Husky Women Take On UCLA Saturday
Jan. 23, 2009
GAME 17 - Sat., Jan. 24, 2009
Washington (5-11, 1-5 Pac-10) at UCLA (13-4, 4-2 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT Pauley Pavilion Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Coming off one of its best offensive showings of the season, Washington women's basketball (5-11, 1-5 Pac-10) will look to build on that performance when it wraps up its LA road trip at UCLA (13-4, 4-2 Pac-10), Saturday, Jan. 24. The Huskies and Bruins will tip-off at 2 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood. UW lost at USC on Thursday, but equaled a season-best scoring 82 points against the Women of Troy (82-90). UW will have its sights set on snapping its current five-game losing streak with its last win coming in its Pac-10 opener with Washington State back on Jan. 3. The Bruins have won two straight and three of their last four. UCLA has proven difficult to beat at home this year, entering Saturday's game with a 10-1 record at Pauley Pavilion. UW enters the weekend tied for eighth in the Pac-10 with Washington State, while UCLA is in a three-way tie for third with Arizona State and USC. Following this week's road trip, Washington will return home to host four-straight Pac-10 games.
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 from Los Angeles this week.
GoHuskies.com will feature live audio broadcasts of the games this week, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to listen to the game must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will take another stab at snapping its current losing streak when it takes on UCLA, Saturday. The Huskies' five-game losing streak is its longest since losing six-straight during the 1999-2000 campaign. Even though they didn't come out of the Galen Center with a win, the Huskies were able to put their recent scoring slump behind them when they scored 82 points - equaling a season-high and far surpassing the 44.8 points per game they averaged the previous four games. UW finally got hot from long range, hitting a season-high 12 three-pointers against the Women of Troy. The mark was just four shy of equaling UW's school record of 16 set twice in 2001 and 2002. Guards Sami Whitcomb and Kristi Kingma helped spark the Husky offense, with Whitcomb scoring a season-high 26 points - the most by a UW player this year - and Kingma adding a career-high 19. The duo accounted for nine of UW's 12 three-pointers - five from Whitcomb and four from Kingma. Kingma didn't appear to have been slowed down by the high ankle sprain she suffered back on Jan. 3 versus UCLA. The injury kept her out of three games and she played just seven minutes in UW's game with Oregon State last Saturday. Other bright spots for UW at USC was the play of redshirt-freshman Mackenzie Argens who scored a career-high 10 points. Junior guard Christina Rozier tallied her second-straight double-figure scoring game with 10 points and senior guard Michelle Augustavo pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. But the contest still went in the books as a loss, and UW's 1-5 conference start now equals its worst start since opening Pac-10 play 1-5 in 2003-04. Whitcomb's 26-point scoring effort moved her into the team lead for scoring with 11.5 per game. She is also averaging a team-high 13.3 points in conference play. Whitcomb has three-straight double-figure scoring games (10 overall) and ranks third in the Pac-10 in steals (2.3). Junior forward/center Laura McLellan, held to just two points at USC Thursday, is averaging 9.9 points and 3.8 rebounds. McLellan has 10 double-figure scoring games and has led the team in scoring on five occasions. Senior forward Heidi McNeill and junior forward Lydia Young share the team lead in rebounding (4.1 rpg), while sophomore point guard Sarah Morton, who has started 12 of 16 games, leads the team in assists with 42. 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.
Washington has two Southern California natives on its roster in junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb (Ventura/Buena HS) and freshman foward Mollie Williams (Cerritos/Artesia HS). Husky head coach Tia Jackson also served as an assistant coach at UCLA for five seasons, from 2000-2005.
Feeling Right At Home...:
Sami Whitcomb certainly likes returning to her native Southern California to play in front of family and friends. The last two seasons, the Ventura native has turned in some of the better performances of her career when playing the LA schools. Whitcomb's career-high scoring effort remains the 27 points she put up in a game at UCLA last year (Feb. 10, 2008), a mark she nearly bettered when she scored 26 points at USC on Thursday. It must be something about playing the LA schools that brings out the best in Whitcomb. Her career-best rebounding performances came against UCLA and USC - but in Seattle - last year. Whitcomb racked up her only career double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Bruins (Jan. 10), and then pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds against the Women of Troy (Jan. 13).
The Bruins (13-4, 4-2 Pac-10) are coming off an 83-48 win over Washington State on Thursday and are in a three-way tie for third place in the Pac-10 along with UCLA and USC. UCLA has won two-straight games and three of their last four. UCLA split their games in the desert last weekend, falling at Arizona State (44-68) but winning at Arizona (48-38). UCLA is 4-3 in its last seven games after opening the season 9-1. The Bruins' other Pac-10 wins came against Oregon State (60-53) and USC (87-75). The Huskies and Bruins both faced Pepperdine during the non-conference slate, with UCLA defeating the waves 66-55 (UW defeated Pepperdine, 67-53). Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell leads the Bruins with 12.6 points per game, while senior center/forward Chinyere Ibekwe leads the squad in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. The Bruins are averaging 71.3 points per game, while allowing just 60.2 points per game. UCLA is led by first-year head coach Nikki Caldwell.
All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA, 26-20, but the Bruins have won the last three-straight and eight of the last 10. The Bruins swept the season series last year, winning 75-68 at Pauley Pavilion (Feb. 10) and 59-57 in Seattle (Jan. 10). The Huskies have struggled at Pauley the last few years, losing the last six-straight meetings in Westwood. The last UW win at Pauley Pavilion came on Feb. 3, 2002 (68-48). UW trails the all-time series with UCLA at Pauley, 11-12. The last win for Washington in the series came on Dec. 31, 2006 in Seattle (72-67).