Huskies Face Florida State In Second Round Of Caribbean Classic

Dec. 19, 2008

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GAME 8 - Fri., Dec. 19, 2008
Caribbean Classic
Washington (3-4) vs. rv/rv Florida State (9-2)
6:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. CT • Moon Palace Resort • Cancun, Mexico
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: None
Internet: Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (3-4) continues play at the 2008 Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, facing Florida State (9-2) in the second round on Friday, Dec. 19. The contest will tip-off at 6:30 p.m. PT from the Moon Palace Resort. The Huskies will look to rebound from their worst loss in school history after falling to No. 1 Connecticut, 109-51, in the tournament's opener on Thursday. Florida State, which is receiving votes in both the Associated Press and WBCA/ESPN/USA Today polls, is coming off a 75-32 win over Northern Colorado in its first round game. FSU has won four-straight games heading into Friday's contest. UW will then take on Northern Colorado in the tournament's final round, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. PT. The Huskies are in the midst of a four-game, month-long road stretch that began Dec. 3 with a contest at Pepperdine. After the Christmas holiday, Washington will return to Seattle to wrap-up non-conference play hosting Kansas State on Tues., Dec. 30, at 5 p.m. The contest will be televised live on FSN Northwest.

2008 Caribbean Classic Schedule
Thursday, Dec. 18 - Florida State 75, Northern Colorado 32
Connecticut 109, Washington 51

Friday, Dec. 19 - Connecticut vs. Northern Colorado 6 p.m. CT
Florida State vs. Washington 8:30 p.m. CT

Sunday, Dec. 21 Northern Colorado vs. Washington 1 p.m. CT
Florida State vs. Connecticut 3:30 p.m. CT

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.

Internet Coverage:
GoHuskies.com will feature the live radio broadcast of Washington's three games in the Caribbean Classic, but live scoring will not be available.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington is making its first-ever trip to Mexico as the Huskies take part in this week's Caribbean Classic. UW was back on the court for the first time in 14 days when it opened tournament action facing No. 1 UConn on Thursday. The 'Seattle' Huskies had senior forward Heidi McNeill and junior forward/center Laura McLellan back in the starting lineup but had a tall task at hand facing undefeated UConn. UW ended up allowing a school-record 109 points and lost by a school-record 58-point margin. Junior guard Sara Mosiman turned in a season-best performance with 11 points and McLellan added 10, but UConn's inside game dominated and the 'Storrs' Huskies held UW to a season-low field goal shooting percentage. UW doesn't have much time to get down, though, as the Huskies turn around just over 24 hours later to face Florida State, a squad receiving votes in both polls this week. UW is in the midst of a four-game, month-long road stretch which began with a 67-53 victory over Pepperdine on Dec. 3. The Huskies have won three of their last five games after starting the year 0-2. Washington has averaged a winning margin of 21 points in those three victories (74-51 vs. Boise State; 82-56 vs. Seattle U; 67-53 vs. Pepperdine). Junior guard Sami Whitcomb leads the squad on both the offensive and defensive ends. Whitcomb, who was held to just two points by UConn after back-to-back 18-point scoring outputs, is averaging a team-high 11.6 points per game. She also has a team-high 3.0 steals per game which ranked second in the Pac-10 as of Dec. 15. Rounding out the top three Huskies are junior forward/center Laura McLellan (10.7 ppg) and freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma (9.3 ppg). Senior forward Heidi McNeill is Washington's leading rebounder (6.2 rpg) and was back on the floor versus UConn for the first time since missing the last two games with a thigh contusion. The Huskies still aren't at full strength in the post as redshirt-freshman Mackenzie Argens underwent surgery on her left knee (Dec. 3) to repair torn meniscus which will keep her off the floor another 2-4 weeks. Senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo earned her third-career start as a Husky against Pepperdine, and has three double-figure scoring games under her belt. Augustavo is averaging 8.7 points and has a team-high 14 three-pointers. 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.

Huskies 10th In The Nation In Steals:
As of NCAA rankings released Dec. 15, Washington ranks 10th in the nation in steals per game with 13.3. Georgia State owns the nation's top mark with 18.0 swipes per contest. Fellow Pac-10 foe Arizona State is ninth (13.4). Sparking UW's defensive effort is junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who ranks 29th in the nation with 3.0 steals per game.

Scouting Florida State:
The Seminoles are 9-2 heading into Friday's game, having won four-straight and six of their last seven games. Florida State is receiving votes in this week's Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls. FSU only has losses to Florida (57-72) and Valparaiso (74-80) and is coming off a 75-32 win over Northern Colorado in the first round of the Caribbean Classic. Heading into the tournament, junior forward Jacinta Moore leads the team with 15.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. Freshman center Cierra Bravard (11.7) and senior guard Tanae Davis-Cain (10.5) also average points in double-figures. As a team, FSU is averaging 72.5 points per game, while allowing opponents to score just 55.8. Florida State's squad features four returning starters from last year's team that advanced as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. FSU is led by head coach Sue Semrau who is a Seattle native and a graduate of Shorecrest HIgh School. She played two seasons at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., before transferring to UC San Diego.

All-Time Series With Florida State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Florida State, 2-0. The Huskies and Seminoles met in back-to-back years - 2004-05 and 2005-06. UW first defeated FSU 71-69 in Tallahassee on Nov. 20, 2005 and then won the next year in Seattle, 84-65 (Dec. 17, 2006).

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