UW Women Host Arizona Saturday At 2 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2008

GAME 21 - Sat., Jan. 26, 2008
Arizona (7-12, 1-7 Pac-10) at Washington (7-13, 2-6 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Video/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Looking to snap a three-game losing streak, Washington women's basketball (7-13, 2-6 Pac-10) will host Arizona (7-12, 1-7 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 26, for a 2 p.m. matchup at Bank of America Arena. The game marks the end of the first-half of conference play for the Huskies, who continue a three-game homestand with Washington State, Feb. 3. Washington is coming off a six-point loss to Arizona State (62-68) on Thursday, its third-straight by a narrow margin. UW has lost four of its last five games, with all four losses coming by six points or less. Arizona on the other hand is coming off a win over Washington State, Thursday. The Wildcats' 73-63 victory over the Cougars gave them their first Pac-10 win and snapped an eight-game losing streak. Saturday's game features many festivities at the Bank, beginning with the team's annual Silent Auction at 1 p.m. Saturday is also the KJRAM 950 Dads and Daughters Event, while the Huskies will all sign post-game autographs in Harshman Court following the contest.

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 live video and audio broadcasts for Washington's game with Arizona 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.

Ticket Information:
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.

Gameday Promotions:
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 try yet again to get back in the win column when they take on Arizona, Saturday. The Huskies sit in eighth-place in the conference standings while Arizona, which picked up just its first Pac-10 win against WSU Thursday, is in ninth place. The Huskies have ended up on the losing end of four of their last five games but those four losses came by a combined 14 points (57-59 vs. UCLA; 64-68 at Oregon State; 64-66 at Oregon, 68-62 vs. ASU). The win came 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-conferenceportion 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 12 games. Senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe has been the Huskies' hot hand as of late, recording four-straight double-figure scoring games including a season-high 19 versus the Sun Devils, Thursday. Plouffe is finally coming back into her own after missing the first 10 games due to injury. She has moved up to fourth on the team in scoring (8.1 ppg) and is tied for third in rebounding (4.6). The Huskies also expect to have freshman forward/center Jess McCormack available to play on Saturday - after the New Zealand native missed the last three games due to a concussion suffered vs. USC - which should strengthen their play in the post. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon continues tolead UW with 11.9 points per outing. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring a team-high 13 times. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is right behind Redmon with 10.7 ppg and ranks first in the Pac-10 in steals per game during conference play (2.63) and is fourth overall in the conference (2.15). Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence continues to be UW's floor general, averaging 6.7 points and a team-high 6.5 rebounds. She also leads the squad with 3.3 assists per contest and ranks among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in six statistical categories.

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 helpedlead 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 7-13.

Dawg Bites:
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 1-11 when trailing at the half, the lone win coming over Purdue, Dec. 21...while UW's last four losses have come by a combined 14 points, UW's last two wins (at WSU, vs. USC) have each come by 15-point spreads...guard/forward Katelan Redmon ranks 16th in the Pac-10 in scoring (11.9 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is 18th (10.7 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (9th, 6.5), offensive rebounds (9th, 2.30), assists (8th, 3.30), assist-turnover ratio (5th, 1.38) and minutes played (4th, 33.85)...Whitcomb is fourth in the league in steals (2.15) and is fifth three-point FG made (1.80)...junior guardMichelle Augustavo is also tied sixth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.74) and freshman center Kali Bennett is ninth in blocked shots (0.74).

Scouting Arizona:
Arizona snapped a season-long eight-game losing streak when it picked up its first Pac-10 win over Washington State, Thursday. The Wildcats were led by forward Amina Njonkou who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Ashley Whisonant added 15 points and forward Rheya Neabors scored 13 points to pace Arizona. Whisonant leads the squad overall with a 15.7 scoring average while Njonkou is scoring 13.6 points per game in addition to her 7.1 rebounds. Arizona was swept in the Bay Area last week, losing to Stanford (64-89) and California (45-66). Arizona averages 64.7 points per outing as a team, while allowing opponents to score 70.6 The Wildcats are under the direction of Joan Bonvicini who is in her 17th season at the helm of the program.

All-Time Series With Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 29-16. The Huskies have won the last four-straight meetings with the Wildcats, sweeping the season series with them the last two years. UW won 79-64 in Tucson (Feb. 3, 2007) and 83-66 in Seattle (Jan. 4, 2007). But until the recent four-game winning streak, Arizona held the upper-hand winning seven straight from 2003-2005. UW is 18-3 against Arizona in Seattle, the last home loss coming Dec. 27, 2004 (63-67). The other two home losses versus the Wildcats were Feb. 28, 2004 (54-71) and Jan. 15, 2000 (85-96).

Last Game Recap:
Senior center Andrea Plouffe scored a season-high 19 points but it wasn't enough for the Huskies, as Washington suffered yet another close loss, this time at the hands of Arizona State, 68-62, Thursday night. The setback was the Huskies' third-straight loss by a six-point margin or less after falling by four and two points respectively at Oregon State and Oregon, last weekend. The Sun Devils, which received votes in both Top-25 polls this week, snapped a brief two-game losing streak with the victory. Plouffe was the lone Husky to finish in double-figure scoring, but freshman center Kali Bennett added nine points and freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon had eight. Redmon was the leader on the boards for UW with six, while freshman Sarah Morton came off the bench to spark the Huskies with a team-high four assists. Arizona State was led by reserve forward Lauren Lacy who sanka game-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Forward Kayli Murphy also had 11 points for the Sun Devils. After trailing by nine points with 7:32 left (39-48), the Huskies came back to within four on a three-pointer from Bennett and a basket from Morton. But the Sun Devils broke away with a three-pointer of their own from guard Briann January. The Huskies closed to within five points, and again ASU extended its lead with another three-pointer - this time from guard Reagan Pariseau. Washington was down by 10 points (54-64) and 1:09 on the clock, and outscored ASU 8-4 in the final minute which ended with the final 64-68 score. During the first-half, it looked like the game could go either way with five ties and eight lead changes in the opening 20 minutes. Neither team led by more than six points - that being the halftime score in ASU's favor (26-20). Washington's largest lead of thegame was three (10-7) at the 15:33 minute mark.

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