Women's Hoops To Take On #13/9 California Sunday

Jan. 9, 2009

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GAME 13 - Sun., Jan. 11, 2009
Washington (5-7, 1-1 Pac-10) at #13/9 California (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10)
12:30 p.m. PT • Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif.
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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 (5-7, 1-1 Pac-10) wraps up its Bay Area road trip this weekend facing #13/9 California (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) on Sunday, Jan. 11, at 12:30 p.m. The contest from Haas Pavilion in Berkeley will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. The Huskies will look to bounce back from their first Pac-10 loss, falling 112-35 at the hands of #11/7 Stanford on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. Cal and Washington have split their season meetings the last two years, including UW upsets over the nationally-ranked Bears last season at home and the previous year on the road. The Golden Bears, which share the current Pac-10 lead with Stanford, are undefeated in conference play thus far and are coming off a 68-45 victory over Washington State on Thursday. Cal is riding a four-game winning streak and is 6-1 when playing on its home floor. Sunday marks the end of a tough stretch of games for the Huskies, who have faced four ranked teams in a seven-game span. Following Sunday's contest, UW will return home to host the Oregon schools.

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

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 game at California.

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 will wrap what has been its toughest stretch in its schedule on Sunday with a game against #13/9 California. The Huskies will also look to rebound from its toughest loss to date, a 112-35 setback against #11/7 Stanford. The 77-point losing margin and the 112 points allowed were both school records for Washington. But the Huskies have bounced back before. After a 58-point loss at the hands of No. 1 UConn on Dec. 18, UW turned around to defeat a Florida State team receiving votes in both polls the very next day. The Huskies opened Pac-10 play last Saturday with a 71-58 win over Washington State in Seattle. As of Friday, UW sits in a tie for fourth place in the league standings, while California is tied for first with Stanford. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan and junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb lead the Huskies in scoring with 10.8 and 10.3 points per game respectively. Whitcomb also leads the squad and is ranked third in the Pac-10 in steals with 2.3 swipes per outing. McLellan, a consistent inside presence, leads the squad with a 48.2 percent field goal shooting percentage (54-112). Junior forward Lydia Young, one of two junior college transfers on the squad, leads UW with 4.5 rebounds per game, while sophomore point guard Sarah Morton has dished a team-high 32 assists. Injuries continue to plague the young Huskies as starting freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma suffered a high ankle sprain in UW's Pac-10 opener with WSU and could be sidelined for up to 2-3 weeks. Junior guard Sara Mosiman has missed the last three games with a sprained ankle as well. Redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee to repair torn meniscus on Dec. 3, made her return in UW's last game at Stanford. Argens, who suffered the injury on the same knee in which she tore the ACL last season, was a bright spot in the contest, recording three points, two rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes on the floor. 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 three contests, averaging 3.0 ppg. 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 0-3 against ranked opponents this season, the losses coming to No. 1 UConn (Dec. 18), then-No. 22 Kansas State (Dec. 30) and No. 13 Stanford (Jan. 8). UW is 45-111 overall against ranked opponents, including a 7-57 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 California:
The Golden Bears (12-2, 3-0 Pac-10) defeated Washington State on Thursday night at home (68-45) before entertaining the Huskies for Sunday's matinee. Cal is coming off a sweep in the desert to open Pac-10 play, 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 21.7 points per game. She is also averaging a team-high 8.1 boards per game. Walker is coming off a 25-point, 10-rebound performance vs. the Cougars. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, who is averaging 11.9 ppg and 4.8 rpg, also tallied a double-double vs. WSU with 10 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, Cal is averaging 70.5 ppg, while holding opponents to a mere 53.2 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.

The Last Time Against Cal:
The last time Cal and Washington met was in both teams' regular season finale in Seattle on March 2. The Golden Bears were ranked ninth in the country and needed a win to claim a share of the Pac-10 title with Stanford, but the Huskies played the role of spoiler in the contest. Sami Whitcomb scored 24 points and hit four three-pointers in a decisive 18-7 second-half run to help fuel the Huskies. Laura McLellan added 13 points for UW, while then-senior Emily Florence contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds. Alexis Gray-Lawson led Cal with 17 points.

Last Game Recap - Stanford 112, UW 35:
Center Jayne Appel scored 21 points and added nine rebounds to help #13/9 Stanford to a 112-35 victory over Washington at Maples Pavilion, Thursday night. Appel led six Cardinal players to reach double-figures in scoring. Guard Jeanette Pohlen had 16 points and eight assists while reserve center Sarah Boothe added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. The 77-point win was a Pac-10 and school record for Stanford, which in turn handed UW a school-record loss as well. The 112 points allowed by the Huskies also set a UW record, surpassing the 109 points and 58-point losing margin surrendered to No. 1 UConn on Dec. 18. Stanford knocked down 14 three-pointers, including nine in the first-half alone, and outrebounded UW, 55-27. The Cardinal shot 57.1 percent from the field (40-of-70), while holding the Huskies' to a season-low 21 percent clip (13-of 62). Sophomore point guard Sarah Morton was UW's leading scorer with seven points, while junior point guard Christina Rozier contributed six points on a pair of three-pointers. Another bright spot for Washington was the return of redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens who saw action on the floor for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Dec. 3. Argens added three points, two rebounds and two assists in 12 minutes. UW was without starting guard/forward Kristi Kingma who was out with a high ankle sprain suffered in the previous Husky contest versus Washington State. UW leading scorers Laura McLellan and Sami Whitcomb were held to four and three points, respectively.

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