Huskies Open Four Game Homestand With Arizona Thursday

Jan. 27, 2009

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GAME 18 - Thur., Jan. 29, 2009
Arizona (7-11, 0-7 Pac-10) at Washington (5-12, 1-6 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com

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Washington women's basketball (5-12, 1-6 Pac-10) returns to Bank of America Arena this week to open a four-game homestand, beginning with a contest verus Arizona (7-11, 0-7 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. The Huskies will then welcome Arizona State (13-6, 5-2 Pac-10) to Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 31, for a 12 p.m. contest. This week marks the end of the first half of Pac-10 play, as UW will continue the homestand and embark on the second round of conference action hosting the Bay Area schools next week. Washington will be looking to snap a six-game losing streak when the Wildcats come to town. Arizona, winless in the Pac-10 thus far, is riding its own seven-game losing streak. UW was swept in Los Angeles last week, suffering back-to-back eight-point losses to USC (82-90) and UCLA (66-74). This week, the Huskies will wear pink uniforms to honor longtime North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow who lost her battle with breast cancer this past Saturday. Saturday will also mark the program's annual auction, held from 11 am through the end of halftime in conjunction with Washington's game with the Sun Devils.

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, calls the play-by-play for the Huskies. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color analyst for home broadcasts.

Internet Coverage:
GoHuskies.com will feature live audio and video broadcasts of Washington's game with Arizona on Thursday, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to participate in the online coverage must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.

Huskies To Honor Kay Yow:
The Huskies will wear pink uniforms this week to honor and remember Kay Yow, the longtime head coach of the North Carolina State women's basketball program who lost her courageous battle with breast cancer last Saturday. The Huskies will wear these same uniforms when they participate in the WBCA's annual PinkZone initiative, Feb. 13-22, aimed to assist in raising breast cancer awareness.

Huskies To Hold Annual Auction Saturday:
Washington will hold its annual silent auction in conjunction with the Huskies' Pac-10 contest with Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Bank of America Arena. The auction will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through halftime of the Huskies' 12 p.m. contest with the Sun Devils. The auction will take place on the concourse of the arena in front of the Husky Hall of Fame. Over 50 items will be up for bid with all proceeds going directly to the Husky women's basketball program. Some of the items this year include a Trek 820 bicycle, dinner at Buca di Beppo with the UW women's basketball team, dinner with head coach Tia Jackson and her mother, a relaxing weekend in a private home on the water near Kingston, Wash., a football autographed by new Husky football coach Steve Sarkisian, a baseball autographed by 2008 Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, an autographed Brandon Roy replica jersey, the chance to be a ball kid for the 2009-2010 women's basketball season and much more. The annual auction is the main fundraiser that helps generate revenue to support foreign trips, special equipment purchases and other basketball needs.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to put an end to its six-game losing streak when it returns home this week. The Huskies' six-game skid is its longest since a six-game streak during the 1999-2000 season, also equaling the longest such streak in program history. That span took place from Feb. 10, 2000 through Feb. 26, 2000. Despite a pair of losses on the road last weekend in Los Angeles, the Huskies broke out of their recent offensive slump. The 82 points scored in the 90-82 loss at USC (Jan. 22) equaled a season-high scoring output, while UW's 12 three-pointers were in fact a season-best. Freshman guard Kristi Kingma played a large role in the squad's increased offensive production, averaging 22 points and sinking 10 three-pointers in the two contests. Kingma notched back-to-back career-highs in the games, scoring 19 points against USC and bettering that with a team-high 25 points at UCLA. Her six three-pointers against the Bruins came just one shy of matching the UW school-record of seven. Kingma, who was playing her first substantial minutes since suffering a high ankle sprain in UW's Pac-10 opener against Washington State Jan, 3., wasn't even at 100 percent. Also getting hot for the Huskies was junior guard Sami Whitcomb. Whitcomb scored a team and season-high 26 points against USC and followed that up with 10 points at UCLA before fouling out with just under five minutes to play. Whitcomb leads the squad with 11.4 points per game and 12.9 points in Pac-10 games. She also continues to lead the team and rank third in the Pac-10 in steals per game (2.2). Kingma and junior forward/center Laura McLellan are tied for second on the squad in scoring with 9.8 points per game. Thanks to her efforts last week, Kingma is also averaging 11.8 points per game in Pac-10 play. McLellan, who has 10 double-figure scoring games and has led the team in scoring on five occasions, also leads the team and ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with a 48.0 field goal shooting percentage (71-of-148). Junior forward Lydia Young leads the team lead in rebounding (4.1 rpg), while sophomore point guard Sarah Morton, who has started 12 of 17 games, leads the team in assists with 42. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson.

Second-Half Surge:
Despite Washington's recent losses, the Huskies have proven they are a force to be reckoned with in the second-half. Although plagued by slow starts in the opening 20 minutes, after halftime the Huskies have outscored their last three opponents a combined 131-120. The Huskies outscored Oregon State (Jan. 17) in the second-half by nine points (41-32) and did the same at USC (Jan. 22) by a seven-point margin (54-47). In both of those cases, the Huskies, though, weren't able to dig themselves out of large early deficits, trailing USC by as many as 17 points early in the second-half and trailing Oregon State by 26 early in the second-half as well. In UW's most recent game at UCLA (Jan. 24), that same trend didn't follow exactly. The Huskies were outscored by UCLA, 41-36, in the second-half after trailing by just three points at halftime. But UW held as much as a three-point lead over the Bruins with 8:24 to go in that game.

Scouting Arizona:
The Wildcats (7-11, 0-7 Pac-10) are winless in the Pac-10 thus far, having lost seven straight games. Arizona occupies last place in the conference standings heading into Thursday's game with Washington. Arizona is coming off a 38-75 loss at the hands of rival Arizona State on Saturday. Arizona has been held to 38 points its last two games, also falling 48-38 to UCLA on Jan. 17. The Wildcats had won four straight - its last four non-conference contests - before the recent seven-game slide. Sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe leads the squad with a double-double of 15.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Ibekwe leads the conference in rebounding and is second in scoring. Freshman guard Reiko Thomas is also averaging double-figure scoring with 11.4 points per game, while senior forward Amina Njonkou is averaging 9.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. As a team, Arizona is averaging 55.9 points per game and allowing its opponents to average 61.7 points per outing. The Wildcats are led by first-year head coach Niya Butts.

All-Time Series With Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 31-16, and has won the last six-straight meetings with the Wildcats. The Huskies swept Arizona last season, winning 60-58 in Tucson (Feb. 21) and 74-59 in Seattle (Jan. 26). The last time Arizona defeated Washington was a 64-60 game in Tucson, Feb. 26, 2005. The last time the Wildcats defeated UW in Seattle was earlier that same season, 67-73, on Dec. 27, 2004. Before Washington's six-game win streak versus Arizona, the Huskies had lost seven straight. Washington leads the all-time series versus Arizona when playing in Seattle, 19-3.

Scouting Arizona State:
The Sun Devils (13-6, 5-2 Pac-10) will stop in Pullman to face Washington State on Thursday before heading to Seattle. Arizona State, which received votes in this week's Associated Press poll, remains in a three-way tie for third place with UCLA and USC at the start of the week. The Sun Devils have won their last five-straight games after opening Pac-10 play with losses to Stanford (64-61) and California (54-53). ASU is coming off a big 75-38 win over rival Arizona on Saturday. Junior guard Dymond Simon leads the squad with 13.5 points per game while senior guard Briann January is averaging 12.4 ppg. Senior center Sybil Dosty is pulling down a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the Pac-10. January also leads the conference in assists (5.4) and steals (2.5). The Sun Devils are averaging 71.2 points per game while allowing opponents to average 55.4 ppg. ASU is led by 13th-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne.

All-Time Series With Arizona State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 26-21, but the Sun Devils own an eight game winning streak against the Huskies. The last Husky win in the series came on Dec. 29, 2004 in Seattle (63-55). Washington is 17-6 all-time against ASU at Bank of America Arena, but has lost the last three-straight contests in Seattle dating back to that same Dec. 29, 2004 meeting. ASU and UW met three times last year. ASU swept the season series winning 68-62 in Seattle (Jan. 24, 2008) and 69-53 in Tempe (Feb. 24, 2008). The Sun Devils also won the neutral site meeting in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose (83-64) on March 3, 2008.

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