No. 2 Stanford Up Next For UW Women Sunday

Dec. 29, 2007

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GAME 14 - Sun., Dec. 30, 2007
Washington (5-8, 0-1 Pac-10) at No. 2/2 Stanford (11-1, 1-0 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT • Maples Pavilion • Palo Alto, Calif.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Coming off a 66-40 loss in its Pac-10 opener at No. 11 Cal Friday night, Washington women's basketball (5-8, 0-1 Pac-10) continues its Bay Area swing and closes out the calendar year playing at No. 2/2 Stanford (11-1, 1-0), Sunday, Dec. 30, at Maples Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. PT. The Cardinal, which jumped up in the rankings after their win over then-No. 1 Tenneesse, Dec. 22, won their conference opener over Washington State, 105-47. The Huskies' contest at Stanford marks its third game against a ranked opponent in four outings. UW will remain on the road next week as it travels to take on Washington State in Pullman, Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. The contest will televised regionally on FSN Northwest.

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:
Washington wrapped its non-conference slate on a high note with a thrilling one-point comeback victory over Purdue (66-65) on Dec. 21, but wasn't able to parlay that momentum into its Pac-10 opener with Cal Friday night. The Huskies suffered their second-worst loss of the season, falling by 26 points to the 11th-ranked Golden Bears. The loss dropped UW to 15-7 in Pac-10 openers and was the Huskies' first in a conference opener since the 2004-05 campaign. UW opened the year 0-3, but then went on to win four of its next five including a season-high three-game win streak. Since then, the Huskies have lost four of their last five dating back to Dec. 4. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon leads the squad with 12.8 points and is second in rebounding with 5.0 boards per outing. Redmon had tallied nine-straight double-figure scoring games until being held to just eight in the Cal game on Friday. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is the other Husky to average points in double-digits with 11.6 per contest. Senior point guard Emily Florence, the squad's floor general, leads the team in rebounding (6.5) and assists (3.0), and is averaging 6.8 points. UW's sparkplug as of late has been sophomore guard Sara Mosiman who has scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, coming off the bench in the last two games versus Purdue and California. Her 14-point scoring output versus the Boilermakers was a career-high. Redmon, Whitcomb, Florence and junior forward Heidi McNeill have started all 13 games, but the fifth spot in the lineup has been occupied by five different players. The Huskies have battled injuries all season long, forcing first-year head coach Tia Jackson to juggle her lineups. Senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe has started the last three games - making her season debut versus Ohio State (Dec. 16) - after missing the first 10 with an Achilles injury. Plouffe continues to improve each game, most recently recording six points and six rebounds vs. Cal, Friday. 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 0-5 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 0-2 against ranked opponents this season, the loss coming to then-No. 19 Ohio State (Dec. 16) in Seattle before Friday's setback to No. 11 Cal.

Dawg Bites:
Washington's win over Purdue (66-65) on Dec. 22 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...the Huskies are 1-8 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 5-8.

Scouting Stanford:
The Cardinal brings an 11-1 record into Sunday's contest, its only loss coming versus current No. 1 team Connecticut (Nov. 22). Since that setback, Stanford has won eight straight games including a 73-69 overtime victory over then-No. 1 Tennessee and a dominating 105-47 victory over Washington State in its Pac-10 opener on Friday. Two-time All-American and two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins leads the squad with 17.9 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 steals. Sophomore forward/center Jayne Appel is averaging 15.4 points and 8.8 rebounds, while freshman forward Kayla Pedersen is tallying 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per outing. The Cardinal is averaging 76.9 point per game while allowing opponents to average just 57.9. Pedersen led five Stanford players in double-figure scoring versus Washington State with 18 points. She also added a team-high eight boards and three assists. Stanford is under the direction of 22nd-year head coach Tara VanDerveer.

All-Time Series With Stanford:
Washington trails the all-time series with Stanford 14-32 and is 4-18 versus the Cardinal in Palo Alto. The Huskies have lost seven of the last eight games and three-straight to Stanford overall. The last win by Washington over Stanford was Dec. 22, 2005 in Seattle (77-72). Since then, the Cardinal has dominated the Huskies winning the last three contests by an average margin of 26 points. Stanford has won the last eight-straight meetings with UW in Palo Alto, the last Husky win coming on Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62).

Stanford Connections:
UW head coach Tia Jackson served as an assistant under head coach Tara VanDerveer at Stanford during the 1999-00 season. That year, Jackson helped guide the Cardinal to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a 21-9 overall record.

NorCal Natives:
The Huskies have two Northern California natives on their roster - senior guard Dominique Banks (Stockton) and sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan (Campbell). Both players are on the trip but neither are able to play as Banks is redshirting the season and McLellan is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Versus Ranked Opponents:
The Huskies are 0-2 against ranked opponents this season, falling to then-No. 19 Ohio State and to No. 11 California. UW lost by 17 points to the Buckeyes (54-71) and by 26 at Cal (66-40). UW is 44-107 all-time against ranked opponents and 5-30 against Top-5 teams. The last time the Huskies played a team ranked as high as No. 2 was when they played second-ranked Stanford on Feb. 14, 2002. UW lost that matchup, 65-81, in Palo Alto.

Road Woes:
The Huskies are 1-6 away from Bank of America Arena this season, and are winless in 'true' road games. UW is 0-5 when playing on an opponent's home floor and 1-1 while playing on a neutral court. UW's lone victory was over Northern Arizona in Honolulu (Nov. 17).

Last Game Recap:
Center Ashley Walker and forward Rama N'diaye led California with 13 points apiece as the 11th-ranked Golden Bears cruised to a 66-40 victory over Washington in both teams' Pac-10 opener Friday night. 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton, who has missed the majority of the season due to a knee injury, added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds while guard Alexis Gray-Lawson had 12 points as well. Walker and N'diaye contributed seven and six rebounds, respectively, as Cal outpowered the Huskies on both sides of the floor. Sophomore guard Sara Mosiman led Washington with 12 points off the bench. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb each scored eight points, while senior center Andrea Plouffe had a team-high six rebounds. The Huskies shot just 28.6 percent from the field and tallied 40 points - both season-lows - while allowing the Bears to shoot 49.1 percent. Cal took control of the game early with a 15-0 run midway through the first half. The Bears led by as many as 28 points in the second half, outrebounded the Huskies and used a 36-14 edge in the paint.

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