UW Women Host No. 19 Arizona State Saturday

Jan. 27, 2006

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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006
#19/18 Arizona State (15-5, 6-4 Pac-10) at Washington (14-5, 7-3 Pac-10)
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash. • 1 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Up Next: Washington women's basketball (14-5, 7-3 Pac-10) continues its three-game homestand hosting No. 19/18 Arizona State (15-5, 6-4 Pac-10) Saturday, Jan. 28, at Bank of America Arena. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. PST. UW opened the second-half of Pac-10 Play Thursday night with a 91-73 thumping of Arizona, while in Pullman the Sun Devils took care of Washington State, 75-65. The Huskies hold onto third place in the Pac-10 standings while Arizona State, is right behind in fourth. Washington is looking for the season split with ASU, after falling to the Sun Devils, 51-64, in Tempe on Dec. 29. The Huskies are 9-1 at home this year, while ASU is 5-5 away from its home court. UW will wrap the current homestand vs. WSU, Sunday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m.

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:
Saturday's game will be webcast live on the internet at GoHuskies.com. Fans can view the game by purchasing a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. The Huskies' next televised game will be versus Washington State at home on Feb. 5 on FSN.

Upcoming Husky Promotions:
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.

Scouting Arizona State (15-5, 6-4 Pac-10):
The Sun Devils, ranked 19th in this week's Associated Press poll and 18th in the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Coaches' poll, are 3-4 since opening the season 12-1. Four of ASU's five losses have come to Pac-10 opponents and all happened on the road. The Sun Devils were swept by the Bay Area schools last week, falling 64-66 to California and 78-84 to Stanford. ASU snapped its two-game losing skid with a 75-65 win over WSU in Pullman, Thursday night. Senior forward Kristen Kovesdy leads the team with 12.8 points per game and 7.0 rebounds. She also leads the Pac-10 with a 59.9 field goal shooting percentage. Also averaging double-digits in scoring is junior forward Emily Westerberg with 11.2 points per game. ASU is averaging 70.8 points per game while allowing 60.2 per game.

All-Time Series Versus Arizona State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 26-15, but has lost the last two straight meetings. UW has dominated the series in Seattle with 17-3 record over ASU on its home court. The Huskies have won the last nine meetings in Seattle, its last loss to ASU coming on Feb. 3, 1996. Last year these teams split the season series, with ASU winning 68-49 in Tempe (Feb. 24, 2005) and UW winning 63-55 in Seattle (Dec. 29, 2004). ASU defeated UW in this season's earlier meeting, 64-51.

Northwest Connections:
Arizona State has six players from the Northwest on its roster, including four from the state of Washington. High school teammates from Central Valley High School, sophomore guard Reagen Pariseau and junior forward Emily Westerberg hail from Spokane and Greenacres, respectively. Also from Spokane is freshman guard Briann January who attended Lewis & Clark High School, while freshman center Kirsten Thompson is a native of Monroe, Wash. (Monroe HS). Rounding out the group is junior guard Jill Noe who is from Tualatin, Ore. (Wilsonville HS) and senior forward Amy Denson from Central Point, Ore. (Crater HS).

Last Time Versus Arizona State:
Kristen Kovesdy had 27 points and 10 rebounds, and Emily Westerberg scored six points in the final 2:20, leading then-No. 11 ASU to a 64-51 win voer Washington in both teams' Pac-10 opener, Dec. 29. ASU led just 21-20 at halftime, but used a 20-11 surge in the second-half to open up a tight game. UW closed within 41-35 on a basket by Andrea Plouffe with 10:43 left, but Kovesdy made two layups and converted a three-point play in a 1:20 span, boosting the Sun Devils to a 54-43 lead with 6:17 to go. Junior guard Cameo Hicks was the only Husky to reach double-figures in scoring with a team-high 12 points.

Last Time Out:
Senior Kristen O'Neill scored 19 points - including 12 straight during a key second-half run - as Washington defeated Arizona, 91-73, before 2,772 fans at Bank of America Arena, Thursday. With the win, the Huskies completed their first season sweep of Arizona since 1995. O'Neill's 19 - just four shy of her career-best - led five Husky players in double-figures, including a career-high 16 by junior guard Cheri Craddock, and matching 11-point totals by Breanne Watson, Cameo Hicks and Andrea Plouffe. Washington dominated the game on the glass, holding a 39-20 rebounding advantage, and limiting the Wildcats to just three offensive rebounds, and zero second-chance points. The defensive dominance helped the Huskies break open a close game early in the second half. After seeing their 38-30 halftime lead cut to just two, 44-42, with 16:41 to play, Washington held the Wildcats scoreless for nearly five minutes in a 16-0 run that put UW up 60-42, and ended Arizona's upset bid. O'Neill capped the run with a steal before converting a three-point play on a breakaway layin and free-throw. Arizona brought an end to the scoring drought with consecutive threes, but O'Neill answered back with back-to-back threes of her own, then drained a third on Washington's next possession after an Arizona basket to extend UW's lead to 19, 69-50. UW led by as many as 24 points before allowing the Wildcats to close the gap late.

Ranked Opponents:
The last time Washington faced a ranked opponent was the last time it faced Arizona State (Dec. 29). 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 then-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's win over Arizona, Thursday, gave UW 14 on the season, equaling the Huskies' total wins from last year.

• Washington has won nine of its last 12 games and is 19-7 in their last 26 games dating back to last year.

• The Huskies have scored at least 91 points in their last two home wins - 91 versus Arizona, Thursday, and 96 over UCLA (Jan. 12).

• Washington's shooting numbers have been on the rise as of late. The Huskies have shot at least 45 percent from the field four times in the last five games. Included in that span was a season-high effort of 48.3 percent (29-for-60) at Oregon State (Jan. 12). In the first 14 games, Washington shot 45 percent or better on just two occasions (45.8 vs. San Diego; 46.4 vs. Rice).

• The Huskies have put on three-point shooting clinics the last two games as well. UW has shot a combined 60 percent from long range (21-for-35) in contests at Oregon and vs. Arizona. The Huskies drained a season-high 12 treys at Oregon, including eight in just the first half. Against Arizona, seven of UW's nine three-pointers came in the second-half. Junior Cheri Craddock and senior Kristen O'Neill came off the bench to sink four apiece versus the Wildcats, including three-straight from O'Neill.

• Going into this week, Washington led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.61). UW also ranked 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 (14.8 ppg) and rebounding (5.8), and is second in assists (2.5). Hicks, selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25, has reached double-figure scoring 15 times in 19 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 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in scoring eight times in the last 11 games. Plouffe is averaging 11.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in Washington's 10 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.

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