Huskies Wrap Homestand Hosting USC Sunday
Jan. 11, 2008
GAME 17 - Sun., Jan. 13, 2008
USC (10-6, 3-2 Pac-10) at Washington (6-10, 1-3 Pac-10)
3 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: FSN
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (6-10, 1-3 Pac-10) will wrap its homestand with the L.A. schools when it hosts the USC Women of Troy (10-6, 3-2 Pac-10), Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The contest will be televised live on FSN with Jim Watson and Tracy Warren calling the action from Seattle. The Huskies are coming off a two-point loss to UCLA (59-57) on Thursday, while USC downed Washington State (62-58) in Pullman before making its Northwest trek further West for Sunday's matchup. Washington is in the midst of playing five of its first seven Pac-10 games on the road and will travel to face the Oregon schools in the Willamette Valley next week.
Sunday's game against USC will be televised live nationally on FSN. Jim Watson will call the play-by-play while Tracy Warren 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, as well as a live audio broadcast for Washington's game versus USC 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.
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:
Washington came inches away from getting its second-straight Pac-10 win on Thursday versus UCLA, but it was not meant to be. The Huskies battled back from a 13-point second-half deficit versus the Bruins and had a chance to win the game on a three-point attempt from senior Andrea Plouffe as time expired but Plouffe's shot did not fall. The Huskies used top-notch performances from freshman guard Katelan Redmon (19 points/8 rebounds) and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (17 points/10 rebounds) to stay with a UCLA team that upset then-No. 2 Stanford one week ago. UW dropped to 1-3 in Pac-10 play, having opened conference action with tough losses at then-No. 11 Cal (Dec. 28) and then-No. 2 Stanford (Dec. 30) before getting a 15-point victory over Washington State in Pullman (Jan. 4). UW, which finished the non-conference portion of its schedule 5-7, has endured an up-and-down season thus far, opening the year 1-4 before posting a season-best three-game winning streak. Since then, Washington has won just twice in its last eight games. Redmon continues to lead the squad in scoring with 12.6 points per game and is tied for second in rebounding with 4.9 boards per outing. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring a team-high 12 times that included a nine-game streak earlier in the season. Whitcomb is averaging 11.2 points and a team-high in steals (2.3), while freshman forward/center Jess McCormack is putting up 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. McCormack has been the Huskies' leading scorer in two of the last three games, scoring 16 points at WSU (Jan. 4) and 11 points at Stanford (Dec. 30), but it has been Whitcomb who has been UW's top all-around player as of late. Whitcomb, who leads the league in steals during Pac-10 play with 3.75 per outing, tallied her first career double-double vs. UCLA on Thursday after nearly notching a triple-double against WSU (Jan. 4) with nine steals, nine points and seven rebounds. Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence continues to be UW's floor general, averaging 6.7 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds. She also leads the squad with 3.1 assists per contest. Injuries have plagued the Huskies all season long. Most recently sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 19 and has missed the last five games. McLellan could return next week. 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 which was repaired in a Dec. 19 surgery and Banks is redshirting while recovering from stress fractures in both her legs. The Huskies are 4-3 at home this season, their last victory at Bank of America Arena being its dramatic comeback over Purdue (66-65), Dec. 21. Redmon's gamewinning jumper with three seconds left capped a second-half UW rally to lift the Huskies to the win.
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 6-10.
Washington's 15-point win over WSU (Jan. 4) was its third-largest winning margin of the season...the Huskies' 18-point victory over UC Irvine (Dec. 2) was its largest of the year to date, followed by a 16-point win over Idaho (Nov. 23)...Washington's win over Purdue (66-65) on Dec. 21 is its only victory this season by less than a 10-point margin...in fact, only three of Washington's 16 games have been decided by less than 10 points...the others were a five-point loss at Hawaii and the most recent two-point loss to UCLA (Jan. 10)...UW's win over Purdue was also its first this season when trailing at halftime...the Huskies are 1-10 when trailing at the intermission...guard/forward Katelan Redmon ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.6 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is 16th (11.2 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (8th, 6.8), offensive rebounds (6th, 2.63), assists (8th, 3.1), assist-turnover ratio (6th, 1.39) and minutes played (8th, 33.0)...Whitcomb is third in the league in both steals (2.31) and three-point FG made (1.94)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is also eighth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.60) and freshman center Kali Bennett is ninth in blocked shots (0.80).
USC comes to Seattle with a 10-6 overall record, 3-2 in the Pac-10. The Women of Troy have won two straight games and six of their last eight, their only losses in that span coming to Arizona State (63-66) and Cal (52-57). USC split their meetings with the Bay Area teams last weekend, that included a 73-72 upset over then-No. 2 Stanford. USC is coming off a 62-58 victory over Washington State in Pullman in Thursday, but the Women of Troy had to come back from a double-digit deficit to the Cougars to come back for the win. Junior center Nadia Parker, who hails from Spanaway, Wash., led USC with 17 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Heather Oliver (16 points) and senior forward Simone Jelks (10 points) added points in double-figures. Parker leads the team with 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard Camille Lenoir is averaging 11.1 points and leads the team in assists (59) and steals (27). Parker isn't the only Washington native on the Southern California roster as senior forward Kate Henderson is also a Redmond, Wash. native. Parker attended Bethel High School while Henderson went to Redmond High.
All-Time Series With USC:
Washington leads the all-time series with USC 27-20 overall and 15-5 in Seattle. The Huskies and Women of Troy have met three times each of the last two seasons, facing off in the Pac-10 Tournament the last two years in addition to the two regular season contests. USC won two of the three contests with UW last year including the last two straight - a 78-58 contest at the Galen Center (Jan. 28, 2007) and an 81-77 win in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament (March 3, 2007). The Huskies came out on top in the Seattle meeting, 76-60 (Dec. 29, 2006).
Last Game Recap:
Washington rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit and trailed by just two points with seven seconds left in the game, but the Huskies missed a last-second three-point attempt and fell to UCLA, 59-57, at Bank of America Arena, Thursday night. Senior Andrea Plouffe's three-point shot at the buzzer didn't fall and Washington dropped to 6-10 overall, 1-3 in Pac-10 play. UCLA improved to 8-8, 3-2 in conference action. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Huskies, while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb notched her first career double-double with 17 points and a career-high 10 boards. The Bruins were led by 16 points from senior forward Lindsey Pluimer. Center Moniquee Alexander pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for UCLA. With the Huskies trailing by four points with nine seconds left, Whitcomb hit a pair of free-throws to get the Huskies within two, 57-59. A quick foul by Whitcomb on UCLA's Lindsey Pluimer on the inbounds play sent Pluimer to the free-throw line. Pluimer missed the free-throw which was rebounded by UW. With seven seconds to get one more shot, UW senior point guard Emily Florence dribbled down the floor and dished to Plouffe whose three-point attempt failed to drop. The Huskies, who never led in the game, trailed by five points at halftime (29-24) after shooting just 24.3 percent during the first 20 minutes. UW turned around to shoot 56.5 percent in the second-half, also outscoring the Bruins 33-30 after the intermission. Washington had a season-high seven blocked shots including a career-high five from freshman center Kali Bennett before she fouled out of the game.