UW Women Host Husky Classic Saturday-Sunday

Nov. 25, 2005

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This Week:
Still undefeated in the young season, Washington women's basketball (3-0) continues its three-game homestand hosting the 19th Annual Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Saturday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 27. Rice (1-1) and Penn (1-1) will tip-off the tournament at 12:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, followed by the Huskies' contest with San Diego (1-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday's winners will face each other in the championship game Sunday, at 3 p.m., preceded by the consolation contest at 12:30 p.m. The Huskies have never faced any of the three teams spending Thanksgiving weekend in Seattle. Coming off its 63-56 home opening win over No. 23 Utah, UW opened the season 3-0 for the third time in 10th-year head coach June Daugherty's tenure.

Live Video Streaming:
Washington's game Saturday versus San Diego can be seen live on the internet with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass at GoHuskies.com.

Radio Coverage:
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, calls the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins 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.

Gameday Promotions:
On Saturday, Washington Basketball Yearbooks will be handed out to the first 500 fans in attendance. Free schedule magnets will also be given out. On Sunday, yearbooks will once again be available for the first 500 fans.

Huskies Take Down No. 23 Utah:
Washington used stifling defense and a 54-38 advantage on the boards to win their third-straight, a 63-56 victory over Utah in UW's home opener Wednesday. Junior guard Cameo Hicks came through, just as she has in UW's previous two games, recording her second-career double-double with 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Junior forward Breanne Watson added eight points and six rebounds off the bench. Utah was led by three-time All-American Kim Smith who had 21 points and eight rebounds. Fellow All-American Shona Thorburn added seven points, six rebounds and eight assists. UW held Utah to a 33.3 shooting percentage, but in turn shot a 34.3 clip. Washington opened the game on a 15-6 run, taking its largest lead of the half at the 10:24 mark. Utah came back to cut their deficit to three points (27-24) at halftime. The Huskies put together a 10-0 run in the second half and led by 13 points (48-35) with 7:21 remaining. Utah came back again, coming within six points twice (56-50, 1:40; 59-53, 52.7) both times on three-pointers by Heidi Carlson. The Huskies held on down the stretch, nailing their free-throws while the Utes continued to foul.

Husky Classic:
For the 19th-consecutive season, Washington plays host to the Husky Classic. The first tournament was held in 1986, with the Huskies defeating Oklahoma in the championship game, 83-64. UW has won a total of 11 Husky Classic titles, with the other champions being Louisiana Tech (1987), Long Beach State (1988), Colorado (1994), Kansas (1998), Oklahoma State (1999), Santa Clara (2001) and most recently Alabama (2004). Last year, Washington defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 70-56, in the first round before falling to Alabama by 20-points (76-56) in the title matchup. Huskies Kristen O'Neill and Cheri Craddock were named to the All-Tournament team.

Scouting San Diego:
Led by first-year head coach Cindy Fisher, the Toreros are 1-2 after their first three games of the 2005-06 season. San Diego lost its first two contests at UC Riverside (63-56) and versus Arizona State (67-63), but came back to defeat cross-town rival San Diego State (67-57) on Tuesday. USD has three players averaging in double-figures, led by senior guard Tiara Harris with 10.7 ppg. Junior center Sabine Loewe (10 ppg), and sophomore guard Amanda Rego (10 ppg) are also scoring in double-figures. USD is averaging 62 points a game, but is being outrebounded by an average of 34.3 percent to 28.3. Last season, USD finished 9-19 overall.

Scouting Rice:
The Rice Owls are are also under the direction of a first-year coach, Greg Williams. So far Rice is 1-1, losing at Mississippi, 110-63, but coming back to upset No. 13 Texas Tech at home on Monday, 73-70. The Owls are led by junior center Lauren Neaves who is averaging 18.5 points and 12 rebounds in the first two games. It was Neaves who fueled the team's upset over Texas Tech, scoring 27 points and adding 18 rebounds. Neaves also had 10 points and six rebounds in Rice's loss at Mississippi. Rice is coming off a 2004-05 season in which they compiled a 24-9 overall record and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Penn:
The Quakers, from Philadelphia, Penn., are making the longest journey to take part in the tournament. Under second-year head coach Patrick Knapp, Penn is 1-1 so far this season. Penn opened the season with a 76-73 victory versus Lehigh, but fell to Temple, 72-53. Junior guard Joey Rhoads leads the team averaging 18 points per game. Junior forward Monica Naltner averages 14 points per game and senior center Jennifer Fleischer leads in rebounding (10.5 per game). The Quakers finished last year 15-12 and return starters Naltner and Fleischer from that team.

All-Time Series Records:
Washington has never faced San Diego, Rice or Penn, making this weekend's meetings the first in school history.

Strong Start:
The Huskies opened the season 3-0 for the third time during head coach June Daugherty's tenure. The last time UW opened 3-0 was when it won five-straight to start the 2003-04 season. The Huskies also won three straight to start the 1997-98 season (UW opened that year 10-0).

Stingy Defense:
The key to the Huskies' 3-0 start is their gritty and tenacious defense efforts. UW's defense has held its first three opponents to an average of just 59 points per game. None of the Huskies' first three opponents have managed to top the 70-point mark, with Florida State the only team to even top 60 (69 points in 71-69 UW win). UW has also forced its opponents to commit at least 19 turnovers in each of the first three games.

Hot Hicks:
Sophomore guard Cameo Hicks is off to a hot start this year. After three games, she's leading the squad averaging 18.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. In fact, Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in all three games and the team's top rebounder in two. Hicks earned her second-career double-double with 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds versus Utah, Wednesday. Hicks was the key to the Huskies two-point win over Florida State (Nov. 20), scoring a game-high 21 points including seven of the last 14 for UW. She had the gamewinning layin with 6.9 seconds on the clock and was 6-for-7 from the line. Hicks also led UW with 13 points and nine rebounds at Alabama (Nov. 18). She has now scored in double-figures 15 times in her last 18 games dating back to last season. For good measure, her scoring average of 18.3 points is nearly nine points per game greater than her 2004-05 average (9.5). Hicks looks to be emerging as a much-needed go-to player, as no Husky averaged double-figures in scoring last year.

Dawg Bites:
The Huskies are 3-0 despite the fact that they are being outshot 35.1 percent to 40.7 percent...UW is 68-for-194 from the field, while opponents are shooting 68-for-167...Washington, though, is holding opponents to an average of just 59 points per game ...UW outrebounded Utah by a 54-38 margin, including a 27-14 advantage in the second-half...the Huskies are averaging 44.0 rebounds per game, up from last year's average of 37.6...UW's 54 rebounds vs. Utah surpassed its season-high from last year (52 at Washington State, Jan. 22, 05).

Home Openers:
With its win over Utah, Wednesday, Washington improved to 26-6 in home openers, winning the last five straight. The last time UW lost a home opener was to No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 24, 2000, the inaugural game at the then-newly renovated Bank of America Arena. The Huskies from Seattle fell to UConn Huskies, 100-54.

Reaching 600:
Washington's win over Utah was also the 600th in program history. UW's all-time record is 600-304, its inaugural season being 1974-75.

No Rest For The Weary:
Washington is in the midst of playing five games in 10 days since opening the season in Alabama, Nov. 18. The Huskies played Utah, Wednesday, three days after returning from their cross-country road trip late Sunday night. The Huskies' road trip to Alabama and Florida State took them just under 3,000 miles (2,925) away from Seattle. UW went through six different airports in four days, traveling from Seattle to Chicago to Birmingham on Thursday, Birmingham to Atlanta to Tallahassee on Saturday, and back to Seattle through Houston on Sunday night. The Huskies' schedule doesn't get any easier after the Husky Classic. UW travels to defending NCAA Champion Baylor (Dec. 2) and Texas A&M (Dec. 4) next weekend.

Ranked Opponents:
With its win over No. 23 Utah, Washington improved to 38-96 overall versus Top-25 opponents, and 27-39 at home. Until Wednesday, UW's last win over a ranked opponent was versus No. 21 Arizona State (63-55), Dec. 29, 2004, in Seattle.

A Little Help From Their Friends:
The Husky bench contributed 30 points in UW's win over Florida State, Sunday. Junior forward Jill Bell led the charge with 10 points. Also contributing were junior forward Breanne Watson (eight points), senior guard Kayla Burt (seven), junior guard Cheri Craddock (three) and junior forward Maggie O'Hara (two). Burt also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long standing tradition of a stellar home record. UW is 275-68 all-time on its home court (80.2 winning pct.) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Last season marked the first time that UW lost more than five games at home. The Huskies were 8-7 at home last year, their lowest home winning percentage (53.3) in school history.

The Schedule:
Washington's 2005-06 schedule features nine opponents that appeared in last year's NCAA Tournament including the defending NCAA champion Baylor Lady Bears. Baylor highlights a formidable preseason slate that includes the likes of Florida State, Utah and Rice, while Pac-10 steams Stanford (Elite Eight), Arizona State (Sweet 16), USC, Oregon and Arizona are also squads that participated in postseason play last year.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington is slated to face five opponents ranked in the latest Top-25 polls. Defending NCAA Champion Baylor heads the list, ranked fifth in the Nov. 21 Associated Press poll and fifth in this week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll. Also ranked are Stanford (No. 15 AP/No. 13 WBCA), Arizona State (No. 16 AP/No. 14 WBCA), Utah (No. 23 AP/No. 20 WBCA) and USC (No. 24 AP/No. 21 WBCA).

Huskies On Television:
At least six of Washington's games have been picked up for television broadcasts by FSN including a pair of national telecasts. UW's home game with Washington State (Sunday, Feb. 5, 1 p.m.) and a road game at UCLA (Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m.) will be shown to a nationwide audience. UW will have four more games televised regionally by FSN Northwest versus Eastern Washington (Dec. 12, 7 p.m.), at Arizona State (Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. PT), at Arizona (Dec. 31, 3 p.m. PT) and at Washington State (Jan. 7, 1 p.m.). Two dates remain 'wildcard' time slots national telecasts by FSN - UW's home game versus Oregon State (Feb. 18) and a road game at Cal (Feb. 25). Selections for wildcard broadcasts will be made two weeks prior to those dates.

UW Picks Up Two Big Road Wins:
Washington traveled about as far away from Seattle as it could to open the season last weekend, and despite the rigors of the trip and facing SEC school Alabama and ACC school Florida State, came away with a pair of 'w's.' The Huskies won their fifth-straight season opener with a 56-52 victory over Alabama, Friday. UW overcame a poor shooting night with scrappy play down the stretch to come away with the win. The Huskies only shot 27.9 percent from the field, but pulled down 25 offensive rebounds and forced the Crimson Tide to commit 19 turnovers. The Huskies led by as many as 12 points twice in the first half but found themselves down a point (33-32) at the intermission. UW shot a dismal 19.4 percent in the second half (sinking just seven field goals) but was able to hold off Alabama down the stretch by hitting their free-throws and dominating the glass. Junior guard Cameo Hicks and sophomore guard Dominique Banks led UW with 13 points apiece. Senior guard/forward Kristen O'Neill added 12 points and five rebounds. The story was somewhat similar at Florida State, Sunday. UW jumped out to an early lead, this time leading by as many as 16 points in the first half. The Seminoles staged their comeback and closed the gap to two-points. Hicks then hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Huskies a five-point (cushion), 40-35, at halftime. FSU came back to lead by as many as eight points with eight minutes left. UW got back in the game, capitalizing on its free-throw opportunites (shooting 5-for-6 from the line) in the final minutes. Burt hit a huge three-pointer with a minute and a half left, to give UW a 69-68 lead. After FSU's Alicia Gladden made just one of two free-throws in the final minute, Hicks' left-handed driving layin was the gamewinning basket with 6.9 seconds left. FSU's Holly Johnson's desperation shot at the buzzer missed. Hicks had a game-high 21 points, while junior forward Jill Bell added 10 points off the bench. Burt also had a team-high six boards off the bench.

Huskies Drown Baden Sports In Exhibition Win:
Washington defeated Baden Sports, 88-49, in its lone preseason tuneup, Nov. 6, at Bank of America Arena. Junior guard Cameo Hicks led four players in double-figures with 16 points. Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe, making her first unofficial collegiate start, scored 15 points. Senior guard Kayla Burt (13) and junior guard Cheri Craddock (11) added scoring totals in double-digits. The UW defense forced Baden Sports to commit 32 turnovers, led by five steals a piece from Plouffe and senior guard Kristen O'Neill. O'Neill also added nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.

UW Picked Sixth In Pac-10 Media Poll, Seventh In Coaches Poll:
The Huskies were picked to finish sixth in the Pac-10 according to a poll of media members who regularly cover the league. UW was tabbed to finish seventh according to the Pac-10 Coaches Poll. Stanford was selected by both the media and the coaches to claim this year's conference title.

Head Coach June Daugherty:
June Daugherty enters her 10th season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason seven times. She has guided UW to four NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2000-01, and three trips to the WNIT. She was also one of 25 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year award in 2002-03. Twice has a Daugherty squad reached the 22-win plateau. Daugherty has compiled a UW record of 157-115, and a career record of 280-189. She coached seven seasons at Boise State before coming to Seattle. Her husband, Mike, is the Huskies' Associate Head Coach, while Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay are the two assistants. Mike Daugherty is in his 10th year with the team, while Soderberg begins her second season and Lewis-Jay enters her third year.

Burt Receives National Recognition For Comeback:
Following the end of last season, senior guard Kayla Burt received a pair of national honors for her comeback to basketball after suffering a cardiac arrest epidsode on New Year's Eve, 2002. In her first year back on the court, Burt led the Huskies in scoring (9.6 ppg), assists (2.9 apg), free-throw percentage (75.8) and free-throws made (69). In March she was named the 2005 recipient of the prestigious V Foundation Comeback Award and during the summer made a trip to Hollywood for the 2005 ESPY Awards as one of four nominees for Best Comeback. Burt will be presented the V Foundation Trophy prior to a game this season. At the local level, Burt was also named the Everett Herald's Woman of the Year in Sports.

Watson Gains International Experience:
Junior forward Breanne Watson represented her native country as a member of the Canadian National Development Team that competed at the 2005 World University Games held in Turkey in August. A starter on the squad, Watson averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in six games. She missed the seventh game after injuring her elbow. The Canadian team finished 11th overall with a 4-3 record. It was the second time Watson competed in the World University Games, as she was a member of the Canadian National Development Team that competed in Korea during the summer of 2003.

Roster Note:
Sophomore guard Stefanie Clark is redshirting the 2005-06 season.

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