the season entertaining Pepperdine (3-2), Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies have won three-straight games during the homestand, most recently coming off an 18-point victory over UC Irvine, Sunday afternoon. The win over the Anteaters extended Washington's non-conference home winning streak to 14 games - a streak that dates back to the 2005-06 season and will be tested against Pepperdine on Tuesday. The Waves will be facing their second-straight Pac-10 opponent, defeating UCLA (91-79) in Malibu in their last outing (Nov. 28). After the showdown with Pepperdine, Washington will play its third game in five days when it travels to face Boise State in Boise, Idaho, Friday, Dec. 7 (6 p.m. PT).
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 Pepperdine on Tuesday 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:
After opening the season 0-3, the Huskies have won four of their last five games and three-straight. After going exactly a week without a game, the Huskies are in the midst of playing three games in five days which began with UW's 87-69 victory over UC Irvine on Sunday. Following Tuesday's matchup with Pepperdine, Washington will find itself on the road again traveling to face Boise State, Friday. The Huskies played their first five games on the road before making their home debut hosting the Husky Classic (Nov. 23 and 25). Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon leads the Huskies with 13.1 points per game. The UW rookie is coming off a career-best game with 20 points and nine rebounds against UC Irvine. Redmon, who has started all eight contests, has reached double-figures in scoring five-straight games and scored at least 18 points twice in the last three games. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb nearly shares the team scoring lead with Redmon at 13.0 ppg. Also a consistent offensive force, Whitcomb has four straight double-figure scoring efforts. Washington is hoping it can take the momentum of its best offensive performance of the season into Tuesday's game with Pepperdine, coming off a season-high 87-point scoring spread and a season-high 53.1 percent field goal shooting percentage. The Huskies have had five players reach double-figures in scoring the last two games, including sophomore center Laura McLellan and sophomore guard Sara Mosiman. Both McLellan and Mosiman have notched career-highs in points the last two straight games. McLellan, who has also tallied two blocks in each of the last two games, has stepped up in the absence of freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who has missed the last three games with a high ankle-sprain. McCormack, who started the first five contests, is third on the team in scoring (11.0) and leads the squad in rebounding (7.8). 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. Senior point guard Emily Florence is still a model of consistency, having started the last 89-straight games dating back to her freshman campaign, Florence is second on the team in rebounding with 6.8 boards per game, leads the team in assists (22) and is averaging a career-high 7.5 points.
Non-Conference Home Winning Streak On The Line:
Washington's victories over Idaho, Arkansas State and UC Irvine this season improved its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to 14 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).
UW Recruiting Class Tabbed 11th in the Nation:
First-year head coach Tia Jackson's inaugural recruiting class was tabbed No. 11 in the nation according to HoopGurlz.com, the website announced Monday. The 2008-09 signing class includes a trio of nationally ranked prep standouts in guard Kristi Kingma (Mill Creek, Wash.), forward Liz Lay (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and forward Mollie Williams (Cerritos, Calif.). Lay headlines the group with her No. 18 national ranking by HoopGurlz.com, including a No. 3 billing at her position. Kingma is tabbed No. 44 according to HoopGurlz.com and is the 14th-ranked guard in the country. Williams is also ranked No. 64 by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Pepperdine brings a 3-2 record to Seattle this week as the Waves are playing just their second road game of the season. The Waves are coming off a 91-79 victory over UCLA (Nov. 28) in Malibu. Senior Daphanie Kennedy contributed a season-high 27 points and seven assists, while sophomore Miranda Aylm added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. With Kennedy's 27 points against the Bruins, she surpassed 1,000 points for her career. Kennedy leads three players in double-figure scoring with 19.0 points per game. Aylm is averaging 13.6 points and freshman Katie Menton is averaging 10.6 points. Pepperdine features all five returning starters and 10 returning letterwinners from last year's squad that went 14-17 overall and placed fifth in the West Coast Conference with a 6-8 league record. The Waves have a veteran group with eight upperclassmen leading the way. Pepperdine is under the direction of four-year head coach Julie Rousseau.
All-Time Series With Pepperdine:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Pepperdine, 2-0. The last time these teams met was in the 2004 postseason WNIT when Washington downed the Waves, 71-59, in Seattle - a team that was coached by current USC head coach Mark Trakh. Washington and Pepperdine also met on Dec. 20, 1992 at the Hawaii Paradise Classic, a contest won by the Huskies, 84-64.
Last Game Recap:
Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon led five Huskies in double-figures with a career-high 20 points as Washington defeated UC Irvine, 87-69, at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. Redmon scored 12 of her 20 points in the second-half to spark the Huskies who led by just one at the intermission (37-36) and then exploded to outscore the Anteaters 50-33 after halftime. Redmon, who also led the squad with a career-high nine rebounds, shot 9-of-16 from the field and was 2-for-2 from the line. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan and junior guard Michelle Augustavo also came up big for Washington in the decisive second-half. McLellan scored the Huskies' first eight straight points after the intermission and Augustavo got hot from three-point land sinking three straight treys that gave UW as much as a 15-point lead with 10:45 to play. Washington shot a season-high 53.1 percent clip from the field (34-of-64) and 43.8 percent from three-point range (7-of-16), while holding UC Irvine to a 32.9 percent field goal shooting day. The Anteaters ended up outrebounding the Huskies, 40-37, including a 17-12 advantage on offensive boards. Joining Redmon in double-figures were sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (12 points), Augustavo (12), McLellan (11) and sophomore guard Sara Mosiman (10). Senior points guard Emily Florence also contributed six points, seven rebounds and three assists. UC Irvine was led by the double-double of Stephanie Duda who tallied 15 points and 13 rebounds. Seven of Duda's 15 points came from the free-throw line as she was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Duda was one of four Anteaters to end the contest in double-figure scoring. After coming out with an early lead, the Huskies fell behind when the Anteaters went on a 15-2 run to go up by eight points (30-22) with 4:20 remaining in the first-half. Washington countered with a 15-6 run of its own to take a one-point lead into the locker room (37-36). UC Irvine began the second-half with a bucket from forward Miranda Forry to regain the lead (38-37), but McLellan scored eight straight points to give the Huskies a lead they would fail to relinquish. Assisting the Huskies' effort in the second-half was the hot hand of Augustavo who hit three-straight treys to give UW as much as a 15-point lead (63-48) with 10:45 left in the game - Washington's biggest lead of the contest at that point.
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 4-4.