Women's Hoops To Take On Northwest Rival Oregon
Feb. 13, 2009
GAME 23 - Sat., Feb. 14, 2009
Washington (5-17, 1-11 Pac-10) at Oregon (8-15, 4-8 Pac-10)
2 p.m. PT McArthur Court Eugene, Ore.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (5-17, 1-11 Pac-10) continues its road swing through the Willamette Valley when it faces Northwest rival Oregon (8-15, 4-8 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 14, at McArthur Court in Eugene. The Valentine's Day matinee will tip-off at 2 p.m. and will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Washington is participating in the WBCA's Pink Zone initiative Feb. 13-22, an event aimed to raise breast cancer awareness. The Huskies will be donning their pink uniforms this week in Oregon and next week at home versus the LA schools. Washington is coming off a 63-77 loss at Oregon State on Thursday night, which upped the Huskies' losing streak to 11 games. Oregon is coming off a 45-58 loss to Washington State, has lost four-straight games and six-straight Pac-10 contests. The Ducks enter Saturday in seventh-place in league standings, while the Huskies are 10th. UW will look to salvage a season split with Oregon after falling to the Ducks 55-75 in Seattle on Jan. 15. 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. Following Saturday's game at Oregon, the Huskies will return to Seattle to host UCLA (Feb. 20) and USC (Feb. 22) in their final regular season home 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, calls the play-by-play for the Huskies. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color analyst for home broadcasts.
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.).
GoHuskies.com will feature live the audio broadcast of Washington's game at Oregon, 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.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to get back in the win column Saturday at Oregon. The Huskies would like nothing more than to put an end to their school-record 11-game losing streak. UW's last win came in its Pac-10 opener with Washington State back on Jan. 3. Washington opened its trip to the Willamette Valley with a 63-77 loss at Oregon State in Corvallis, Thursday night. Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led the Huskies with 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals, but it wasn't enough for UW to halt its losing skid. The Huskies were swept by the Oregon schools at home in mid-January and will look to salvage a season split with at least the Ducks on Saturday. Sparking UW as of late has been Whitcomb who has led the team in scoring six times in the last eight games and has scored 23 or more points three times in the last seven games. Included in that span was a career-high 29-point performance in UW's outing against Arizona State, Jan. 31. Whitcomb has averaged 17.6 points in the last eight games while sinking a total of 21 three-pointers in that span. She leads the team and ranks 11th in the Pac-10 in overall scoring (12.8 ppg). Her team-high 14.8 scoring average in league play also ranks fifth among conference players. Whitcomb is one of the better defensive players in the league, leading the Pac-10 with 2.4 steals per game in conference action. Junior guard Christina Rozier has made the most of her recent starting opportunities and over the last eight games is averaging 7.6 points and team-high averages in rebounds (5.4), and assists (2.0). She is also averaging 2.0 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 eight 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 seven games and is second on the squad with 8.9 ppg. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is the squad's top rebounder (4.0 rpg) and is third in scoring (8.6 ppg). Her team-high 44.1 field goal shooting percentage ranks 13th 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 37 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb ranks ninth on Washington's career-list with 114. She is just one 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 0-13 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 11 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 two of its 22 opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers...the exceptions were No. 1 UConn (14) and Oregon State (13, on Feb. 12)... 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 is tied for sixth in three-pointers per game (1.7), while Augustavo is 13th (1.3)...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 - the Huskies are now in the midst of playing 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.
The Ducks (8-15, 4-8 Pac-10) have lost four-straight games and six of their last seven entering Saturday's contest. The lone win in that span was a non-conference victory against Portland (64-55). Oregon has lost six-straight Pac-10 games, its last conference win coming at Washington State, Jan. 17. The Ducks are coming off a 45-58 loss to Washington State at home on Thursday. 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 14.0 points per game. Cocks began 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 5.1 boards per game. Oregon is averaging 57.1 points per game while allowing opponents to score 64.9 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.
Last Game Recap - Oregon State 77, UW 63:
Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led the Huskies with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals, but it wasn't enough for Washington which suffered a 77-63 loss to Oregon State Thursday night. The loss was the 11th-straight for the Huskies which fell to 5-17 overall, 1-11 in conference action. Oregon State improved to 14-8 and 5-7 in league play. Whitcomb paced the Huskies with her third 20-point game of the season and equaled a career-high with five three-pointers. The Huskies trailed by 10 points at halftime (24-34) and climbed to within three (42-39) six minutes into the second-half, but Oregon State rattled off an 11-1 run to increase its lead to 13 (53-40) which at that point was its largest of the game. From there, Washington wasn't able to cut the deficit to under 11 points. OSU's largest lead was 18 points twice, the last with 2:32 to go in the contest. Guard Brittney Davis led four Beavers in double-figures scoring with 20 points, 12 coming from her perfect 12-for-12 clip from the free-throw line. Center Alex Mitchell contributed 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while guard Talisa Rhea added 18 points. Forward Kirsten Tilleman led Oregon State on the boards with 10 rebounds. Washington was outrebounded by Oregon State, 40-31, but its 30 fouls sent the Beavers to the line 38 times. OSU was 30-of-38 from the charity stripe, while the Huskies were just 8-of-13. Despite the rebounding deficit, Washington outscored OSU 26-20 in the paint. After shooting just 34.5 percent from the field in the first-half (10-of-29), the Huskies came back to shoot 50 percent in the second stanza (15-of-30). Besides Whitcomb, helping Washington was freshman guard Kristi Kingma with eight points, while freshman forward Mollie Williams added seven off the bench.