UW Set To Face Northern Colorado In Caribbean Classic Finale

Dec. 20, 2008

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GAME 9 - Sun., Dec. 21, 2008
Caribbean Classic

Washington (4-4) vs. Northern Colorado (4-6)
11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT • Moon Palace Resort • Cancun, Mexico
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: None
Internet: Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (4-4) will take on Northern Colorado (4-6) in the finale of the 2008 Caribbean Classic, Sunday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico. The Huskies are coming off a thrilling 62-60 win over Florida State in Friday's second round, rebounding from a lopsided 109-51 loss to top-ranked Connecticut in the tournament opener Thursday. The Seminoles, who had their four-game win streak snapped by UW, have been ranked in the Top-25 this year and are currently receiving votes in both the major polls. Northern Colorado is 0-2 in tournament action, losing both to Florida State (32-75) and UConn (40-85). Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between Northern Colorado and Washington. Sunday's contest also marks the last game of UW's four-game, month-long road stretch that began Dec. 3 at Pepperdine. After the Christmas holiday, UW 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 85, Northern Colorado 40
Washington 62, Florida State 60

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. After suffering a school-record loss to top-ranked UConn in the tournament opener on Thursday, the Huskies fought their way back in the win column with an exciting 62-60 victory over Florida State. Washington's win over the Seminoles snapped their four-game winning streak. FSU featured four starters from its team that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year and is currently receiving votes in both major polls. Junior guard Sara Mosiman was a catalyst off the bench for the second-straight game, leading UW with a season-high 12 points, while also grabbing a team-high four rebounds and two assists. She had a team-high 11 points against UConn the previous day. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan tallied her second-straight double-figure scoring game with 11 points, while junior guards Sami Whitcomb and Christina Rozier each added eight points. The Huskies have won four of their last six games after starting the year 0-2. Whitcomb leads the squad on both the offensive and defensive ends. Whitcomb is averaging a team-high 11.1 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 McLellan (10.8 ppg) and freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma (8.8 ppg). Senior forward Heidi McNeill is Washington's leading rebounder (5.2 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 8.0 points and has a team-high 15 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 Northern Colorado:
Northern Colorado is 4-6 heading into Sunday's game with Washington, having lost five of their last six games including both contests in the Caribbean Classic to Florida State (32-75) and UConn (40-85). Among Northern Colorado's wins is an 86-79 victory over Washington State on Nov. 28. Two players are averaging points in double-figures, led by junior guard Whitley Cox (12.5 ppg) and senior forward Jamie Schroeder (11.4 ppg). Schroeder is also averaging a team-high 6.1 rebounds. As a team, Northern Colorado is averaging 61.6 ppg, while allowing 68.1 ppg. Last year, Northern Colorado went 14-16 and finished fifth in the Big Sky Conference (5-5). The Bears are coached by Jaime White who is in her third season as a head coach.

All-Time Series With Northern Colorado:
Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and Northern Colorado.

Last Game Recap - UW 62, Florida State 60:
Just over 24 hours after a lopsided loss to top-ranked Connecticut, Washington women's basketball responded with a big win of its own, taking down Florida State, 62-60, in the second round of the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, Friday night. The Huskies didn't let a school-record loss get in their way just the previous day, using stifling defense to defeat a Seminole team that is currently receiving votes in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN/WBCA polls. It was just the third loss of the year for Florida State. Washington came back from trailing nearly the entire first half and took the lead early in the second-half. Holding a single-digit lead for much of the final 20 minutes, the contest looked like it might have been in jeopardy late. UW had what seemed to be a comfortable six-point lead with a minute to go (62-60), but Husky junior forward Lydia Young fouled FSU's Mara Freshour on a made three-pointer. Freshour made the free-throw to complete the four-point play. With 43 seconds on the clock, Washington turned the ball over on its next possession but then made the defensive stop it needed on Florida State. The Seminoles had 21.3 seconds on the clock and the ball, but UW pressured two missed shots at the end. For the second-straight game, reserve guard Sara Mosiman led the Huskies in scoring with a season-high 12 points. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan added 11 points despite getting in foul trouble. Mosiman also led the team in rebounding with four boards. Junior guard Christina Rozier added a spark off the bench as well with eight points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds. Florida State had three players finish in double-figure scoring, led by 13 apiece from Jacinta Monroe and Alysha Harvin. Freshour added 11 points as well. The Huskies forced Florida State to commit 26 turnovers and grabbed 11 steals. UW also forced the Seminoles' top post players and leading scorers - Monroe and Cierra Bravard - into foul trouble as the two ended up with three and four, respectively. The Huskies scored 23 points off turnovers and got good production from the bench, getting 31 points from their reserves.

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