Seeds Set As Huskies Face Oregon In Regular-Season Finale

March 6, 2010

Seeds Are Set As Huskies Face Oregon In Regular-Season Finale
The Washington women's basketball team (11-16, 6-11) will say farewell to five seniors have who become an integral part of the Huskies program: Sami Whitcomb, Sara Mosiman, Laura McLellan, Christina Rozier and Lydia Young, along with student-manager Lars Phillips. UW will end the season the No. 7 seed in the Pac-10 Conference, thanks to Arizona's sweep by the Los Angeles schools this weekend. So the task for Washington is to send out its seniors in style with a win over the rival Oregon Ducks (16-13, 7-10), who head to Seattle on the heels of a loss to Washington State on Friday. Oregon is the No. 6 seed and while the Huskies can tie the Ducks in the Pac-10 win column with seven, Oregon does hold the tiebreaker because of its win over USC earlier this year.

Broadcast/Media
Entering his 11th season, Steve Sandmeyer will handle all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM. During home games, he will also be joined by former women's basketball letter-winner Elise (Niemela) Woodward, who will provide color commentary.
Dan Giuliani calls home games for GoHuskies.com, part of a joint venture with Comcast On-Demand.
Coach Tia Jackson's weekly press conference will be replayed on UWTV (Husky Hoops Talk) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker at GoHuskies.com.

About the Huskies
• Sami Whitcomb leads Washington in scoring with 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The senior has also compiled a team-high five double-doubles this season.• The Huskies are 6-5 at home, including 4-4 in Pac-10 Conference games.
• Kristi Kingma posted 11 points and six rebounds against the Oregon State Beavers, continuing to define herself as one of the Huskies most complete players.
• The Huskies held the Beavers to just 16 points in the second half, the lowest point total UW has limited an opponent to in a half this season.
• UW is fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks per game, averaging 3.5 over 27 contests.• Kristi Kingma and Whitcomb are ninth and 12th respectively in steals at 1.9 and 1.6.
• Whitcomb is the Pac-10's No. 4 free-throw shooter at 86 percent.

Charting Washington's Results
The Huskies snapped a six-game losing streak with a 70-54 rout of rival Washington State at home, which came after a sweep at the Los Angeles schools. This trip came after an OT loss to Cal and a 58-36 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Stanford at Bank of America Arena. Prior to the homestand, the Huskies were swept away in Arizona, where a tough OT loss to ASU preceded an 80-50 decision in Tucson to Arizona.
Washington's last win came at WSU in OT on Jan. 29, which took the sting off a pair of losses by the same 69-65 score to UCLA and USC at home, despite the Huskies holding halftime leads in both games. The pair of defeats added up to a four-game skid after a sweep in the previous series at Cal and Stanford.
UW led the Bears 25-24 at halftime before struggling with turnover issues in the second half in a 60-43 defeat. Against the Cardinal, the Huskies could not overcome a slow start in a 66-51 defeat in Palo Alto.
The Cal loss snapped the Huskies' three-game win streak. It was first time since 2008 that UW had taken Pac-10 games in a row, which they accomplished after sweeping Arizona and Arizona State and a road split of the Oregon schools, culminating in a 69-64 victory at Oregon State in Corvallis. This helped take the sting off a tough 82-71 loss to Oregon, where a second-half UW rally fell short.
The Huskies came away with a split of their two games in Michigan, falling to then-nationally ranked Michigan State 69-52 in East Lansing in the first contest before toppling Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan, 71-63, in nearby Kalamazoo.
A trip to Florida earned the squad a split against USF and UCF, and then Washington returned to the Northwest to grit out a 58-53 win over city rival Seattle University.The Huskies started the year with a late loss at Portland State when Vikings forward Kelli Valentine hit a 15-footer with .3 seconds remaining to give PSU a 67-66 win.Washington rebounded with a win over Brigham Young, which featured a gutsy performance from Whitcomb, who scored the last 12 points of the game and hit a late 3 with 4.0 seconds remaining to propel UW.
But the Huskies could not sustain the momentum on the road, falling 81-52 to Gonzaga in Spokane on Nov. 22. The team then responded with a 64-46 win over Eastern Washington in the first round of the Husky Classic before losing in the tournament finale to Sacramento State.

About Oregon
• Oregon is coached by Paul Westhead, who is in his first year with the program. Westhead has plenty of stops in his professional career, including a WNBA Championship with the Phoenix Mercury in 2007. Westhead last coached NCAA basketball for the George Mason University men's program from 1993-97. He's perhaps best known for his coaching stint at Loyala Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he turned the program into a contender with his run-and-gun style. Westhead has also coached the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA.
• The Ducks have lost five straight and now sit at 16-13 on the season and 7-10 in the Pac-10. Oregon is coming off a 67-53 loss to Washington State on Friday night in Pullman, where they shot a season-worst .267 and allowed the Cougars to pull down 60 rebounds.
• Taylor Lilley leads the Ducks in scoring, averaging 17.6 points a game. The senior guard has hit 106 of 254 three-point attempts this season, and needs just five more treys to crack the NCAA single-season top-10 all-time.
• Oregon leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense and is second in the nation in that category, averaging 82.5 points per game. In addition to Lilley, the Ducks have three other players averaging in double-figures: Michaela Cocks with 15.2 ppg, Amanda Johnson with 12.5 ppg, and Nia Jackson with 10.7 ppg.
• Oregon and Washington shared a common non-conference opponent this season in Portland State. The Huskies lost a tight, 67-66, road contest to the Vikings, while the Ducks blew out PSU, 87-58 at home on Nov. 29, 2009.
• The Ducks went 9-21 in 2008-09.

Series Record: Washington and Oregon is one of the pre-eminent rivalries in the Pac-10 Conference. The Ducks have a 41-38 lead over the Huskies, including a win in their first meeting this season at Mac Court, 82-71. In that game, Lilley scored 33 points, the second-most of any UW opponent this season, and hit eight three-pointers. The Huskies have a 21-12 advantage historically at Bank of America Arena.

Noteworthy: Ducks assistant coach Dan Muscatell is a native of Everett, Wash. ... Oregon has one player, Nia Jackson, who is from Seattle. ... The sophomore guard was a teammate of Regina Rogers and Charmaine Barlow at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle.

Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies are headed to Los Angeles and the Pac-10 Tournament. Washington is currently the seventh seed and will play No. 10 Oregon State on Thursday, March 11. UW is coming off a 67-49 victory over the Beavers.

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