Huskies To Host Exhibition With Love & Basketball Tuesday
Nov. 3, 2008
Tuesday, November 4
Love & Basketball vs. Washington (exhibition) 7 p.m.
Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
TV - Live Video Streaming at GoHuskies.com No Radio
Monday, November 10
Corban College vs. Washington (exhibition) 7 p.m.
Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
TV - Live Video Streaming at GoHuskies.com No Radio
The Washington women's basketball team will prepare for the 2008-09 season hosting a pair of exhibition contests at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies will entertain Love & Basketball on Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m., followed by a contest with Corban College on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. Washington will make its official season debut with a big contest with cross-state rival Gonzaga, Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. The Huskies will play four of their first five games of the season at home.
Live Video Streaming:
Both women's exhibition games can be seen live and free of charge on the Dawg Channel All-Access at GoHuskies.com. Live statistics for these games can also be accessed at GoHuskies.com.
With the exception of the two exhibition contests, all Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his 10th season as the voice of UW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.
Both exhibition games will be free to the public. Regular season reserved individual game tickets are $13 and subject to availability within reserved areas. General admission tickets are $6. Tickets are available online at GoHuskies.com, by calling 206-543-2200, in person at the Husky Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Graves Building or at the Bank of America Arena box office beginning one hour prior to each home game.
2008-09 Season Outlook:
Led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson, the 2008-09 Husky women's basketball team returns seven players and one starter from last year's squad that finished the season with a 13-18 record and placed sixth in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 league mark. Welcomed to the fold will be eight newcomers including five freshmen, two junior college transfers and UCLA transfer Regina Rogers. Of the Huskies' seven returners, five are upperclassmen led by the senior duo of guard/forward Michelle Augustavo and forward Heidi McNeill. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is the squad's top returning scorer and rebounder as the Ventura, Calif., native turned in a breakout sophomore campaign that also saw her emerge as one of the top defensive players in the conference. Whitcomb, who started all but one game last year, averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.0 steals, while being named an honorable mention selction to the Pac-10's inaugural Defensive Team. The other returning juniors include forward/center Laura McLellan and guard Sara Mosiman. Sophomore guard Sarah Morton and redshirt-freshman Mackenzie Argens, who missed nearly the entire 2007-08 season with a torn ACL, round out the group of seven. Among the newcomers to the Husky squad this year will be a trio of nationally ranked recruits in 6-1 forward Liz Lay (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 5-10 guard/forward Kristi Kingma (Mill Creek, Wash.) and 6-2 forward Mollie Williams (Cerritos, Calif.). Australian standout and 5-6 point guard Nicole Romeo could also challenge for early playing time, while local product Charmaine Barlow from Chief Sealth High School in Seattle round out the five true freshmen. Lydia Young, a 5-11 forward, and Christina Rozier, a 5-8 guard, hail from Detroit, Mich., and Miami, Fla., respectively, but were teammates at highly successful Southeastern Illinois Community College. The Huskies' other transfer, Rogers, had a strong freshman campaign at UCLA last year where she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team but will sit out 2008-09 due to NCAA transfer rules.
Scouting Love & Basketball:
Formed in 2000, the 'Love & Basketball' team is comprised of Southern California residents, most of whom are former collegiate players at local area universities. Included on the roster are former Pac-10 players Jessica Cheeks (USC), Denise Woods (USC), Amber White (Cal) and Natalie Nakase (UCLA). Love & Basketball is three games into its seven game tour against Division I opponents and will face Long Beach State Monday night before traveling to Seattle. So far the squad has suffered losses to USC (63-79) and UCLA (80-86), but defeated Cal State Northridge (81-72). After their contest with the Huskies, they will go on to play Vanderbilt (Nov. 7) and Tennessee (Nov. 9). The head coach of Love & Basketball is long-time former collegiate and WNBA assistant Colleen Matsuhara.
Scouting Corban College:
Corban College is a NAIA Division II school from Salem, Ore., and is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Last year, the Warriors posted a 9-21 overall record and finished in a tie for ninth in the CCC with a 5-15 league record. Corban returns two starters from that squad. Top returners includ senior guard Kailey Bostwick (Medford, Ore.), senior guard Ashley Connell (Spokane, Wash.) and sophomore guard Jennesa Miller (Mica, Wash.). Corban's 2008-09 roster also features four freshmen. Corban is led by head coach Terry Williams in his 10th season at the helm. The Warriors' meeting with Washington will be its first game of the year.
UW will once again be challenged by a formidable schedule in 2008-09, a slate that features eight opponents that went to postseason play last year including NCAA Final Four teams Connecticut and Stanford. The Huskies' non-conference schedule will be highlighted by a trip to the Caribbean Classic MTE in Cancun, Mexico, Dec. 18-21, where they will face two `08 NCAA Tournament teams in national semifinalist UConn and Florida State (second round), along with Northern Colorado out of the Big Sky Conference. Non-conference home contests include matchups with a pair of WNIT teams from last year in Gonzaga and Boise State, along with the annual Husky Classic and 2008 Big 12 champion Kansas State. The non-conference road schedule takes UW to Weber State and Pepperdine before the Cancun tournament. The always competitive Pac-10 schedule is highlighted with contests versus NCAA runner-up Stanford, as well as California and Arizona State which both advanced to the second round of the `08 tournament.
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies will have the luxury of playing four of their first five games of the regular season on their home floor beginning with the home opener with Gonzaga, Sunday, Nov. 16. Washington has opened the season at home just once in the last nine years. That contest came versus South Carolina during the 2004-05 campaign. UW is 10-1 when playing its regular season opener at home dating back to 1974-75.
Nearing A Milestone:
Washington needs just three more victories to reach the program's 650th all-time win. The all-time record for the Husky women's basketball program stands at 647-346.
Dawgs Making A Difference:
The Washington women's basketball program is extremely active in community service, making it a priority to give back to the local community. The Huskies have already started monthly visits to Seattle Children's Hospital which will continue through the school year. There the Huskies interact with patients and patients' families, playing games, doing arts and crafts, or whatever might be asked of them. Most recently, players volunteered at the Seattle Walk for Hope in the beginning of October - a breast cancer fundraiser and awareness event held at Magnuson Park. UW players also worked this past summer with a program called 'Sisters in Strength' headed up by former Roosevelt HS and Iowa State star, Lindsey Wilson. It is an exercise, mentorship and life skills program for teenage girls in foster care within the Seattle area. Each of the young girls in the program is matched with a collegiate athlete for sessions of strength training and fitness, as well as workshops on goal setting, nutrition, self-esteen building and overall well-roundedness.
Leader of the Pack:
Now with one year of head coaching experience under her belt, Tia Jackson begins her second campaign as the Huskies' Top Dawg in 2008-09. Last season, a young UW squad garnered a 13-18 record, with highlights including a come-from behind last-second shot win over eventual NCAA Tournament team Purdue and a dramatic upset of ninth-ranked California in the regular season finale. UW finished sixth in the 2007-08 Pac-10 standings with an 8-10 league mark. Jackson had three players earn conference honors at season's end, led by senior Emily Florence's nod to the All-Pac-10 third-team and the inaugural Pac-10 Defensive Team. Sophomore Sami Whitcomb was tabbed to the Pac-10 Defensive honorable mention squad and Katelan Redmon earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team acclaim. The springtime also saw the graduation of Jackson's three seniors - Florence, Dominique Banks and Andrea Plouffe. She was named the eighth head coach in the history of the women's basketball program on April 6, 2007. Jackson came to UW after a successful 11-year tenure in the assistant coaching ranks. Before arriving on Montlake, she spent the previous 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. Her overall record as a head coach stands at 13-18.
Familiar Face In A New Place:
Husky fans will notice a familiar face on the coaching staff this year - assistant Judy Spoelstra. No stranger to the Pac-10, Spoelstra returns to the collegiate coaching ranks this year for the first time since wrapping up a 10-year tenure as the head coach at Oregon State in 2005. While in Corvallis, she was tabbed the 2000 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and led the Beavers to one NCAA Tournament appearance and four consecutive trips to the WNIT. A Washington native, Spoelstra also was the head coach at Montana State for six years (1985-1991).
UW Picked To Finish Seventh In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll:
Washington was projected to finish seventh in the 2008-09 Pac-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, the conference office announced Oct. 24. Eight-time defending champion and 2008 NCAA Championship finalist Stanford was tabbed to win this year's league crown, but only by two points over California. The Cardinal received six first-place votes and 78 points, while the Golden Bears received 4 first-place votes and 76 points.
Huskies On Television:
Four Washington women's basketball games will be televised nationally on FSN during the 2008-09 season as a part of the Pac-10's television package. Three home games will be televised including the Huskies' Pac-10 opener with Washington State on Sat., Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. Additional home telecasts include Washington's meeting with Arizona State on Sat., Jan. 31 at 12 p.m. and the Husky contest with Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m. Washington's road game at California will also be televised. The game will be played on Sun., Jan. 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. Additional local telecasts will be announced at a later date.
Dad's & Daughters Promotion:
Ticket packages are now on sale for the 2008-09 UW-KJR AM Dad's and Daughters Event Series featuring six Husky women's sporting events. At each event, a head or assistant coach will speak to participants in a special pre or post-game gathering. Each package is $20 and includes one reserved ticket to women's basketball games versus Boise State and Stanford, 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 and softball). For more information, visit GoHuskies.com.
UW To Host 2009 NCAA First and Second Rounds:
Washington and Bank of America Arena will serve as a host for the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, March 21 and 23. First round games on March 21 will be played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. PT, with the second round contest to take place March 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT.