Huskies Wrap First Half of Pac-10 Play Hosting Arizona Schools
Jan. 22, 2008
GAME 20 - Thur., Jan. 24, 2008
(rv/rv) Arizona State (11-7, 5-2 Pac-10) at Washington (7-12, 2-5 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Video/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (7-12, 2-5 Pac-10) returns to Seattle this week to wrap up the first half of Pac-10 play hosting the Arizona schools. The Huskies will first entertain Arizona State (11-7, 5-2 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. UW is coming off a pair of road losses at Oregon State (64-68) and Oregon (64-66) last week, but the setbacks came by just a combined six points. The Huskies have lost three of their last four games, the victory in that stretch being a 15-point win over USC (60-45) in their last home outing, Jan. 13. Washington begins the week in eighth place in the Pac-10 standings. The Sun Devils, who received votes in both Top-25 polls this week, are third in the Pac-10, coming off a pair of home losses to No. 8 California (51-64) and No. 7 Stanford (56-60) last weekend - their first two in conference play. Following Thursday's contest, UW will host Arizona (6-12, 0-7 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. The Huskies' annual silent auction will be held in conjunction with the contest with the Wildcats, beginning at 1 p.m. and closing at the end of halftime.
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 live video and audio broadcasts for Washington's game with Arizona 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.
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.
Silent Auction On Tap For Saturday:
The Husky women's basketball program will hold its annual silent auction in conjunction with UW's contest with Arizona, Saturday, Jan. 26 at Bank of America Arena. The auction will begin at 1 p.m. and continue through halftime of the Huskies' 2 p.m. game with the Wildcats. The auction will take place on the concourse of the arena in front of the Husky Hall of Fame. Over 50 items will be up for bid with all proceeds going directly to the Husky women's basketball program. Some of the items this year include access to a condo in Palm Springs, a digital camera and printer package, and a pizza party with members of the 2001 NCAA Elite Eight Husky team.
Saturday's game with Arizona on Saturday will also feature Autograph Day. All Husky players will sign autographs following the contest at the Harshman Court in Bank of America Arena. The UW-KJR AM Dads and Daughters Event will also be held on Saturday. Husky assistant coach Fred Applin will speak to Dads and Daughters participants prior to the game. In order to participate, fans must purchase a package for $15 which includes tickets to the women's game against Arizona, a t-shirt, and tickets to a Husky gymnastics meet and a softball game as well. Visit GoHuskies.com for more information.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to get back in the win column when it returns to Seattle this week. The Huskies have ended up on the losing end of three of their last four games but those three losses came by a combined eight points (57-59 vs. UCLA; 64-68 at Oregon State; 64-66 at Oregon). The win came in UW's last game at home versus USC when the Huskies notched a 15-point victory over the Women of Troy (60-45). This weekend marks the end of the first-half of Pac-10 play and the beginning of a three-game homestand that continues with Washington State, Sunday, Feb. 3 (1 p.m.). The Huskies' other conference win came in UW's first meeting with the Cougars in Pullman, Jan. 4 (61-46). 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 11 games. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon continues to lead UW with 12.1 points per outing. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring a team-high 13 times. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is right behind Redmon with 11.0 ppg and enters the week tops in the Pac-10 in steals per game during conference play (2.71) and fourth overall in the conference (2.16). Senior forward/center and co-captain Andrea Plouffe is coming into her own after missing the first 10 games due to an Achilles injury. Plouffe has reached double-figures in scoring in three-straight games, is averaging 6.9 points and is second on the squad with 4.9 rebounds. 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 3.5 assists per contest and ranks among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in seven statistical categories. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack is third on the team in scoring with 8.6 points per outing but has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion in the USC game (Jan. 13). McCormack's concussion is the latest in a barrage of injuries to hit the team. 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 7-12.
Washington's losses at Oregon State and Oregon, last week, marked the first two times this season the Huskies have lost after leading at halftime...UW is 6-2 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 three losses (vs. UCLA, at Oregon State, at Oregon) have come by a combined eight points - two vs. UCLA, four at OSU and two at Oregon...UW's last two wins (at WSU, vs. USC) have each come by 15-point spreads...guard/forward Katelan Redmon ranks 15th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.1 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is tied for 17th (11.0 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (9th, 6.6), offensive rebounds (8th, 2.37), defensive rebounds (10th, 4.26), assists (8th, 3.47), assist-turnover ratio (4th, 1.53) and minutes played (4th, 33.95)...Whitcomb is fourth in the league in steals (2.16) and is fifth three-point FG made (1.89)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is also sixth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.83) and freshman center Kali Bennett is ninth in blocked shots (0.72).
Scouting Arizona State:
After a season-high five-game winning streak, the Sun Devils have lost two straight after getting swept at home by Top-10 conference opponents Cal (51-64) and Stanford (56-60) last weekend. Arizona State received votes in both Top-25 polls this week and has been ranked as high as No. 12 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA preseason polls. Junior guard Briann January and junior forward/center Lauren Lacy lead the squad with 12.2 points per game. January is coming off a strong weekend versus the Bay Area schools, averaging 18 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two games. Junior center Sybil Dosty and Lacy lead ASU in rebounding with 6.3 and 6.2 boards per game, respectively. ASU is one of the top defensive teams in the conference, holding opponents to an average of 59.9 points per game. Four Sun Devils are Washington natives including January (Spokane), seniorguard Reagan Pariseau (Spokane), junior center Kirsten Thompson (Monroe) and freshman guard/forward Stephanie Wilber.
All-Time Series With Arizona State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 26-18, but the Huskies have lost the last five straight games to the Sun Devils and seven of the last nine. Last year, the Sun Devils swept the two meetings with an 88-83 win in Tempe (Jan. 7) and a 75-46 victory in Seattle (Feb. 1). The last time UW defeated ASU was on Dec. 29, 2004 (63-55) in Seattle. The Huskies are 17-5 against the Sun Devils in Seattle - with two of those losses coming in the last two home meetings with ASU.
Last Game Recap:
Oregon reserve guard Tamika Nurse hit a pair of free-throws with 6.7 seconds left which proved to be the deciding points as the Ducks ended up on top of a back-and-forth battle with Washington, 66-64, at McArthur Court in Eugene, last Saturday. UW senior point guard Emily Florence dribbled the length of the floor as time wound down, but her pass across the key was intercepted by Duck guard Taylor Lilley just before the final buzzer. The Huskies led by one point at halftime (29-28) and owned as much as a nine point advantage at 16:46 in the second-half. But each time UW would pull away, the Ducks would come right back - and vice versa. Junior guard Michelle Augustavo led the Huskies with 18 points on a season-high six three-pointers. Senior center Andrea Plouffe contributed 14 points, while freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon scored 10 points - all in the second half. Junior forward Heidi McNeill grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Augustavo had five. Nurse came off the bench for Oregon and scored 17 points, while adding eight rebounds and six assists. Lilley scored a game-high 20 points with four of her eight field goals coming from beyond the arc.
Ten different Huskies have reached double-figures in scoring in 19 games, a group led by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who has done so 13 times. And for good measure, 11 different players have led the team in either scoring or rebounding this season. Redmon has led the squad a team-high five times in scoring, while senior guard Emily Florence has led the squad in rebounding a team-high five times.