Husky Women To Host Oregon Schools This Week

Feb. 13, 2008

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GAME 25 - Fri., Feb. 15, 2008
Oregon (10-14, 4-9 Pac-10) at Washington (9-15, 4-8 Pac-10)
7 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

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After being swept by USC and UCLA on the road last weekend, the Washington women's basketball team (9-15, 4-8 Pac-10) will look to get well at home when it hosts the Oregon schools this week at Bank of America Arena. UW will entertain Oregon (10-14, 4-9 Pac-10), Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., followed by a contest with Oregon State (3-10, 10-14), Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. Like they did last week, the Huskies will participate in the WBCA's 'Think Pink' initiative this weekend to support breast cancer awareness. Husky players will wear pink warm-ups, pink ribbons on their jerseys and pink shoelaces, while all Husky coaches will wear pink as well. Fans are also encouraged to wear pink to both games against Oregon and Oregon State. Sunday will also feature the annual Husky Alumni game to be held at Bank of America Arena at 11:30 a.m. prior to Washington's contest with Oregon State at 2 p.m. Washington begins the week in sixth place in the Pac-10 standings with the Ducks biting at its heels one-half game behind in seventh place. Oregon State, which meets Washington State in Pulllman on Friday, begins the week in ninth place. The Huskies will play four of their final six regular season games at home beginning this week which bodes well for a team that has struggled on the road. UW is 7-4 at Bank of America Arena this season.

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 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.

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. Husky players will wear pink warm-up shirts and shoelaces, as well as pink ribbons on their uniform jerseys, while UW coaches will also wear pink. All fans in attendance at the Huskies' contests with Oregon and Oregon State are encouraged to wear pink, while Seattle area cancer organizations will have booths on the concourse of the arena during both games. UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance will also have its 'Mammovan' parked outside the arena on the Southwest Plaza on Sunday, giving fans the opportunity to check out the SCCA Mobile Mammography Van. The van provides an alternative way for women to obtain a mammogram by using health clinics, stores and other locations for on-site mammograms. For more information on Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's Mobile Mammography Van or to schedule future appointments, visit www.seattlecca.org.

Alumni Game Set For Sunday:
Washington will hold its annual alumni game prior to its contest with Oregon State at 11:30 a.m. at Bank of America Arena. Among those former Huskies set to play in the game are Shannon Kelly, Kate Rue, Rhonda Smith, Jamie Redd, Melissa Wushnig, Anne Teel, Tara Davis, Loree Payne, Emily Autrey and Elise Woodward. Karen Bryant, Pam Banks and Melissa Erickson will be among those former Huskies serving as coaches.

UW To Host NCAA First and Second Rounds in 2009, 2010:
Washington was one of 17 additional sites selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championship in 2009 and 2010, the NCAA announced Tuesday. Sites were added after the NCAA Div. I Women's Basketball Committee announced last summer that the championship would be expanding to 16 pre-determined first and second-round sites beginning in 2009.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington heads back to Seattle this week looking to snap a two-game losing streak after getting swept at USC and UCLA in Los Angeles last weekend. Both contests saw UW struggle in the first half and post rallies to get close in the second-half but neither comeback bid ended up in victory. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is coming off one of the best games of her career, putting up a career-high 27 points at UCLA, Sunday - the most scored by any Husky this season. Whitcomb also had seven rebounds and three assists in the contest. Whitcomb now owns Husky season-highs for scoring, rebounds (12) and steals (9). She is second on the squad with 11.1 points per game and has been a catalyst on defense, leading the Pac-10 in steals during conference play with 2.5 swipes per contest. Washington's scoring leader continues to be freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who is averaging 12.4 points per game. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring three times in the last four games, and 16 overall. Senior center Andrea Plouffe is second in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and third in scoring (8.4), and is coming off a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA, Sunday - the fifth of her Husky career. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack (7.8 ppg) and senior point guard Emily Florence (6.8 ppg) round out the top five scorers for the Huskies. Florence is the Huskies' floor general, leading the team with 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists and ranking among the top-10 Pac-10 players in seven statistical categories. The Huskies are happy to be home where they are 7-4 this season and have won their last two straight over Washington State (Feb. 3) and Arizona (Jan. 26). Washington will also look to avoid a season sweep to both Oregon and Oregon State having lost the previous season meetings down in the Willamette Valley in January.

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 9-15.

What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence needs four more assists to take over sixth place on UW's career list. Florence enters Friday's game in seventh place with 366 assists, three shy of matching Laurie Merlino's 369 assists. With three steals on Sunday at UCLA, Florence took over sole possesion of eighth place on UW's all-time steals list (208). Florence needs eight more steals to move past Amber Hall in seventh place with 215.

Dawg Bites:
Five of UW's eight Pac-10 losses have come by seven-points or fewer including their most recent loss at UCLA, Sunday, by a seven-point margin...when the Huskies lost to both Oregon State and Oregon on the road earlier in the season, those losses came by a combined six points (four to OSU, two to Oregon)....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 (10th, 6.3), offensive rebounds (t-9th, 2.33), defensive rebounds (10th, 3.96), assists (8th, 3.46), steals (5th, 1.96), assist-turnover ratio (5th, 1.48) and minutes played (5th, 33.96)...Whitcomb is second in the league in steals (2.17) and is third in three-point FG made (1.92)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is seventh in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.78).

Scouting Oregon:
Oregon has lost six-straight games heading into Friday's contest with Washington. The Ducks' last win was its 66-64 victory over the Huskies in Eugene, Jan. 19. The Ducks were swept by the Bay Area schools at home last week, falling to Stanford (43-72) and California (34-53) at Mac Court. Guard Taylor Lilley leads the Ducks with 12.0 points per game, while guard Kaela Chapdelaine leads the squad in rebounding with 5.8 boards per contest. Oregon is 1-9 on the road this year, but 3-1 when playing opponents on a neutral court.

All-Time Series With Oregon:
The Huskies trail the all-time series with Oregon 36-38 dating back to the 1974-75 season. Washington lost by just two points (64-66) in its earlier season meeting with Oregon in Eugene, Jan. 19. Until then UW had won the last three-straight meetings and eight of the last 11 since 2002-03. The Huskies have dominated the series as of late in Seattle, winning the last six-straight games at Bank of America Arena including last season's 61-46 victory (Feb. 24, 2007). The last time Oregon defeated the Huskies in Seattle was Jan. 18, 2001 (67-53). Washington is 20-11 all-time against the Ducks in Seattle.

Last Time Against Oregon:
Oregon reserve guard Tamika Nurse hit a pair of free-throws with 6.7 seconds left as the Ducks ended up on top of a back-and-forth battle with Washington, 66-64, at McArthur Court in Eugene, Jan. 19. 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.

Last Game Recap:
Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb scored a career-high 27 points and the Huskies once again posted a second-half rally but for the second-straight game that rally fell short as Washington suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of UCLA, 75-68, at Pauley Pavilion Sunday. Washington trailed by as many as 22 points late in the first-half and by 17 at the intermission (27-44), but battled back to trail by just three points (67-70) with 1:32 remaining in the game. UCLA freshman Regina Rogers hit a lay-up with one minute on the clock to make it a five point game, but on the other end of the floor Whitcomb missed a three-point attempt with 26 seconds left - a rare miss for the sophomore in the second half. Husky fouls sent UCLA senior forward Lindsey Pluimer to the line in the final seconds, with Pluimer connecting on three-of-four attempts from the charity stripe. UW senior center Andrea Plouffe also had a chance at the free-throw line with eight seconds left. She missed the first but made the second. The Huskies were swept on their trip to Southern California last weekend after a second-half rally at USC on Friday fell short (52-68). Whitcomb's 27-point effort is a season-high for any Husky this year, with 23 of those points all coming after the intermission. In addition to Whitcomb, senior center Andrea Plouffe contributed a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan had eight points and nine rebounds. Pluimer led three UCLA players in double-figures with 19 points to go along with seven rebounds. Guards Doreena Campbell and Tierra Henderson had 13 and 11 points, respectively.

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