Huskies Wrap Desert Road Trip At Arizona State Sunday

Feb. 22, 2008

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GAME 28 - Sun., Feb. 24, 2008
Washington (12-15, 7-8 Pac-10) at rv/rv Arizona State (17-9, 11-4 Pac-10)
11:30 a.m. PT • Wells Fargo Arena • Tempe, Ariz.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: FSN
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

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Having won three-straight games and five of its last seven, Washington women's basketball (12-15, 7-8 Pac-10) will wrap up its final regular season road trip at Arizona State (17-9, 11-4 Pac-10), Sunday, Feb. 24, at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The contest will tip-off at 11:30 am PT and will be televised live on FSN with Jim Watson and Mary Murphy calling the action. The Huskies are coming off a 60-58 victory over Arizona in Tucson on Thursday night, while the Sun Devils, which received votes in both national polls this week, are also coming off a 59-30 victory over Washington State, Thursday. The Huskies will look to salvage a season split with ASU after falling 62-68 to the Sun Devils in Seattle, Jan. 24. Washington is in sixth place in the Pac-10 standings, while Arizona State sits in third. UW will wrap the regular season at home hosting No. 7 Stanford (Feb. 29) and No. 8 California (March 2) next week.

TV Coverage:
Sunday's game with Arizona State will be televised live on FSN with Jim Watson calling the play-by-play and Mary Murphy providing the color commentary.

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 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.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington's current three-game winning streak matches its season-high set previously with three-straight wins back from Nov. 23 through Dec. 2 with victories over Idaho, Arkansas State and UC Irvine. The Huskies' win streak began with a home sweep of the Oregon schools last week. More importantly, the Huskies picked up a two-point win at Arizona, Thursday, just their second road win of the season. UW has struggled with close road games this season, with three of its six Pac-10 road losses coming by a seven-point margin or less. The Huskies benefited from a balanced attack against the Wildcats as four players finished the contest in double-figure scoring. Senior center Andrea Plouffe was one of those players and is coming off four-straight double-figure scoring outings. She ranks third on the team in scoring (8.7 ppg) and is second in rebounding (4.7). Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon continues to lead the Huskies with 12.0 points per game. Redmon now has a team-high 18 double-figure scoring efforts this season and has been the team's scoring leader in 11 games. Senior point guard Emily Florence continues to work as the Huskies' floor general. The 5-5 sparkplug leads the squad with 6.4 boards per game. Florence is also nearing 100 assists on the season with 98, 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 four double-figure scoring efforts in the last five 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, 2.11) and three-point field goals made per game (3rd, 2.00).

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 12-15.

Nearing Win No. 650:
The all-time record for the Washington women's basketball programs stands at 646-343, with the Huskies needing just four more victories to reach win No. 650 all-time.

What To Watch For:
With three assists at Arizona, Thursday, senior point guard Emily Florence moved into a tie for fifth place on UW's all-time list. She enters Sunday's game with 381 assists in her career, 18 behind Katia Foucade. Florence also ranks eighth on UW's all-time steals with 212 career swipes, three behind Amber Hall in seventh-place.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (9th, 6.4), assists (7th, 3.63), steals (7th, 1.89), assist-turnover ratio (2nd, 1.70) and minutes played (4th, 34.56)...Whitcomb is second in the league in steals (2.11), third in three-point FG made (1.89) and 10th in three-point FG percentage (.335)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is seventh in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.65)...freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon is 12th in scoring (12.0), 18th in rebounding (4.4) and 13th in minutes played (30.78).

Scouting Arizona State:
The Sun Devils snapped a brief two-game losing streak with a 59-30 victory over Washington State on Thursday. Center Sybil Dosty and forward Lauren Lacy paced ASU with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Prior to this week, Arizona State was swept on the road in the Bay Area last weekend falling at California (60-70) and at Stanford (57-79). Lacey leads ASU this season with 12.4 points per game, while guard Briann January is also averaging double-figures at 11.0 points per outing. Dosty has a team-high 6.3 rebounds to go along with an 8.0 scoring average. The Sun Devils have been tough to beat at home, boasting an 11-4 record at Wells Fargo Arena including a 6-2 mark in Pac-10 play. Arizona State is averaging 64.6 points and allowing opponents to score an average of 58.3.

All-Time Series With Arizona State:
Washington trails the all-time series with Arizona State 26-19, with the Sun Devils holding the upper hand as of late winning the last six-straight with Washington. ASU won the earlier season meeting in Seattle, Jan. 24, 68-62. Senior center Andrea Plouffe led the Huskies with 19 points, while Lauren Lacy led the Sun Devils with 20 points and eight rebounds. Washington is 9-13 against ASU in Tempe and has lost the last six-straight at Wells Fargo Arena. The last victory for the Huskies in Tempe was a 66-62 decision on Jan. 11, 2001. The last win for Washington in the series in general was a 63-55 victory in Seattle, Dec. 29, 2004.

Last Game Recap:
Washington hung on for yet another close victory as the Huskies escaped the McKale Center in Tucson with a 60-58 win over Arizona in Pac-10 women's basketball action, Thursday night. The Huskies won their third-straight but it wasn't easy. After opening the second-half with a 19-4 run to lead by 15 (47-32) with 12:25 left in the game, the Wildcats chipped away with their own 11-2 run and then battled back to trail by just three points with 1:15 remaining. Senior center Andrea Plouffe made a nice baseline move for a layin with 52 seconds to give the Huskies a five-point cushion (59-54). After teams traded free-throws, Arizona's Rheya Neabors hit a big three-pointer with 19 seconds on the clock to close within two points, 58-60. On the Huskies' next possession, Arizona reserve Ashley Gilpin fouled Sami Whitcomb but Whitcomb missed both attempts from the charity stripe. The Huskies' stifling defense then prevented Arizona's leading scorer - senior point guard Ashley Whisonant who ended with a game-high 23 points - from getting a final a shot off before the buzzer. The win completed the season sweep by Washington over Arizona, and was the sixth-straight win for the Huskies over the Wildcats in the series. Four Huskies finished in double-figure scoring led by 11 points apiece from freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon and Whitcomb. Plouffe had her fourth-straight double-figure scoring effort with 10 points to go along with six rebounds. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan also contributed 10 points including eight in the second-half. Freshman center Kali Bennett pulled down a team-high seven rebounds before fouling out with 7:40 left in the game.Joining Whisonant in double-figures for Arizona was Neabors with 10 points, while forward Ify Ibekwe had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds. After both teams went into the locker room tied up at 28, the Huskies came out with a 19-4 run led by six points from Redmon and four points each from Plouffe and Bennett. The first-half saw seven lead changes and five ties including the 28-28 halftime score. Five of the Huskies' 10 first-half field goals came from long-range including three from Whitcomb and one each from Redmon and Plouffe. The Huskies' largest first-half lead was a six-point spread with 5:53 until the intermission. Arizona's biggest lead was two twice.

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