Oregon Trip Up Next For Husky Women's Hoops
Jan. 15, 2008
GAME 18 - Thur., Jan. 17, 2008
Washington (7-10, 2-3 Pac-10) at Oregon State (8-8, 1-4 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT Gill Coliseum Corvallis, Ore.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com
After earning a split at home versus the L.A. schools last weekend, Washington women's basketball (7-10, 2-3 Pac-10) heads back out on the road and travels south on I-5 to take on Northwest rivals Oregon State (8-8, 1-4 Pac-10) and Oregon (8-8, 2-3 Pac-10) this week. The Huskies face the Beavers, Thursday, Jan. 17, in Corvallis, Ore. Tip-off at Gill Coliseum on the OSU campus is set for 7 p.m. PT. The Huskies have won two of their last three games, coming off a 15-point win over USC on Sunday (60-45) after a close two-point loss to UCLA last Thursday (57-59). UW's last road game was a 15-point victory over Washington State (Jan. 4). The Beavers are riding a three-game losing streak, having been swept by Stanford (45-81) and California (45-61) in the Bay Area last weekend. Following Thursday's game, the Huskies will head to Eugene to take on the Ducks, Saturday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m.Oregon will host Washington State on Thursday while the Huskies and Beavers battle it out in Corvallis. Washington begins the week tied with Oregon for sixth place in the conference standings, while OSU is in eighth place.
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 at Oregon State 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 has won two of its last three games heading into Thursday's contest with Oregon State. The Huskies are coming off a solid weekend against UCLA and USC at home, nearly defeating the Bruins and then posting a 15-point win over the Women of Troy. Both L.A. schools had received votes in last week's Top-25 polls after defeating then-No. 2 Stanford the previous weekend. Senior center Andrea Plouffe led the Husky charge against USC, recording her best game of the season since coming back from an Achilles injury that kept her out of the first 10 games. Plouffe notched season-highs of 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb turned in a pair of solid all-around efforts in both games last weekend, averaging a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds in the two contests. Whitcomb is coming off back-to-back career-high double-figure rebounding games with 10 versus UCLA and 12 versus USC. After opening Pac-10 play 0-2 with road losses at then-No. 11 California and then-No. 2 Stanford, the Huskies have bounced back to win two of their last three. 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 three times in its last nine games. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon leads UW with 12.4 points per game and begins the week as the Pac-10's leading freshman scorer. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring a team-high 12 times, including a 19-point effort versus UCLA last Thursday. Redmon had as many as nine-straight double-figure scoring games earlier in the year. Whitcomb is right behind Redmon in scoring with 10.8 points per game, while leading the team in steals (2.2). She is also second in assists (2.4) and third in rebounding (4.4). Whitcomb begins the week tied for third in the Pac-10 in steals with Stanford's Candice Wiggins and is tops in the league with 3.2 steals per contest in conference play. Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence continues to be UW's floor general, averaging 6.8 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds. She also leads the squad with 3.2 assists per contest. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per outing and second on the squad in Pac-10 play with 9.0 points. McCormack has three double-figure scoring efforts in the last four games including 12 points versus USC on Sunday before leaving the game in the second-half after suffering a concussion. Due to the concussion, it is doubtful that McCormack will see any action in Oregon this weekend as injuries continue to take a toll on Washington. 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.
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 7-10.
What To Watch:
Senior point guard Emily Florence needs nine assists to move past Jamie Redd into ninth place on the UW career list. Florence ranks 10th on the list with 337 assists, with Redd ninth at 345.
Washington's last two victories over USC (Jan. 13) and Washington State (Jan. 4) have come by 15-point margins...the Huskies' 18-point victory over UC Irvine (Dec. 2) was its largest of the year to date...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 17 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 13th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.4 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is tied for 18th (10.8 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (8th, 6.9), offensive rebounds (6th, 2.53), assists (9th, 3.18), assist-turnover ratio (5th, 1.42) and minutes played (5th, 33.29)...Whitcomb is tied for third in the league in steals (2.24) and is fourth three-point FG made (1.88)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is also eighth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.50) and freshman center Kali Bennett is ninth in blocked shots (0.75).
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they entertain their Northwest rivals this week. OSU returns to Corvallis after getting swept by Stanford (81-45) and California (61-45) last weekend in the Bay Area. Senior guard Ashley Allen leads the squad and the Pac-10 with 19.7 points per outing. Allen has reached double-figures in scoring in 14 of OSU's 16 games this season. Junior guard Brittany Davis is averaging 12.7 points per game, while junior center Tiffany Ducker is OSU's top rebounder with 7.2 boards per game. OSU is averaging nearly exactly the number of points it's also giving up, scoring 65.9 points and allowing opponents to score 65.1. OSU was 7-4 in non-conference play. The Beavers are 4-4 at home this season.
All-Time Series With Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 46-24 dating back to 1975. The Huskies have won the last seven-straight meetings with OSU dating back through Jan. 15, 2004. UW is 19-12 when playing on Oregon State's home floor. The Huskies swept both meetings with OSU last season but it took overtime for them to get the win in Corvallis on Dec. 23, 2006, edging the Beavers 71-67.
When Washington and Oregon State meet on Thursday, both teams will be led by head coaches who previously served as assistant coaches at Duke. Husky head coach Tia Jackson was an assistant with the Blue Devils the last two seasons (2005-06, 2006-07), while Beaver head coach LaVonda Wagner was an assistant with Duke from 2002-05.
Last Game Recap:
Led by a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds from senior center Andrea Plouffe, Washington used a solid all-around effort to defeat USC, 60-45, at Bank of America Arena, Sunday afternoon. Plouffe's scoring and rebounding numbers were both season-highs as the Husky co-captain was playing in just her seventh game of the season after missing the first 10 with Achilles tendinitis. Plouffe was 6-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line, while also contributing one assist, one block and one steal. Washington ended the game with three players in double-figure rebounding as senior point guard Emily Florence and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb each pulled down 10 and 12 boards, respectively. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack added 12 points before leaving the game in the second-half after suffering a concussion on a hard fall. Guard Heather Oliver led the Women of Troy with 11 points, while center Nadia Parker added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. The Huskies overpowered the Women of Troy inside, outscoring USC 36-14 in the paint and posting a 44-39 advantage on the boards. The UW defense held USC to just a 25.7 field goal shooting percentage and a 20.6 percent clip from three-point range. In turn, the Huskies had one of their better shooting performances as well, hitting 45.3 percent of their shots from the field including a 52.2 clip in the second half. After trailing 23-26 with 5:10 left in the first half, the Huskies held USC scoreless for the remainder of the half, going on an 11-0 run to head in the locker room with a 34-26 lead it would not relinquish. Both teams opened the second-half trading baskets and USC climbed to within seven points on a three-pointer from Camille LeNoir (38-31), but the Huskies then held the Women of Troy to another scoring drought. After LeNoir hit her three at 16:50, USC didn't make another field goal for nearly six minutes as UW strung together a 9-0 run to lead by as many as 13 (47-34). The Huskies' largest lead of the game was 18 (58-40) with 3:19 remaining.
The Huskies are in the midst of playing five of their first seven Pac-10 games on the road. UW opened its conference slate with three straight road games at then-No. 11 Cal (Dec. 28), then-No. 2 Stanford (Dec. 30) and at Washington State (Jan. 4). After last week's brief two-game homestand, the Huskies are back out on the road this week. UW picked up its first true road win of the season at Washington State, Jan. 4 .The Huskies are 2-7 away from Bank of America Arena this season. UW is 1-6 when playing on an opponent's home floor and 1-1 while playing on a neutral court. UW's neutral court victory came over Northern Arizona in Honolulu (Nov. 17).