Husky Women Visit Arizona Saturday
Feb. 27, 2009
GAME 27 - Sat., Feb. 28, 2009
Washington (6-20, 2-14 Pac-10) at Arizona (10-16, 3-12 Pac-10)
12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT McKale Center Tucson, Ariz.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (6-20, 2-14 Pac-10) wraps up its desert road swing when it takes on Arizona (10-16, 3-13 Pac-10) at the McKale Center in Tucson, Saturday, Feb. 28, at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT. The Huskies are coming off a 55-32 loss at 24th-ranked Arizona State on Thursday, while Arizona suffered a defeat at the hands of Washington State on Thursday (63-56) as well. UW, which has lost two straight games and 14 of its last 15, will look to salvage a season split with Arizona after falling to the Wildcats when these teams met in Seattle (51-65). Saturday will mark Arizona's regular season home finale. U of A is 5-8 this season when playing at the McKale Center. Washington does hold the upper-hand recently in the all-time series with Arizona, having won six of the last seven meetings. As of Friday, Arizona is in ninth-place in the Pac-10 standings while Washington is 10th. The Huskies are in the midst of playing their final two weeks of the regular season on the road. After UW's trip to the desert, Washington will travel to Pullman to face cross-state rival Washington State on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. UW will also play on the road for a third-straight week when it heads to Los Angeles 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 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 continues its three-game road swing to close out the regular season when the Huskies stop in Tucson on Saturday to take on the Arizona Wildcats. Washington lost its second-straight game, falling 55-32 to No. 24 Arizona State in Tempe on Thursday. The Huskies were held to a school-record low eight point scoring output in the first half and weren't able to recover. The 32 total points in the game were a season-low and the fewest points scored by a Husky teams since tallying 30 points in a game during the 1975-76 season. Despite the low offensive effort, the Washington still did its job on the defensive end, limiting Arizona State to 55 points which marked the sixth time this season UW has held an opponent to less then 60 points. With their last two regular season games against ninth-place Arizona and eighth-place Washington State, UW still has an opportunity to gain some ground in the conference standings before the upcoming Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies continue to be led by junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who is averaging team-highs in overall scoring (12.6 ppg) and in Pac-10 play (14.0 ppg). Whitcomb has recorded four 20-point games this season and has a team-high 16 double-digit efforts. Also one of the top defensive players in the league, Whitcomb leads the Pac-10 in steals per game (2.4). Behind Whitcomb in offensive production is freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma who is second on the team with 8.7 points per game. She has reached double-figures in scoring 10 times. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan leads the squad in rebounding (4.2 rpg) and is third in scoring (8.5 ppg). The Huskies have gone with a smaller lineup as of late, starting junior guard Sara Mosiman at the 'four' the last four-straight games. Mosiman has excelled averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in that span including nine points, six rebounds and two steals in UW's win over UCLA, Feb. 20. 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 43 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb recently moved into eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 119. She is 16 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 0-15 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 four 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 began the week ranking 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 eight points in the first-half at Arizona State (Feb. 26) 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 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.
The Wildcats are 2-3 in their last five games but are coming off back-to-back losses to Arizona State (53-60) and to Washington State (56-63) on Thursday. a 53-60 loss to Arizona State this past Saturday. Arizona opened Pac-10 play with a seven-game losing streak but since then has won three of its last eight 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 began 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 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. The Wildcats are averaging 56.7 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 60.7. 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.
The Last Time Against Arizona...:
Junior Christina Rozier recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and junior Sami Whitcomb added 14 points, but it wasn't enough for Washington, falling 65-51 to Arizona at Bank of America Arena, Jan. 29. The Huskies led 30-29 at halftime and then again (40-39) early in the second-half, but Arizona mounted a 13-2 run take a 10-point lead (42-52) with 7:50 remaining. The Huskies countered with a 9-2 spurt - with nine points coming on a trio of three-pointers - to climb to within three (54-51) at the 5:38 mark. But from there Washington was held scoreless and Arizona scored all of its final 11 points from the free-throw line. Senior forward Amina Njonkou powered the Wildcats with a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Njonkou had a double-double at halftime, recording 12 points and 11 rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Arizona freshman guard Faihza Hill also matched a career-high with 11 points. Rozier was a bright spot for the Huskies, in addition to her career-highs of 12 points and 11 rebounds, she also dished a career-high five assists and equaled a career-high with four steals. Whitcomb, who scored 10 of her 14 points in the first-half, notched her 10th double-figure scoring effort of the season, including her fifth-straight. Arizona won the rebounding battle 47-39, but the Huskies ended up with the advantage on offensive boards (18-14). The Huskies shot just 27.9 percent from the field and 22.6 percent from long range. The Wildcats shot 37.7 percent, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The first-half of action saw five lead changes and six ties, with UW's largest advantage a three-point lead (17-14) at 10:24.