Huskies Entertain Rival Ducks Saturday
Feb. 11, 2005
Coming off its largest winning margin of the season with a 31-point victory over Oregon State, Washington women's basketball (10-14, 6-8) looks to continue its winning ways when it hosts Northwest rival Oregon (16-6, 9-4) Saturday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The game will be televised live on FSN with Cara Capuano and Cathy Nelson calling the action. Washington will also celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day on Saturday, with festivities including a silent auction at 11:30 a.m. and a special halftime presentation. The Huskies defeated the Beavers 84-53 on Thursday evening in Seattle, while Oregon earned 62-47 victory over Washington State in Pullman. The Huskies look to salvage the season series with Oregon after losing 86-77 in Eugene, Jan. 13. Washington is in the midst of its final homestand of the year which will culminate versus Washington State, Saturday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer enters his sixth season calling the action, while former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer on home broadcasts. Fans can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com.
National Girls & Women In Sports Day:
UW will celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day in conjunction with the Husky women's game with Oregon, Saturday. All girls in attendance are encouraged to wear a sports uniform and participate in a halftime presentation. Pre-game activities include an autograph session with female UW athletes, face painting and sign making. National Girls & Women in Sports Day was chartered by Congress in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women.
Huskies To Hold Silent Auction:
UW will also hold a silent auction Saturday at the North Court of the Pavilion Addition at Bank of America Arena. Bidding begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at the culmination of halftime. Items up for bid include a private jet trip to a Husky event in 2005, a travel package with the UW women's basketball team for a trip to Italy in 2006, and golf with athletic director Todd Turner.
The Ducks have won four-straight and seven of their last nine. Oregon won three-straight games at home: UCLA (78-71), USC (81-59) and Oregon State (64-55). The added to that with a road win in Pullman over WSU Thursday (62-47). With its win on Thursday coupled with UCLA's loss at Arizona, Oregon moved up into third place in the Pac-10 standings, one-half game behind second-place USC. Cathrine Kraayeveld leads the team averaging 15.3 points and 8.9 rebounds, to go along with a 46.8 percent clip from the field. Andrea Bills averages 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. With a 10-1 record at home, the Ducks are 6-5 away from Mac Court.
Series With Oregon:
The Washington-Oregon series dating back to 1975 is just about even, with the Huskies trailing 32-35. The Huskies hold the most recent edge, winning four of the last five meetings. UW had won four-straight until falling to Oregon in Eugene earlier in the season (77-86). UW's recent success has been short-lived. Oregon won 14 of 15 games with UW from 1996-2002. The Huskies are 16-12 all-time against Oregon in Seattle and have won the last three straight. Included in that span was a 95-50 thumping over the Ducks which still stands as the largest margin of victory (45 points) by either team in the series. The last Oregon win in Seattle came on Jan. 18, 2001 (53-67).
Last Time Out:
All thirteen Huskies who took the floor scored at least one point, and eight scored six or more, as Washington earned an 84-53 win over Oregon State, Thursday in Seattle. Washington shot 48 percent from the field, while holding Oregon State's Shannon Howell, the Pac-10's leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, to just 10 points on 3-of-14 shooting, with six turnovers. Sophomores Cameo Hicks and Breanne Watson led all UW scorers with 13 points apiece. The win was the largest this season for Washington, which has won four its last seven games after a 6-11 start. Hicks led the Huskies to a 20-point halftime lead with 11 first-half points and nine first-half rebounds, both numbers above her season per-game averages. The sophomore scored seven of Washington's first 10 points to help UW open an early 10-4 lead. Hicks was one of nine Huskies to put points on the scoreboard in the first half, helping Washington race out to a 45-28 lead before junior Kayla Burt stole a long inbounds pass midcourt, dribbled to her left and drained a half-court shot at the buzzer to stake UW to a 48-28 lead at intermission. Washington's freshmen joined in the scoring act after the half, with Andrea Plouffe scoring four second-half points and Jackie Hollands nailing a trio of three-pointers for a career-high nien points. Prior to Thursday, Hollands had played just two minutes all season and attempted just one shot.
The Huskies are 4-3 in their last seven games after opening the year 6-11.
Washington's 31-point win over Oregon State was its largest winning margin of the season and largest win in the series with OSU since a 94-61 win in Seattle on Jan. 20, 1994.
The Huskies have scored at least 80 points in three of the last four games, after reaching the 80-point plateau once in the first 19 games. Washington's overall per-game average is 67.4 points. The Huskies' season-high output was 86 points versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Nov. 26).
Washington's increased offensive output reflects a much improved team shooting percentage. The Huskies shot no higher than 40 percent in the first 16 games. Since then, UW has shot better than 40 percent in five of the last eight games including a season-high 52.7 percent (29-for-55) performance versus California (Jan. 29).
The Husky defense has forced 92 more turnovers that it has committed this season (493-405). In 24 games, Washington has forced more turnovers than its opponent in 19 games. Leading that charge is freshman point guard Emily Florence who leads the team in steals (1.7 per game, 40 total).
Sophomore forward Breanne Watson has reached double-figures in five-straight games and six of the last seven. She set a season-high with 13 points versus Cal (Jan. 29) and has equaled that the last two straight gams (13 at USC, 13 vs. Oregon State).
Sophomore forward Jill Bell has reached double-figures in five of the last six games and is averaging 12.0 points in that span. She set a career-high with 17 points versus California (Jan. 29) and recorded her second career double-double at WSU (Jan. 22) with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bell third in team scoring (9.0 ppg) and first in rebounding (5.6).
Junior guard Kayla Burt has reached double-figures in six of the last eight games and leads the team with 9.6 points per game. She set career-highs with 20 points and eight rebounds at UCLA (Feb. 3).
Washington is 6-7 at home this season, marking the first time the Huskies have lost over five home games in the history of Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Washington has played four teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor and No. 12 Minnesota. UW is 1-4 versus these squads.
The Huskies shot a scorching 68 percent (17-25) from the field in the second half versus California (Jan. 29), well above its average shooting percentage in any other half this year.
The Huskies lost their first game of the season when outshooting their opponent. UW outshot UCLA 47.5 percent to 46.2 percent, but the Bruins ended up with the win. Until then, the Huskies had outshot their opponent just four times and were 4-0 in those games (Denver, Cal, ASU and OSU).
Washington has six players averaging at least seven points per game, but none in double-figures. Three Huskies average at least nine points per game (Kayla Burt-9.6, Kristen O'Neill-9.4, Jill Bell-9.0).
Washington opened the season 2-0 for the third time in head coach June Daugherty's nine-year tenure and and the 11th time in school history. UW also opened 2-0 under Daugherty in 2003-04, and in 1997-98, when the Huskies began the year on a 10-game win streak.
The win over then-No. 14 Minnesota (Nov. 15) was Washington's first over a ranked non-conference opponent since March 24, 2001, when UW defeated Oklahoma in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Washington has outscored its opponents in the second half nine times, and the Huskies are 8-1 in those games. That first loss came in UW's contest at USC, Feb. 5. The Huskies outscored USC 44-30 in the second-frame only to come up five points shy at the end.