Husky Women Host No. 9 Cal In Regular Season Finale Sunday

March 1, 2008

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GAME 30 - Sun., March 2, 2008
#9/9 California (24-4, 15-2 Pac-10) at Washington (12-17, 7-10 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com

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Washington women's basketball (12-17, 7-10 Pac-10) will celebrate Senior Day on Sunday, March 2, hosting No. 9/9 California (24-4, 15-2 Pac-10) in both teams' Pac-10 regular season finale at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The contest marks the final home games for Husky seniors Emily Florence and Andrea Plouffe. The pair will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony prior to tip-off. In addition to the Senior Day festivities, much will be on the line for both the Huskies and Golden Bears. With a win, Cal can clinch at least a share of its first-ever Pac-10 title with Stanford. With a win, Washington can play spoiler to the Golden Bears' title hopes, as well as clinch the No. 6 seed for next week's Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies are coming off a 73-53 loss at the hands of seventh-ranked Stanford on Friday night, while Cal defeated Washington State in Pullman on Friday, 61-47.

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 California 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.

Ticket Information:
Regular season reserved individual game tickets are $12 and subject to availability within reserved areas. General admission tickets are $6. Tickets are available online at GoHuskies.com, by calling 206-543-2200 or in person at the Husky Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Graves Building.

Gameday Promotions:
On Sunday, free Husky buffs will be given out to the first 500 fans in the door.

Pac-10 Scenarios:
Win or lose versus California, the Huskies are assured of sixth-place in the Pac-10 regular season standings. But still up in the air will be UW's seed for the Pac-10 Tournament. A win for Washington over California assures the Huskies of a No. 6 seed. But a loss to California would mean UW will end in a sixth-place tie with Oregon. If that is the case, the tie-breaking procedure would end with Oregon getting the No. 6 seed and a first-round bye, while the Huskies would end up with the No. 7 seed and would face No. 10 in a play-in game on Friday, March 7. California enters Sunday's game tied for first with Stanford. A Cal win and a Stanford loss would give California sole possession of first and the No. 1 seed. Should both Cal and Stanford win, they would share top honors but Stanford would receive the No. 1 seed based on their head-to-head matchups during the regular season. A Cal loss would put them back to the No. 2 seed no matter Stanford's outcome versus Washington State.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to end the regular season on a high note, playing in front of its fans for the final time this season. The Huskies look to snap a two-game losing skid, coming off a road loss at Arizona State last Sunday (Feb. 24) and a 20-point setback to No. 7 Stanford in Seattle on Friday. Washington's loss to the Cardinal snapped a four-game home winning streak that dated back to Jan. 26. UW is 9-5 when playing at Bank of America Arena this season. Despite the lopsided loss to Stanford, the Huskies put in a strong showing trailing by just two at halftime and ending with a sizeable rebounding advantage including a 25-5 advantage on the offensive boards. Senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe led the way for UW with 11 points, her 10th double-figure scoring effort of the season and fifth in the last six games. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb led the Huskies with seven rebounds, while freshman center Kali Bennett and senior point guard Emily Florence added six rebounds. Bennett contributed a team-high five offensive boards. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon continues to lead the Huskies with 11.8 points per game. Redmon has a team-high 19 double-figure scoring efforts. She has been the team's scoring leader in 11 games. Whitcomb is second in scoring behind Redmon with 10.8 ppg. Whitcomb has reached double-figures four times in the last seven games, and leads the squad in steals (2.0) and is second in assists (2.4). She owns UW single-game highs for points (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9). Plouffe is third in scoring (8.7 ppg) and tied for third in rebounding (4.4). Florence continues to work as the Huskies' floor general. Like she has all season, the 5-5 sparkplug leads the squad with 6.3 boards per game. In addition to rebounding, Florenceleads UW in assists (3.7) and is second in steals (1.8). She began the week ranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in six statistical categories.

Senior Salute:
Washington seniors Emily Florence and Andrea Plouffe will be making their final regular season home appearances at Bank of America Arena Sunday. The pair will be honored prior to the Huskies' home finale with California. Florence, a four-year starter, and Plouffe, a three-year starter, were key members of the Huskies' back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In addition to their stellar play on the court during their careers, both Florence and Plouffe have excelled in the classroom as the senior duo have twice been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention teams.

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 helpedlead 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 12-17.

The Last Time...:
Washington faced back-to-back Top-10 nationally ranked teams was in December of 2004, with both meetings resulting in Husky losses. UW faced No. 7 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Dec. 11, 2004 (58-72) and then No. 6 Baylor in Seattle, Dec. 15, 2004 (58-74). Emily Florence, Andrea Plouffe and Dominique Banks were freshmen on that squad.

Nearing Win No. 650:
The all-time record for the Washington women's basketball programs stands at 646-345, with the Huskies needing just four more victories to reach win No. 650 all-time.

What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence enters Sunday's game with 390 assists, nine shy of tying Katia Foucade for fourth on UW's all-time list. Florence also ranks eighth on UW's all-time steals with 214 career swipes, one behind Amber Hall in seventh-place.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (10th, 6.4), assists (7th, 3.64), steals (7th, 1.89), assist-turnover ratio (2nd, 1.62), defensive rebounds (10th, 2.25) and minutes played (4th, 34.50)...Whitcomb is third in the league in steals (2.07), tied for third in three-point FG made (1.96) and tied for 10th in three-point FG percentage (.333)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is seventh in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.59)...freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon is 12th in scoring (12.0) and 12th in minutes played (30.96).

Scouting California:
California's win over Washington State, Friday, matched a school record for wins in a season with 24. The Bears are 24-4 overall, 15-2 in Pac-10 play and gunning for their first Pac-10 title. Cal has won 16 of its last 18 games, its only losses in that span coming to No. 7 Stanford. Cal's other two losses on the season were suffered at Top-10 teams Baylor and at Rutgers. Ashley Walker (16.0 ppg/9.4 rpg), Devanei Hampton (13.9 ppg/7.8 rpg) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (11.8 ppg/ 3.6 rpg) lead the Golden Bears. Cal is outscoring their opponents by an average margin of 12.6 ppg and owns an 8.5 advantage in rebounding as well.

All-Time Series With California:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with California, 39-11, but has lost three of the last four meetings with the Golden Bears. UW will look to salvage a season split with Cal after falling 40-66 in Berkeley, Dec. 28. Sophomore guard Sara Mosiman led the Huskies with 12 points in that contest with Cal, while Rama N'diaye and Ashley Walker were the leading scorers for the Bears with 13 points each. The Huskies are 20-3 at home against Cal, but lost last year's battle in Seattle (49-72). Prior to that, UW had won the last six against the Bears in Seattle.

Last Game Recap:
JJ Hones scored eight of her 16 points during a 12-0 run to start the second half, Candice Wiggins had 22 points and seventh-ranked Stanford pulled away from Washington for a 73-53 win Friday night. Wiggins has 2,400 career points, pulling within 14 of Lisa Leslie's conference record of 2,414. Wiggins overcame a sluggish start to make nine of 18 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Her final points came when she stopped a Washington fastbreak with a steal and sprinted the length of the court for a left-handed layup with five minutes left. Jayne Appel scored 12 and Kayla Pedersen added 11 as the Cardinal won their 14th straight. Andrea Plouffe led Washington with 11 points, but the Huskies shot just 28 percent and scored only 17 second-half points. Despite dominating the last four meetings against Washington, winning by an average of 28 points, the Cardinal struggled to shake the Huskies, leading just 38-36 at halftime. But Hones and Wiggins quickly sparked the Cardinal. Hones opened the second half with five quick points. Appel scored on the interior, Hones hit another 3-pointer and Wiggins capped the spurt with a driving layup for a 50-36 Stanford lead. Washington went scoreless for nearly six minutes, missing its first nine shots of the second half. The Huskies finally got on the board with Katelan Redmon's basket, but Stanford scored 12 of the next 15 points to push the lead to 62-42 with 10 minutes left. Hones made six of nine shots, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, as the Cardinal shot 54.5 percent. The Huskies used a scrappy trap defense and aggressive offensive rebounding to stay even with Stanford for much of the first half. Even when Wiggins hit consecutive 3s late in the half to put the Cardinal up 35-30, Washington kept Stanford from pulling away. Sami Whitcomb scored all six of her first-half points in the final 4:13, including a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to pull Washington to 38-36 at the break.

Versus Ranked Opponents:
The Huskies are 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, falling to then-No. 19 Ohio State, then-No. 11 California and Stanford twice (ranked No. 2/7). UW lost by 17 points to the Buckeyes (54-71), by 26 at Cal (66-40) and by 35 at Stanford on Dec. 30 (77-42). UW is 44-109 all-time against ranked opponents and 12-58 against Top-10 teams.

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