Desert Road Swing For Women's Hoops Begins At No. 24 ASU

Feb. 24, 2009

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GAME 26 - Thur., Feb. 26, 2009
Washington (6-19, 2-13 Pac-10) at No. 24/rv Arizona State (20-6, 12-2 Pac-10)
5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT • Wells Fargo Arena • Tempe, Ariz.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com


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Washington women's basketball (6-19, 2-13 Pac-10) begins its regular season-ending three-game road swing with a trip to the desert this week. The Huskies will first encounter No. 24 Arizona State (20-6, 12-2) in Tempe, Ariz., Thursday, Feb. 26. The contest at Wells Fargo Arena will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT. UW will then move south to Tucson to take on Arizona (10-15, 3-11 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 28, at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT at the McKale Center. The Huskies are coming off a split in their final home series last week, defeating UCLA (59-49) but falling to USC on Senior Day (53-77). They will look to salvage a win in the season meetings between the Arizona schools this week as Arizona State defeated UW 80-64 when these teams played in Seattle on Jan. 31. The Huskies also suffered a 51-65 loss to the Wildcats on Jan. 29. The Sun Devils, riding a 12-game winning streak, re-entered the Associated Press Top-25 last week and are ranked 24th this week. They sit in third place in the Pac-10 standings, while Washington enters the week in 10th, one game behind Washington State. Arizona is in eighth-place, one-half game ahead of the Cougars. After this week's trip to the desert, the Huskies will travel to Pullman to face cross-state rival Washington State on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

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 the live audio broadcast of Washington's games at Arizona State and Arizona, 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.

Online Auction Now Open For Pink Zone Uniform, Shoes:
Washington participated in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Pink Zone the past two weeks and now is the chance for fans to own the pink uniform worn by Husky senior Heidi McNeill and the pink shoes of head coach Tia Jackson. Both items will be auctioned off on GoHuskies.com starting today through Monday, March. 2. All of the proceeds will benefit the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. To bid, fans can click on the Online Store header on the front page of GoHuskies.com and go to the 'auction' tab. The WBCA began the Pink Zone initiative, formerly known as 'Think Pink' in 2007 to raise breast cancer awareness in women's basketball, on campuses and in communities. In 2007, more than 120 schools unified for this effort and helped made the inaugural year a success. In 2008, over 1,200 teams and organizations participated, reaching over 830,000 fans and raising over $930,000 for breast cancer awareness and research. Washington participated in the initiative the last two years.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington begins a three-game road swing this week with a trip to the desert to play the Arizona schools. The Huskies are coming off a split versus the LA schools in their final regular season homestand last week. UW halted its school-record 12-game losing streak with a 59-49 victory over UCLA, but wasn't able to make it two-straight with a 53-77 loss to USC in its home finale. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan averaged a team-high 11 points in the two games, including a team-high 16-point scoring performance in UW's win over the Bruins. It was her 11th double-figure scoring game of the year. McLellan leads the squad in rebounding (4.2 rpg) and is third in scoring (8.7 ppg). Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb leads the Huskies in scoring (12.8 ppg) and has been held to single-digits the last two games but is still averaging 14.5 points in Pac-10 play which ranks sixth among league players. Whitcomb has recorded four 20-point games this season and has scored 23 or more points twice in the last four games. She also leads the Pac-10 in steals per game with 2.4 swipes per outing. Behind Whitcomb in offensive production is freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma who is second on the team with 9.0 points per game. She also has reached double-figures in scoring 10 times. The Huskies have gone with a smaller lineup as of late, starting junior guard Sara Mosiman at the 'four' the last three-straight games. Mosiman has excelled averaging 7.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in that span including nine points, six rebounds and two steals in UW's win over UCLA last Thursday. 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 42 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb recently moved into eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 119. She is 17 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).

Dawg Bites:
The Huskies are 0-14 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 twice in the last three games (8 vs. UCLA, 3 vs. Oregon)...UW has used 13 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 15th (1.2)...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.

Road Warriors:
After last week's final regular season homestand, the Huskies will play the final three-straight weeks of the season on the road. UW's trip to the desert this week will be followed by an excursion 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.

Scouting Arizona State:
The Sun Devils (20-6, 12-2 Pac-10) are riding a 12-game winning streak heading into Thursday's game in Tempe. ASU hasn't lost since a one-point setback to California (53-54) on Jan. 4. Arizona State's only two Pac-10 losses have come to the conference-leading Golden Bears and the Stanford Cardinal. Last week, ASU found its way past Arizona in its rivalry match-up in Tucson, 60-53. Junior guard Dymond Simon leads the squad with 14.3 points per game, while senior guard Briann January is averaging 12.5 points as well. Senior center Sybil Dosty is pulling down a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game. January is among one of the top players in the conference, leading the league in assists (4.7 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (47.0). She is also second in steals (2.3) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1), third in free-throw shooting percentage (.843) and fourth in three-pointers made (2.2). ASU is led by 13-year head coach Charli Turner Thorne.

All-Time Series With Arizona State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 26-21, but the Sun Devils have won the last nine-straight meetings dating back to 2004-05. The Huskies have also struggled at Wells Fargo Arena, losing the last seven-straight to ASU in Tempe. Washington's last win on ASU's home floor came on Jan. 11, 2001 - a 66-62 victory. The Huskies trail the all-time series with ASU in Tempe, 9-14. UW lost the earlier season meeting with ASU, 80-64, back on Jan. 31, but were led by a career-high scoring day from junior guard Sami Whitcomb who sank 29 points. Freshman guard Kristi Kingma added 14 points, while junior guard Christina Rozier added nine rebounds and five steals. UW led for a good portion of the first-half, but ASU finished the opening stanza with a 10-2 run and opened the second with a 12-2 spurt to take control. Dymond Simon led ASU with 17 points.

Scouting Arizona:
The Wildcats are 2-2 in their last four games but are coming off a 53-60 loss to Arizona State this past Saturday. Arizona, which will host Washington State on Thursday, opened Pac-10 play with a seven-game losing streak but since then has won three of its last seven contests. The Wildcats' conference victories came over the Huskies, Oregon and USC. Sophomore forward Ify Ibekwe leads the squad with 15.6 points and 11.5 rebounds per outing. Ibekwe begins the week leading the Pac-10 in rebounding and ranking second in scoring only to Cal's Ashley Walker. Senior forward Amina Njonkou is also averaging 9.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. Arizona is led by first-year head coach Niya Butts.

All-Time Series With Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 31-17. Last month's Wildcat victory snapped a six-game Husky winning streak in the series. The Huskies have won the last three-straight meetings in Tucson, the last loss coming on Feb. 26, 2005 (64-60). UW is 12-11 all-time when playing the Wildcats at the McKale Center. Arizona defeated the Huskies 65-51 when these teams met in Seattle back on Jan. 29. Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led UW with 14 points, while junior guard Christina Rozier notched her first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Senior forward Amina Njonkou powered the Wildcats with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

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