Road Swing Continues Saturday At Oregon For UW Women

Jan. 18, 2008

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GAME 19 - Sat., Jan. 19, 2008
Washington (7-11, 2-4 Pac-10) at Oregon (9-8, 3-3 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT • McArthur Court • Eugene, Ore.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (7-11, 2-4 Pac-10) will look to get back on the winning track when the Huskies' trip through the Willamette Valley continues at Oregon (9-8, 3-3 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at McArthur Court on the Oregon campus. The Huskies are coming off a tough 68-64 loss at Oregon State on Thursday which dropped them into a seventh-place tie in the Pac-10 standings with the Beavers. Oregon on the other hand defeated Washington State on its home court, Thursday, 64-45. The Ducks are tied for fifth in the conference with USC. Both the Huskies and Ducks have won two of their last four games. Saturday marks the end of Washington's stretch of playing five of its first seven Pac-10 games on the road. UW will return to Seattle to host three straight including the Arizona schools next week.

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 audio broadcast for Washington's game at Oregon 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 will hope to salvage a split versus the Oregon schools when they take on the Ducks in Eugene on Saturday. The Huskies will need to rebound from a tough four-point loss to Oregon State in Corvallis, Thursday, a game that saw UW play a strong first-half but weren't able to continue that momentum into the second-half. The loss came on the heels of a big 60-45 victory over USC and just a two-point loss to UCLA (57-59) last weekend in Seattle. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb led UW versus the Beavers, equaling a career-high with 19 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior center Andrea Plouffe joined Whitcomb in double-figures with 11 points, while senior point guard Emily Florence and sophomore guard Sara Mosiman dished eight and seven assists, respectively. 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 four. 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 10 games. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon leads UW with 12.2 points per game and began 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, Jan. 10. Redmon had as many as nine-straight double-figure scoring games earlier in the year. Whitcomb is right behind Redmon in scoring with 11.3 points per game, while leading the team in steals (2.2). She is also third in assists (2.4) and fifth in rebounding (4.5). Whitcomb ranks third in the Pac-10 in steals and is tops in the league with 3.0 steals per contest in conference play. Whitcomb has played especially well the last few games for UW, reaching back-to-back double-figure rebounding numbers last week versus UCLA (10) and USC (12), before her 19-point scoring night most recently versus Oregon State. Both Whitcomb and Redmon lead UW with 10 points per game in Pac-10 contests. Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence continues to be UW's floor general, averaging 6.8 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds. She also leads the squad with 3.4 assists per contest. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per outing and has three double-figure scoring efforts in her last four games including 12 points versus USC on Sunday before leaving the game in the second-half after suffering a concussion. McCormack missed UW's game with Oregon State due to the concussion and will not play at Oregon. McCormack's concussion is the latest in a long line of injuies to hit the Huskies. While McCormack is out this week, Thursday's game in Corvallis did mark the return of sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan who missed six games 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 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 7-11.

What To Watch:
Senior point guard Emily Florence needs just one assist to move past Jamie Redd and claim sole possession of ninth place on the UW career list. Florence's season high of eight assists versus Oregon State moved her into a tie for ninth with Redd at 345.

Dawg Bites:
Washington's loss at Oregon State, Thursday, was its first this season when leading at halftime...UW is 6-1 when owning a lead at the intermission...on the other hand, the Huskies are 1-10 when trailing at the half, the lone win coming over Purdue, Dec. 21...the Huskies' last two losses (vs. UCLA, at Oregon State) have come by a combined six points - two vs. UCLA and four vs. OSU...UW's last two wins (at WSU, vs. USC) have come by 15-point spreads...UW's four-point loss at OSU was just its fourth game this season decided by fewer than 10 points...guard/forward Katelan Redmon ranks 11th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.2 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is 17th (11.3 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (8th, 6.8), offensive rebounds (t-8th, 2.39), defensive rebounds (8th, 4.39), assists (8th, 3.44), assist-turnover ratio (4th, 1.59) and minutes played (5th, 33.67)...Whitcomb is third in the league in steals (2.22) and is fourth three-point FG made (1.94)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is also eighth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.59) and freshman center Kali Bennett is tied for 10th in blocked shots (0.71).

Scouting Oregon:
Oregon's 64-45 win over Washington State on Thursday improved the Ducks' record to 9-8 overall, 3-3 in the Pac-10. Like UW, Oregon is 2-2 in its last four games. Prior to this week, the Ducks were swept in the Bay Area by Cal (52-61) and Stanford (49-83). Oregon's other two Pac-10 wins came over Arizona (59-53) and at Oregon State (76-72). The Ducks are led by sophomore guard Taylor Lilley who is averaging 12.1 points per game and is tied for the conference lead in three-pointers made with 36. Freshman center Ellyce Ironmonger is averaging 8.5 points and 5.3 rebounds, while senior guard Kaela Chapdelaine is averaging a team-high 5.7 boards. Sophomore guard Micaela Cocks, who is averaging 7.4 points, played with UW freshman Jess McCormack on the New Zealand National Team the past few years. Oregon turned in a 6-5 non-conference record and is 5-2 when playing on its home floor this season.

All-Time Series With Oregon:
The Huskies trail the all-time series with Oregon 36-37 dating back to the 1974-75 season. Washington holds the upper hand as of late, winning the last three straight meetings and eight of the last 11 since 2002-03. The Huskies swept both meetings last year, winning 61-46 in Seattle (Feb. 24, 2007) and 60-56 in Eugene (Dec. 21, 2006). But playing on the Ducks' home floor hasn't been easy for UW, trailing the series in Eugene 12-22. Prior to last year's win at Mac Court, the Huskies had lost two straight (Jan. 21, 2006, 73-81; Jan. 13, 2005, 77-86). UW tallied a pair of wins in 2004 and 2003 after losing a string of nine-straight in Eugene from 1994-2001.

Last Game Recap:
Oregon State guard Brittney Davis scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second-half as the Beavers handed Washington a 68-64 loss at Gill Coliseum, Thursday evening. It was a tale of two halves for the Huskies who led by as many as 12 points in the first half and had a six-point advantage at the intermission (35-29). But the Beavers came back after the break, sparked by Davis and the rebounding efforts of OSU freshman Alex Mitchell who finished with 10 boards. OSU outscored the Huskies 39-29 in the second-half and held off a late surge from UW in the final minutes, but a lack of rebounding and a costly turnover proved to be the Huskies' demise. UW sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb equaled her career-high with 19 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Whitcomb was joined in double-figures by senior center Andrea Plouffe who had 11 points, along with six rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals. UW senior guard Emily Florence contributed seven points, four rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Sara Mosiman also had a career-high seven assists, five in the first half.

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