Women's Hoops Hits The Road, Faces Oregon State Thursday

Feb. 10, 2009

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GAME 22 - Thur., Feb. 12, 2009
Washington (5-16, 1-10 Pac-10) at Oregon State (13-8, 4-7 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Gill Coliseum • Corvallis, Ore.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com


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After wrapping up its longest homestand of the season, Washington women's basketball (5-16, 1-10 Pac-10) now hits the road for its annual trip to the Willamette Valley this week. The Huskies will first face Oregon State (13-8, 4-7 Pac-10) on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The contest will take place at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. Washington will be participating in the WBCA's Pink Zone initiative the next two weeks, an event aimed to raise breast cancer awareness. The Huskies will be donning their pink uniforms against the Oregon schools and next week at home versus the LA schools. Following the Huskies' contest in Corvallis, Washington will face Oregon (8-14, 4-7 Pac-10) on Saturday, Feb. 14, at McArthur Court in Eugene for a 2 p.m. Valentine's Day matinee. Both Oregon State and Oregon enter the week tied for sixth in the Pac-10 standings. Washington, currently 10th in the league, will be looking to snap its current school-record 10-game losing streak. UW will also look to salvage a season split with both the Beavers and Ducks, as the Huskies were defeated by both sides in Seattle back in January. This week kicks off a long stretch of road games for UW. This trip included, Washington will play five of its final seven regular season contests on the road.

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 the audio broadcast of Washington's games with Oregon State and Oregon this week, 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.

TV Coverage:
Washington's game at Oregon on Saturday will be televised live by Comcast Sports Net Northwest. The game will air in the Seattle and Spokane areas on Comcast channel 179. Joe Giansante and Rob Closs will call the action from McArthur Court. Delayed broadcasts will also air twice on Sun., Feb. 15 (1 a.m./6 p.m.) and again on Tues., Feb. 17 (8 a.m.).

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to get back in the win column when it heads to the state of Oregon this week. The Huskies would like nothing more than to put an end to their 10-game losing streak. UW's last win came in its Pac-10 opener with Washington State back on Jan. 3. Washington is coming off a pair of home losses to top-10 teams Cal (#3) and Stanford (#7). The Huskies trailed Cal by just nine points at halftime (18-27) and trailed Stanford by just seven at the break (31-38), but UW wasn't able to make second-half comebacks versus two of the top teams in both the conference and the nation. The Huskies were swept by the Oregon schools at home in mid-January and will look to salvage a season split with both teams when they head to the Willamette Valley. Sparking UW as of late has been junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who has led the team in scoring five times in the last seven games and has scored 26 or more points twice in the last six 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 last Friday, but Whitcomb has still averaged 16.9 points in the last seven games while sinking a total of 16 three-pointers in that span. She leads the team in overall scoring (12.3 ppg) and in Pac-10 play (14.1 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 seventh in scoring in league rankings and her 20 three-pointers made in conference action rank fifth. Junior guard Christina Rozier has made the most of her recent starting opportunities and over the last seven games is averaging 8.1 points and team-high averages in rebounds (5.6), and assists (1.9). She is also averaging 2.1 steals in that span. The junior college transfer led the team in rebounding for three-straight games (at UCLA, vs. Arizona, vs. Arizona State with eight or more boards per effort in that span) and has reached double-figures in scoring four times in the last seven games. 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 six games and is second on the squad with 9.0 ppg. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is the squad's top rebounder (4.1 rpg) and is third in scoring (8.8 ppg). Her team-high 43.7 field goal shooting percentage ranks 14th in the conference. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson.

UW To Partcipate In WBCA's PinkZone:
Washington will participate in the WBCA's PinkZone initiative to help raise breast cancer awareness, this week and next. The Huskies will be wearing pink uniforms for their two games in Oregon and next week's home games versus the Los Angeles schools. Husky fans are encouraged to Paint The Bank Pink for the two final regular season home games versus UCLA (Feb. 20) and USC (Feb. 22).

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).

Dawg Bites:
The Huskies are 0-12 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 21 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 ninth in three-pointers per game (1.4), while Augustavo is 10th (1.4)...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 six-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.

On The Road Again:
After wrapping up its longest homestand of the year - a four-game stint - Sunday hosting Stanford, the Huskies will play on the road four of the next five weeks beginning with this week's trip to Oregon. 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). From there, UW will head to LA for the Pac-10 Tournament, March 12-15.

Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers (13-8, 4-7) enter the week tied for sixth in the Pac-10 with Oregon. Oregon State is coming off a split in the desert last week, defeating Arizona, 63-55, but falling to Arizona State, 54-65. OSU has won two of its last three games heading into Thursday's contest with the Huskies. Sophomore guard Talisa Rhea leads the squad with 14.1 points per game which also ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in overall scoring. Senior guard Brittney Davis (13.3) and sophomore center Alex Mitchell (11.5) are also averaging points in double-figures. Mitchell is grabbing a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game. Oregon State is averaging 66.0 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 55.9 points per outing.

All-Time Series With Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 47-25. UW owned a seven-game win streak in the series until splitting the season meetings last year (each team won on its home floor). In the earlier season meeting with Oregon State in January, the Beavers came out on top, 69-55. Washington is 19-13 overall when playing the Beavers in Corvallis. The last Husky win at Gill Coliseum came on Dec. 23, 2006 - a 71-67 overtime victory.

Last Time Against Oregon State:
Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led three Huskies in double-figures scoring with 17 points, including 13 in the second-half, but Washington fell to Oregon State, 69-55, at Bank of America Arena, Jan. 17. It was a tale of two-halves for Washington with the better effort coming after the intermission. But the Huskies were plagued by another slow start and after trailing by as many as 26 points early in the second-half, it was a hole that ended up to be too big for UW to pull itself out of. Oregon State opened up the game with a 20-6 run and held the Huskies to just 14 first-half points. The Beavers led by 23 at halftime (37-14), but UW responded outscoring OSU by nearly 10 points (41-32) following the break. And after shooting just 28.6 percent from the field in the first-half, the Huskies turned around to shoot 53.6 percent in the second. Joining Whitcomb in double-figures for the Huskies were junior forward/center Laura McLellan (12 points) and junior guard Christina Rozier (11). Freshman forward Liz Lay led the Huskies on the boards with a team-high five rebounds.

OSU Ties:
Washington assistant coach Judy Spoelstra served as the head coach at Oregon State from 1995-2005. While in Corvallis, she led the Beavers to a NCAA Tournament appearance in 1996 and four-straight trips to the WNIT from 2001-04. Spoelstra was also named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000.

Scouting Oregon:
The Ducks, which will face Washington State on Thursday, enter the week tied for sixth-place in the Pac-10 with Oregon State. Oregon (8-14, 4-7) has lost three-straight games and five of the last six. The lone win in that span was a non-conference victory against Portland (64-55). Oregon was swept in the desert last week, losing at Arizona State (56-68) and Arizona (44-68). The Ducks are led by junior guard Micaela Cocks who is averaging a team-high 14.2 points per game. Cocks begins the week ranked fourth in the conference in scoring and first in three-pointers made per game (2.4). Junior guard Taylor Lilley is also averaging 10.6 points. Freshman forward Amanda Johnson is tops in rebounding with 4.9 boards per game. Oregon is averaging 57.7 points per game while allowing opponents to score 65.2 ppg.

All-Time Series With Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon 37-39. UW lost the earlier season meeting to the Ducks in Seattle, 75-55, but the Huskies have won four of the last six meetings dating back to the 2005-06 season. The last Husky win at McArthur Court came on Dec. 21, 2006 (60-56). UW trails the all-time series when playing the Ducks in Eugene, 12-23.

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