Huskies Host USC In Home Finale Sunday
Feb. 21, 2009
GAME 25 - Sun., Feb. 22, 2009
USC (13-11, 7-6 Pac-10) at Washington (6-18, 2-12 Pac-10)
2 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 (6-18, 2-12 Pac-10) will look to build on its 10-point Friday night win over UCLA when it hosts USC (13-11, 7-6 Pac-10) in the Huskies' regular season home finale on Sunday. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. Sunday will be Senior Day as the Huskies will honor Michelle Augustavo and Heidi McNeill in a special pre-game ceremony. UW fans are also encouraged to again Paint The Bank Pink as the Huskies are participating in the WBCA's Pink Zone initiative to help raise breast cancer awareness. Washington snapped its school-record 12-game losing streak with its 59-49 victory over UCLA in its last outing, salvaging a split in the season series with the Bruins. The Huskies will look to do the same against the Women of Troy as USC won the earlier season meeting on Jan. 22, 90-82. UW will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time since consecutive victories over Boise State and Seattle University in November. USC, which defeated Washington State, 68-57, in Pullman on Friday night, enters the game in fourth place in the Pac-10 standings. The Huskies are 10th and a game behind Arizona and WSU which are tied for eighth. After UW's home finale on Sunday, the Huskies will play their final three games of regular season on the road at Arizona State (Feb. 26), Arizona (Feb. 28) and Washington State (March 6).
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.
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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 3.9 points and 3.1 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. In addition to Augustavo and McNeill, UW will also honor its senior manager McCall Hall in the pre-game ceremony, Sunday.
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.
Scouting The Huskies:
After winning their first game in over month on Friday, the Huskies will look to bank their second-straight victory and send their two seniors off in style when they host the Women of Troy on Sunday. UW has only won back-to-back games on one other occassion this season - defeating Boise State (Nov. 23) and Seattle University (Nov. 28). Not only did Washington's 59-49 win over UCLA on Friday night snap a school-record 12-game losing streak, it also halted UW's program-high six-game home losing streak as well. Until Friday, UW's last win came in its Pac-10 opener, Jan. 3, against Washington State in Seattle. The Huskies used a solid team defensive effort and a 16-point scoring performance from junior forward Laura McLellan to get back in the win column. McLellan, who tallied her 11th double-figure scoring game of the season, was 6-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line. She is third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and leads the squad in rebounding (4.2 rpg). McLellan has led UW in either scoring or rebounding each of the last two games, also equaling a career-high with 10 rebounds at Oregon, Feb. 14. Junior guard Sara Mosiman, who has started the last two games at forward, contributed nine points, six rebounds and two steals against the Bruins as well. The Huskies have gone with a smaller lineup the last two games, using the 5-9 Mosiman at the 'four' and 6-1 freshman forward Liz Lay at center. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb continues to lead the Huskies both offensively and defensively. Whitcomb is averaging a team-high 13.1 points per game and a Pac-10-leading 2.5 steals per game. She was held to just six points against the Bruins but contributed six rebounds and three steals. Whitcomb is averaging 15.0 points per Pac-10 contest and has 23 or more points twice in the last three games. Behind Whitcomb in offensive production is freshman guard Kristi Kingma who is second on the squad with 9.1 points per game. Kingma has reached double-figures in scoring 10 times. 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 41 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb recently moved into eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 118. She is 18 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 5-5 when holding a halftime lead...UW is 1-0 when tied at the break...the Huskies have led at halftime the last two games (8 vs. UCLA, 3 vs. Oregon)...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 14th (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 set two school records for losing streaks, 12-straight overall and six-straight at home.
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 Women of Troy (13-11, 7-6 Pac-10) snapped a brief two-game losing streak with a 68-57 win over Washington State on Friday. USC has still lost four of its last six games including a pair of home losses to Arizona State (72-69) and Arizona (74-61) at home last week. USC is just 3-5 in road contests, 2-4 in Pac-10 road games. Senior guard Camille LeNoir leads three players in double-figure scoring with 12.8 points per outing. Freshman guard Briana Gilbreath (11.3) and senior center Nadia Parker (10.8) are also averaging double-figures. Parker leads the squad averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. The Women of Troy are averaging 73.5 points per game, while allowing 69.2. 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.