Official Practice Gets Underway Friday For Women's Hoops

Oct. 16, 2008

SEATTLE -- The Washington women's basketball team begins its preparation for the 2008-09 season with the start of official practice on Friday, Oct. 17.

Led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson, this year's squad features a mix of seven returning players and eight newcomers ready to improve upon a 13-18 overall record and a sixth-place Pac-10 finish in 2007-08. Looking to lead the way will be junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who averaged 11.2 points and 4.1 rebounds last year. Whitcomb was an honorable mention selection to the Pac-10 Defensive Team and finished the season tied for third in the league in steals per game.

Among the returners joining Whitcomb will be senior forward Heidi McNeill and senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo, as well as junior forward/center Laura McLellan, junior guard Sara Mosiman and sophomore guard Sarah Morton. Forward/center Mackenzie Argens will look to play her first full season after redshirting last year due to injury.

Washington's group of newcomers includes five freshmen and three transfers. Leading the incoming freshmen is local standout Kristi Kingma, a guard/forward from Mill Creek, Wash. Junior college transfers Lydia Young (F) and Christina Rozier (G) will look to make an immediate impact as the pair were teammates at Southeastern Illinois Community College before heading West to Seattle. UCLA transfer Regina Rogers, a Seattle native, joins the squad as well but will sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

The Huskies will play a pair of exhibition tune-ups to get ready for their challenging schedule when they host Love & Basketball, Tuesday, Nov. 4 (7 p.m.) and Corban College, Monday, Nov. 10 (7 p.m.) at Bank of America Arena. UW's regular season slate will include eight teams that participated in postseason play last year including NCAA Final Four squads, Connecticut and Stanford.

UW will play four of its first five games at home, beginning with its official season opener versus Gonzaga, Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. Additional non-conference tilts include home games with Boise State (Nov. 19) and reigning Big 12 champion Kansas State (Dec. 30). The Huskies will head to Cancun, Mexico, for the Caribbean Classic MTE, Dec. 18-21. In Mexico, UW will face off with UConn, Florida State and Northern Colorado.

The always highly competitive Pac-10 slate will tip-off on Sat., Jan. 3 with a nationally-televised contest with Washington State at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies will have four nationally-televised games on FSN, as their contests at Cal (Jan. 11), versus Arizona State (Jan. 31) and versus Stanford (Feb. 8) will also be broadcast nationwide.

All ticket plans and packages for Husky women's basketball are on sale now and available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at 206-543-2200 or by visiting GoHuskies.com. Tickets are also on sale for the NCAA First and Second Rounds which Washington will host at Bank of America Arena, March 21 and March 23. Dads and daughters are also encouraged to participate in the UW-KJR AM Dads and Daughters event series. Each package is $20 and includes one reserved ticket to women's basketball games versus Boise State (Nov. 23) and Stanford (Feb. 8), a t-shirt, a special Dad and Daughter photo opportunity at the Boise State game and a choice of tickets to two other events (women's soccer, volleyball, gymnastics or softball).

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