Huskies Continue Road Swing At UCLA Sunday

Feb. 9, 2008

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GAME 24 - Sun., Feb. 10, 2008
Washington (9-14, 4-7 Pac-10) at UCLA (12-11, 7-5 Pac-10)
1:30 p.m. PT • Pauley Pavilion • Los Angeles, Calif.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: ESPN2
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
After having its two-game winning streak snapped by USC on Friday, Washington women's basketball (9-14, 4-7 Pac-10) will look to get back on track when it wraps up its Southern California road swing facing UCLA (12-11, 7-5 Pac-10), Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1:30 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The contest will be televised live on ESPN2 as a part of ESPN's February Frenzy. Jon Sciambi and Mary Murphy will call the action from Westwood. After the Huskies defeated USC by 15 points in the teams' earlier season meeting in Seattle (60-45), USC turned around to hand UW a 16-point loss, 68-52, in Los Angeles. UCLA, on the other hand, is coming off a 68-56 victory over Washington State at Pauley on Friday. UCLA defeated UW 59-57 in the teams' earlier meeting in Seattle Jan. 10. As of Saturday, the Huskies still have a hold on sixth-place in the conference standings with the Bruins and Women of Troy locked up in fourth place. The Huskies have had a difficult time on the road this season, going 1-9 in true road contests and 1-1 on a neutral court. UW is participating in the WBCA's 'Think Pink' initiative in support of breast cancer awareness Feb. 8-17. The Huskies are wearing pink warm-ups and pink ribbons on their uniforms during the week.

TV Coverage:
Washington's game at UCLA on Sunday will be televised live on ESPN2. Jon Sciambi will call the play-by-play and Mary Murphy will provide the color commentary from Pauley Pavilion. The contest is being televised as a part of ESPN's February Frenzy.

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 with UCLA 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.

UW To 'Think Pink':
Washington will participate in the WBCA's (Women's Basketball Coaches Association) 'Think Pink' initiative during the week of Feb. 8-17. 'Think Pink' is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. During that span, Husky players will wear pink warm-up shirts, as well as pink ribbons on their uniform jerseys, while UW coaches will also wear pink.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington had its two-game winning streak snapped with a 52-68 loss to USC at the Galen Center Friday. The Huskies had won their last two home games over Arizona and Washington State before hitting the road this week. UW trailed by as many as 16 points at halftime and 21 just three minutes into the second-half at USC, but thanks to the play of freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon the Huskies rallied to close to within four points with 5:49 to go. But the shooting woes that have plagued UW all season hit again and USC proceeded to run away with a 16-4 run to end the game. Redmon, who scored 14 of her 16 points after the intermission, has led the Huskies in scoring the last three-straight games with three-straight double-digit efforts. Redmon tallied 18 points versus Arizona (Jan. 26) and equaled a career-high with 20 points versus Washington State (Feb. 3). The freshman phenom continues to lead UW with 12.7 points per outing. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb, who scored 12 points against USC, is second on the squad with 10.4 points per game. Whitcomb has also been a catalyst on defense for the Huskies, leading the Pac-10 in steals during conference play with an average of 2.4 swipes. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack (8.3 ppg) and senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe (8.1 ppg) round out the Huskies' top four scorers. Senior point guard Emily Florence is UW's floor general, averaging 6.7 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds. She also leads the squad with 3.5 assists per contest and ranks among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in six statistical categories. Florence is coming off a nine-point, nine-rebound performance versus USC on Friday.

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 9-14.

What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence needs seven more assists to take over sixth place on UW's career list. Florence enters Sunday's game in seventh place with 363 assists, six shy of matching Laurie Merlino's 369 assists. With four steals on Friday at USC, Florence took over sole possesion of ninth place on UW's all-time steals list (205). Florence needs two more steals to match Jacki Myers with 207.

Dawg Bites:
The Huskies' 16-point loss to USC on Friday was its first double-digit losing margin since its biggest loss of the season at Stanford (Dec. 30) which came by a 35-point spread...until Friday, UW's previous four losses had come by an average margin of 3.5 points...on the other hand, all four of Washington's Pac-10 wins have come by 15 or more points: 61-46 at WSU, 60-45 vs. USC, 74-59 vs. Arizona, 84-40 vs. WSU.....guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (tied-9th, 6.3), offensive rebounds (9th, 2.36), assists (7th, 3.59), steals (9th, 1.82), assist-turnover ratio (4th, 1.58) and minutes played (6th, 33.68)...Whitcomb is tied for third in the league in steals (2.09) and is seventh three-point FG made (1.77)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is third in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.90).

Scouting UCLA:
The Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak with their 68-56 victory over Washington State at Pauley Pavilion on Friday. Senior forward Lindsey Pluimer led UCLA with a game-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Guard Nina Earl contributed eight points and nine rebounds as well. Pluimer leads the squad with 14.6 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. Earl is right behind Pluimer with 9.4 points per outing. The Bruins are 7-3 at home this season, including a 4-1 mark in Pac-10 play. Their only conference loss at home came to California by just three points in overtime (70-73). The Bruins are led by head coach Kathy Olivier who is in her 15th year at the helm of the program.

All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA 26-19, but the Huskies are an even 11-11 when playing the Bruins in Los Angeles. The Huskies have lost the last five-straight meetings with UCLA at Pauley Pavilion, with UW's last win on the Bruins' home floor coming Feb. 3, 2002 (68-48). To Washington's credit, the last four contests in Westwood have been fairly close with UW falling by an average of just six points. The Huskies will look to avoid a season sweep to UCLA, losing to the Bruins 57-59 in Seattle on Jan. 10. UW rallied from as much as a 13-point deficit and trailed by two with just seven seconds left in the game but a three-point attempt from senior Andrea Plouffe on UW's last possession hit the front of the rim. Freshman Katelan Redmon scored 19 points in the game for UW, while sophomore Sami Whitcomb had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Lindsey Pluimer had 16 points for UCLA.

Bennett, Whitcomb Return Home:
Washington freshman center Kali Bennett and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb return to their native Southern California this week when the Huskies play in Los Angeles. Bennett and Whitcomb both hail from Ventura, a city about 90 miles Northwest of L.A., and played on rival high schools there - Bennett at Ventura and Whitcomb at Buena - during their prep careers.

More LA Connections:
UW head coach Tia Jackson worked as an assistant coach at UCLA for five seasons from the 2000-01 campaign through 2004-05. During her time on Kathy Olivier's staff, Jackson helped the Bruins attract two Top-10 nationally ranked recruiting classes and earn a berth to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Last Game Recap:
Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon scored 14 of her game-high 16 points in the second-half to spark a late rally for Washington, but it wasn't enough as the Huskies fell 68-52 to USC at the Galen Center, Friday night. After trailing by 16 at halftime and by as many as 21 points early in the second-half, Redmon helped the Huskies close to within four points with 5:49 remaining in the game. But the Women of Troy closed out the contest outscoring UW 16-4 to avoid a season sweep to Washington. The Huskies won the earlier season meeting between these two teams in Seattle, Jan. 13, 60-45. Redmon was joined in double-figure scoring from sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb who finished the contest with 12 points. Senior point guard Emily Florence grabbed a team-high nine rebounds to go along with nine points and four steals. Whitcomb added six steals as well. Center Nadia Parker led four USC players in double-figures with 14 points. Guard Simone Jelks scored 13 points, while guards Heather Oliver and Hailey Dunham each added 10 points. It was a tale of two halves for the Huskies who were held to just 17 points and a 26.7 field goal shooting percentage in the opening stanza. UW was able to turn things around after the intermission, doubling their point total and shooting 40 percent from the floor. Redmon certainly helped the Huskies' cause, connecting on six of 10 attempts from the field in the second-half. After trailing by 21 points just three minutes into the second-half, the Huskies caught fire thanks to Redmon and Whitcomb. UW went on a 10-2 run that included four points from Redmon and six points from Whitcomb on back-to-back three-pointers. After a bucket from USC guard Brynn Cameron and two made free-throws from Dunham, the Huskies proceeded to rattle off an 18-5 run to climb within four (48-52) with Redmon scoring nine of UW's points in that span. But a three-pointer from Cameron sparked an 11-2 run by USC to hold the Huskies at bay.

Defensive Minded:
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 60.2 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 their conference opponents to less than 60 points five times in 11 games. UW held WSU to just 40 on Feb. 3 after holding the Cougars to 46 earlier in the year (Jan. 4). The Huskies also kept USC to 45 points in the earlier season meeting in Seattle (Jan. 13).

Road Woes:
The Huskies have not had the best luck playing on the road this season, winning just two games away from Bank of America Arena - one a true road game at Washington State (Jan. 4) and one on a neutral court vs. Northern Arizona in Honolulu (Nov. 17). UW is 1-9 in road contests and 1-1 when playing opponents on neutral courts.

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