Women's Hoops To Open Final Homestand Hosting UCLA Friday
Feb. 17, 2009
GAME 24 - Fri., Feb. 20, 2009
UCLA (15-8, 6-6 Pac-10) at Washington (5-18, 1-12 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Video/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (5-18, 1-12 Pac-10) returns to Seattle this week to host its two final regular season home games. The Huskies will entertain UCLA (15-8, 6-6 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m., and USC (12-11, 6-6 Pac-10) on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. Both games will take place at Bank of America Arena and UW is encouraging fans to 'Paint the Bank Pink' as the Huskies participate in the WBCA's Pink Zone initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. Sunday will also be Senior Day for Huskies Michelle Augustavo and Heidi McNeill as the duo will be playing in Bank of America Arena for the final time in their careers. The Huskies are coming off a pair of tough losses at Oregon State (63-77) and Oregon (69-77) last week and will look to put an end to their school-record 12-game losing streak when they return to Montlake. UW will also look to salvage a season split with both UCLA and USC, having lost the earlier January meetings with these squads in Los Angeles. The Bruins and Women of Troy are tied for fourth place in the Pac-10 with identical 6-6 league records. Washington enters the week in 10th place. After this week's final regular season homestand, the Huskies will play their final three games of the regular season on the road before heading to LA for the Pac-10 Tournament (March 12-15).
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 audio and video broadcasts of Washington's games with UCLA and USC, 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.
Paint The Bank Pink This Week:
Husky fans are encouraged to 'Paint the Bank Pink' this weekend as the Huskies participate in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 'Pink Zone' initiative during their home games with UCLA and USC. 'Pink Zone' is a global, unified effort for the WBCA's nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness. Husky players will wear pink uniforms and pink warm-up tops, while Husky coaches will also wear pink. Fans attending both games are encouraged to do the same. The first 500 fans at each game will receive a free 'Real Dawgs Wear Purple...and Pink' t-shirt. These shirts are also available for purchase at the Husky Team Shop at Bank of America Arena. With the purchase of any pink item in the Husky Team Shop this week, fans will receive a free general admission coupon good for either the UCLA or USC game. Seattle area cancer organizations will also have booths on the concourse of the arena during both games and donations will be accepted. Fans who donate $10 or more will receive a free ticket to a Husky softball or baseball game and will be entered to win various prizes. The pink jersey of Husky senior Heidi McNeill will also be auctioned off at the end of the season with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Foundation.
Washington seniors Michelle Augustavo and Heidi McNeill will be making their final regular season appearances at Bank of America Arena on Sunday. Both Huskies have made an impact on the program throughout their UW careers. McNeill is a four-year letterwinner and helped the team to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances during her freshman and sophomore campaigns in 2005-06 and 2006-07. She has started at least 12 games each of the last two seasons and as a senior is averaging career-highs of 4.1 points and 3.3 rebounds. McNeill posted the first double-double of her career this year with career-highs of 11 points and 12 rebounds at Weber State. Augustavo is a fifth-year senior and has played the last two seasons at UW after transferring from the University of San Diego in 2006. She has made a name for herself as being a lethal three-point shooting threat, racking up 107 three-pointers in her career, 75 of which came in the last two seasons as a Husky. While at USD, Augustavo set school-records with 42 points and 10 three-pointers in a game with Clemson on Dec. 11, 2005.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to get well at home this week and send its seniors off in style when it hosts the Los Angeles schools. But in order to do so, the Huskies will have to snap their 12-game losing streak. The last time UW emerged in the 'win' column was its first Pac-10 game - Jan. 3 - against Washington State. UW is coming off a pair of losses in the Willamette Valley last week, but finished just short of snapping the streak with an eight-point loss at Oregon on Valentine's Day. The Huskies held their first halftime lead since their last victory and led by as many as 10 points in the contest, but lost hold of a three-point edge with just over eight minutes left in the game. Junior guard Sami Whitcomb continues to put the team on her back as the co-captain averaged 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.0 assists in the two games in Oregon. She has now scored 23 or more points four times this season including three such performances in the last five games. Whitcomb leads the team in overall scoring (a career-high 13.4 ppg) and in Pac-10 play (15.7 ppg). She also now ranks ninth in the Pac-10 in overall scoring and is fourth in league play behind just Cal's Ashley Walker (18.0 ppg), Stanford's Jayne Appel (17.0 ppg) and Arizona's Ify Ibekwe (16.2 ppg). Whitcomb now also leads the league in steals with 2.5 swipes per contest. Behind Whitcomb in offensive production is freshman guard Kristi Kingma who is second on the squad with 9.2 points per game. Kingma has reached double-figures in scoring 10 times and is coming off a 14-point scoring performance at Oregon, Saturday. Junior guard/forward Laura McLellan leads the team in rebounding (4.3) and is third in scoring (8.5 ppg). McLellan equaled a career-high with 10 rebounds in UW's last outing in Eugene. 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 40 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb recently moved into eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 117. She is 19 three-pointers away from matching Kristen O'Neill, Andrea Lalum and Laura Moore who are tied for fifth on the list with 136. 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 4-5 when holding a halftime lead...UW is 1-0 when tied at the break...UW has used 12 different starting lineups this year and every player on the roster has now started at least one game...UW has forced all but two of its 23 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 sixth in three-pointers per game (1.7), while Augustavo is 12th (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.
After this week's final regular season homestand, the Huskies will play the final three-straight weeks of the season on the road. UW will head to the desert to face Arizona State (Feb. 26) and Arizona (Feb. 28) and will then head east to the Palouse to take on Washington State (March 6). Next on the docket is the Pac-10 Tournament to be held at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, March 12-15.
The Bruins (15-8, 6-6 Pac-10) have struggled a bit as of late, losing four of its last five games heading into Friday's contest in Seattle. The lone win in that span came over Arizona (58-39). UCLA split its two home games last week, following up the win over Arizona on Feb. 12 with a tight 66-69 loss to Arizona State on Valentine's Day. While boasting a 12-2 record at home this season, the Bruins are only 3-6 on the road including a 1-4 away mark in conference play. Sophomore guard Doreena Campbell leads the team with 13.3 points per game, while adding 4.3 rebounds. Senior center Chinyere Ibekwe leads the squad with 7.0 rebounds per contest. UCLA is averaging 68.9 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 61.6 ppg. The Bruins are under the direction of first-year head coach Nikki Caldwell.
All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA, 26-21, but the Bruins have won the last four-straight meetings. The last UW win over UCLA came on Dec. 31, 2006 (72-67) in Seattle. The Bruins won the earlier season meeting with the Huskies in Westwood on Jan. 24 (66-74). Freshman guard Kristi Kingma scored a career-high 25 points but it wasn't enough to propel UW over UCLA. Washington is 14-7 all-time against UCLA when these teams meet in Seattle.
The Women of Troy (12-11, 6-6 Pac-10) have lost two straight games and four of their last five contests heading into their trip to the Northwest. USC will face Washington State on Friday before heading to Seattle for Sunday's contest. USC is coming off a pair of losses at home to Arizona State (72-69) and Arizona (74-61). Its last win in the last five games came over cross-town rival UCLA at home (87-76). USC is just 2-5 in road contests, 1-4 in Pac-10 road games. Senior guard Camille LeNoir leads three players in double-figure scoring with 12.7 points per outing. Freshman guard Briana Gilbreath (11.5) and senior center Nadia Parker (10.8) are also averaging double-figures. Parker and junior guard Aarika Hughes share the team lead in rebounding (5.8 rpg). The Women of Troy are averaging 73.7 points per game, while allowing 69.7. USC is led by fifth-year head coach Mark Trakh.
All-Time Series With USC:
Washington leads the all-time series with USC, 28-22. The Women of Troy, however, have won the last two straight and three of the last five games. The last win for Washington in the series came on Jan. 13, 2008 with a 60-45 victory at Bank of America Arena. USC got the better of the Huskies in the teams' earlier meeting in Los Angeles back in January, coming out with a 90-82 victory on Jan. 22. Junior guard Sami Whitcomb scored 26 for UW and freshman guard Kristi Kingma added 19 points, as the Huskies equaled their season-high scoring output but still suffered the 'L.' UW is 16-5 all-time against USC in Seattle.