Huskies Continue Road Swing At Florida State
Nov. 19, 2005
Coming off a season-opening win over Alabama, Friday, Washington women's basketball (1-0) continues its road swing traveling further East to face Florida State (1-0), Sunday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. The Huskies won their fifth-straight season opener by defeating the Crimson Tide (56-52) while Florida State took care of Georgia Southern (82-57) in its opener Friday. Sunday's meeting will be the first ever between the Huskies and Seminoles. Florida State is the first of nine opponents Washington will face that played in last year's NCAA Tournament.
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150. Steve Sandmeyer, in his seventh season as the voice of UW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward will join Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass.
UW Overcomes Poor Shooting Night To Defeat Alabama:
Led by 13 points apiece from junior Cameo Hicks and sophomore Dominique Banks, Washington edged Alabama, 56-52, in both teams' season opener at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. The Huskies overcame a poor shooting night with scrappy play down the stretch to come away with the victory. Washington only shot 27.9 percent from the field, but pulled down 25 offensive boards and forced the Crimson Tide (0-1) to commit 19 turnovers. Hicks led all UW rebounders with nine boards, including six on the offensive glass. Banks added six rebounds and senior guard Kristen O'Neill added 12 points and five rebounds.The score was tied twice with just under five minutes left in the game, but each time it was the Huskies who pulled away. Banks hit a big three-pointer at the four-minute mark to give UW a 50-47 advantage. After sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe sank a pair of free-throws, the Crimson Tide came back to tie on a basket from Harriet Barnes and two made free-throws from Dee Merriweather. Then it was Hicks who gave UW the bucket they needed with two minutes remaining to go ahead, 54-52. UW held possession down the stretch by dominating the offensive glass. Banks and Hicks both were 1-of-2 from the free throw line to seal the four-point win. The close final score was not indicative of the start of the game. The Huskies came out firing, opening with a 14-4 run in the first four minutes. Hicks fueled the run with eight points and scored a total of 10 points in the first six minutes. UW appeared to be cruising, taking as much as a 12-point lead twice in the first half. A momentum switch occurred when the game was stopped at the 11:27 minute mark for several minutes due to an apparent neck injury to Alabama's Navonda Moore. Moore was taken away on a stretcher for immediate medical attention. When the game resumed it was the Crimson Tide that picked up some fire, coming back to take a 1-point lead into halftime (33-32). Alabama's leading scorer Lauren Hill single-handedly took down the Huskies in that late first-half run, scoring 14 points in the final four minutes and 41 seconds. She scored the Tide's final 10 points of the half including 10 consecutive and back-to-back three-pointers. Washington shot 37.5 percent from the field in the first half, but plummeted to shoot just 19.4 percent in the second half. After the intermission, UW connected on just seven field goals, but four were from behind the arc. The second half featured three lead changes, with neither team leading by more than five points. UW held the largest lead of the half, 52-47, with just over three minutes remaining.The Huskies' starting lineup featured the return of sophomore point guard Emily Florence who missed the Nov. 6 exhibition game with a sprained thumb. Plouffe also received her first career starting nod. Hill led all Alabama scorers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Merriweather added a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Scouting Florida State:
The Seminoles advanced as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, compiling an overall record of 24-8. Florida State defeated Richmond (87-54) in the first round before falling to Connecticut (70-52) in the second. FSU finished fourth in the ACC with a 9-5 league mark, with head coach Sue Semrau earning ACC Coach of the Year honors. Three starters from that squad return this season including junior guard Alicia Gladden, senior guard Ganiyat Adeduntan and senior guard Holly Johnson. FSU won both their exhibition games, defeating Athletes in Action, 73-60, and EA Sports, 77-63. The Seminoles, who play their first seven games at home, easily defeated Georgia Southern, 82-57, in their opener Friday. Four players scored in double-digits, led by Adeduntan with 18 points and six rebounds. Gladden added 15 points, Brittany Miller had 14 and Tanae Davis-Cain tallied13 points.
The Series With Florida State:
Sunday will be the first ever meeting between Washington and Florida State.
With its win over Alabama, Friday, Washington improved to 22-10 in season openers, having won the last five straight. The Huskies have opened on the road 17 times, including four times in the last five years and six in the last eight. Washington defeated South Carolina, 65-53, in its season opener at the BCA/BTI Classic last year. UW's last season opening loss was at Indiana on Nov. 17, 2000 (77-74).
Sunday's game might be the first time UW has played in Tallahasse, but the Huskies have fond memories of their last trip to the state of Florida...UW traveled to Gainsville for the first and second rounds of the 2001 NCAA Tournament and defeated Old Dominion and host Florida to advance to the Sweet 16 (eventually the Elite Eight)... the Huskies are two victories away from reaching 600 in program history...Kristen O'Neill is ranked on three UW career lists...she ranks eighth all-time in three pointers made (103) and ninth in three-pointers attempted (300)...just a junior, Jill Bell ranks eighth on UW's career list for blocked shots (56)...her 31 blocks last season ranked fourth all-time on UW's single-season list.