Huskies Host Washington State On Super Sunday
Jan. 30, 2008
GAME 22 - Sun., Feb. 3, 2008
Washington State (3-17, 0-9 Pac-10) at Washington (8-13, 3-6 Pac-10)
1 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: FSN
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com
The second-half of Pac-10 play gets underway for the Washington women's basketball team (8-13, 3-6 Pac-10) this week as the Huskies host cross-state rival Washington State (3-17, 0-9 Pac-10), Sunday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The contest will be televised nationally on FSN with Jim Watson and Tracy Warren calling the action. Washington will also celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Sunday, with a special halftime ceremony. Washington most recently snapped a three-game losing streak with a 15-point win over Arizona last Saturday (74-59). The Huskies will look for the season sweep over Washington State after defeating the Cougars in Pullman on Jan. 4, 61-46. In fact, UW has won the last 25-straight meeting with WSU dating back to the 1995-96 season. The Cougars come to Seattle hungry for a win, having lost 11 straight contests including a pair of losses to Arizona and Arizona State at home last week. Sunday's game marks the end of a three-game homestand for the Huskies who head out on the road to Los Angeles next week.
Sunday's game versus Washington State will be televised live 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 with WSU 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.
UW To Celebrate National Girls & Women In Sports Day:
Washington will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in conjunction with the Huskies' home game with Washington State, Sunday at Bank of America Arena. All girls in attendance at the game are encouraged to wear a uniform from a sports team they have played on and are invited participate in a special procession onto the court at halftime. Among the special guests participating in Sunday's festivities will be Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire.
In addition to the halftime festivities on Sunday, the first 1000 kids in the doors at Bank of America Arena will receive a free purple headband courtesy of Pepsi. Student-athletes from the women's soccer, gymnastics and softball teams will also sign autographs on the south concourse of the arena prior to the game, with face painting and sign making also available in the Husky Kids Corner.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington turns the corner in Pac-10 play this week starting with a return meeting against WSU on Sunday. The Huskies finished the first half of conference action 3-6 and began the week tied with Oregon State for seventh place in the league standings. UW will aim to win its second-straight game, coming off a 15-point victory over Arizona last Saturday. The Huskies' victory over the Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak. Besides Arizona and WSU, Washington's other Pac-10 victory came against USC (Jan. 13) in Seattle. 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 four times in its last 13 games. Senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe has been the Huskies' hot hand as of late, recording five-straight double-figure scoring games including a season-high 19 versus Arizona State, Jan. 24. 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 (8.5 ppg) and is third in rebounding (4.8). The Huskies also welcomed the return of freshman forward/center Jess McCormack against Arizona this past Saturday. McCormack suffered a concussion in the USC game (Jan. 13), causing her to miss the next three games due to the injury. McCormack came back in a big way with 15 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes on the floor. The New Zealand native is third on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg) and second in rebounding (4.9 rpg). 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 14 times. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is right behind Redmon with 10.6 ppg and ranks first in the Pac-10 in steals per game during conference play (2.67) and is fourth overall in the conference (2.19). Senior point guard and co-captain Emily Florence is UW's floor general, averaging 6.6 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds. She also leads the squad with 3.4 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 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 8-13.
What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence needs two more assists to take over seventh place on UW's career list. Florence enters Sunday's game in eighth place with 354 assists, one shy of Jacki Myers' 355 assists. Florence also needs four steals to take over ninth place on that UW list as well. She currently has 198 swipes, three behind Renee Avelino (201).
All three of Washington's Pac-10 wins have come by 15-point margins: 61-46 at WSU, 60-45 vs. USC, 74-59 vs. Arizona...in turn, four of the Huskies' six Pac-10 losses have come by an average margin of 3.5 points...after a pair of blow-out setbacks at Cal and Stanford to begin conference play, the next four conference losses came by six points or less: 57-59 vs. UCLA, 64-68 at Oregon State, 64-66 at Oregon, 62-68 vs. Arizona State...guard/forward Katelan Redmon ranks 13th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.1 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is 19th (10.6 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (10th, 6.3), offensive rebounds (10th, 2.24), assists (7th, 3.38), steals (10th, 1.76), assist-turnover ratio (5th, 1.42) and minutes played (4th, 33.81)...Whitcomb is fourth in the league in steals (2.19) and is sixth three-point FG made (1.76)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is fifth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.85) and freshman center Kali Bennett is ninth in blocked shots (0.70).
Scouting Washington State:
The Cougars have lost 11-straight games and are winless in Pac-10 play thus far (0-9). WSU is 3-15 overall, its three victories coming over Eastern Washington, Idaho and San Jose State. Washington State is coming off a pair of losses at home last week to Arizona (63-73) and Arizona State (40-59). WSU is led by junior guard Katie Appleton who averages 12.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds. Appleton is one of the top three-point shooters in the Pac-10, ranking fourth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.406). Appleton is also 12th overall in the conference in scoring and is tied for sixth in steals (1.95).
Daugherty Returns To Seattle:
First-year Washington State head coach June Daugherty will return to her old stomping grounds, Sunday, for the first time since taking over at the helm of the Cougar program. Daugherty was the head coach at Washington from 1996-2007, leading the Huskies to a 191-139 record during her tenure on Montlake. Her husband Mike Daugherty, who is the Cougars' associate head coach, also served in the same capacity with his wife during the previous 11 seasons at UW.
All-Time Series With Washington State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Cougars 55-10 dating back to the 1974-75 season. UW has won the last 25-straight meetings, the last Husky loss in the series coming Feb. 25, 1995 (67-72) in Pullman. The Huskies defeated the Cougars 61-46 in both teams' earlier season meeting in Pullman, Jan. 4. UW freshman Jess McCormack led the Huskies with 16 points and nine rebounds, while Emily Florence scored 13 points and also grabbed nine boards. WSU guard Katie Appleton led WSU with 16 points and five rebounds. Washington is 27-6 all-time against the Cougars in Seattle. The last time UW lost to WSU on its home court was Jan. 9, 1993 - 72-75 in overtime.
It's A Small World - Again:
Sunday will mark the second time this season former high school teammates from across the globe meet on rival collegiate teams in the state of Washington. Husky freshman forward/center Jess McCormack and Cougar freshman guard Kezia Kelly were high school teammates at Northcote College in Auckland, New Zealand for the last two years before both players entered the collegiate ranks in the U.S. on cross-state rival teams. McCormack and Kelly played against each other for the first time as a Husky and Cougar when these teams met back on Jan. 4.
Last Game Recap:
Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon led four Huskies in double-figures with 18 points, as Washington snapped a three-game losing skid and defeated Arizona, 74-59, in front of a season-high crowd of 3,343 fans at Bank of America Arena, last Saturday. Joining Redmon in double-figures was freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who contributed 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds in her first game back after missing the last three due to a concussion suffered Jan. 13 vs. USC. Junior guard Michelle Augustavo (14) and senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe (12) also hit double-digits in the scoring column. Plouffe pulled down seven boards as well. Guard Ashley Whisonant led the Wildcats with 20 points, while forwards Amina Njonkou and Rheya Neabors added 15 and 13 points, respectively. The Huskies led for much of the first half until the Wildcats came back to claim as much as a four-point advantage (27-31) with 2:29 remaining until the intermission. UW then proceeded to end the period on an 8-2 run to go up 35-33 at the break. Washington broke the game away with 12:22 left in the second-half. Both teams were knotted at 51 apiece, until the Huskies went on a 14-2 run to take a 12-point lead, 65-53, with 5:21 to play.
It's safe to say the Huskies' defense has improved throughout the course of the season. UW has allowed its conference opponents to score an average of 61.6 points per contest which is a vast improvement from the 73.4 points per game allowed against non-conference foes this year. The Huskies have held four of the nine Pac-10 teams to less than 60 points during the first round of league play, including 45 by USC and 46 from WSU.