Bay Area Swing Up Next For Women's Hoops

Jan. 6, 2009

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GAME 12 - Thur., Jan. 8, 2008
Washington (5-6, 1-0 Pac-10) at #11/7 Stanford (11-3, 2-0 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Maples Pavilion • Stanford, Calif.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Coming off a victory in its Pac-10 opener with Washington State on Saturday, Washington women's basketball (5-6, 1-0 Pac-10) will hit the road this week for its annual Bay Area swing. The Huskies will open the trip facing #11/7 Stanford (11-3, 2-0 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif. UW will then make the trek to Berkeley for a contest with #13/9 California (11-2, 2-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 12:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Sunday's contest will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. The Huskies snapped a brief two-game losing streak with their 71-58 win over the Cougars and will look to continue their winning ways this week. Both Stanford and Cal opened the Pac-10 slate with 2-0 records, completing road sweeps of Arizona State and Arizona last week. Both the Cardinal and Golden Bears have also been ranked among the top teams in the nation all season long. Stanford garnered as high as a No. 2 preseason national ranking and Cal was ranked as high as third in Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 Associated Press polls.

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 live audio broadcasts of Washington's games with Stanford and California.

TV Coverage:
Washington's game on Sunday at California will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

Schedule Note:
Washington's game against Arizona in Tucson on Saturday, Feb. 28, has been moved to a 1 p.m. MT/12 p.m. PT tip-off. It was originally schedule to start at 2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington opened Pac-10 play on a winning note last week, defeating Washington State, 71-58, in Seattle. The win snapped a brief two-game losing skid for the Huskies who also won their 27th-straight game in the all-time series with the Cougars. UW split both its games last week, wrapping up its non-conference slate with a 60-73 loss to then-No. 22 Kansas State at home on Dec. 30. The Huskies are back on the road after a short two-game homestand. UW played nearly the entire month of December away from Bank of America Arena. 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 finished non-conference play losing three of four games. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb led the Huskies in their last game versus Washington State with a team-high 17 point scoring effort. Whitcomb, a co-captain with senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo, is averaging 11.0 points per game and has a team-high 27 steals. She is currently ranked third in the Pac-10 with 2.5 steals per game. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is averaging a team-high 11.5 points per game and is shooting a team-high 51.5 percent clip from the field. McLellan is also a steady inside presence, averaging 4.4 rebounds. Augustavo is the Huskies' third-leading scorer with 8.6 points per game. A long-range shooting specialist, she begins the week fifth in the Pac-10 with 2.2 three-pointers per game. Junior forward Lydia Young, who has started the last two games, leads the squad with 4.8 rebounds per game. Injuries continue to plague the young Huskies as starting freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma suffered a high ankle sprain in UW's last game with WSU and could be sidelined for up to three weeks. Junior guard Sara Mosiman has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle as well, and redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens has missed the last seven games after undergoing surgery on her left knee to repair torn meniscus, Dec. 3. Last week did mark the collegiate debut of heralded freshman forward Liz Lay, who missed the first nine games recovering from microfracture surgery on her right knee in February. Lay has come off the bench in the last two contests, scoring five and four points, respectively. 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 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 and ending this week in the Bay Area, 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. This week's opponents - Stanford and Cal - have been highly ranked all season long as well.

Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 0-2 against ranked opponents this season, the losses coming to No. 1 UConn (Dec. 18) and then-No. 22 Kansas State (Dec. 30). UW is 45-110 overall against ranked opponents, including a 7-56 all-time mark in road contests. The last time UW defeated a Top-25 team (Associated Press) came against then-No. 9 California in Seattle, on March 2, 2008 (74-66). In fact, UW's last two wins against ranked opponents both came against the Golden Bears. The other victory came Feb. 8, 2007 in Berkeley in overtime (79-76).

NoCal Connections:
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is a Northern California native, hailing from Campbell, Calif., near San Jose. UW head coach Tia Jackson also spent time in the area, serving as an assistant coach at Stanford under Tara VanDerveer during the 1999-00 season.

Scouting Stanford:
Stanford will be making its Pac-10 home debut when it hosts Washington on Thursday evening. The Cardinal has won three-straight games, including its first two league contests against Arizona State (64-61) and Arizona (70-61). The 11-3 Cardinal has only suffered losses to ranked opponents - then-No. 19 Baylor (65-81), then-No. 8 Duke (52-56) and then-No. 11 Tennessee (69-79 ot). Junior forward/center Jayne Appel leads the squad with 13.8 ppg and 1.0 rpg. Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen is not far behind, averaging 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds. Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen (10.4 ppg) and freshman forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike (10.0) round out the Stanford players in double-figure scoring. Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense with 75.6 points per effort. The Cardinal is holding opponents to an average of 58.1 ppg.

All-Time Series With Stanford:
Washington trails the all-time series with Stanford, 14-34. The Huskies have lost the last five-straight games and nine of the last 10 dating back to the the 2003-04 season. UW's last win in the series came in Seattle, a 77-72 victory on Dec. 22, 2005. Stanford swept the season series last year, winning 73-53 in Seattle (Feb. 29) and 77-42 in Palo Alto (Dec. 30). The Huskies haven't faired too well in Maples as of late, losing the last three meetings there by 26 or more points. UW's last win at Maples Pavilion came on Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62). The Huskies are 4-19 overall against Stanford in Palo Alto.

Scouting California:
The Golden Bears (11-2, 2-0 Pac-10) will host Washington State on Thursday before entertaining the Huskies for Sunday's matinee. Cal is coming off a sweep in the desert, defeating Arizona (56-46) and Arizona State (54-53) to give them an early conference lead with Stanford. The Bears' only two losses came in non-conference action, losing to then-No. 22 TCU (73-82) and then-No. 5 Oklahoma (75-86). Senior forward/center Ashley Walker leads the squad and the Pac-10 with 21.5 points per game. She is also averaging a team-high 7.9 boards per game. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is averaging 12.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg. As a team, Cal is averaging 70.7 ppg, while holding opponents to a mere 53.8 ppg.

All-Time Series With California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California, 40-11. The Huskies and Golden Bears have split their season meetings the last two years. UW upset then-No. 9 Cal in both teams' regular season finale last year (March 2) in Seattle. The Huskies' 74-66 win over the Bears knocked them out of contention for a share of the 2008 Pac-10 title with Stanford. Cal won the meeting in Berkeley, 66-40 (Dec. 28). UW's last win at Haas Pavilion came on Feb. 8, 2007, a dramatic 79-76 overtime victory. The Huskies are 18-8 overall against California in Berkeley.

Last Game Recap - UW 71, WSU 58:
Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb scored a team-high 17 points, including 13 in the second-half, to lead Washington women's basketball to a 71-58 victory over Washington State in both teams' Pac-10 opener at Bank of America Arena, Saturday. The victory improved Washington's winning streak in the all-time series with WSU to 27 games, including 16-straight at home. Joining Whitcomb in double-figures for the Huskies were junior guard/forward Laura McLellan (10 points) and senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo (10 points). Augustavo's play off the bench was especially key as UW lost starting guard Kristi Kingma to a sprained left ankle in the first-half. McLellan and senior forward Heidi McNeill led UW on the rebounding end with six boards apiece, while sophomore guard Sarah Morton dished seven assists. The Huskies shot a season-best 52 percent clip from the field (26-of-50), while in turn holding the Cougars to a 30.2 percent average (19-of-63). Guard April Cook led three Cougars in double-figures with 17 points, while guard Jazmine Perkins (12 points) and forward Rosie Tarnowski (10) rounded out the top-three scorers for WSU. Ebonee Coates grabbed a game-high 12 board as well. The Huskies certainly didn't have an easy time early on, as the Cougars opened the game with an 11-3 run. But Washington chipped away at the WSU advantage and came back to even the score twice late in the first-half. Trailing by two (22-24) with 4:39 remaining until the intermission, the Huskies closed out the half with a 15-4 run - including a 9-0 spurt - to take the lead for good. UW led by nine at halftime (37-28) and sped out to a 12-0 run to start the second stanza and never looked back, holding the Cougars without a field for the first three and a half minutes of the period. Washington's largest lead was a 25-point spread with 4:59 remaining in the game.

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