Women's Hoops To Host No. 19/17 Ohio State Sunday
Dec. 12, 2007
GAME 11 - Sun., Dec. 16, 2007
#19/17 Ohio State (6-2) at Washington (4-6)
4 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: FSN
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Coming off an eight-day break for final exams, Washington women's basketball (4-6) returns to the hardwood this week to host No. 19/17 Ohio State (6-2), Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. The Huskies enter Sunday's contest having lost two straight games, their most recent setback being a 22-point loss at Boise State, Dec. 7. Washington's contest with the Buckeyes marks the beginning of a tough four-game stretch during which it will face three ranked opponents. Ohio State is coming off a 69-55 victory over Ole Miss in its last outing on Dec. 2, but has lost two of its last three games after opening the year 5-0. The Huskies nearly upset the Buckeyes on their home floor in Columbus last season, losing by just five points (84-79) after leading nearly the entire game. After UW's game with OSU, the Huskies will wrap up the non-conference schedule hosting Purdue, Dec. 21.
Free purple t-shirts will be given out to the first 2,500 fans courtesey of FSN.
Washington's game against Ohio State will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Paul Sunderland will call the play-by-play and Cathy Nelson will provide the color commentary.
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 versus Ohio State will 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:
The Huskies enter Sunday's game on a brief two-game losing streak but prior to that had won three straight games. Washington is most recently coming off an 88-66 loss at Boise State on Dec. 7 and prior to that had its 14-game non-conference home winning streak come to an end at the hands of Pepperdine (56-74), Dec. 4. But the Huskies are happy to be home, finding the most success this season at Bank of America Arena. UW is 3-1 on its home floor this year. Still on an upswing, Washington has won four of its last seven games after opening the season 0-3. First-year head coach Tia Jackson's young team will definitely be put to the test by its next four games. Starting with Ohio State, the Huskies will play three ranked opponents in their next four outings. After wrapping its non-conference slate with 2007 NCAA Elite Eight team Purdue (Dec. 21), UW will open the Pac-10 schedule with No. 11/12 California and No. 5/4 Stanford. Leading the way for the Huskies has been senior point guard Emily Florence who is averaging career-highs in points (7.7) and rebounds (6.9). Her rebounding numbers are a team-high, while also leading the squad in assists (2.9). Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon leads the squad with 13.5 points per game, while also ranking among the top three players in rebounds, assists and steals. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring the last seven-straight outings and ranks seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.0 ppg), but has been held to eight points in each of the last two contests. The Huskies have been plagued by the injury bug this season, losing two players for the year due to injuries in senior guard Dominique Banks and freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack, who started the first five games, missed three with a high ankle sprain and is working her way back to seeing more minutes in the last two contests. The team's top returning scorer from last year, senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe, has missed the first 10 games due to Achilles tendonitis.
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 4-6.
Scouting Ohio State:
Ohio State comes to Washington with a 6-2 overall record, its only losses coming to then-No. 24 Auburn (58-67) and then-No. 3 Maryland (53-77). After opening the season with a five-game winning streak, the Buckeyes have lost two of three. OSU has only played two road games, going 1-1 in those contests. Ohio State's road win came against Boston University (83-68). OSU is led by freshman center Jantel Lavender who is averaging a double-double of 17.5 points and 10.6 rebounds. Lavender is already a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, earning the recognition for the second time Dec. 3 after averaging 20 points and 14.5 rebounds in games against Maryland and Ole Miss. Senior guard Marscilla Packer is averaging 14.9 points and has a team-high 22 three-pointers. The Buckeyes are averaging 72.6 points per game while allowing just 53.6. Ohio State's squad features seven returning letterwinners and three starters from last year's team that finished with a No. 8/18 national ranking but was upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2006-07 Buckeyes also won the Big Ten title for the third straight year. Jim Foster is in his fourth season as the head coach at Ohio State.
All-Time Series With Ohio State:
Washington trails the all-time series with Ohio State, 0-1. The first meeting between these teams came on Dec. 3, 2006, in Columbus, which the Buckeyes won (84-79). Jessica Davenport and Marscilla Packer each scored 25 points and Brandie Hoskins added 23 to lead Ohio State but it was a battle from start to finish, as Washington led for a 32-minute span that included as much as an 11-point advantage with 10:30 left in the game. OSU rallied and led by four points (78-74) with 1:22 left. UW pulled to within two points twice, the last time on a three-pointer from Cameo Hicks with 10.3 seconds remaining. But Packer made two free-throws with just under nine seconds left and Tamarah Riley added another free-throw to close the scoring. Hicks led all Huskies with 29 points, while Emily Florence contributed five points and a career-high 11 assists.
Last Game Recap:
The homecoming for Washington senior point guard Emily Florence didn't turn out quite the way she and her teammates might have liked as the Huskies fell to Boise State, 88-66, at Taco Bell Arena, Dec. 7. Florence, a Boise native, contributed 10 points, five rebounds and four assists but it wasn't enough to lift the Huskies over the Broncos. Washington lost its second straight game and fell to 4-6, while BSU won its second-straight and improved to 5-3. The Broncos defense wreaked havoc on the Washington offense and in turn was hot from long range, sinking 11 three-pointers - eight coming in the first-half alone. BSU forced the Huskies to commit 18 turnovers off of which they scored 21 points. The Huskies trailed by just three points with 2:21 left in the first half before Boise State put the game away with a 23-6 run that spanned through to the 12:27 mark in the second half. At that point, BSU was up by 20 points (57-37) and never looked back. Junior guard Michelle Augustavo led the Huskies with 14 points, while freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon upped her double-digit scoring streak to seven games with 13 points. Redmon also added six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore center Laura McLellan led the Huskies on the boards with a career-high 10 rebounds. Junior guard Jessica Thompson led Boise State with 21 points, five rebounds and four steals. Three of her teammates also scored in double-figures. Brittany Moore came off the bench to lead BSU with four three-pointers.
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 last 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.
The Huskies' 13-player roster includes eight underclassmen - three sophomores and five freshmen. One sophomore - Sami Whitcomb - and one freshman - Katelan Redmon - have started all 10 games for Washington and three of the team's four leading scorers (Whitcomb, Redmon, and freshman Jess McCormack) are underclassmen.
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 3-1 start at home and is 27-6 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 301-74 (.803) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Nine different Huskies have reached double-figures in scoring in 10 games, a group led by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who has done so eight times. And for good measure, eight different players have led the team in either scoring or rebounding this season. Redmon has led the squad a team-high four times in scoring, while senior guard Emily Florence and freshman forward/center Jess McCormack have led the squad in rebounding a team-high three times.
Katelan Redmon may be just a freshman but she has played her first 10 collegiate games with the veteran guile of an upperclassmen. Redmon, who has started every game so far, is leading the squad with 13.5 points per game and has been a consistent contributor in every facet of the game. Besides leading the team in scoring, she is second in assists (2.6) and third in steals (1.3 spg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg). Redmon, who has been the team's leading scorer in three of the last five games, has a string of seven-straight double-figure scoring games. Redmon has scored at least 17 points four times, including 19 in her collegiate debut at Kansas State (Nov. 10) and 20 against UC Irvine (Dec. 2).
Sink It Sami:
Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is already on her way to a standout season. Whitcomb, who has started all 10 games after coming off the bench for the most part as a freshman, is right behind Katelan Redmon with 12.0 points per game. Where Whitcomb has especially excelled has been from long range. Whitcomb began the week 10th in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal shooting percentage (.392) and was fourth in three-pointers per game (2.00). Whitcomb's 19-point scoring effort versus versus Arkansas State was a career-high which earned her way to Husky Classic MVP honors. Whitcomb has scored in double-figures four times in the last six games and seven times overall.
Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence is the Huskies' leader both on and off the floor. Florence, who has started 90-straight games dating back to her freshman campaign, is averaging a team-high 33.1 minutes of playing time this year. Perhaps saving her best for last, Florence is averaging career-highs of 7.7 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds. Despite being the smallest Husky on the floor at 5-5, Florence has pulled down at least seven rebounds in four of the last five games including a team-high 10 vs. Pepperdine Dec. 4. She grabbed a career-high 11 boards versus Hawaii earlier in the year. Florence has three double-figure scoring games, having tallied a career-high 15 points in the squad's season debut at Kansas State, 11 points vs. Arkansas State (Nov. 25) and 10 at Boise State (Dec. 7). 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 leads the team in assists (2.9 apg) and is second in steals (1.4 spg).