Women's Hoops To Host Husky Classic This Weekend
Nov. 26, 2008
GAME 4 - Sun., Nov. 28, 2008
Seattle University (1-1) at Washington (1-2)
2 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KIXI 880 AM TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Video/Radio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball continues its current three-game homestand when it hosts the 22nd annual Husky Classic, Friday, Nov. 28 and Sunday, Nov. 30 at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (1-2) will renew a cross-city rivalry when they open tournament action against Seattle University (1-1) on Friday at 2 p.m. Clemson (3-2) and Kent State (3-0) round out the four-team field and will meet in the first game on Friday at noon. Sunday will feature the Husky Classic consolation game at noon, followed by the championship game at 2 p.m. UW has won its own Husky Classic 14 times overall, including the last three-straight. The Huskies are coming off their first win of the season this past Sunday, a 74-51 victory over Boise State. The meeting between Washington and SeattleU will be their first in a regular season contest since 1984. SeattleU is presently in its first year of the re-classification process towards NCAA Division I status.
2008 Husky Classic Schedule
Friday, Nov. 28
Clemson vs. Kent State 12 p.m.
SeattleU vs. Washington 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30
Consolation Game 12 p.m.
Championship Game 2 p.m.
Friday's game can be heard live on the radio at KIXI 880 AM in the Seattle area, but Sunday's UW game will be back on 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.
GoHuskies.com will feature live scoring for all Husky Classic games this weekend. Live audio and video broadcasts of Washington's games only will also be available at GoHuskies.com. Fans wishing to watch the game on the Dawg Channel All-Access must purchase an account.
The Northwest Harvest Food Drive will be taking place at Bank of America Arena this weekend. Fans who bring a can of food to the game will receive a free general admission ticket to Husky Classic action. Following the final game each day, kids in 8th-grade or under are invited down onto the court to shoot a free throw.
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 snapped its two-game season-opening losing streak with a commanding 71-54 victory over Boise State on Sunday. The Huskies used a stifling defensive performance to force the Broncos to commit 32 turnovers off of which they scored 36 points. It was a much-needed win for Washington which opened the year with a five-point loss to Gonzaga and an 11-point setback at Weber State. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan leads UW with a team-high 16.0 points per game, while also averaging 6.0 rebounds. As of Tuesday, she ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in scoring average and is seventh in field goal percentage (.613). McLellan has reached double-figures in scoring in all three games this year and five-straight dating back to last season. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is averaging 10.7 points per game and after grabbing seven steals in UW's last game with Boise State, leads the Pac-10 in swipes per game (4.0). Senior forward Heidi McNeill leads the squad in rebounding (8.3) and is currently second in the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds per game (4.3), while sophomore guard Sarah Morton leads UW with 2.7 assists. Freshman guard Kristi Kingma rounds out UW's starting five and the Husky rookie is averaging 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. The Huskies are led by 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.
Husky Classic History:
For the 22nd-consecutive season, Washington plays host to the Husky Classic. The first tournament was held in 1986, with the Huskies defeating Oklahoma in the championship game, 83-64. UW has won a total of 14 Husky Classic titles and three straight, with the other champions being Louisiana Tech (1987), Long Beach State (1988), Colorado (1994), Kansas (1998), Oklahoma State (1999), Santa Clara (2001) and most recently Alabama (2004). Last year, Washington defeated Idaho in the first round (73-57) and Arkansas State (69-59) in the championship game. Then-sophomore Sami Whitcomb was named the tournament MVP, while then-senior Emily Florence joined her on the all-tournament team. Three straight Huskies have earned tournament MVP honors, including Breanne Watson in 2006 and Andrea Plouffe in 2005.
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan now has five-straight double-figure scoring games dating back to last season...She 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...senior forward Heidi McNeill has been the team's leading rebounder in two of UW's first three games, grabbing nine boards versus Gonzaga (Nov. 16) and a career-high 12 at Weber State (Nov. 19).
Seattle University is 1-1 this season, falling at Boise State, 55-66, on Nov. 14, before coming back with a 94-62 win at San Jose State, Nov. 23. SeattleU's win at San Jose State was its first over a Division I opponent. Three SeattleU players are averaging double-figure scoring numbers, led by University of Minnesota transfer Breanna Salley (21.0 ppg). Senior forward Chelsie Morrison (14.5) and junior forward Mercedes Alexander (12.5) round out the top three scorers. Alexander also leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. SeattleU is averaging 75.0 points per game, while allowing their opponents to score 64.0. Dan Kriley is in his fifth season as the head coach at Seattle University. SeattleU is in the first year of the re-classification process to NCAA Division I status. They are allowed to play a mix of Division I and non-Division I schools, but next year will be required to play a full Division I schedule.
All-Time Series With SeattleU:
Washington leads the all-time series with Seattle University, 10-3, but these squads have not met in regular season action in 24 years. The last meeting occured on Dec. 1, 1984, a game won by Washington on SeattleU's home floor, 63-50. The Huskies have a five-game winning streak in the series, with the last SeattleU win coming on Jan. 17, 1981 at UW (71-68). Washington is 6-1 against SeattleU when playing at UW. The series dates as far back as 1977.A Glance At Clemson: Clemson is 3-2 heading into this weekend's tournament. The Tigers have wins over Presbyterian (66-35), South Carolina (52-45) and Winthrop (76-68), and losses to Furman (68-82) and Georgia State (75-82). Junior guard/forward Lele Hardy leads the squad with 17.8 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. She is coming off a career-high 32-point game against Georgia State on Saturday. Clemson's squad features three starters from last year's team that posted a 2007-08 record of 12-19 and finished ninth in the ACC (4-10).
A Glance At Kent State:
The Golden Flashes are off to their first 3-0 start since 1991 after wins over Youngstown State (95-58), Delaware State (66-56) and New Mexico State (84-82). Kent State has four players averaging double-figure scoring numbers, led by senior forward Anna Kowalska (19.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg). Junior guard Rachel Bennett (14.3), sophomore guard Jamilah Humes (14.0) and freshman guard Jena Stutzman (10.0) round out that group. Kent State has all their starters back from last year's team that finished 9-21 and placed fifth in the Mid-American Conference (5-11).
Last Game Recap - UW 74, Boise State 51:
Three Huskies scored in double-figures led by 15 from junior Laura McLellan and 12 from freshman Kristi Kingma, helping Washington to a 74-51 victory over Boise State in front of 3,365 fans at Bank of America Arena, Sunday afternoon. It was the first win of the season for Washington after opening the year with two losses. Boise State lost its second-straight after opening its season 2-0. UW junior guard Sami Whitcomb joined McLellan and Kingma with a double-digit scoring performance sinking 13 points to go along with a team-high seven steals. But Kingma did it all for the Huskies, adding team-highs of seven rebounds and four assists. She also had three steals. The Huskies' defense was key, forcing the Broncos into committing 32 turnovers off of which they scored 36 points. Washington also grabbed 23 steals including four each from newcomers Christina Rozier and Mollie Williams who sparked the Huskies off the bench. Whitcomb's seven steals were just two away from her career-high and four away from the school record. After Boise State forced the Huskies in to a quick 4-0 deficit to start the game, Washington scored the next 15 points over a four-minute stretch led by six points from McLellan and capped off by five-straight points from Kingma. UW wrapped up the period on a 15-0 run and led by 30 (48-18) at the intermission. Senior guard Michelle Augustavo put an exclamation mark on the run by banking in a three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer. The Huskies opened the second-half on a 10-2 run, spanning the first 6:13 after the break and jumping out to their largest lead of 38, 58-20, with 13:47 remaining. Helping Kingma on the glass for the Huskies were junior Lydia Young with six rebounds and Williams with five boards. McLellan's 15 point scoring output was her third-straight double-figure scoring game of the season and fifth-straight dating back to last season.