UW Women Open Second-Half of Pac-10 Play Versus Arizona

Jan. 24, 2006

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006
Arizona (7-12, 3-6 Pac-10) at Washington (13-5, 6-3 Pac-10)
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash. • 7 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

-- UP NEXT --
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006
Arizona State (14-5, 5-4 Pac-10) at Washington (13-5, 6-3 Pac-10)
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash. • 7 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (13-5, 6-3 Pac-10) opens the second-half of Pac-10 play this week hosting Arizona (7-12, 3-6 Pac-10) on Thursday, Jan. 26, at Bank of America Arena at 7 p.m. Thursday's game tips-off a three-game homestand that includes contests versus Arizona State (14-5, 5-4 Pac-10) Saturday, Jan. 28 and Washington State (6-12, 0-9 Pac-10), Sunday, Feb. 5. The Huskies are coming off a road split at the Oregon schools last week, thumping Oregon State 70-53 before falling to Oregon, 73-81. Washington has won four of its last six games and 12 of its last 13 home games dating back to last year. UW is 8-1 on its home court, its only loss coming versus USC (61-64) on Jan. 14. Although struggling early in the Pac-10 schedule, Arizona has won two of its last three games edging Oregon in overtime (81-72) and defeating Cal on the road, 80-76. The first time Washington and Arizona met this year, the Huskies came out with a 66-54 victory in Tucson, Dec. 31.

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. Fans can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass.

Live WebCast/TV:
Both of Washington's games this week will be webcast live on the internet at GoHuskies.com. Fans can view the games by purchasing a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. The Huskies' next televised game will be a national telecast versus Washington State at home on Feb. 5.

Upcoming Husky Promotions:
Thursday, Jan. 26 will be UW Faculty/Staff Night. For more information, go to GoHuskies.com under Faculty/Staff tickets. Saturday, Jan. 28 will be Autograph Day. This popular promotion features a post-game autograph session with all members of the UW women's basketball team. The session will take place at the North Court at Bank of America Arena. Saturday will also be UW Alumni Day. For more information, go to uwalum.com.

Pac-10 Standings:
Washington enters the week in third place with a 6-3 Pac-10 record. Leading the way is first-place Stanford (8-1), followed by USC (7-2). Arizona (3-6) begins the week in eighth place, while Arizona State is in a log-jam at fourth-place - tied with Cal and UCLA (5-4).

Scouting Arizona (7-12, 3-6 Pac-10):
Arizona has won two of its last three games heading into this week's contests with Washington and Washington State (Jan. 28). The Wildcats are coming off an 80-76 upset over California (Jan. 22) in Berkeley. Five players scored in double-digits, led by junior guard Joy Hollingsworth with a season-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The Wildcat win snapped Cal's nine-game home winning streak. Arizona is 2-7 this year away from its home court. As a team, Arizona is averaging 67.3 points per game while allowing its opponents to score 72.1. Hollingsworth leads the team with 14.6 points per game, while Ashley Whisonant (13.5 ppg) and Natalie Jones (13.2) are also averaging double-figures.

Seattle Connections:
Arizona has four players on its roster that hail from Seattle. Junior guard Joy Hollingsworth is a Washington native and came to Arizona by way of the University of San Francisco. Hollingsworth attended Seattle Prep High School, as did teammate and sophomore forward Che Oh. Freshman guard Malia O'Neal is a product of Garfield High School, while freshman guard Kelsey Burns is a Kennedy High graduate.

All-Time Series Versus Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 27-15, and has won the last two-straight meetings - both at the McKale Center in Tucson. The Huskies have dominated the series at home with a 16-3 advantage. Those three losses have come in recent history: 2004-05, 2003-04 and 1999-00. Last year these teams split both of their meetings, with Washington winning in Tucson (64-40 - Feb. 26, 2005) and Arizona winning in Seattle (67-63 - Dec. 27, 2004).

Last Time Versus Arizona:
Sophomore Andrea Plouffe scored 14 points and junior Breanne Watson added 13 to lead Washington over Arizona, 66-54, at McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 31. Plouffe scored eight of her 14 points in the last eight and a half minutes and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Watson scored nine of her 13 points from the free-throw line, shooting 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. Junior Cameo Hicks grabbed seven rebounds in addition to her eight points. UW recovered from a dismal start, committing 17 first half turnovers including 14 in the first nine minutes. Things weren't any better on the offensive end, as the Huskies were held to just two field goals through the nine-minute mark. But UW finished the half with an 18-6 run and put the game out of reach with a 10-0 run in the second-half.

Last Time Out:
The Huskies put on a three-point shooting clinic in the first half but weren't able to overcome an early second-half scoring drought as Oregon defeated UW in Eugene, 81-73, Saturday. UW drained eight of its season-high 12 three-pointers in the opening frame, including five consecutive. Senior Kristen O'Neill hit back-to-back threes to fuel the barrage, followed by a trey from junior Jill Bell and a pair from junior Cheri Craddock. Craddock scored her 11 points in a span of six minutes in the first half, shooting 4-for-9 from the field including three three-pointers. UW led by as many as eight points in the first-half and took a six-point lead into the lockerroom at halftime, 46-40. As hot as they were in the first 20 minutes, the Huskies came out of the intermission stone cold. UW missed 12 of its first 13 shots in the second half and Oregon opened with an 18-3 run to swing the momentum. Oregon led by as many as 12 points with 1:05 left. Duck sophomore Kaela Chapdelaine led UO with a career-high 18 points. Chelsea Wagner and Gabrielle Richards each added 13 apiece for the Ducks. Cameo Hicks led five Huskies in double-figures with 16 points. Andrea Plouffe added 13, as did Bell. O'Neill contributed 12 points and Craddock her season-high 11. Three of UW's top-five scorers came off the bench - Bell, Craddock and O'Neill.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 2-2 against ranked opponents, defeating then-No. 23 Utah (Nov. 23) and then-No. 10 Stanford (Dec. 22) while falling to then-No. 5 Baylor (Dec. 2) and No. 11 Arizona State (Dec. 29). Washington is 39-98 overall versus Top-25 opponents, including a 28-39 mark at home. UW is 2-0 at home against ranked opponents this season, but 0-2 on the road.

Dawg Bites:
• Washington is off to its best start since the 2002-03 season. The Huskies are 13-5 in their first 18 games, while the 2002-03 team began that year 15-3.

• Washington shot a season-high 48.3 percent at Oregon State, Jan. 12 (29-for-60). That contest also saw the Huskies shoot 53.3 percent from the field in the first-half alone.

• Washington needs one more win to equal its total victories from all of last season (14).

• Washington has won eight of its last 11 games and dating back to last year, the Huskies are 18-7 in their last 25 games.

• Going into this week, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.61). UW also ranks in the conference Top-5 in scoring offense (3rd, 70.6), rebounding offense (5th, 39.8), three-point FG defense (5th, .310), rebounding margin (5th, +3.2), turnover margin (2nd, +3.61), three-point FG made (3rd, 6.11), and steals (3rd, 10.44).

• UW's loss versus USC, Jan. 14, was its first at home this season. Until then, Washington's only losses came on the road, two on ranked opponents' home courts - at No. 5 Baylor (Dec. 2), Texas A&M (Dec. 4) and at No. 11 Arizona State (Dec. 29).

• Washington's loss versus USC, Jan. 14, snapped a 12-game home winning streak dating back to last season. The Huskies finished 2004-05 winning their last four Pac-10 home games over Cal (Jan. 29), Oregon State (Feb. 10), Oregon (Feb. 12) and Washington State (Feb. 19). UW is 8-1 at home this season. Prior to Jan. 14, the Huskies' last home loss was to Stanford (Jan. 27, 2005).

• Junior guard Cameo Hicks is the team's leader in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.9), and is second in assists (2.4). Hicks, selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25, has reached double-figure scoring 14 times in 18 games including four 20-point efforts.

• Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is not far behind Hicks when it comes to offensive numbers. On the season, Plouffe averages 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in scoring seven times in the last 10 games. Plouffe is averaging 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in Washington's nine Pac-10 games thus far.

• UW set a school record with its perfect 14-for-14 (1.000) clip from the free-throw line at Baylor, Dec. 2. The Huskies surpassed the previous school record of a 93.8 percentage (15-for-16) set in 1978 versus Sacramento State and in 1985 versus Oregon.

Kayla Burt Announces Retirement:
Washington senior Kayla Burt announced Jan. 16 that her playing career with the Husky women's basketball team has come to an end. The decision was reached through a mutual agreement between Burt, her doctors and the UW athletic department following information obtained regarding the cause for the activation of her internal heart defibrillator during Washington's game against UCLA, Jan. 12. After being admitted to the University of Washington Medical Center Thursday night and undergoing a variety of tests through Friday, it was determined that the defibrillator shocked Burt's heart due to an arrhythmia and was not caused by a malfunction or damage to the device. The defibrillator performed just as it was designed - to emit an electrical shock to the heart when an abnormality was detected. Doctors did not find any damage to Burt's heart but the dangerous rhythm she experienced raised concern due to the fact the cardiac arrest she suffered almost exactly three years ago was now not an isolated incident. Burt had the defibrillator implanted in the right side of her chest following a cardiac arrest she suffered on New Year's Eve, 2002. She was initially diagnosed with Long Q-T Syndrome but additional testing found it was unlikely she had the condition. She was then diagnosed with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation meaning doctors could not determine the cause of her arrest. With that new information, Burt expressed her desire to return to playing basketball and officially rejoined the team in August, 2004. Burt was honored for her courageous comeback, earning the 2005 V Foundation Comeback Award and being a nominee for the 2005 ESPY for Comeback of the Year. This year, Burt came off the bench in 15 games, averaging 6.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. She still leads the team with 20 three-pointers made. She reached double-figures in scoring three times, including a season-high 14 points in the Husky Classic Championship versus Rice. For her career, Burt averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

As the defense goes, so go the Huskies. UW is holding its opponents to an average 64.7 points per game and is 10-2 when holding their opponents to less than 70 points. Washington is also forcing its opponents to commit an average of 21.8 turnovers per game, including a season-high 29 by Eastern Washington (Dec. 12). The Huskies began the week ranked third in the Pac-10 with 10.44 steals per game, led by Cameo Hicks with a team-high 32.

Crashing The Boards:
Washington's increased inside presence has been reflected by its improved rebounding numbers. The Huskies are averaging 39.8 rebounds per game, up from last year's average of 37.6. In fact, the Huskies are 9-1 when outrebounding their opponent. UW's 54 rebounds vs. Utah - just the third game of the season - surpassed its season-high from all of last year (52 at Washington State, Jan. 22, 05). Washington has especially excelled on the offensive glass. The Huskies began the week leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.61).

Most Improved Plouffe:
If her early season numbers are any indication, sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is on track to win her second-straight Most Improved Player honors when team awards are handed out. After averaging 4.6 minutes on the floor as a freshman, with 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, Plouffe has emerged as one of the top Huskies this year and added a boost to the team's inside presence. Having started every game this year, Plouffe is second on the squad with 9.8 points per game to go along with a rebounding average of 4.3. She has reached double figures in scoring 10 times, including back-to-back then-career high efforts versus San Diego and Rice in the Husky Classic, a performance that earned her tournament MVP honors. She established a new career-high for scoring with 19 points at Oregon State, Jan. 19. Plouffe's first career double-double came at a good time, her 17 points and 10 rebounds leading UW over Rice in the Husky Classic Championship game. Her second double-double was a 10-point, 10-rebound performance in the Pac-10 opener vs. Cal. She also had team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (8) in UW's win at Arizona (Dec. 31) and scored 16 points at Washington State (Jan. 7).

Hot Hicks:
Junior guard Cameo Hicks emerged as the Huskies' much-needed go-to player, as no Husky averaged double-figures in scoring last year. This year, Hicks leads the team in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (5.9), three-point shooting (37.7) and free-throw shooting (82.5). Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in 12 of 18 games and the team's top rebounder in nine (ties included). Hicks' numbers have been nothing but impressive. The Tracy, Calif., native opened the season scoring in double-figures in four-straight including three-straight 21-point games (21 vs. Florida State, 21 vs. Utah and 26 vs. San Diego). Only four times has Hicks failed to score at least 10 points, with eight versus Rice (Nov. 27), seven at Texas A&M (Dec. 4), eight at Arizona (Dec. 31) and nine versus USC (Jan. 14). Her 15.0 scoring average is a huge improvement upon her average of 9.5 ppg during her sophomore campaign. Hicks has two double-doubles this season (three in her career) with 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds versus Utah (Nov. 23) and 17 points and 10 rebounds versus UCLA (Jan. 12). 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) and had team-highs in points (15) and assists (four) at Baylor (Dec. 2). On her 21st birthday, she also scored a team-high 16 points versus Eastern Washington (Dec. 12). Her 23-point performance versus No. 10 Stanford earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 19-25.

Oh Canada:
Washington's starting frontline of forwards Breanne Watson and Andrea Plouffe both hail from Canada. Watson, a junior, is a native of Richmond, British Columbia and Plouffe, a sophomore, is from Edmonton, Alberta. Both players have spent time on Canadian national teams. Watson played for the Canadian National Women's Development Team at two World University Games - in Hungary in 2005 and in Korea in 2003. And before coming to Washington, Plouffe played for the Canadian Junior Development Team during the summer of 2003.

Huskies' 12-Game Home Winning Streak Snapped With USC Loss:
Washington saw its 12-game home winning streak come to a close, Jan. 14 as the Huskies were edged by USC, 64-61. Washington had won its first eight-straight home games of the season until Saturday, after closing out 2004-05 with four straight victories. In a game that saw neither team lead by more than six points wire to wire, the Huskies were doomed by their poor free-throw shooting down the stretch. UW was down by just one, 62-61, with 90 seconds left but missed four-straight free-throws, a pair by junior Jill Bell and a pair by junior Breanne Watson. USC took advantage of their free-throw attempts in that span, going 4-for-5 in the last 90 seconds including a pair by guard Camille Lenoir with 7.8 seconds remaining that sealed the 64-61 win. In the second half, the Huskies shot 1-for-9 from the free-throw line and were outrebounded 20-10. Overall, USC held a 40-25 advantage on the glass, including a 14-7 advantage on the offensive boards. UW's 25 boards were a season low for a team that entered the game averaging 41.5 per outing. Despite a season-low 30.8 percent shooting clip from the charity stripe, the Huskies had their fourth-best field goal shooting percentage of the season - 45.5 percent. USC was led by guard Shay Murphy who recorded 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Lenoir added 18 points and four assists. Husky point guard Emily Florence matched her season and career-high with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Florence also led the team in rebounds (seven) and shared the assists lead with Cameo Hicks (five). Senior guard Kristen O'Neill was the other Husky in double-figures with 10 points to go along with four assists and three steals.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long standing tradition of a stellar home record. UW is 282-69 all-time on its home court (80.3 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, but did end the season winning their last four at Bank of America Arena. UW is 8-1 on its home court in 2005-06.

Home Winning Streak:
Washington's loss versus USC, Saturday, snapped its last 12-game home win streak that dated back to last season. The streak ranked seventh all-time and was the second-longest since the arena re-opened in 2001. The Huskies won 18-straight from Nov. 29, 2002 through Dec. 19, 2003.

UW Completes Impressive Non-Conference Slate:
Washington emerged from its non-conference slate with a 7-2 overall record, an impressive mark considering the Huskies faced four NCAA Tournament teams (including defending champion Baylor) and one WNIT team from last season. The Huskies' record is their best since also going 7-2 against non-conference teams two years ago (2003-04). Only two other June Daugherty coached teams have had better records. The 1997-98 team went 9-0 in the preseason, while the 2002-03 team went 8-1.

Ranked Opponents:
Four teams on Washington's schedule are ranked in either of the latest Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Polls: Baylor (No. 9 AP/No. 10 WBCA), Stanford (No. 11 AP/No. 13 WBCA), Arizona State (No. 19 AP/No. 18 WBCA) and USC (No. 23 AP/No. 25 WBCA).

Bell Climbing Career Blocks List:
Junior forward Jill Bell has steadily climbed up Washington's career list for blocked shots. After beginning the season ranked eighth on the list, Bell has moved into sole possession of seventh with a total of 66.

O'Neill Moving Up Career Three-Pointers List:
Senior guard Kristen O'Neill isn't the only Husky etching her name in the Washington record books. Eighteen games into her senior season, O'Neill continues to move up both career lists for three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted. She is holds sole possession of seventh place in three-pointers made (123) and is sixth in three-pointers attempted (372).

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.

Reaching 600:
Washington's win over Utah (Nov. 23) was also the 600th in program history. UW's all-time record is 610-309, its inaugural season being 1974-75.

Head Coach June Daugherty:
June Daugherty is in 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 167-120, and a career record of 290-194. 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 episode 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 the Feb. 5 game with Washington State. 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.

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