Huskies Ring In 2009 Hosting WSU In Pac-10 Opener

Dec. 31, 2008

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GAME 11 - Sat., Jan. 3, 2008
Washington State (7-4) at Washington (4-6)
1 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: FSN
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com

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Washington women's basketball (4-6) will ring in 2009 hosting its Pac-10 opener with rival Washington State (7-4), Saturday, Jan. 3. The contest will tip-off at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Jim Watson and Ann Meyers Drysdale will call the action from Seattle. Both the Huskies and Cougars faced 22nd-ranked Kansas State in their non-conference finales before the start of conference action. Washington fell to the Wildcats, 60-73, at home on Tuesday, while WSU dropped a 58-74 decision to K-State in Pullman on Dec. 28. Washington has won the last 26-straight meetings with WSU and the last 15-straight in Seattle. Saturday marks the end of a brief two-game homestand for the Huskies who before Tuesday had a month-long, four-game road stretch. Washington will hit the road again next week to continue Pac-10 play in the Bay Area facing #11/8 Stanford (Jan. 8) and #13/9 California (Jan. 11).

TV Coverage:
Washington's game with Washington State will be televised live on FSN. Jim Watson and Ann Meyers Drysdale will call the action from Bank of America Arena.

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 joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts.

Internet Coverage:
GoHuskies.com will feature live scoring and the live audio broadcast of Washington's game with WSU on Saturday.

Gameday Promotions:
Saturday will be FSN purple T-shirt day. Purple T-shirts will be handed out to the first 2,500 fans at the doors courtesy of FSN. Saturday will also be Autograph Day. All Husky players will sign autographs after the game in the East Court (concourse level) at Bank of America Arena.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington wrapped its non-conference slate against Kansas State on Tuesday, falling 60-73 to the 22nd-ranked Wildcats in Seattle. The contest marked the first time in exactly one month that the Huskies had played at home after a four-game, month-long road trip that saw UW play at Pepperdine (Dec. 3) and at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico (Dec. 18-21). The Huskies endured a bit of an up-and-down non-conference slate, but took on five teams that went to postseason play last year (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), including four opponents that were either ranked or receiving votes in national polls. UW opened the year 0-2, then won three of four, but have lost three of its last four games heading into Pac-10 play. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan leads the squad with 11.6 points per game and a 50.5 percent field goal shooting percentage. She is also pulling down 4.2 rebounds per game. McLellan has seven double-figure scoring games including a career-high 22 point scoring effort against Northern Colorado. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is averaging 10.4 points and has a team-high 23 steals. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma, who is coming off a career-high matching 14 point-scoring effort against Kansas State, is UW's third leading scorer with 9.0 ppg and is second in steals (18). UW head coach Tia Jackson went with a new starting lineup against Kansas State, inserting junior college transfers Christina Rozier and Lydia Young. It was the first career start for both Rozier, a Miami, Fla., native, and Young, from Detroit, Mich. Young leads the team in rebounding with 4.8 boards per game, while Rozier is second on the team with 21 assists. Senior three-point shooting specialist Michelle Augustavo provides a good spark off the bench as the co-captain is averaging 8.5 points and is shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. Heralded freshman forward Liz Lay made her collegiate debut against Kansas State, playing eight minutes and adding five points and two rebounds. Lay underwent microfracture surgery on her right knee in Feb. of last year, her senior season at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City. Junior guard Sara Mosiman, who came off the bench to lead the Huskies in scoring their first two games in Cancun, suffered a sprained left ankle in the final Caribbean Classic contest and could miss the next 2-3 weeks. Redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens underwent surgery to repair torn meniscus in her left knee, Dec. 3, and could potentially make her return against WSU on Saturday. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach 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 forward Heidi McNeill.

Huskies In The Midst of Tough Stretch:
The Huskies are in the midst of a tough stretch in their schedule. Beginning Dec. 18 versus No. 1 UConn, Washington has or will face five teams either ranked or receiving votes in a seven-game span. In addition to UConn, UW then faced Florida State (which received votes) on Dec. 19 and #22/18 Kansas State on Dec. 30. Following UW's game with WSU on Saturday, the Huskies hit the road again to face a pair of ranked Pac-10 foes in #11/8 Stanford (Jan. 8) and #13/9 California (Jan. 11). UW is 0-2 against ranked teams this year (UConn, Kansas State), but defeated the Seminoles, 62-60, in the Caribbean Classic.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies are happy to return home this week after a month-long, four-game road stretch. UW played four of its first five games at home, going 2-2 in that span. Washington is traditionally tough to beat on its home court, owning an all-time record of 310-81 (.793) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies were 10-5 at home last year after 12-2 and 12-3 seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07, respectively.

Scouting Washington State:
Washington State brings a 7-4 record into Seattle this Saturday, its seven non-conference wins being the most since WSU had nine during the 1995-96 season. Like the Huskies, the Cougars are coming off a loss at the hands of No. 22 Kansas State (58-74). WSU has lost two straight after stringing together a five-game winning streak. Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins leads the squad and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 14.9 points per game. In fact, all current Cougar starters are averaging points in double figures including freshman guard April Cook (13.9), senior guard Katie Appleton (11.3), freshman forward Rosie Tarnowski (10.2) and senior center Heather Molzen (10.0). Molzen is averaging a team-high 7.0 rebounds per game as well. WSU and Washington played three common opponents during the non-conference slate. Both teams defeated Boise State and lost to Kansas State and Northern Colorado. The Cougars are led by former Washington head coach June Daugherty. Daugherty is in her second season in Pullman, after serving as the head coach at UW from 1996-07.

All-Time Series With Washington State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Washington State, 56-10, and owns a 26-game winning streak dating back to the 1995-96 season. Washington swept the series last year, with a 61-46 win over WSU in Pullman (Jan. 4) and an 84-40 win over the Cougars in Seattle (Feb. 3). UW also owns a 15-game home winning streak against WSU and is 28-6 overall against the Cougars in Seattle. The last Cougar win in the series came on Feb. 25, 1995 in Pullman (67-72). The last time the Cougars won in Seattle was Jan. 9, 1993 (75-72 in overtime).Last Game Recap - #22/18 Kansas State 73, UW 60: Shalee Lehning had her fourth career triple-double with 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds and Ashley Sweat scored 22 points as No. 22 Kansas State remained unbeaten with a 73-60 victory over Washington on Tuesday night. Marlies Gipson added 17 points for the Wildcats (12-0). Freshman Kristi Kingma led the Huskies (4-6) with 14 points and junior Sami Whitcomb had 13. The 12-game winning streak is the fourth-longest in school history for Kansas State. The Wildcats held Washington scoreless for the first 3:34 and led by as many as eight points before the Huskies went on a 7-2 run to close within 31-28 at the half. Kansas State scored the first six points of the second half to take a 37-28 lead. Washington then ran off seven in a row to draw within two at 37-35 with 14:23 left. But Sweat got to work during a run that pushed the Wildcats' lead back to eight. Lehning's driving lay-in with just over 7 minutes left put Kansas State up 56-46. The Huskies got as close as six on back-to-back 3-pointers by Michelle Augustavo, but the Wildcats scored the game's final seven points to seal it. The Wildcats shot 46.3 percent for the game, while the Huskies hit just 36.4 percent.

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