UW Plays at ASU Thursday and at No. 2 Arizona Saturday
Jan. 6, 2003
THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 --
UW at Arizona State / 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 MST)
Fox Sports Northwest TV
Wells Fargo Arena (14,088); Tempe, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 --
UW at #2 Arizona / 4:00 p.m. PST (5:00 MST)
Fox Sports Northwest TV
McKale Center (14,545); Tucson, Ariz.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (6-5, 1-1) embark on their first Pac-10 road trip of the season with their annual visit to the state of Arizona. Washington plays Arizona State (9-4, 1-1) on Thursday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 Mountain) at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The Huskies lost their last five games at ASU. Washington visits second-ranked Arizona (9-1, 2-0) on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off is 4 p.m. PST (5 p.m. MST) at McKale Center in Tucson. UW lost its last six road games against the Wildcats. Both games will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. After falling 77-67 to UCLA (Jan. 2), Washington evened its Pac-10 record with a thrilling 76-72 win over USC (Jan. 4). The Huskies rallied from a 21-point deficit to snap their seven-game losing streak against the Trojans. After starting the season with three losses, UW has won six of its last eight games. Lorenzo Romar has six wins as Washington's first-year coach. He has a ways to go before matching the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies from 1978-79 (11-16) to 1979-80 (18-10). Next week UW returns home to host the Bay Area schools, beginning Thursday, Feb. 16 against California.
The annual trek to the desert has traditionally been the most difficult road trip for the Huskies. Washington lost its last 11 games in the state of Arizona and was swept last year for the 12th time in its last 14 visits. Since 1989, UW has a 2-27 combined record at Arizona (1-13) and Arizona State (1-14). Washington lost 86-74 at Arizona State last season, its 14th loss in the last 15 visits to Tempe. The Huskies, who lost 91-82 at Arizona last season, won only once in their last 18 visits to Tucson dating to 1985. They posted an 80-79 overtime upset at Arizona in 1996 to snap an 11-game losing skid at McKale Center.
Both Husky games this week will be televised live on Fox Sports Northwest. Thursday's game at Arizona State airs at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time while Saturday's contest at Arizona airs at 4 p.m. PST. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. This week's games will be broadcast on KJR (AM 950) in the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com
Projected Husky Starting Lineup
Washington Huskies (6-5, 1-1 in Pac-10)
Pos. o No. o Name o Hgt. o Wgt. o Yr. o Hometown o Pts. o Rebs.
F * Doug Wrenn * 6-6 * 215 * Jr. * Seattle, Wash. * 13.6 * 6.7
F * Mike Jensen * 6-8 * 230 * RS-Fr. * Covington, Wash. * 5.5 * 3.9
C * Anthony Washington * 6-9 * 270 * Fr. * Seattle, Wash. * 4.7 * 3.2
G * Will Conroy * 6-1 * 190 * So. * Seattle, Wash. * 14.6 * *4.5
G * Curtis Allen * 6-0 * 170 * Jr. * Tacoma, Wash. * 9.8 * 2.0
Sophomore David Hudson has 34 points in 33 minutes this season, coming on 11 treys and one free throw. Hudson is shooting 61 percent (11-18) from 3-point range and missed his only shot inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23).
UW's Lorenzo Romar needs one more victory to reach 100 for his coaching career. His seven-year record is 99-93 ... The Huskies have a 2-27 combined record on the road at Arizona and ASU since 1989, including 11 straight losses ... Doug Wrenn leads the team in Pac-10 games with 19.0 points & 7.5 rebounds ... Washington's assist-turnover ratio in its five victories is 105-99 while the corresponding mark in five losses is 47-86 ... Will Conroy has 161 points, more than doubling his entire 2001-02 output of 72 ... UW boasts a 6-1 record when scoring more than 70 points and is 0-4 when scoring less than 70 ... Sophomore Will Conroy recorded double figure points in eight games after not posting a double-figure scoring effort all last season ... The Huskies held three of their 11 opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season.
Did You Know?
The Huskies are shooting 40 percent (43-103) from 3-point range in their six wins, compared to 27 percent (17-63) in their five defeats.
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a major offensive threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team, averaging 14.6 points on 49 percent shooting, and has distributed a team-high 49 assists. Conroy tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 161 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in four games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year.
The Arizona State Series
> Arizona State holds a 31-20 lead in the all-time series that began in 1978.
> The teams split the season series last year with Washington winning 81-68 in Seattle and ASU winning 86-74 in Tempe.
> The Sun Devils own a 19-6 series advantage at home and won 14 of the last 15 meetings against Washington in Tempe.
> Fifth-year Sun Devil Coach Rob Evans has a 5-3 record against Washington.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against ASU.
The Last Meeting
Arizona State 86, Washington 74 (Feb. 9, 2002; Tempe, Ariz.)
Chad Prewitt scored 21 of his career-high 33 points in the second half, leading Arizona State to an 86-74 win over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena. The Huskies (8-15, 2-11) lost despite the 30 points of Doug Wrenn who became the third player in school history to register three consecutive 30-point performances. Arizona State (13-9, 6-7) reeled off 14 unanswered points to take a 25-13 lead midway through the first half. UW responded with nine straight points to close within 25-22 with 6:31 before halftime. The Sun Devils extended the lead to 39-31 at halftime, a margin the Huskies trimmed to 55-52 with 12:47 left to play. Prewitt scored twice, Shawn Redhage added a basket and Kyle Dodd capped the run with a 19-footer to give ASU a commanding 63-52 advantage with 9:55 remaining. The Huskies never got closer than seven points en route to their fifth consecutive loss in Tempe. Prewitt grabbed nine boards to lead a 40-26 ASU rebounding advantage. Curtis Millage scored 17 points for the Sun Devils who also got 14 from Tommy Smith and 10 from Donnell Knight. David Dixon and C.J. Massingale each had 11 points for the Huskies.
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (5) or sophomores (4). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.
Sophomore Jeffrey Day has been ruled academically ineligible and will be out of action indefinitely, Washington coach Lorenzo Romar announced Dec. 27. The 6-foot-9 forward missed the last three games. He will not be allowed to participate in any games until he is declared eligible. Day averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds during the Huskies' first eight games. He started six times. A product of Seattle Prep High School, Day averaged 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds as a UW freshman in 2001-02.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
Last Husky Game
UW 76, USC 72 (Jan. 4, 2003; Seattle)
The Huskies rallied from a 21-point deficit and Bobby Jones' put-back with three seconds remaining gave them the lead for good in a 76-72 victory over USC at Bank of America Arena. The Trojans (5-4, 1-1) had one final chance, but Errick Craven took the inbounds pass and stepped on the sideline with 2.1 seconds left. Will Conroy was then fouled and hit both free throws to seal the win for the Huskies (6-5, 1-1) who snapped a seven-game losing streak against USC. Doug Wrenn recorded UW's first double-double of the season with 24 points and 11 rebounds while Conroy finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Nick Curtis led USC with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Curtis hit the first of two free throws with 36.5 seconds remaining to tie the game at 72-72, but missed the second, which set up Doug Wrenn's miss and Jones' decisive put-back. The Trojans got 16 points apiece from Rory O'Neil and Desmon Farmer. After UW's Mike Jensen hit the game's first basket, the Trojans scored 22 of the next 23 points while the Huskies missed 14 straight shots. USC's largest lead was 30-9 with 6:11 left in the first half, but Washington closed the gap to 40-30 by halftime. Wrenn hit two free throws with 4:49 left in the game, giving UW its first lead since the game's opening basket. That was the first of five lead changes inside the final five minutes.
Washington started three different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jensen/Washington/Conroy/Allen that has a 4-1 record while opening the last five outings. Three Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn, Mike Jensen and Will Conroy.
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 99-93 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including a 6-5 mark at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. During his first season at Saint Louis, the Billikens upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the second round of the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was a stunning 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached at UW from 1989-93.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.
Nate the Great
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Thursday against UCLA after competing in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in Tuesday's Sun Bowl. He grabbed nine rebounds Saturday against UCLA. Robinson led all UW scorers three times. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14) and had a team-high 14 against Florida International (Dec. 21). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.
Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14, averaging 26.0 points and accounting for 36 percent of UW's scoring during that span. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn tallied 30 points in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He topped all Husky scorers 21 times and posted 24 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters at 88.6 percent (101-114).
The Huskies (11-18, 5-13) finished the 2001-02 season with a flurry, winning three of their final four regular-season games to earn the eighth and final berth to the Pac-10 Tournament. The eighth-seeded Huskies led by seven points at halftime before succumbing to No. 1 seed Oregon by an 86-64 count. Washington's non-conference season was highlighted by a runner-up performance at the Top of the World Classic in November and a home victory over NIT-bound UNLV. The Pac-10 campaign featured home victories over the top two teams in the standings, Oregon and California.
The Huskies sustained some personnel losses from last season's squad, none bigger than 6-11 center David Dixon. He led the team with 6.4 rebounds per game, ranked third with an 8.4-point scoring average and tied the school's single-season record of 67 blocked shots. Another graduating starter was forward Grant Leep who led the Pac-10 in 3-point accuracy, converting a Husky record 53 percent of his treys. Leep was fourth on the team with 7.8 points per game and ranked third in rebounds with 4.1 per contest. Two underclassmen transferred during the off-season, including starting shooting guard Erroll Knight who was the team's fifth-leading scorer with 7.1 points per game. Knight transferred to Gonzaga while Josh Barnard transferred to Eastern Washington. Walk-on Sterling Brown is no longer playing college basketball.
Though short on experience, the returning players are long on talent. Among players that saw action last year, only junior guards Curtis Allen and C.J. Massingale have played more than one season at Washington. Two primary starters and five total lettermen return from last year's team, including all-conference and Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year Doug Wrenn. The junior forward led the team with 19.5 points per game, the second-highest figure among returning Pac-10 players. Allen distributed 126 assists in 2002, the seventh-highest single-season figure in school history. Along with Wrenn and Allen, three other lettermen each started at least two games. Massingale started 11 games and poured in 25 points against California. A trio of sophomores return in Will Conroy, Jeffrey Day and David Hudson. Conroy is a tenacious defender who started the final seven games last year at point guard. Day's 30 blocked shots were the second-highest total ever for a UW freshman. Hudson possesses tremendous range as his trio of 3-point baskets against USC can attest. Two other players return after being sidelined last season with injuries. Fifth-year senior center Marlon Shelton returns after a pair of knee surgeries. Red-shirt freshman forward Mike Jensen, one of the nation's most sought after recruits in 2001, played five games last season before undergoing surgery on his left shoulder that was dislocated during a December practice.
The Washington roster is bolstered by the addition of two scholarship freshmen, 6-6 forward Bobby Jones and 6-9 center/forward Anthony Washington. Both received national top-100 acclaim as prepsters. A graduate of Long Beach Poly (Calif.) High School, Jones signed in May as first-year Coach Lorenzo Romar's first UW recruit. Romar has labeled him as the Huskies' future defensive stopper. Jones averaged 19 points and 9 rebounds as a senior in 2002. Washington originally signed with UW in the fall of 2000 before returning to Seattle's Garfield High School to complete some coursework. He did not play last season. During the 2001 state championships, he shattered the tournament record with 21 blocked shots in four games, more than any previous team had accumulated. A third newcomer, freshman Nate Robinson, is on a football scholarship and will join the team full-time at the completion of the grid season. Robinson was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle.
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 762 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.
Huskies vs. Ranked Foes
* Season Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 0-0.
* All-Time Record vs. Ranked Opponents -- 62-185.
* Last Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 94, #19 Oregon 92 (Jan. 24, 2002).
* Last Road Win Over a Ranked Opponent -- UW 80, #14 Arizona 78 ot (Feb. 1, 1996).
* All-Time Record vs. Top-10 Opponents -- 24-103.
* Last Win Over a Top-10 Opponent -- UW 90, #10 Arizona 84 (Feb. 4, 1999).
* Last Road Win Over a Top-10 Opponent -- UW 74, #9 Kansas 64 (Dec. 14, 1974).
* Last Win Over a Top-2 Opponent -- UW 69, #1 UCLA 68 (Feb. 22, 1979).
Note: Washington lost its last 18 road games against ranked opponents and its last 29 road games against top-10 foes.
The Arizona Series
> Arizona has a 34-15 lead in the all-time series that began in 1965 and won the last six games against UW.
> The Wildcats won 10 of the last 11 meetings against Washington. They swept the last three season series, their longest run of sweeps since beating UW over five consecutive seasons from 1986-1990.
> UA won both meetings last year, winning 74-69 in Seattle and 91-82 in Tucson.
> Arizona boasts a 20-4 record against the Huskies in Tucson, including a91-82 win last year. The Wildcats won the last six, and 17 of the last 18 meetings against UW at McKale Center. The lone Husky win during that span was an 80-79 overtime decision on Feb. 1, 1996 that halted an 11-game losing streak at McKale Center dating back to 1984.
> 20th-year Arizona Coach Lute Olson has a 29-11 all-time record against UW.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Arizona.
The Last Meeting
Arizona 91, Washington 82 (Feb. 7, 2002; Tucson, Ariz.)
Doug Wrenn came off the bench to score 35 points for Washington, his second straight 30-point outing, but it wasn't enough to overcome Arizona's balanced attack in a 91-82 loss to the No. 20 Wildcats. Arizona led from wire-to-wire as the Huskies were only able to pull within seven points midway through the second half. Luke Walton went 8-for-11 from the field and scored 21 points to lead the Wildcats while freshman center Channing Frye posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Arizona also got double-figure points from Salim Stoudamire (17), Jason Gardner (13) and Rick Anderson (11). Washington shot a solid 50-percent from the field (led by Wrenn's 15-for-23 shooting), but the 'Cats bettered that mark, firing for a 54.1-percent rate. David Dixon was the only other Husky in double figures, scoring 11 while pulling down seven rebounds. Grant Leep's nine points all came from behind the ark as the senior forward went 3-for-5 from three-point range. Washington shot only 8-for-21 from the free-throw line, more than accounting for the final nine-point deficit.
2003 Husky Highlights
Washington forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... Curtis Allen had five steals against UCLA on Jan. 2, the most by a Husky since Chris Walcott had five against Oregon on Jan. 16, 1999 ... The Huskies won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time Washington posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... The Huskies registered 15 steals against Houston (Dec. 23), their most in a game since tying the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against Brigham Young ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies held three of their nine opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in their last three outings, their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... Will Conroy has 95 points this season, 23 over his entire 2001-02 output of 72 ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament ... Ten of the 13 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the immediate Seattle area.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. 'Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball,' says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2003. Washington has three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC, Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)
The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record.
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