Women's Basketball Seeks Three in a Row over USC

March 15, 2002

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UW Hosts Pac-10 Rival USC in WNIT Second Round
Huskies Seek Third Win over Women of Troy in 2002 Season

Sun., March 17:
USC at Washington, 1 p.m.
WNIT Second Round Game at Bank of America Arena (10,000)

The Game
The Washington women's basketball team (18-11) will celebrate St. Patrick's Day by hosting Pac-10 Conference rival Southern California (16-13) in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) at 1 p.m., Sun., March 17 at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
The Huskies, winners of eight of their last 11 games, advanced to the second round by defeating North Texas, 82-61, Thursday night in Seattle. The Women of Troy defeated the University of San Francisco, 72-53, Wednesday night in the Bay Area.
The winner of the UW-USC second round game will face another conference opponent, either Oregon or Oregon State, who are also set to battle in second round action at 1 p.m. Sunday in Eugene. Dates and times of further games will not be determined until Sunday.
Washington swept the series with USC during the regular conference season this year, winning, 80-79, in overtime Jan. 6 in Seattle and winning, 69-63, Feb. 1 in Los Angeles. The last three meetings between the schools in Seattle have gone to overtime, with the Huskies holding a 2-1 lead in those games.
Washington tied for second place in the Pac-10 Conference this year, with a record of 12-6 along with NCAA Tournament-bound Arizona State. The Huskies earned a first round bye and played in the second round of the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament where they lost to Oregon, 78-64, on the Ducks' home court in Eugene.
The Women of Troy finished the Pac-10 season with a record of 11-7 and tied for fourth place with Oregon State. They played the Beavers in the first round of the conference tournament and suffered a one-point loss, 69-68, in that game.
Washington leads the all-time series with USC, 17-13, in games that date back to the 1987 season. The Trojans are coached by Chris Gobrecht, who was head coach at Washington from 1985-96 and led the Huskies to two Pac-10 championships (1988, '90).
Washington's last appearance in the WNIT was in 1999. The Huskies posted a first-round win over Portland, 67-63, at Hec Edmundson Pavilion in Seattle and then lost at New Mexico, 68-63, at the Pit in Albuquerque.

Daugherty Aims for 100
When the Huskies take the floor Sunday, they will seek to earn win No. 100 for head coach June Daugherty in her six year tenure at Washington. She has a mark of 99-77 in that span. Daugherty, who spent seven years at Boise State prior to taking over at UW, has a 13-year career mark of 222-151.
Along with leading Washington to the final eight of the NCAA tournament in 2001, Daugherty directed the Huskies to a share of the Pac-10 title, the first time the Huskies had reached that mark since the 1990 season.

What's Next
Tournament action continues with the third round March 19-21. Semi-final games are set for March 23-24 with the championship March 26, 27 or 28. Washington could potentially host a third round game at Bank of America Arena. The pavilion is not available for hosting further than that.

Ticket Information - Tickets for the WNIT Tournament may be purchased through the Washington ticket office at (206) 543-2200 or online at www.gohuskies.com.They will be available at the box office on game day.

Round Two - March 17 - USC at Washington, 1 p.m., Bank of America Arena, Seattle
Round Three - March 20- 21
Semi-finals - March 23-24
Championship game - March 26 or 27

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