Huskies To Take On Cal In Pac-10 Quarterfinals
March 13, 2009
GAME 30 - Fri., March 13, 2009
2009 STATE FARM PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
No. 10 Washington (8-21, 3-15 Pac-10) vs. No. 2 California (24-5, 15-3 Pac-10)
1:15 p.m. PT Galen Center Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com & Live Video at Pac-10.org
Following a 69-43 first round victory over No. 7 Oregon Thursday night, 10th-seed Washington will face No. 2 seed and 12th-ranked California in the quarterfinals of the 2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament, Friday, March 13, at 1:15 p.m. at USC's Galen Center. The Huskies, who have won their last two-straight games, became the first-ever 10th-seed to upset the seventh-seed with their first-round win over the Ducks. The winner between Washington and California will move on to face either No. 3 Arizona State or No. 6 USC in the semifinals, Saturday, at 6 p.m. The other semifinal contest will be played Saturday at 8:30 p.m., with the championship game slated for Sunday, March 15, at 6 p.m. The winner of the Pac-10 Tournament receives the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament's first round of play on Friday featured a pair of upsets, with No. 9 seed Arizona defeating No. 8 WSU, 79-72. The Huskies were swept by the Golden Bears this season, falling 62-34 in Berkeley on Jan. 11 and then again in Seattle on Feb. 6, 70-40.
2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 12
Game 1: No. 10 Washington 69, No. 7 Oregon 43
Game 2: No. 9 Arizona 79, No. 8 Washington State 72
Friday, March 13
Game 3: No. 3 Arizona State. No. 6 USC, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 California vs. No. 10 Washington, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 9 Arizona, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 5 Oregon State, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 14
Game 7: Semifinal - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 6 p.m. (FSN)
Game 8: Semifinal - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)
Sunday, March 15
Game 9: Championship Game, 6 p.m. (FSN)
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 will join Sandmeyer as the color analyst for the Huskies' games in Los Angeles this week.
The Pac-10 Tournament semifinal games on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday will be televised live on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from the Galen Center.
Live statistics, as well as a live audio broadcast for Washington's games at the Pac-10 Tournament will be available at GoHuskies.com. A live video stream of games played on Thursday and Friday will be shown at Pac-10.org.
Huskies At The Pac-10 Tournament:
With UW's 69-43 win over Oregon, the Huskies upped their record in the Pac-10 Tournament to 4-7 overall and 2-0 in first-round contests...the Huskies are also 2-5 in the quarterfinals and 0-2 in the semifinals all-time...UW made Pac-10 Tournament history on Thursday, becoming the first-ever No. 10 seed to upset the No. 7 seed...this year marks the first-time in school history that Washington has been the No. 10 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament...UW's highest overall seed - No. 2 - came in the first two tournaments in 2002 and 2003...UW has also earned a No. 4 seed twice (2006, 2007), a sixth-seed twice (2004, 2008) and a seventh-seed in 2005...UW's best Pac-10 showings came with back-to-back trips to the semifinals in 2003 and 2004...the Huskies' win against Oregon improved its record against the Ducks in the tourney to 1-2 all-time...these teams met in the 2005 quarterfinals (Oregon 64, UW 50) and in the 2002 quarterfinals (Oregon 78, UW 64)...UW's win over Oregon snapped a four-game losing streak in tournament action...the only other time the Huskies have played in the first round, they defeated Oregon State 81-68 in 2005 - a win that stood as their last in tournament play until Thursday...the Huskies have never faced California in the Pac-10 Tournament...UW is 2-2 versus USC, 0-2 versus Arizona, 0-1 vs. Arizona State and 1-0 vs. Oregon State in the conference tournament.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington won its second-straight game with its win over Oregon, Thursday, marking the first time since back in November the Huskies have won back-to-back games. UW made a bit of history, becoming the first 10-seed to upset a 7-seed in the Pac-10 Tournament's eight-year history. Washington turned in one of its better combined offensive efforts of the season, shooting 48.1 percent from the field and allowing a season-low 43 points to the Ducks. The Huskies defense has been firing on all cylinders as of late, as UW has held four of its last six opponents to 55 points or less. The Huskies, whose regular season conference victories came twice over Washington State and once over UCLA, finished 10th place in the Pac-10 standings, marking the first time UW has finished last since the inception of the league for women's basketball since 1986-87. UW's previous low finish was a ninth-place standing during the 1999-2000 season when it went 4-14 in league play. This season, the Huskies have endured a 12-game school record losing streak and a school-record six-game losing streak at home. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb continues to lead the Huskies in scoring (13.3 ppg) and steals (2.3 spg) and is second in rebounding (4.0 rpg). Whitcomb led UW with a game-high 28 points against Oregon, Friday, one shy away from matching her career-high the most by a player in a first-round Pac-10 Tournament game and setting a new career-high with six three-pointers. She now has 19 double-figure scoring games this season including five 20-point scoring efforts. eason. Her defensive efforts have been tops in the conference as she finished the regular season leading the league in steals per game. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is a consistent force inside for UW, whether in a starting role or coming off the bench. After scoring 15 points against the Ducks, McLellan is now second on the squad with 8.7 points per game and is pulling down a team-high 4.1 rebounds. She led the Huskies with a team-high seven boards, Thursday, against the Ducks. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma is third on the squad with 8.4 points per game and has 11 double-figure scoring efforts in her rookie campaign. Junior point guard Christina Rozier is averaging 5.1 points and owns a team-high 63 assists.
Leader of the Pack:
Now with one year of head coaching experience under her belt, Tia Jackson is in the midst of her second campaign as the Huskies' Top Dawg in 2008-09. Last season, a young UW squad garnered a 13-18 record, with highlights including a come-from behind last-second shot win over eventual NCAA Tournament team Purdue and a dramatic upset of ninth-ranked California in the regular season finale. UW finished sixth in the 2007-08 Pac-10 standings with an 8-10 league mark. Jackson had three players earn conference honors at season's end, led by senior Emily Florence's nod to the All-Pac-10 third-team and the inaugural Pac-10 Defensive Team. Sophomore Sami Whitcomb was tabbed to the Pac-10 Defensive honorable mention squad and Katelan Redmon earned Pac-10 All-Freshman Team acclaim. The springtime also saw the graduation of Jackson's three seniors - Florence, Dominique Banks and Andrea Plouffe. She was named the eighth head coach in the history of the women's basketball program on April 6, 2007. Jackson came to UW after a successful 11-year tenure in the assistant coaching ranks. Before arriving on Montlake, she spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Duke, where she was considered by many experts as one of the top recruiters in the country. She helped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game in 2006 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007. In addition to working at Duke, Jackson served as an assistant coach at UCLA (2000-2005), Stanford (1999-2000), and Virginia Commonwealth (1996-1999). As an assistant coach, she has been to four NCAA Tournaments and one NCAA Final Four. Jackson played her collegiate career at the University of Iowa where she was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hawkeyes to the 1993 NCAA Final Four. After graduating from Iowa in 1995, Jackson played one season in the WNBA (1997) as a member of the Phoenix Mercury before her career was cut short by knee injuries. Jackson picked up her first collegiate head coaching victory when the Huskies defeated Northern Arizona (83-70) in the second round of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic, Nov. 17. Her overall record as a head coach stands at 21-39.
The Road To The Final Four Will Go Through Seattle Next Week:
Washington and Bank of America Arena will serve as a host for the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, March 21 and 23. First round games on March 21 will be played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. PT, with the second round contest to take place March 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT.
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 54 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb sits in eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 130. She is five 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).
Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 0-7 against ranked opponents this season, the losses coming to No. 1 UConn (Dec. 18), then-No. 22 Kansas State (Dec. 30), then-No. 11 Stanford (Jan. 8), then-No. 13 California (Jan. 11), then-No. 3 Cal (Feb. 6), then-No. 7 Stanford (Feb. 8) and No. 24 Arizona State (Feb. 26). UW is 45-115 overall against ranked opponents. UW is 7-59 against Top-25 teams on the road. The last time UW defeated a Top-25 team (Associated Press) came against then-No. 9 California in Seattle, on March 2, 2008 (74-66). In fact, UW's last two wins against ranked opponents both came against the Golden Bears. The other victory came Feb. 8, 2007 in Berkeley in overtime (79-76).
California, ranked 12th in both polls this week, finished the regular season tied for second with Arizona State in the Pac-10 with a 15-3 league record. Cal earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament by virtue of Cal's win over Pac-10 champion Stanford earlier in the season. Cal is 2-2 in its last four games with both its last two victories coming by a combined five points. Senior post player Ashley Walker leads Cal with a 19.1 ppg scoring averaging and 8.4 rebounds. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is also averaging 12.1 points. The Bears are averaging 66.7 ppg and holding opponents to an average of 53.7 ppg.
All-Time Series With California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California, 40-13, but was swept by the Golden Bears this year. Heading into Friday's contest, Cal has won five of the last seven contests with UW. The Huskies still have some recent success against a very good California program, with their last two overall wins against ranked opponents coming over the Golden Bears in each of the last two seasons. The Huskies pulled an upset of then-No. 4 Cal on March 2, 2008 in Seattle and came away from a Feb. 8, 2007 meeting in Berkeley with a 79-76 overtime win against the then-20th ranked Bears. UW and Cal have never met in the Pac-10 Tournament and UW is 1-0 against the Golden Bears on a neutral floor, the only other meeting coming during the 1983-84 season.
This Season Versus California...:
UW lost both season meetings with California, falling 62-34 in Berkeley, Jan. 11, and 70-40 in Seattle, Feb. 6. The Bears were ranked 13th at the time of the January meeting and as high as third when they met in early Feb. In the two games, Cal held the Huskies to an average of just 37 points while scoring 66.0. Freshman forward Liz Lay, who missed Thursday's game against Oregon with muscle spasms in her right leg, has had the most success against Cal this year, averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in the two contests.