Huskies Open Pac-10 Play At No. 11 Cal Friday

Dec. 27, 2007

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GAME 13 - Fri., Dec. 28, 2007
Washington (5-7, 0-0 Pac-10) at No. 11/11 California (9-2, 0-0 Pac-10)
8 p.m. PT • Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (5-7, 0-0 Pac-10) opens Pac-10 play this week when it faces No. 11/11 California (9-2, 0-0 Pac-10), Friday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley. In fact, the Huskies will play their first three conference games on the road as the Bay Area swing continues at No. 2/2 Stanford (10-1) on Sunday, Dec. 30 (2 p.m.). UW will then travel to Pullman for a contest with Washington State, Friday, Jan. 4 (7 p.m.). The Huskies will look to build upon their momentum from a thrilling one-point comeback victory over Purdue (66-65) in their non-conference finale before the Christmas break, Dec. 21. Freshman Katelan Redmon sank the gamewinning bucket with three seconds on the clock and sophomore Sami Whitcomb scored 16 of her team-high 18 points in the second-half to spark the comeback. The win over Purdue snapped a three-game losing streak for Washington. The Huskies will have their work cut out for them with California which finished the non-conference season with a 9-2 record, its only losses coming to nationally-ranked Baylor and Rutgers. Awaiting Washington after Friday's contest will be the second-ranked Cardinal which is coming off an overtime victory over then-No. 1 Tennessee, Dec. 22.

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.

Internet Coverage:
Live statistics, as well as a live radio broadcast for Washington's game versus California will be available on GoHuskies.com. A Dawg Channel All-Access pass is required to watch or listen to the game, but membership is free.

Scouting The Huskies:
Under the direction of first-year head coach Tia Jackson, the Huskies wrapped their non-conference slate with a 5-7 record and head into Pac-10 play on a high-note coming off a thrilling one-point comeback victory over Purdue, 66-65, Dec. 21. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon supplied the dramatics with a gamewinning jumper with three seconds left in the game, while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb helped to spark the comeback scoring 16 of her team-high 18 points in the second-half which saw the Huskies erase as much as a 12-point deficit. Whitcomb also had six assists and six steals. Sophomore Sara Mosiman came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points, while senior point guard Emily Florence added a team-high nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. After opening the year 0-3, UW went on to win three of four including a three-game winning streak. That was followed by a three-game losing streak which was halted by the Purdue win. Redmon leads the team and is eighth in the Pac-10 with 13.3 points per game. The Husky freshman enters Pac-10 play with a nine-game double-figure scoring streak. Redmon is also second on the squad in rebounding (5.2), and is third in assists (27) and steals (14). Behind Redmon in scoring is Whitcomb with 11.9 points per game. Senior point guard Emily Florence is the Huskies' floor general, having started the last 92-straight games dating back to her freshman season. Florence, the team's rebounding leader at just 5-5, is averaging career-highs of 7.3 points and 6.6 boards. A candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Florence also leads the team in assists (3.0) and steals (1.8), while her 6.6 rebounds per game also rank eighth in the Pac-10. Redmon, Whitcomb, Florence and junior forward Heidi McNeill have started all 12 games, but the fifth spot in the lineup has been occupied by five different players. The Huskies have battled injuries all season long, forcing Coach Jackson to juggle her lineups. Senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe has started the last two games - making her season debut versus Ohio State (Dec. 16) - after missing the first 10 with an Achilles injury. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan is currently out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 19. Freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens and senior guard Dominique Banks are both missing the season due to injuries. Argens suffered a torn ACL in a Nov. 20 practice and Banks is redshirting while recovering from stress fractures in both her legs. The Huskies are still in search of their first true road victory of the season as UW is 0-4 in 'road' games and 1-1 versus opponents on neutral courts. Washington's only win away from Seattle this year came versus Northern Arizona in Honolulu (Nov. 17). UW is 0-1 against ranked opponents this season, the loss coming to then-No. 19 Ohio State (Dec. 16) in Seattle.

Dawg Bites:
Washington's win over Purdue (66-65) was its first victory by less than a 10-point margin...in fact, only two of Washington's 12 games have been decided by less than 10 points...the other was a five-point loss at Hawaii...UW's win over Purdue was also its first this season when trailing at halftime...until then, the Huskies were 0-7 when trailing at the intermission...guard/forward Katelan Redmon began the week as the Pac-10's leading freshman scorer with 13.3 ppg...Redmon ranks eighth overall in the conference...guard Sami Whitcomb began the week 11th in the conference with 11.9 points per outing...guard Emily Florence is eighth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.6)...Whitcomb and guard Michelle Augustavo are fifth (1.92) and seventh (1.83) in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made...Whitcomb and Florence are tied for ninth in the conference in steals (1.83)...as a team, the Huskies are third in the conference in three-pointers per game (5.58).

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 is in the midst of 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 5-7.

Scouting California:
California finished its non-conference schedule with a 9-2 record and is coming off a 74-41 victory over Kansas, Dec. 21. The Golden Bears, which have the second-best Pac-10 record behind only Stanford, suffered their two non-conference losses to then-No. 13 Baylor and then-No. 4 Rutgers. Junior forward Ashley Walker and junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson lead the squad with 18.1 ppg and 12.5 ppg, respectively. Walker leads the Pac-10 in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and is third in the conference in scoring. Gray-Lawson is coming off a season-high 25-point scoring output versus Kansas. Cal has played most if its season without 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton. The post-season honors candidate has missed nine of 11 games due to a knee injury. The Golden Bears have been tough to beat at home, going 5-0 at Haas Pavilion so far this season.

All-Time Series With California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California, 39-10, with UW winning 12 of the last 14 meetings dating back to 2001. These teams split their two meetings last year, with the Bears winning in Seattle on Jan. 13 (72-49) and the Huskies posting an improbable 19-point comeback in Berkeley on Feb. 8 (79-76 in overtime). Washington is 18-7 against Cal in Berkeley.

The Last Time Versus Cal:
The Huskies have fond memories of their last visit to Haas Pavilion. Cameo Hicks had 27 points, six rebounds and six assists to help Washington overcome a 19-point second-half deficit and beat No. 20 California 79-76 in overtime Feb. 8, 2007. Andrea Plouffe added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Huskies. Devanei Hampton led Cal with 25 points and 13 rebounds, but was just 3-of-8 from the foul line. The Bears were only 12 of 26 (48 percent) in free throw shooting and the Huskies were 13 of 16. Cal had a 19-point lead with 10:56 remaining, but Washington upped the defensive pressure and cut into the Bears' lead.The Huskies tied the score against Cal with 1:48 to go on Emily Florence's 3-pointer, and took the lead for the first time when Plouffe followed a miss by Breanne Watson with 23 seconds to go. But Cal's Ashley Walker, who finished with 19 points, made one of two free throws with 6.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime. Washington took the lead in extra time on a Hicks' layup with 3:02 remaining, and never trailed after that. Walker attempted a game-tying three with 6 seconds left, but the ball bounced off the rim. Cal, which had dominated the first 30 minutes, couldn't maintain its pace on the boards, and the Huskies had 12 offensive rebounds in the second half. Washington also hit four of nine 3-pointers in the second half, including back-to-back 3s from Plouffe and Florence in the final 2:40.

Last Game Recap:
Washington freshman Katelan Redmon's gamewinning jumper with three seconds on the clock capped a furious second-half rally as the Huskies came back to defeat Purdue, 66-65, at Bank of America Arena, Dec. 21. The Huskies rallied from as much as a 12-point deficit (52-40) with 10:33 remaining in the game, launching an 18-8 run over the next seven minutes to close Purdue's (4-6) advantage to just two points (60-58) with 3:34 left. Washington's relentless defense sparked the comeback as the Huskies forced the Boilermakers to commit 18 turnovers in the second-half alone and 30 overall, a UW opponent season-high. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb led Huskies on the other end of the floor, scoring 14 of her 18 points during the second-half run. Defense proved to be especially key again in the final minute of the game when the Huskies trailed by one point (64-65) and senior guard Emily Florence's hustle play forced an over-and-back turnover by Purdue with 32.3 seconds. Unfortunately the Huskies weren't able to take advantage of the possession as sophomore guard Sara Mosiman missed the layup to go ahead. On Purdue's next possession a foul by Florence sent Purdue forward Kalika France to the line who missed both free-throw attempts with 14 seconds left. UW senior Andrea Plouffe grabbed the rebound on the second miss and Redmon's gamewinning jumper ignited a celebration on the Husky bench. The Huskies' lead at the buzzer was the first of the game since an 8-7 advantage at 12:14 in the first half. Whitcomb led all Huskies with 18 points, one shy of her career-high, while adding a career-high six assists and six steals. Mosiman added a career-high 14 points, while Redmon added 13 to extend her double-figure scoring streak to nine contests. Senior point guard Emily Florence led the Huskies with nine rebounds, while adding five assists and five steals as well. Forward Lakisha Freeman led the Boilermakers with 17 points and nine rebounds, while France added 13 points and eight rebounds. Purdue led for the entire second-half until Redmon's gamewinning shot, its largest lead being that 12-point advantage after which the Huskies staged their comeback. The first eight minutes of the game saw three lead changes until Purdue worked a nine-point lead twice, including its 32-23 advantage at the intermission.

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