UW To Face Clemson In Husky Classic Title Game Sunday

Nov. 29, 2008

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GAME 5 - Sun., Nov. 30, 2008
HUSKY CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP

Clemson (4-2) at Washington (2-2)
2 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Video/Radio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
With an 82-56 victory over Seattle University on Friday, Washington (2-2) advanced to the championship game of its own Husky Classic and will face Clemson (4-2) for top tournament honors, Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. The Huskies will play for their 15th Husky Classic title in the 22nd year of the tournament, including their fourth-straight. Clemson defeated Kent State, 68-53, in the other first round matchup on Friday to advance as well. Seattle U and Kent State will play in the consolation game at 12 p.m. Sunday will mark the first-ever meeting between Washington and Clemson. The Huskies have now won two-straight games after opening the year 0-2. UW will look to build on its best offensive performance performance of the season versus Seattle U when it takes on the Tigers. Sunday's contest wraps a three-game homestand for UW, as the Huskies will now hit the road to face Pepperdine in Malibu on Wed., Dec. 3.

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 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.

Gameday Promotions:
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 won its second-straight game with an 82-56 victory over Seattle University in the first round of the Husky Classic. The contest renewed a cross-city rivalry, as those teams had not faced each other since 1984. It was UW's top offensive performance of the year, as the Huskies had five players reach double-figure scoring and tallied season-highs of 82 points and a 48.4 percent field goal shooting percentage. Senior guard Michelle Augustavo led the way with a season-high 15 points, all on three-pointers. But much of UW's offense was generated by its defense with the Huskies forcing 30 or more turnovers for the second-straight game. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan continues to lead the Huskies with a team-high 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds. McLellan has reached double-figures in scoring in all four games this year and six-straight dating back to last season. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is second on the squad with 10.8 points per game, to go along with 4.0 rebounds and a team-high 14 steals. Senior forward Heidi McNeill leads the team with 6.5 rebounds but suffered a thigh contusion in UW's game with Seattle U and could be out any where from a few days to two weeks. Sophomore point guard Sarah Morton is coming off a career-high seven assists performance and leads UW in that category with 3.8 per game. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma is averaging 9.5 points and 3.8 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.

Nearing A Milestone:
Washington needs just one more victory to reach the program's 650th all-time win. The all-time record for the Husky women's basketball program stands at 649-348.

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. UW is 14-7 in Husky Classic championship games.

Scouting Clemson:
Clemson is 4-2 heading into Sunday's contest with Washington after 68-53 victory over Kent State in its Husky Classic opener, Friday. The Tigers also 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 racked up 22 points and 11 rebounds on Friday versus Kent State and leads Clemson with18.5 points and 8.0 rebounds. She scored a career-high 32-points against Georgia State, last Saturday. Joining Hardy in double-figures scoring against Kent State was reserve guard Sthefany Thomas with 12 points. 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). Clemson is coached by Christy McKinney who is in her fourth year with the Tigers.

All-Time Series Versus Clemson:
Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and Clemson.

Augustavo's Clemson Connection:
While the Huskies have never faced Clemson, senior guard Michelle Augustavo has fond memories of a meeting with the Tigers. While a sophomore at the University of San Diego, Augustavo scored a USD school-record 42 points in a game against Clemson on Dec. 11, 2005, thanks to another school-record 10 three-point field goals. She broke the previous USD school record of 37 points which was set in 2000. Both numbers remain career-highs for the Husky senior co-captain. Augustavo transfered to Washington following the 2005-06 season.

UW Against The ACC:
Washington has a 10-2 record against teams from the ACC. The last time UW played a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference was a meeting with Florida State during the 2006-07 season. UW won that contest 84-65 in Seattle. UW will also face the Seminoles this December. The two losses to ACC schools came at the hands of North Carolina State (42-61) in 1979-80 and Wake Forest in 1995-96 (57-68).

Last Game Recap - UW 82, Seattle 56:
Washington opened up the game with 10-0 run and never looked back, cruising to an 82-56 victory over Seattle University in the first round of the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Friday. The Huskies had five players finish the day in double-figures scoring, led by senior Michelle Augustavo's season-high 15 points. Junior Sami Whitcomb and freshman Kristi Kingma each scored 11 points, while junior Laura McLellan and freshman Mollie Williams contributed 10 points apiece. Washington used two big spurts to keep Seattle U at bay, the first being the 10-0 run to start the game. UW led by as many as 14 points in the opening stanza (22-8) and by six at halftime (34-28). Seattle scored the first bucket of the second-half to close within five, but UW responded with a 15-0 run and led by 16 or more the rest of the way. The win was the second-straight for the Huskies who opened up the season with a pair of losses to Gonzaga and Weber State. The UW defense forced Seattle to commit 30 turnovers off of which it scored 35 points. The Huskies also grabbed 17 steals, led by three each from sophomore point guard Sarah Morton and Williams. The Huskies excelled at sharing the ball, dishing 21 assists including a career-high seven from Morton. UW also shot 48.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from long-range. In turn, the Huskies held Seattle U to a 33.3 percent clip from the field. Seattle U forward Breanna Salley led all scorers with 23 points on a 6-of-14 clip from the field and shooting 10-for-14 from the line. She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. In the tournament's first game on Friday, Clemson used a 22-point, 11-rebound performance from forward Lele Hardy to defeat Kent State, 68-53. The Tigers trailed by three points at halftime (33-30), but came back to advance to the Husky Classic Championship.

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