Women's Hoops Hosts Arizona State Saturday

Jan. 30, 2009

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GAME 19 - Sat., Jan. 31, 2009
rv/nr Arizona State (14-6, 6-2 Pac-10) at Washington (5-13, 1-7 Pac-10)
12 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: FSN
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com

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Washington women's basketball (5-13, 1-7 Pac-10) continues its season-long four-game homestand when the Huskies entertain Arizona State (14-6, 6-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 12 p.m. The contest at Bank of America Arena will be televised live to a national audience on FSN with Jim Watson and Ann Meyers Drysdale calling the action from Montlake. The contest marks the end of the first-half of Pac-10 play as UW will open the second-half of league action hosting the Bay Area schools next week. It will be a tough stretch for the Huskies as Arizona State, California and Stanford own the top three spots in the conference standings. UW will look to snap a seven-game losing streak, while the Sun Devils, who are receiving votes in this week's Associated Press poll, will look to extend their six-game winning streak. The Huskies suffered a 65-51 loss to Arizona on Thursday, while Arizona State defeated Washington State in Pullman that same night, 66-47. Washington will also hold its annual silent auction on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. and wrapping up at the end of halftime. Items up for bid will be displayed on the concourse in front of the Husky Hall of Fame.

TV Coverage:
Washington's contest with Arizona State will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Jim Watson will call the play-by-play with Ann Meyers Drysdale providing the color analysis.

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 State 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 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.

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.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington lost its seventh-straight game with its 51-65 setback to Arizona on Thursday night. The loss dropped Washington into a three-way tie for last place in the Pac-10 with the Wildcats and Washington State. The seven-game skid is its longest such streak in program history, eclipsing the previous streak of six games during the 1999-2000 season. Still a bright spot for the Huskies is the play of junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who has five-straight double-figure scoring games and a team-high 12 overall. Whitcomb scored a team-high 14 points against Arizona and her defensive play is also amongst the best of conference players as she ranks third in the Pac-10 in steals per game (2.2). Junior guard Christina Rozier has made the most of her starting opportunities as of late. Rozier, who is coming off a career-best game with 12 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals against Arizona, has recorded the first three double-figure scoring games of her career in the last four outings. She has been the team leader in assists a team-high seven times. Freshman guard Kristi Kingma, who averaged 22 points in UW's games in Los Angeles last week, re-aggravated her ankle injury at the end of the Huskies' game with Arizona on Thursday. Kingma initially suffered a high ankle sprain in UW's Pac-10 opener with Washington State on Jan. 3 which caused her to miss three games and play sparingly in a fourth. Kingma had tallied back-to-back career-highs of 19 and 25 points in UW's losses at USC (Jan. 22) and UCLA (Jan. 24). She currently is second on the team in scoring both overall (9.5 ppg) and in Pac-10 play (10.6 ppg). Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is third in scoring (9.3 ppg) and is tied for second on the squad in rebounding with Whitcomb (3.9 rpg). McLellan grabbed six rebounds and matched a season-high with four blocked shots against Arizona on Thursday. McLellan has 10 double-figure scoring games and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal shooting percentage (46.8). Junior forward Lydia Young leads the team in rebounding with 4.0 boards per game. Sophomore guard Sarah Morton has dished a team-high 42 assists. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson.

Scouting Arizona State:
The Sun Devils (14-6, 6-2 Pac-10) defeated Washington State in Pullman on Thursday night, 66-47. Arizona State, which received votes in this week's Associated Press poll, holds sole possession of third-place in the Pac-10 after both USC and UCLA lost to the Bay Area schools on Thursday. The Sun Devils have won their last six-straight games after opening Pac-10 play with losses to Stanford (64-61) and California (54-53). ASU won its rivalry game over Arizona last Saturday, 75-38. Junior guard Dymond Simon leads the squad with 13.5 points per game while senior guard Briann January is averaging 12.2 ppg. Senior center Sybil Dosty is pulling down a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10. January also leads the conference in assists (5.4) and steals (2.5). The Sun Devils are averaging 70.9 points per game while allowing opponents to average 55.0 ppg. Simon came up big for the Sun Devils in Pullman on Thursday, scoring a team-high 14 points. Sophomore forward Becca Tobin added 13 points against WSU. 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.

Last Game Recap - Arizona 65, Washington 51:
Junior Christina Rozier recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and junior Sami Whitcomb added 14 points, but it wasn't enough for Washington which lost its seventh-straight game, falling 65-51 to Arizona at Bank of America Arena, Thursday. The Huskies led 30-29 at halftime and then again (40-39) early in the second-half, but Arizona mounted a 13-2 run take a 10-point lead (42-52) with 7:50 remaining. The Huskies countered with a 9-2 spurt - with nine points coming on a trio of three-pointers - to climb to within three (54-51) at the 5:38 mark. But from there Washington was held scoreless and Arizona scored all of its final 11 points from the free-throw line. The loss dropped Washington to 5-13 overall, 1-7 in Pac-10 play. The win was Arizona's first in league play, as the Wildcats snapped a seven-game losing streak of their own and improved to 8-11 overall, 1-7 in conference action. UW's current seven-game slide is the worst in school history, eclipsing the six-game streak during the 1999-2000 season. Senior forward Amina Njonkou powered the Wildcats with a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Njonkou had a double-double at halftime, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Arizona freshman guard Faihza Hill also matched a career-high with 11 points. Rozier was a bright spot for the Huskies, in addition to her career-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds, she also dished a career-high five assists and equaled a career-high with four steals. Whitcomb, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the first-half, notched her 12th double-figure scoring effort of the season, including her fifth-straight. Freshman guard Kristi Kingma, who averaged 22 points in the squad's games in Los Angeles last weekend, was held to six points on a pair of three-pointers. Arizona won the rebounding battle 47-39, but the Huskies ended up with the advantage on offensive boards (18-14). The Huskies shot just 27.9 percent from the field and 22.6 percent from long range. The Wildcats shot 37.7 percent, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The first-half of action saw five lead changes and six ties, with UW's largest advantage a three-point lead (17-14) at 10:24.

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