Women's Hoops Travels To WSU For Regular Season Finale

March 3, 2009

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GAME 28 - Fri., March 6, 2009
Washington (6-21, 2-15 Pac-10) at Washington State (11-17, 4-13 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Beasley Coliseum • Pullman, Wash.
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Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: FSN Northwest
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com


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Washington women's basketball (6-21, 2-15 Pac-10) will wrap up the regular season this week with a trip to the Palouse to take on cross-state rival Washington State (11-17, 4-13 Pac-10), Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m. The contest from Beasley Coliseum in Pullman will be televised live on FSN Northwest with Tom Glasgow and Sheryl Swoopes calling the action. The Huskies will look to extend their 27-game winning streak in the all-time series with the Cougars, having not lost to WSU since the 1994-95 season. One of Washington's two Pac-10 wins this season came against the Cougars in Seattle on Jan. 3, a 71-58 victory in both teams' conference openers. Washington is coming off a pair of losses in the desert last week at the Arizona schools, while Washington State earned a split against those same sides with a win over Arizona and a loss at Arizona State. WSU begins the week in ninth-place in the Pac-10, while UW is 10th. Friday's contest marks the end of Washington's three-game road swing to conclude the regular season. UW will hit the road for the third-straight week next week when it, along with the other nine Pac-10 schools, heads to Los Angeles for the conference tournament to be held at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, March 12-15.

TV Coverage:
Friday night's rivalry game in Pullman will be televised live to a regional audience on FSN Northwest. Tom Glasgow will call the play-by-play, while Sheryl Swoopes will offer color commentary.

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 game at Washington State, 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.

Assistant Coach Loree Payne To Be Inducted Into Montana HS Hall of Fame:
Current Washington assistant women's basketball coach and former Husky standout Loree Payne will be honored for her induction into the Montana High School Association Athletes' Hall of Fame on Saturday. Payne will be recognized prior to the Montana State A Girls Basketball Championship game to be held Saturday, March 7, in Butte, Mont. Her alma mater, Havre High School, advanced to the state championships this year and Payne could be on hand to see her former team battle for a state title if it advances that far. Payne, a native of Havre, Mont., is in her second season as an assistant coach for the Washington women's basketball team. In 2007, she returned to her collegiate alma mater where she etched her name in the Husky record books as a four-year letterwinner from 2000-03. A three-year team captain, Payne was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 honoree and a two-time Kodak/WBCA All-Region selection. She owns both UW school records for three-point field goals made (245) and attempted (732). She ranks seventh on Washington's all-time scoring list with 1,675 career points and was the ninth Husky to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark as a junior. Payne helped the Huskies to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during her career, including UW's dramatic run to the Elite Eight in 2001. Payne is a 1999 graduate of Havre High School where she excelled in three sports throughout her prep career. She was a four-year all-conference and all-state selection in basketball, averaging 25 points per game during her tenure. Payne was Montana's 1999 USA Today Player of the Year and a two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Montana High School Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She was also a three-year starter in volleyball, leading her team to back-to-back state titles. An excellent track and field athlete, Payne competed in javelin and high jump and won the Class A state high jump championship in 1998.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington wraps up the regular season on Friday with its rivalry game with Washington State. The Huskies will look to end things on a high-note and complete their first Pac-10 sweep of the year after defeating the Cougars in Seattle back on Jan. 3 (71-58). UW enters the contest with a 27-game winning streak against Washington State which dates back to 1995. Washington has lost three-straight games and 15 of the last 16 since its win in the Pac-10 opener with WSU in early January. UW is coming off a pair of losses in the desert last week, but led Arizona by as many as 14 points in the first-half and by six at halftime. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan led the Huskies with a team-high 16 points on a 8-of-9 clip from the field against the Wildcats. She also added six rebounds and a team-high three steals. McLellan, who is second on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and leads the squad in rebounding (4.2 rpg), has reached double-figures in scoring twice in the last four games and 12 times overall. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb continues to lead the Huskies on both ends of the floor with a 12.6 points per game scoring average and a team-high 2.3 steals per game average. Whitcomb is also averaging a team-high 13.8 points in Pac-10 games and recorded four 20-point efforts this season. Her 17 double-figure scoring games lead UW as well. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma is third on the squad with 8.5 points per game and has 10 double-figure scoring games. Junior point guard Christina Rozier leads UW in assists (59) and is fourth on the squad with 5.0 points per game. Redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens has upped her contributions as of late, earning her third career start in UW's last game at Arizona and setting or equaling career-highs with 12 points and six rebounds. Argens has scored seven or more points in the last three-straight games and is averaging 4.1 overall. 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 46 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb recently moved into eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 122. She is 13 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 0-15 when trailing at halftime but are 5-6 when holding a halftime lead...UW is 1-0 when tied at the break...the Huskies have led at halftime three times in the last five games (8 vs. UCLA, 3 at Oregon, 6 at Arizona)...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 27 opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers...the exceptions were No. 1 UConn (14) and Oregon State (13, on Feb. 12)...UW has held an opponent to less than 60 points seven times this season, limiting No. 24 Arizona State to just 55 points last week...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)...Whitcomb begins the week ranked among the top Pac-10 players in steals (2nd/2.3), three-point field goals made (t-5th, 1.7), free-throw shooting percentage (11th, 76.1) and scoring (12th, 12.6)...junior guard/forward Laura McLellan is 10th in the Pac-10 in field goal shooting percentage (45.9) and 15th in blocked shots (0.6)...senior guard/forward Michelle 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...UW has been held under 40 points three times this season, including a season-low 32 at Arizona State (Feb. 26)...the 32 points scored were the fewest scored by a UW team since scoring 30 in a game against Portland State during the 1975-76 season.

Road Warriors:
The Huskies' game in Pullman on Friday night marks the end to UW's season-ending three-game road swing. Washington will remain on the road for a third-straight week next week, traveling to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Tournament to be held at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, March 12-15.

Scouting Washington State:
Washington State begins the week in ninth-place in the Pac-10 standings with a 4-13 league record. Overall, the Cougars are 11-17. WSU earned a split in the desert last week, defeating Arizona (63-56) but falling to Arizona State (35-76). The Cougars' other Pac-10 wins came over Oregon State (65-52), the first meeting with Arizona as well (68-58) and at Oregon (58-45). The Cougars are led by a pair of freshman guards in Jazmine Perkins and April Cook. Perkins is averaging 13.8 points per game, while Cook is averaging 13.3. Senior center Heather Molzen leads the squad in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game. WSU is averaging 59.3 points per game while allowing opponents to score 66.8 ppg. The Cougars are coached by June Daugherty who is in her second-season at the helm in Pullman after a 11-year tenure as the head coach of the Huskies from 1996-2007.

All-Time Series With Washington State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Washington State, 57-10, dating back to the 1974-75 season. The Huskies have won the last 27-straight meetings with the Cougars, including the last 13-straight in Pullman. The lost WSU win in the series came on Feb. 25, 1995 - a 72-67 victory in Pullman. The Huskies will look for their 14th-straight season sweep over WSU after defeating the Cougars on Jan. 3, 71-58. UW is 27-3 all-time against WSU in Pullman.

The Last Time Against WSU...:
Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb scored a team-high 17 points, including 13 in the second-half, to lead Washington women's basketball to a 71-58 victory over Washington State in both teams' Pac-10 opener at Bank of America Arena, Jan 3. The victory improved Washington's winning streak in the all-time series with WSU to 27 games, including 16-straight at home. Joining Whitcomb in double-figures for the Huskies were junior guard/forward Laura McLellan (10 points) and senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo (10 points). Augustavo's play off the bench was especially key as UW lost starting guard Kristi Kingma to a sprained left ankle in the first-half. McLellan and senior forward Heidi McNeill led UW on the rebounding end with six boards apiece, while sophomore guard Sarah Morton dished seven assists. The Huskies shot a season-best 52 percent clip from the field (26-of-50), while in turn holding the Cougars to a 30.2 percent average (19-of-63). Guard April Cook led three Cougars in double-figures with 17 points, while guard Jazmine Perkins (12 points) and forward Rosie Tarnowski (10) rounded out the top-three scorers for WSU. Ebonee Coates grabbed a game-high 12 board as well. The Huskies certainly didn't have an easy time early on, as the Cougars opened the game with an 11-3 run. But Washington chipped away at the WSU advantage and came back to even the score twice late in the first-half. Trailing by two (22-24) with 4:39 remaining until the intermission, the Huskies closed out the half with a 15-4 run - including a 9-0 spurt - to take the lead for good. UW led by nine at halftime (37-28) and sped out to a 12-0 run to start the second stanza and never looked back, holding the Cougars without a field for the first three and a half minutes of the period. Washington's largest lead was a 25-point spread with 4:59 remaining in the game.

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