Women's Hoops Hosts Boise State Sunday

Nov. 21, 2008

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GAME 3 - Sun., Nov. 23, 2008
Boise State (2-1) at Washington (0-2)
2 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Video/Radio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (0-2) will look for its first win of the season when the Huskies host Boise State (2-1), Sunday, Nov. 23. The contest will tip-off at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies are coming off a 77-66 loss in a mid-week game at Weber State on Wednesday. It's been a busy season-opening week for UW which opened the 2008-09 campaign versus Gonzaga this past Sunday. The Huskies are in the midst of playing four of their first five games at home and will play three-straight on their home floor beginning with the Sunday's matchup with the Broncos. UW will then host the Husky Classic, Nov. 28 and 30. Washington leads the all-time series with Boise State, 18-3, but suffered a 66-88 loss at the hands of the Broncos last year. The Huskies are 10-1 against Boise State all-time at home.

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 both live audio and video broadcasts of Sunday's game, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to watch the game on the Dawg Channel All-Access must purchase an account.

First WBB Dad's & Daughters Game On Sunday:
Sunday's Husky game marks the first of the two UW-KJR AM Dad's and Daughters events affiliated with women's basketball. This series features four UW women's sporting events throughout the 2008-09 season. Ticket packages are now on sale at GoHuskies.com 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 Sunday's Boise State game, and tickets to a gymnastics and softball event. For more information, visit GoHuskies.com.

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 will look to emerge from a season-opening two-game losing streak when it hosts Boise State, Sunday. The Huskies opened the 2008-09 slate with a tough five-point loss to Gonzaga on Nov. 16 (59-66), but weren't able to rebound with a win at Weber State this past Wednesday. Playing their first road game of the year, UW trailed for nearly the entire 40 minutes but remained within a single-digit deficit for much of the time. The Huskies still didn't get the run they needed to jump ahead and fell 77-66. Bright spots early have been the play of senior forward Heidi McNeill and junior forward/center Laura McLellan. McNeill has led the squad in rebounding in both games and turned in her first career double-double against Weber State. McLellan has led the team in scoring both games, besting her career-high each time with 16 and 17 points, respectively. McLellan has also been strong on the boards, averaging seven rebounds. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is averaging 9.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals thus far as well. UW will also continue to look for good things from freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma who turned in 11 points, four rebounds and one steal in her Husky debut versus Gonzaga. Sophomore point guard Sarah Morton rounds out Washington's starting five. Morton is seeing the first substantial playing time of her career and is making the most of it, averaging 6.5 points and 2.5 assists. 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 team 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 who will sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA rules. Of the Huskies' seven returners, five are upperclassmen led by the senior duo of guard/forward Michelle Augustavo and McNeill. 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. 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.). Lay has missed UW's first two games as she continues to rehab from knee surgery performed during her senior year in high school.

Last Game Recap - Weber State 77, UW 66:
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan scored all 17 of her points in the second-half and senior forward Heidi McNeill added a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for Washington as the team suffered its second-straight loss of the season, falling at Weber State, 77-66, Wednesday evening. The Wildcats (1-1) were led by the 22 points and 10 rebounds from forward Caitlin Anderson, who helped WSU to a win in its home opener. With the exception of the opening two minutes, Washington (0-2) trailed nearly the entire game but remained within a single-digit deficit for much of the contest. The Huskies closed to within as few as three points (58-55) with 6:35 left in the game, but Weber State pulled away to win by 11. McNeill's double-double was the first of her career, as her 11 points and 12 rebounds were also career-highs in both categories. Eight of McNeill's career-high 12 rebounds were on the offensive end. The 17-point scoring output for McLellan was a career-high for her as well. Weber State also received double-digit scoring nights from reserve guard Sarah Conner (18 points) and guard Tonya Schnibbe (16). Conner was the player who sparked WSU in the first half, scoring 15 of her 18 points in the first stanza. The Wildcats sank eight three-pointers and shot 41.7 from the field.

Dawg Bites:
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan now has four-straight double-figure scoring games dating back to last season...She has exceeded her previous career-high in each of UW's two games this year (16 vs. Gonzaga, 17 at Weber State)...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...junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb had her three-game double-digit scoring streak snapped at Weber State, a span that also dated back to last season...Whitcomb was held to eight points by the Wildcats...senior forward Heidi McNeill has been the team's leading rebounder in both contests with 9 boards versus Gonzaga and a career-high 12 at Weber State.

Scouting Boise State:
Boise State is 2-1 heading into Sunday's game. The Broncos opened the year with a pair of wins over Seattle University (66-56) and Portland (68-59), before suffering their first loss of the season to Washington State (76-85). Boise State's meeting with the Huskies will be its first road game of the 2008-09 campaign. BSU's leading scorer is senior guard Tasha Harris who is averaging 17.7 points per game, but Harris suffered an injury in the contest with WSU. Also averaging double-digits in scoring are sophomore forward Marisa Stotler (12.3 ppg) and junior center J'Lara Walker (11.7). Stotler leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game. Gordy Presnell is in his fourth season as the head coach at Boise State after an 18-year career as the head coach at Seattle Pacific where he compiled an overall record of 396-127. Boise State is coming off back-to-back postseason appearances, making it to the second round of the WNIT last year after a trip to the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

All-Time Series With Boise State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Boise State, 18-3. The Huskies had a nine-game winning streak in the series until falling to the Broncos in Boise last year, 66-88. Then-junior Michelle Augustavo led the Huskies with 14 points, while then-sophomore Laura McLellan grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the game. Jessica Thompson was the leading scorer for Boise State with 21 points. UW is 10-1 against the Broncos in Seattle, the only home loss coming in the second-ever meeting on March 3, 1978 (67-79). The last time these teams met in Seattle was on Nov. 27, 2001, a game won by UW, 99-50.

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