Husky Women Host Oregon State Sunday

Feb. 16, 2008

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Washington women's basketball (10-15, 5-8 Pac-10) will look to build on the momentum of an exciting 61-60 victory over Oregon, Friday, when it hosts Oregon State (10-15, 3-11 Pac-10), Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Like they have the last week, the Huskies will participate in the WBCA's 'Think Pink' initiative on Sunday 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 contest with the Beavers. 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. The Huskies will aim to salvage a season split with the Beavers after falling by just four points (64-68) in Corvallis, Jan. 17. Washington's win over Oregon, Friday, solidified its sixth-place spot in the Pac-10 standings, while Oregon State is tied for eighth with Arizona. The Beavers have lost seven-straight games and are coming off a tough 56-52 loss at Washington State, Friday. Following Sunday's contest with Oregon State, the Huskies will head out on the road to face Arizona (Feb. 21) and Arizona State (Feb. 24). UW will then wrap up the regular season hosting Stanford (Feb. 29) and Cal (March 2).

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 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.

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' contest 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 snapped a two-game losing skid with its 61-60 victory over Oregon on Friday night. The victory avenged the Huskies' two-point loss to the Ducks in Eugene earler in the season. Sophomore forward Laura McLellan led four Huskies in double-figures with a career-high 14 points, while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb scored UW's last five points in the close contest. Whitcomb has been the Huskies' hot hand of late, recording three-straight double-figure scoring games including a career-high 27-point performance last week at UCLA. Whitcomb had 13 points against the Ducks on Friday. She owns Husky season-highs for scoring (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9). She is second on the squad with 11.2 points per game but has also been a catalyst on defense, leading the Pac-10 in steals during conference play with 2.5 swipes per contest at the beginning of the week. Washington's scoring leader continues to be freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who is averaging 12.0 points per game. Redmon has reached double-figures in scoring three times in the last five games, and 16 overall. Senior center Andrea Plouffe is tied for second in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and third in scoring (8.5), and is coming off two-straight double-figure scoring efforts. Plouffe tallied 10 points against Oregon Friday after recording a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds against UCLA (Feb. 10) - the fifth of her Husky career. Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack (7.9 ppg) and senior point guard Emily Florence (6.6 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 began the week ranking among the top-10 Pac-10 players in seven statistical categories. The Huskies are happy to be home where they are 8-4 this season and have won their last three straight over Washington State (Feb. 3), Arizona (Jan. 26) and Oregon State (Feb. 10).

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 10-15.

What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence is 10 assists away from tying for sixth place on UW's all-time list. She enters Sunday's game with 371 assists in her career, behind Yvette Cole (181). Florence also ranks eighth on UW's all-time steals with 210 career swipes, five behind seventh-place Amber Hall.

Dawg Bites:
UW's one-point win over Oregon, Friday, is just its second win this season by a single-digit margin...the other being a 1-point victory over Purdue (66-65)...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, four of Washington's five 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 State:
The Beavers have lost seven-straight games heading into Sunday's contest with the Huskies. OSU is coming off a 56-52 loss at Washington State on Friday. Ashley Allen scored 25 points versus the Cougars and Mercedes Fox-Griffin added 10 but it wasn't enough for the Beavers to get back in the win column. Allen leads the Beavers with 16.5 points per game, while Brittany Davis (13.4 ppg) and Talisa Rhea (10.6 ppg) round out OSU's top three scorer. Both Davis and Rhea had big games against UW the last time out, with Davis scoring 23 points and Rhea contributing 18 points including four three-pointers. LaVonda Wagner is in her third season as the head coach at Oregon State.

All-Time Series With Oregon State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State 46-25. Washington's 64-68 loss in Corvallis in January snapped a nine-game Husky winning streak in the series. Washington is 24-9 against the Beavers in Seattle and have won the last five-straight meetings at Bank of America Arena. The last Husky home loss to OSU came on Feb. 21, 2002 (71-73 in overtime).

Last Time Against Oregon State:
Oregon State guard Brittney Davis scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second-half as the Beavers handed Washington a 68-64 loss in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Gill Coliseum, Jan. 17. It was a tale of two halves for the Huskies who led by as many as 12 points in the first half and had a six-point advantage at the intermission (35-29). But the Beavers came back after the break, sparked by Davis and the rebounding efforts of OSU freshman Alex Mitchell who finished with 10 boards. OSU outscored the Huskies 39-29 in the second-half and held off a late surge from UW in the final minutes, but a lack of rebounding and a costly turnover proved to be the Huskies' demise. UW sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb equaled her career-high with 19 points, while adding six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Whitcomb was joined in double-figures by senior center Andrea Plouffe who had 11 points, along with six rebounds, two assists, one block and three steals. UW senior guard Emily Florence contributed seven points, four rebounds, eight assists and four steals. Sophomore guard Sara Mosiman also had a career-high seven assists, five in the first half.

Last Game Recap:
Sophomore forward Laura McLellan contributed a career-high 14 point scoring effort off the bench and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb scored five crucial points down the stretch for Washington, as the Husky women's basketball team came back for an exciting 61-60 victory over Oregon at Bank of America Arena, Friday. Washington snapeed a two-time losing streak with the win, while Oregon lost its seventh-straight game. Coming off a career-high 27-point performance against UCLA, Sunday, Whitcomb came up in the clutch with the Huskies trailing by two points (56-58) and 1:47 to play. Whitcomb hit a three-pointer to give UW its first lead of the second-half at 1:26 (59-58). Then on Oregon's next possession, she forced the Ducks into a turnover and was fouled. Whitcomb proceeded to sink both free-throws, giving UW a 61-58 advantage with 1:13 to go in the game. Oregon's Tamika Nurse hit a field goal on their next possession to get the Ducks within one (61-60). Whitcomb had another shot to give the Huskies more of a cushion, but missed a pair of free-throws with six seconds left. The Husky defense then kept Oregon from scoring on its last possession. The Huskies trailed by as many as seven points in the second-half, equaling their largest deficit of the game. It was a battle from start to finish between UW and Oregon, with 12 lead changes in the game, including 11 in the first-half alone. UW's largest lead of the game was four at 9:11 in the first-half. McLellan led four Huskies in double-figure scoring, as Whitcomb also added 13 points while Jess McCormack and Andrea Plouffe contributed 10 points. Forward Nicole Canepa led the Ducks with 12 points and five rebounds, while guard Taylor Lilley and guard Kaela Chapdelaine each scored 11 points. Trailing by one-point at halftime (33-34), it was just Washington's second win of the season after being down at the intermission.

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