Huskies Begin Road Stretch At Pepperdine Wednesday
Dec. 2, 2008
GAME 6 - Wed., Dec. 3, 2008
Washington (2-3) at Pepperdine (3-3)
7 p.m. PT Firestone Fieldhouse Malibu, Calif.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Radio at GoHuskies.com
After playing four of its first five games at home, Washington women's basketball (2-3) will now embark on a four-game road stretch beginning with a contest at Pepperdine (3-3), Wed., Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. The Huskies will take on the Waves at the Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif. Washington earned runner-up honors at its own Husky Classic last weekend splitting games with Seattle U (W, 82-56) and Clemson (L, 67-85). Pepperdine did just the same at its own tournament in Malibu last weekend with a win over Coppin State (54-36) and a loss to Texas A&M (60-70). Wednesday marks the fourth all-time meeting between these two teams, a series the Huskies lead 2-1. Pepperdine is the second West Coast Conference team Washington has faced during its non-conference slate after opening with Gonzaga. UW will be looking for its first road win of the year in Malibu, after falling to Weber State (66-77) in its only contest away from Bank of America Arena thus far. Following the meeting in Malibu, the Huskies will return to Seattle to take final exams before heading back on the road to Cancun, Mexico, to take part in the Caribbean Classic (Dec. 18-22). The Huskies won't play another home game until Dec. 30, their non-conference finale with Kansas State.
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.
GoHuskies.com will feature live stats and a live audio broadcast of Wednesday's game at Pepperdine.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look for its first road win when it takes on Pepperdine on Wednesday in Malibu. The Huskies had their two-game winning streak snapped with a tough 85-67 setback at the hands of Clemson in the Husky Classic title game this past Sunday. Washington had four players finish with double-figure scoring numbers but was hampered by playing most of the game without three post players due to injury. Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led the way versus the Tigers, scoring a season-high 18 points - the most scored by a Husky this season. Bright spots also included senior guard Michelle Augustavo who tallied her second-straight 15-point scoring game and was named to the Husky Classic all-tournament team. Freshman forward Mollie Williams made the most of her first career start, turning in career-bests of 12 points, eight assists, two assists, three blocks and two steals. Whitcomb leads the squad with 12.2 points per game and has reached double-digits in three-straight games. Washington's top rebounder is senior forward Heidi McNeill who has 6.5 boards per game, but she missed UW's last contest with a groin injury and could be out for up to two weeks. Sophomore point guard Sarah Morton tallied a career-high seven assists performance against Seattle U last Saturday and leads UW in that category with 3.4 per game. Whitcomb has led UW on the defensive end with a team-high 15 steals. 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 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 649-349.
Pepperdine is an even 3-3 heading into Wednesday's game, after splitting a pair of games this last weekend at their own tournament. The Waves defeated Coppin State (54-36), before falling to then-No. 8 Texas A&M by just 10 points (60-70). Pepperdine has already played two Pac-10 teams this year, losing to both UCLA (55-66) and USC (55-69) by nearly identical scores. The Waves' wins have come over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (79-72) and Northern Arizona (75-60). Junior forward/center Miranda Ayim leads the squad with 12.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Katie Menton (10.7 ppg) and freshman guard Jazmine Jackson (10.6 ppg) are also averaging points in double-figures. Pepperdine has one Washingtonian on its roster - senior guard Nakeya Isabell who went to Seattle's Cleveland High School and transferred to Pepperdine after playing one season at the College of Southern Idaho. Last season, the Waves finished with a 10-18 record and placed eighth in the WCC (5-9). They have three starters back from that team this year.
All-Time Series Versus Pepperdine:
Washington leads the all-time series with Pepperdine, 2-1. The Waves' only win in the contest came in the last meeting on Dec. 4, 2007 in Seattle (56-74). Washington won the previous two meetings - 71-59 (March 19, 2004 in Seattle) and 84-64 (Dec. 20, 1992 in Hawaii). The 2004 win came in the first round of the WNIT when the Waves were coached by Mark Trakh, now the head coach at USC. Wednesday will be the first-ever meeting on Pepperdine's home floor.
Husky SoCal Connections:
Washington has two players with Southern California roots, as junior guard Sami Whitcomb hails from Ventura, Calif. and freshman forward Mollie Williams is a native of Cerritos.
I Love LA:
Washington's mid-week trip to Pepperdine will be the first of three excursions to the Los Angeles area this season. The Huskies will be back in Los Angeles for their regular Pac-10 road swing at USC (Jan. 22) and UCLA (Jan. 24) and will then return again for the Pac-10 Tournament to be held at USC's Galen Center (March 12-15). This season marks the first time the Pac-10 Tournament will be held in LA after San Jose served as the host site for six years. Oregon hosted the inaugural 2002 conference tournament.
Augustavo Hitting The Mark:
Senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo has been a key for Washington in its last two games, racking up back-to-back season-high 15-point scoring performances versus Seattle University and Clemson. A long-range shooting specialist, Augustavo shot 50 percent from beyond the arc in those contests (8-of-16). All 15 of her points in the win over Seattle U came from three-point range and she was nearly perfect from long-distance (5-of-7). Against Clemson, Augustavo also helped out with a season-high five rebounds. For her efforts, she represented Washington on the Husky Classic All-Tournament Team. At the beginning of the week, Augustavo was tied for third in the Pac-10 in three-point field goals made per game (2.2) and is eighth in three-point field goal percentage (.393).
Freshmen Making An Impact:
Washington has received substantial contributions from two true freshmen - guard/forward Kristi Kingma and forward Mollie Williams. Kingma has started all five games and is third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game. Kingma has reached double-figures in scoring in all but one game, including a season-best performance of 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists in UW's win over Boise State. Williams is coming off back-to-back scoring efforts of 10 and 12 points, respectively. Making her first career start for an injured Heidi McNeill in UW's last game with Clemson, Williams made the most of her opportunity, turning in career-best numbers of 12 points and eight rebounds. Her inside presence has especially been felt on the defensive end as she has already recorded six blocks - tops on the team and fourth in the Pac-10.
The Huskies look to generate offense from their defense and have done so with success. In their last two victories (versus Boise State, Seattle U), Washington forced its opposition to commit 30 or more turnovers (32 vs. BSU; 30 vs. SU) and collected 17 or more steals (23 vs. BSU; 17 vs. SU). Much of the defensive charge has been led by junior guard Sami Whitcomb who ranks third in the Pac-10 with 3.0 steals per game (15 overall). Freshman guard Kristi Kingma and freshman forward Mollie Williams are also each tied for 10th in the league in that category (1.8). As a team, UW is tied for second in the Pac-10 in steals (13.0) and is third in blocked shots (3.2).
Last Game Recap - Clemson 85, UW 67:
Riding the wave of a 19-4 run that began midway through the second-half, Clemson dashed out to an 85-67 victory over host Washington to win the 2008 Husky Classic title at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak for the Huskies who were led by 18 points from junior guard Sami Whitcomb. Husky Classic MVP Lele Hardy paced the Tigers with a game-high 22 points including six points in the decisive run. Washington and Clemson played tight battle with the 10 lead changes and four ties leading up to the midway point of the second stanza. The Huskies led 50-48 at 11:07 but fell victim to the momentum changing run that also included seven points from Clemson reserve Kirstyn Wright. The Tigers' largest lead of the game was the final 18-point spread. Joining Whitcomb in double-figure scoring for Washington was senior guard Michelle Augustavo who tallied her second-straight game with 15 points. Augustavo was named to the Husky Classic All-Tournament, as were Clemson's Whitney Hood, Seattle University's Breanna Salley and Kent State's Anna Kowalska. Kent State came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to defeat Seattle University, 89-77 in overtime, in the Husky Classic consolation matchup. Other notable performances for the Huskies included a career-day for freshman forward Mollie Williams who in making her first collegiate start, scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Williams' play was especially key after starting center Laura McLellan suffered a sprained ankle in the first half. The Huskies were already without senior forward Heidi McNeill (groin) and redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens (knee) due to injuries as well. Hardy and Hood led Clemson on the boards with nine rebounds apiece. Hood finished with 16 points and Wright with 13. It was the first time in four years Washington did not win its own Husky Classic, entering Sunday's game with three-straight titles. The contest also marked the first-ever meeting between Washington and Clemson.
The Huskies won't play a game in Bank of America Arena for exactly one month. After UW's last home game on Nov. 30, the next time Washington will be back on their own floor will be Dec. 30 against Kansas State. The Huskies will play four games on the road in that span, with a week for final exams mixed in. After Wednesday's game at Pepperdine, Washington will then head to Cancun, Mexico to take part in the Caribbean Classic, Dec. 18-21. In Cancun, the Huskies will face No. 1 Connecticut (Dec. 18), Florida State (Dec. 19) and Northern Colorado (Dec. 21).