Huskies Wrap Homestand Hosting Oregon State Saturday

Jan. 16, 2009

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GAME 15 - Sat., Jan. 17, 2009
Oregon State (10-5, 1-4 Pac-10) at Washington (5-9, 1-3 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest (delayed)
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (5-9, 1-3 Pac-10) will look to snap a three-game losing streak when it continues its current homestand hosting Oregon State on Saturday, Jan. 17. The contest will tip-off at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Both squads are coming off losses on Thursday, as UW fell to Oregon (55-75) and OSU suffered a 52-65 defeat at the hands of Washington State in Pullman. The Huskies have won the last six-straight home meetings with the Beavers and lead the all-time series, 47-25. UW is tied for seventh in the Pac-10 standings with Washington State, while Oregon State sits in eighth place entering Saturday's conference action. Following the current two-game homestand, the Huskies will hit the road and take on USC (Jan. 22) and UCLA (Jan. 24).

TV Coverage:
Both Washington games this week will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Northwest on a delayed basis. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward and Ian Furness will call the action from Bank of America Arena. Air dates for the Oregon State contest will be Saturday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. The game will air on Comcast SportsNet Northwest channels in Washington and Oregon, mainly Comcast channel 179 in Seattle and Spokane and channel 37 in Oregon.

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.

Internet Coverage:
GoHuskies.com will feature live video and audio broadcasts of the games this week, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to view or listen to the game must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to salvage a weekend split against its Northwest rivals from the Willamette Valley, Saturday, when it hosts Oregon State. The Huskies had their seven-game home winning streak against Oregon snapped when the Ducks left Bank of America Arena with a 75-55 victory over UW. Washington has a six-game home win streak against the Beavers - the last time Oregon State defeated UW in Seattle was Feb. 21, 2002, 73-71 in overtime. The Huskies have lost three-straight games after opening conference play with a win over Washington State on Jan. 3. That victory over the Cougars is UW's only win in its last six outings. The Huskies continue to be leld by junior forward/center Laura McLellan and junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb. McLellan and Whitcomb scored 15 and 13 points, respectively against the Ducks and lead the team with 10.4 and 10.1 points per game. McLellan is also averaging 3.9 rebounds and shooting a team-high 48 percent from the field (11th in the Pac-10). She has nine double-figure scoring games and has led the team in scoring on five occasions. Adding to Whitcomb's offense is her defensive play, as the Husky co-captain has a team-high 31 steals and her 2.2 swipes per game rank third in the Pac-10. She is also averaging a team-high 9.3 points per game in conference play. Senior forward Heidi McNeill leads the squad with 4.4 rebounds per game and is averaging 5.0 boards in Pac-10 action. Sophomore point guard Sarah Morton, who has started 11 of 14 games, leads the team in assists with 36. Freshman forward Liz Lay has quickly come into her own. After missing the first nine games of the year while continuing to rehab from knee surgery, Lay has played in the last five contests (starting two) and tallied career-bests of 11 points and six rebounds at Cal. The 11 points were a team-high from the rookie who was also making her first career start. Lay also shared team-high rebounding honors in the contest at Stanford with four boards. The Huskies are slowly but surely getting healthy as redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens and sophomore guard Sara Mosiman made their returns from injuries in the Bay Area last week. Argens missed seven games after arthroscopic knee surgery and made her return in the contest at Stanford, while Mosiman, who missed three games with a sprained ankle, made her return at Cal. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma is still out with a sprained ankle suffered in the contest at Washington State, Jan. 3. 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 senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo and McNeill.

Huskies Complete Tough Stretch:
Last weekend, the Huskies wrapped up a tough stretch that saw them play five teams in a seven-game span that were either ranked or receiving votes at the time of meeting. UW went 2-5 during that span, picking up wins against Florida State (receiving Top-25 votes at the time) and Washington State. Among the losses were setbacks to No. 1 UConn, then-No. 22 Kansas State, then-No. 11 Stanford and then-No. 13 California.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies are 3-4 at home this season, including a 1-1 mark in Pac-10 play thus far at Bank of America Arena. Washington is traditionally tough to beat on its home court, owning an all-time record of 311-82 (.791) 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 Oregon State:
Oregon State sits in eighth place in the Pac-10 standings heading into Saturday's game and is coming off a 52-65 loss at Washington State in Pullman on Thursday. Last week, the Beavers split a pair of games at home, falling to Arizona State (61-36) but snapping a three-game losing streak with a 68-43 win over Arizona. OSU went 9-1 during the non-conference slate, its only loss in that span being to North Carolina (78-82). Since then, the Beavers have lost four of their last five games. OSU has three players averaging points in double-figures, led by 14.9 ppg from sophomore guard Talisa Rhea who racked up a team-high 19 points at WSU. Sophomore center Alex Mitchell (11.9 ppg) and senior guard Brittany Davis (11.2) round out the Beavers' top three scorers. Senior center Tiffany Ducker leads the squad with 6.9 rebounds, while scoring 7.1 ppg. Oregon State is averaging 67.6 ppg and allowing 54.1 ppg.

All-Time Series With Oregon State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Beavers, 47-25, including a record of 25-9 in Seattle. Washington has won eight of the last nine games, the only loss in that span coming last season in Corvallis. These teams split their meetings last year, with UW winning 58-53 in Seattle (Feb. 17) and OSU winning 68-64 in Corvallis (Jan. 17). Washington has a six-game home winning against the Beavers. The last OSU win in Seattle came on Feb. 21, 2002 - a 73-71 overtime victory.

Last Game Recap - Oregon 75, Washington 55:
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan scored 15 points and junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb added 13, but it wasn't enough for Washington as the Huskies fell to Oregon, 75-55, in Pac-10 women's basketball action at Bank of America Arena, Thursday. It was the third-straight loss for the Huskies, who fell to 5-9 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play. Oregon, led by 24 points and seven assists from guard Taylor Lilley, improved to 6-9 overall and 3-2 in league action. McLellan scored 11 of her team-high 15 points in the second-half and added four rebounds, three assists and four blocks. Seniors Heidi McNeill and Michelle Augustavo shared team-high rebounding honors with five boards apiece, while Augustavo added four steals. Joining Lilley in double-figures for Oregon was guard Micaela Cocks with 19 points. Both Lilley and Cocks sank a trio of three-pointers, helping the Ducks to a 46.2 percent clip from long range. In turn, UW was only able to connect on one of its 14 attempts from beyond the arc (7.1 percent). The loss snapped Washington's seven-game home winning streak against the Ducks in the all-time series. The Huskies used full court pressure to force Oregon into committing 25 turnovers, but still trailed the points off turnovers statistic, 16-13. Oregon won the rebounding battle 38-31, but UW outscored the Ducks in the paint, 32-26. Washington trailed by just five points at halftime (27-32), but could not overcome the deficit, coming back to within five points three times, the last occasion with 12:37 remaining in the second-half. It was then that Oregon went on a 15-4 run over six minutes to lead by as many as 16 points (61-45). From there, the Huskies would fail to get closer than a 13-point margin. Oregon led for nearly the entire first-half, but its largest margin was only an eight-point spread (31-23) with 45 seconds to go before the intermission.

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