Huskies Travel To Boise State Friday
Dec. 6, 2007
GAME 10 - Fri., Dec. 7, 2007
Washington (4-5) at Boise State (4-3)
6 p.m. PT Taco Bell Arena Boise, Idaho
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com/Video at BroncoSports.com
Washington women's basketball (4-5) will play its final non-conference road game this week, traveling to face Boise State (4-3), Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT. The contest will be held at Taco Bell Arena on the Boise State campus. The Huskies are coming off a four-game homestand during which they tallied a 3-1 record, winning three straight before falling to Pepperdine in their most recent outing on Tuesday (56-74). Washington has endured a busy week as Friday will mark the Huskies' third game in six days. Boise State is coming off a 73-64 victory over Oral Roberts on Monday and is 3-0 on its home court. Following the contest with the Broncos, Washington will take break for finals before wrapping up its non-conference slate with home games versus Ohio State (Dec. 16) and Purdue (Dec. 21).
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.
Live statistics and a live radio broadcast for Washington's game at Boise State will be available on GoHuskies.com. BSU will also have a live video broadcast of the game on its website, but there is a charge to view the game.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington's loss to Pepperdine on Tuesday snapped a three-game winning streak, but the Huskies still enter Friday's contest having won four of their last six games after opening the season 0-3. UW is 1-4 away from Bank of America this season, with its only road win coming on a neutral court versus Northern Arizona in Hawaii. Friday's contest will mark a homecoming for senior point guard Emily Florence as the Boise native will play in her hometown for the first time as a Husky. Florence, who was named one of 30 nationwide candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this week, is putting up career numbers in her final season averaging 7.4 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds. The 5-5 point guard has especially excelled on the boards the last few games, grabbing at least nine rebounds in three of the last four contests including 10 versus Pepperdine. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon continues to lead the Huskies with 13.6 points per game. The Husky rookie is coming off a 17-point performance versus Pepperdine and has reached double-figures in scoring the last six-straight outings. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is the other Husky averaging double-figures in the scoring column with 12.4 per game. Washington welcomed the return of freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who played versus Pepperdine for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in a Nov. 20 practice. McCormack is third on the team in scoring (9.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (6.8 rpg). Stepping up in McCormack's absence has been sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan. McLellan has scored at least nine points in the last three games including back-to-back career-high scoring performances with 10 points vs. Arkansas State (Nov. 25) and 11 points versus UC Irvine (Dec. 2). UW is still anxiously awaiting the return of senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe who is out another 1-3 weeks with Achilles tendonitis. Plouffe is the Huskies' leading scorer from last season, averaging at least 10 points a game the last two years.
Homecoming For Florence:
Friday's game versus Boise State marks a homecoming for senior point guard Emily Florence, a Boise native and graduate of Timberline High School where she was a standout in both basketball and soccer. Florence was the 2004 5A Idaho State Female Player of the Year for basketball and that same season was tabbed the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year for soccer as well. She helped lead her Timberline hoops team to a state title in 2003 and a state runner-up finish in 2004, while guiding the Timberline soccer squad to a state runner-up finish during her senior season.
Florence Named Candidate For Lowe's Senior CLASS Award:
Senior point guard Emily Florence was named one of 30 nationwide candidates for the 2007-08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this week. The award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I student-athlete of the year in eight sports and focuses on the 'Four C's' of classroom, character, community and competition. Lowe's will award both the men's and women's basketball winners with trophies during their respective NCAA Final Four weekends. Florence is one of three Pac-10 players to earn a spot on the list including UCLA forward Lindsey Pluimer and Stanford guard Candice Wiggins. From the list of 30 nominees for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in January 2008. Those 10 names will be place on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the winners.
Scouting Boise State:
Boise State is 4-3 coming into Friday's meeting with Washington. Three of the four Bronco wins have come at home, defeating Loyola Marymount (71-67), Montana (70-64) and Oral Roberts (73-64) at Taco Bell Arena. After opening the season 3-1, BSU has lost two of its last three games but is coming off the win versus Oral Roberts on Monday night. Junior guard Tasha Harris leads the squad with 18.3 points per game, while junior guard Jess Thompson is averaging 14.6 points and 5.0 rebounds. BSU had three players reach double-figures in scoring versus Oral Roberts, led by 17 points from Thompson. Harris (12 points/three assists) and senior center Amanda Stewart (10 points/five rebounds) also added double-digits. Senior forward Jackie Lee, who leads the squad in rebounding, grabbed a team-high 12 boards vs. ORU. BSU's roster features three returning starters and seven returning letterwinners from last year's team that won both the Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, and played in the NCAA Tournament, falling to George Washington in the first round. The Broncos posted an overall record of 24-9 last season. Gordy Presnell is in his third season as the head coach of the program.
All-Time Series With Boise State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Boise State 18-2, having won the last nine meetings dating back to 1994. The last time these teams faced one another was Nov. 22, 2002 in Boise with the Huskies winning 73-55. The Huskies and Broncos clashed six-straight seasons from 1996-97 through 2002-03. The last time Boise State defeated Washington was Dec. 2, 1992 (78-82) in Boise. The other Boise State win came on March 3, 1978 in Seattle, a 67-69 nail-biter.
Last Game Recap:
Senior guard Daphanie Kennedy scored a game-high 33 points and sophomore center Miranda Ayim added a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds to lead Pepperdine over Washington, 74-56, on Tuesday. The loss was the first for the Huskies at home this season and also snapped a three-game winning streak for Washington. Another streak that came to an end was the Huskies' 14-game non-conference home winning streak that dated back to the 2005-06 season. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon led Washington with a team-high 17 points, while senior point guard Emily Florence added seven points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Pepperdine held Washington to its lowest scoring total of the season and in turn shot 48.4 percent from the field. The Huskies won the battle on the boards, 41-33, but couldn't stop the sharp-shooting Kennedy who was 13-of-23 from the field including five three-pointers. The Huskies got behind early and weren't able to recover. Pepperdine opened with 7-0 run and led by as many as 11 points (22-11) with 12 minutes to go in the opening stanza. The Huskies held Pepperdine's lead to single-digits at times during the first half but trailed by 13 at the intermission (44-31). Pepperdine put the game away with a 13-3 run late in the second-half to lead by as many as 29 points with 5:33 remaining. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan tallied nine points and three rebounds but was limited to just three minutes in the first half due to early foul trouble. A bright spot for Washington was the return of freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who had missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain. McCormack played 10 minutes, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds.
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 4-5.