UW Women Travel To Weber State, Wednesday

Nov. 17, 2008

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GAME 2 - Wed., Nov. 19, 2008
Washington (0-1) at Weber State (0-1)
6 p.m. PT • Dee Events Center • Ogden, Utah
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Radio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
After opening the season with a tight five-point loss to Gonzaga on Sunday, Washington women's basketball (0-1) will travel to Ogden, Utah, for its road tilt with Weber State (0-1), Wed., Nov. 19. The game will tip-off at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT from the Dee Events Center. The Huskies will have their eyes on their first win of the season, but so will the Wildcats who suffered a 96-47 defeat at Nebraska in their opener, Nov. 14. Wednesday marks the first meeting between Washington and Weber State since the 1986-87 season, but WSU was in Seattle last year for UW's annual Husky Classic. The Huskies lead the all-time series with Weber State, 3-0. Following this mid-week road trip, Washington returns home to host Boise State on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

Radio Coverage:
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 GoHuskies.com.

Internet Coverage:
GoHuskies.com will feature live a audio broadcast of Wednesday's game, as well as live scoring.

Husky Ticket Information:
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.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington opened its season on Sunday with a highly anticipated game with cross-state rival Gonzaga and despite leading for much of the contest, lost a tight 64-59 decision to the Bulldogs. Bright spots for the Huskies included the play of junior forward/center Laura McLellan (who scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds) and senior forward Heidi McNeill (who tallied a career-high nine rebounds). Freshman guard Kristi Kingma also turned in a stellar collegiate debut, recording 11 points, four rebounds and one steal in her first official game as a Husky. It was the third-straight season opening loss for Washington, which also dropped openers at Kansas State and Marquette the last two seasons. The Huskies are under the direction of second-year head coach Tia Jackson. This year's squad 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 are 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 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 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 are a trio of nationally ranked recruits in 6-1 forward Liz Lay (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 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.

Last Game Recap - Gonzaga 64, UW 59:
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan scored a career-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough to propel Washington to a win in its 2008-09 season opener as the Huskies fell to Gonzaga, 64-59, at Bank of America Arena Sunday afternoon. Washington led for the entire first-half and the first 10 minutes of the second-half, but the Huskies' 31 turnovers and a 21-13 deficit in offensive rebounding eventually caught up with them. Gonzaga scored 32 points off Husky turnovers, including 17 in the second-half. Sophomore guard Courtney Vandersloot led Gonzaga with a game-high 20 points, including 11 in the second-half, while reserve guard Tiffanie Shives contributed 19 points. Forward Vivan Frieson grabbed a career-high 10 steals as well for the Bulldogs. Joining McLellan in double-figures for the Huskies were junior guard Sami Whitcomb (11 points) and freshman guard Kristi Kingma (11). Senior forward Heidi McNeill grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to lead UW on the boards. Whitcomb also recorded seven rebounds. UW held a six-point lead at the intermission (30-24) and by as many as 10 (17-7) 12 minutes into the contest. The Huskies shot 44 percent from the field, while limiting the Bulldogs to 23.3 clip (10-of-43) in the first 20 minutes. But Gonzaga came back to tie the game on some timely three-point shooting in the second-half. Vandersloot's three at 15:28 tied the score, 34-34, and after the Huskies pushed ahead again, guard Jami Schaefer hit another three to tie, 37-37, at 12:57. Then with UW leading 46-43 with 7:02 remaining, Gonzaga mounted a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to go up, 50-46, and did not relinquish the lead at that point. Washington's loss to Gonzaga was the second-straight in the all-time series, as the Bulldogs had never defeated the Huskies until last year's 91-72 win in Spokane. UW still leads the series, 17-2.

Dawg Bites:
With 16 points against Gonzaga, junior forward/center Laura McLellan now has three-straight double-figure scoring games dating back to last season...McLellan scored 13 and 14 points, respectively, in UW's final two games of last year - the first being UW's exciting upset of then-ninth-ranked California and the next being UW's game against Arizona State in the Pac-10 Tournament...Gonzaga's Vivian Frieson grabbed 10 steals in last Sunday's game, one shy of the UW opponent record...current Oregon head coach and former Duck player herself Bev Smith holds that record swiping 11 in a contest with the Huskies on Jan. 22, 1981...Washington's 31 turnovers committed against Gonzaga, Sunday, were the most since UW had 31 miscues in a game versus USC on March 9, 2000.

Scouting Weber State:
Weber State is 0-1 after opening its season with a 96-47 loss at Nebraska on Nov. 14. The Wildcats had two players finish in double-figures, led by junior guard Tonya Schnibbe's 12 points. Sophomore guard/forward Caitlin Anderson also had 10 points. Weber State compiled an overall record of 12-16 last year and finished in a tie for sixth in the Big Sky Conference with a 6-10 league record. The Wildcats return seven letterwinners and two starters from that squad, led by Schnibbe who averaged 6.7 points and 3.1 rebounds last year. WSU is under the direction of head coach Carla Taylor who is in her 21st season at the helm.

All-Time Series With Weber State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Weber State, 3-0, but you have to go all the way back to the 1986-87 season for the last time these teams faced each other. That meeting came on Nov. 29, 1986, a contest won by the Huskies 68-54, in Ogden, Utah. Washington also won meetings on Dec. 20, 1985 (114-61 in Seattle) and Nov. 28, 1983 (91-76 in Ogden). Weber State traveled to Seattle for Washington's Husky Classic last year, but did not face the host school. The Wildcats fell in the tournament opener to Arkansas State, but claimed the third-place trophy with a victory over Idaho in the consolation game.

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