Huskies Make Final Regular Season Road Trip To Arizona

Feb. 19, 2008


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GAME 27 - Thur., Feb. 21, 2008
Washington (11-15, 6-8 Pac-10) at Arizona (9-16, 3-11 Pac-10)
6 p.m. PT • McKale Center • Tucson, Ariz.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (11-15, 6-8 Pac-10) will make its final regular season road trip this week when the Huskies head to the desert to take on Arizona (9-16, 3-11 Pac-10) and Arizona State (16-9, 10-4 Pac-10). The Huskies will first visit the McKale Center in Tucson to face Arizona, Thursday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT. UW will then make the trek to Tempe to battle Arizona State, Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11:30 a.m. PT/12:30 p.m. MT. Sunday's contest will be televised live on FSN with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action from Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies have won two-straight games and four of their last six with just four more games remaining on the regular season docket. UW will wrap the regular season at home hosting Stanford (Feb. 29) and California (March 2) next week. Washington will be looking for the season sweep over Arizona after defeating the Wildcats earlier this year in Seattle, 74-59. The Huskies begin the week in sixth-place in the Pac-10 standings, while the Wildcats are in eighth place with their 3-11 league record.

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 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.

McCormack To Leave Husky Basketball Program:
Freshman Jess McCormack has decided to leave the Washington women's basketball program, Husky head coach Tia Jackson announced Tuesday. McCormack, a 6-5 forward/center from Auckland, New Zealand, played in 19 games for Washington this season and started 14. She averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, while recording nine double-figure scoring efforts. Her best outing of the season was a 17-point, 11-rebound performance vs. UC Davis at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 16. During that tournament she averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds as was named to the all-tournament team. McCormack's season was hampered by injuries as the freshman missed three games with a sprained ankle, one game due to illness and three games after suffering a concussion in a game with USC, Jan. 13. McCormack will remain in school through the end of the winter quarter. 'There are several reasons for this decision and as you can imagine were are terribly disappointed,' Jackson said. 'Although a complete surprise, I do know that adjusting to college life and being so far away from home can be a challenge. And it's been a difficult year for Jess, having battled with numerous injuries and the distance between Seattle and her homeland of Auckland, New Zealand. Albeit a very tough decision, we certainly wish Jess all the success in the world, especially in the upcoming 2008 Olympics; but more importantly we wish her peace of mind and complete happiness wherever this path takes her. And with that all said, we must now move forward and get ready for the remainder of the season.'

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington has won four of its last six games and two straight when it heads to the desert this week. The Huskies are coming off a home sweep of the Oregon schools last week, defeating Oregon 61-60 and Oregon State 58-53. The Huskies will look to put an end to their four-game road losing streak after its one and only road win coming at Washington State, Jan. 4. UW will also have its eye on a season sweep over Arizona after defeating the Wildcats 74-59 in Seattle, Jan. 26. Senior center Andrea Plouffe is coming off three-straight double-figure scoring outings and ranks third on the team in scoring (8.6 ppg) and is second in rebounding (4.6). Like they have all season, the Huskies benefited from a very balanced attack last weekend with five different Huskies scoring at least 10 points in the two games. Among those players was freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who had a team-high 13 points vs. Oregon State. Redmon now has a team-high 17 double-figure scoring efforts this season and continues to lead the squad with 12.0 points per contest. Senior point guard Emily Florence continues to work as the Huskies' floor general. The 5-5 sparkplug is coming off a 10-rebound performance versus Oregon State, Sunday, and leads the squad with 6.4 boards per game. Florence is also nearing 100 assists on the season with 95, and began the week ranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in five statistical categories. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is second on the team with 11.1 points per game, and has three double-figure scoring efforts in the last four games. She owns Husky season-highs for scoring (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9). Whitcomb also ranks among the Pac-10's best in steals (2nd, 2.15) and three-point field goals made per game (tied-3rd, 1.96).

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 11-15.

Nearing Win No. 650:
The all-time record for the Washington women's basketball programs stands at 645-343, with the Huskies needing just five more victories to reach win No. 650 all-time.

What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence is three assists away from tying for fifth place on UW's all-time list. She enters Sunday's game with 378 assists in her career, behind Yvette Cole (381). Florence also ranks eighth on UW's all-time steals with 211 career swipes, four behind seventh-place Amber Hall.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (10th, 6.4), assists (7th, 3.65), steals (8th, 1.92), assist-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.64) and minutes played (4th, 34.35)...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 (1.68)...freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon is 13th in scoring (12.0), 18th in rebounding (4.5) and 13th in minutes played (30.92).

Scouting Arizona:
Arizona begins the week in eighth-place in the Pac-10 with a 3-11 league record. The Wildcats have lost three-straight games heading into Thursday, all three coming on the road versus the top three teams in the conference - Arizona State (64-67), Stanford (46-69) and California (45-66). Prior to the three-game losing streak, Arizona tallied a home sweep of Oregon (65-60) and Oregon State (71-63). Arizona's other Pac-10 win came at Washington State (73-63). Senior Ashley Whisonant leads the Wildcats with 15.5 points per game which ranks fourth in the Pac-10. She also ranks third in the conference with 4.6 assists per outing. Junior Amina Njonkou is second on the team with 13.4 points while adding 7.3 rebounds. Ify Ibekwe is pulling down a team-high 7.8 rebounds, to go along with 10.1 points. The Wildcats are averaging 63.2 points per game while allowing 69.6 ppg.

All-Time Series With Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 30-16, and has won the last five-straight meetings with the Wildcats dating back to 2005. The Huskies will also look to sweep the season series for the third straight year having done so in both 2005-06 and 2006-07. The Huskies won the earlier meeting with Arizona in Seattle on Jan. 26 (74-59). Washington is 11-11 at the McKale Center, going 2-10 in Tucson since the 1995-96 season.

Last Game Recap:
After leading by as many as 20 points early in the second-half, Washington survived a late surge from Oregon State to down the Beavers 58-53 in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Feb. 17. With the victory, the Huskies completed a sweep of the Oregon schools at home after a 61-60 win over Oregon. Washington led by 17 at the intermission (37-20) thanks to 10 first-half points from senior center Andrea Plouffe and nine first-half rebounds from senior Emily Florence. The Huskies then claimed as much as a 20-point advantage with 14:25 to go in the game, but the Beavers weren't about to fold. Leading by 13 (54-42) with 5:49 to play in the game, the Huskies struggled to score and Oregon State mounted an 11-3 run to pull within four (57-53) with 2:03 remaining. The scoring drought continued for UW over the final two minutes and the Huskies even struggledto make free-throws when OSU was forced to foul in the waning seconds of the game, but the Beavers missed a few shots of their own in the final minute. Freshman Katelan Redmon did hit one of her four three-throw attempts with 14 seconds left to give UW the final five-point cushion. Katelan Redmon led the Huskies with a team-high 13 points, while Plouffe finished the contest with all 10 of her points coming in the opening half. Florence tallied 10 rebounds, seven assists, five points and one steal playing all but two minutes of the game. Julie Futch led three Beavers in double-figure scoring with 13 points, while Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 11 points and Talisa Rhea added 10. Fox-Griffin pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. The Huskies held OSU's leading scorer, Ashley Allen, to just seven points. The Huskies came out on fire, shooting a scorching 55.2 percent from the field in the openingstanza and outrebounding the Beavers by nine boards (22-13), but they weren't able to duplicate the effort in the second-half. UW shot just 26.9 percent from the field after halftime, while the Beavers in turn shot 52 percent in the second-half.

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.

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