Women's Hoops To Host #7/6 Stanford Sunday
Feb. 7, 2009
GAME 21 - Sun., Feb. 8, 2009
#7/6 Stanford (18-4, 9-1 Pac-10) at Washington (5-15, 1-9 Pac-10)
12:30 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: FSN
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (5-15, 1-9 Pac-10) will wrap up its longest homestand of the season when it hosts #7/6 Stanford (18-4, 9-1 Pac-10) on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m. The contest at Bank of America Arena will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Sunday will be a busy day at the Bank, as UW will be holding both it National Girls and Women in Sports Day and KJR-AM Dads & Daughters events in conjunction with the Huskies' game with the Cardinal. UW will facing its second-staight Top-10 opponent after suffering a 70-40 loss to #3/3 California on Friday night. Stanford sits in second-place in the conference standings, while UW will enter the game in 10th place. The Huskies have lost nine-straight games and are 0-3 during its season-long homestand. The Cardinal defeated UW, 112-35, in the teams' earlier season meeting in Palo Alto on Jan. 8. Following Sunday's contest, the Huskies will be on the road for three of the last four weeks of the regular season beginning with their trip to the Oregon schools. UW will face Oregon State, Feb. 12, and Oregon, Feb. 14.
Sunday's game will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from Bank of America Arena.
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.
GoHuskies.com will feature live the audio broadcast of Washington's game with Stanford on Sunday, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to participate in the audio/video online coverage must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.
National Girls And Women In Sports Day:
Washington will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in conjunction with the Huskies game versus Stanford on Sunday. Pre-game activities will be held on the concourse at Bank of America Arena starting at 11:30 a.m. Female Husky student-athletes (including members of the women's soccer and volleyball teams) will be signing autographs, there will be face painting and sign making stations and there will be Junior Sportscaster contest conducted through Radio Disney. All girls in attendance at the game are encouraged to wear a uniform from a team they have played on and they will be invited on to the court at halftime for a special presentation.
UW-KJR AM Dads & Daughters Day:
The UW-KJR AM Dads and Daughters Day will also take place on Sunday in conjunction with the Huskies game versus Stanford. A post-game Q&A will be held for all participants with UW assistant coach Fred Applin and Husky players Laura McLellan, Sarah Morton and Mollie Williams. Tickets are $10 each and include one reserved game ticket and one Dads and Daughters t-shirt. Each dad and daughter must puchase a ticket. Tickets are available at GoHuskies.com and must be purchased by Sat., Feb. 7, at 5 p.m.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington faced #3/3 California in its first contest of the second round of Pac-10 action on Friday night, but the Huskies suffered a 70-40 loss to the Golden Bears. It doesn't get any easier for the Huskies who will face their second-straight top-10 foe in #7/6 Stanford on Sunday. The Huskies were swept in the Bay Area when facing Cal and Stanford during the first round of action, falling 112-35 to the Cardinal and 62-34 to the Golden Bears. Since defeating Washington State in its Pac-10 opener one month ago, the Huskies have lost a school-record nine-straight games including a pair of home contests to Arizona (51-65) and Arizona State (64-80) last week. Sparking UW as of late has been junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who has led the team in scoring four times in the last six games and has scored 26 or more points twice in the last five games. Included in that span was a career-high 29-point performance in UW's outing against Arizona State, Jan. 31. Her six-game double-figure scoring streak came was halted by Cal on Friday night, but Whitcomb has still averaged 17.0 points in the last six games while sinking a total of 16 three-pointers in that span. She leads the team in overall scoring (12.2 ppg) and in Pac-10 play (13.9 ppg). Whitcomb ranks 14th in the conference in overall scoring and is one of the better defensive players in the league, ranking second with 2.3 steals per game. In Pac-10 play, she is sixth in scoring in league rankings and her 20 three-pointers made in conference action are fourth. Junior guard Christina Rozier has made the most of her recent starting opportunities and over the last six games is averaging 8.8 points and team-high averages in rebounds (6.2), assists (2.2) and steals (2.3). The junior college transfer led the team in rebounding for three-straight games (with eight or more boards per effort in that span) and then led UW in scoring against Cal on Friday, equaling a career-high with 12 points. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma has also been a key for the Huskies since coming back from a high ankle sprain versus WSU on Jan. 3. Still not quite 100 percent, Kingma has reached double-figures in scoring three times in the last five games and is second on the squad with 9.2 ppg. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is the squad's top rebounder (4.1 rpg) and is third in scoring (9.1 ppg). Her team-high 45.3 field goal shooting percentage ranks 12th in the conference. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson.
Whitcomb Climbing UW Career Three-Point List:
Junior guard Sami Whitcomb is following in the footsteps of her assistant coach Loree Payne. With a team-high 32 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb ranks ninth on Washington's career-list with 109. She is just six away from reaching Tara Davis who is eighth with 115 three-pointers. Whitcomb has a good mentor in Payne who is Washington's all-time leader in career three's with 245. Whitcomb sank 62 three-pointers as a sophomore last year which is tied for sixth all-time on UW's single-season list (with Megan Franza/2000).
The Huskies are 0-11 when trailing at halftime but are 4-4 when holding a halftime lead...UW is 1-0 when tied at the break...UW has used 10 different starting lineups this year and all but one player (junior guard Sara Mosiman) has started at least one game...UW has forced all but one of its 20 opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers...the exception was No. 1 UConn (14)... two Huskies have notched double-doubles this year: Heidi McNeill at Weber State (11 pts/12 reb) and Christina Rozier vs. Arizona (12 pts/11 reb)...the 29 points scored by Sami Whitcomb against Arizona State (Jan. 31) are the most scored by a Husky since Cameo Hicks scored 29 twice during the 2006-07 season...Whitcomb's 29 points are also the second-most by a player in a Pac-10 game this season...Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 37 in a contest vs. Stanford (Jan. 18)...Kristi Kingma's career-high six three-pointers against UCLA (Jan. 24) came just one shy of equaling the school record of seven set twice by Loree Payne (vs. Michigan, Dec. 9, 2001) and Megan Franza (at UCLA, March 10, 2001)...both Whitcomb and senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo rank among the top three-point shooters in the conference...Whitcomb ranks eighth in three-pointers per game (1.6), while Augustavo is 10th (1.5)...Augustavo has 107 career three-pointers but does not crack UW's all-time top-10 due to playing her first two seasons at the University of San Diego...unfortunately, the Huskies have been on the bad end of a few school records this year...UW's 77-point loss at Stanford (112-35) set UW records for losing margin and most points allowed...UW's nine points in the first-half at California (Jan. 11) set a UW low for points in a half...UW's current five-game home losing streak is also a school-record, surpassing the previous record of four-straight home losses set three different times - the most recent being a four-game home skid during the 2004-05 season.
Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 0-5 against ranked opponents this season, the losses coming to No. 1 UConn (Dec. 18), then-No. 22 Kansas State (Dec. 30), then-No. 11 Stanford (Jan. 8), then-No. 13 California (Jan. 11) and again to current No. 3 Cal (Feb. 6). UW is 45-113 overall against ranked opponents. UW is 34-38 against Top-25 teams at home. 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).
On The Road Again:
After wrapping up its longest homestand of the year - a four-game stint - with Stanford on Sunday, the Huskies will play on the road three of the next four weeks beginning with a trip to Oregon next week. After facing the Beavers (Feb. 12) and Ducks (Feb. 14), UW will play its final two home games when it entertains UCLA (Feb. 20) and USC (Feb. 22). The last two weeks of the regular season will see the Huskies travel to the Arizona schools before its regular season finale at Washington State (March 6).
Mark Your Calendars - Paint The Bank Pink:
Washington will participate in the WBCA's PinkZone initiative to help raise breast cancer awareness, Feb. 13-22. Husky fans are encouraged to Paint The Bank Pink for the two upcoming games with UCLA (Feb. 20) and USC (Feb. 22). The Huskies will be wearing pink uniforms both at home and on the road during that span.
Stanford (18-4, 9-1 Pac-10) sits in second-place in the Pac-10 entering this week's action and is coming off a 76-46 victory over Washington State in Pullman on Friday night. The Cardinal's only conference loss came to Cal (54-57) on Jan. 18. Junior center Jayne Appel leads Stanford with 15.4 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. She ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding and third in scoring. Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen is close behind with 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen is also averaging 10.7 points per game. The Cardinal began the week ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense with 77.6 points per game, while allowing opponents to score an average of 55.9 points.
All-Time Series With Stanford:
Washington trails the all-time series with Stanford, 14-35. The Cardinal has won the last six-straight meetings with the Huskies and 10 of the last 11 dating back to the 2003-04 season. The last win by Washington in the series came at Bank of America Arena on Dec. 22, 2005 (77-72). The Huskies trail the all-time series at home versus Stanford, 9-13. Stanford won the earlier season meeting with UW back on Jan. 8, a 112-35 victory.
Washington head coach Tia Jackson served as an assistant coach at Stanford under Tara VanDerveer during the 1999-00 season. Jackson helped the Cardinal to a 21-9 overall record that year and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The stint was one of four assistant coaching posts held by Jackson (also Virginia Commonwealth, UCLA, Duke) before taking her first collegiate head coaching position at UW in 2007-08.