UW Women Look For SoCal Sweep At UCLA Saturday

Feb. 10, 2006

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006Washington (16-6, 9-4 Pac-10) at UCLA (14-9, 9-5 Pac-10)Pauley Pavilion • Westwood, Calif. • 1 p.m. PTRadio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live TV - FSN

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Coming off a hard-fought double overtime victory over USC, Thursday, Washington women's basketball (16-6, 9-4 Pac-10) looks to complete a SoCal road sweep, facing UCLA (15-8, 9-5) Saturday, Feb. 11, at Pauley Pavilion at 1 p.m. PST. The game will be nationally televised live on FSN. The Huskies' win Thursday helped them maintain sole possession of third-place in the Pac-10 standings, but the Bruins are breathing down their necks - a half game behind in fourth. UCLA is coming off a win of its own, a 77-50 thumping of Washington State at Pauley, Thursday. In addition to a road trip sweep, the Huskies are looking for the season sweep over UCLA. UW defeated the Bruins 96-75 in Seattle, Jan. 12. The Huskies have won two straight and three of their last four.

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.

TV Coverage:
Saturday's game at UCLA will be nationally televised on FSN. It will be the second time in the last three games UW has had a nationally televised contest.

Hicks Earns Academic All-District Honor:
Junior guard Cameo Hicks was selected to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 8 second-team, CoSIDA announced Thursday. Hicks has a 3.23 grade point average and is majoring in business administration.

Daugherty Picks Up 100th Pac-10 Win:
With Washington's win at USC, Thursday, UW head coach June Daugherty picked up her 100th Pac-10 victory, and needs just seven more to notch her 300th career victory. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have reached the 300-career win mark: Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (651-175) and Arizona's Joan Bonvincini (590-248).

Scouting UCLA (14-9, 9-5 Pac-10):
UCLA, currently a half game behind Washington in fourth-place, has won two straight games and four of its last five. The Bruins are coming off a 77-50 win over Washington State, Thursday, after splitting a pair on the road last week at Arizona State (L, 70-87) and Arizona (W, 90-64). UCLA is led by their three standout guards, Noelle Quinn (18.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Lisa Willis (17.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and Nikki Blue (13.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg). Also averaging scoring in double-figures is forward Lindsey Pluimer (10.9 ppg). UCLA is averaging 79.5 points per game while allowing opponents an average of 72.8 ppg. As a team they are shooting 46.1 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three-point range and 69.6 percent from the free-throw line.

All-Time Series Versus UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series versus UCLA, 25-16, and its most recent win over the Bruins on Jan. 12 (96-75) in Seattle snapped a four-game losing skid for UW in the series. The Huskies are 11-9 in Westwood, but have lost the last three-straight meetings at Pauley Pavilion and seven of the last eight dating back to the 1998 season. The lone win for the Huskies in that span came on Feb. 3, 2002 (68-48). Recently when Washington has defeated UCLA in the overall series, the Huskies have won big. The last four UW victories have come by 20 or more points: 21 (96-75, Jan. 12, 2006 in Seattle), 34 (111-77, Feb. 1, 2003 in Seattle), 20 (68-48, Feb. 3, 2002 in LA) and 33 (86-53, Jan. 4, 2002 in Seattle). In contrast, UW's last four losses to UCLA have come by less than 10 points: 5 (81-86, Feb. 3, 2005 in LA), 9 (63-74, Jan. 9, 2005 in Seattle), 5 (59-64, Feb. 5, 2004 in Seattle), 5 (60-65, Jan. 11, 2004 in LA).

Last Time Versus UCLA:
Washington put five players in double digits and converted 47 percent of its shots from the field to score a season-high 96 points in a 96-75 win over UCLA at Bank of America Arena, Jan. 12. Junior Cameo Hicks notched her second double-double of the 2005-06 season and the third of her UW career, combining 17 points with 10 rebounds and a career-high equaling six assists. Hicks scored 13 of her points in a 20-3 UW run that buried the Bruins -- then trailing by just five points - in a 23-point hole early in the second half. Washington's 96 points were 27 more than its season-average of 69.4 per game, and were its most since an historic 111-77 win over UCLA (9-7, 4-3) on Feb. 1, 2003. Thursday's affair was never in doubt after Hicks' prolific run, the latest in a series of outstanding performances for the Tracy, Calif., native. Hicks had scored in double figures in 12 of the first 15 games this season. Sophomore Emily Florence added a career-high nine rebounds and four assists to her 11 points. She and Hicks were joined in double figures by sophomore Dominique Banks (16), senior Kristen O'Neill (14) and junior Breanne Watson (10). The Husky defense also excelled, limiting UCLA's Pac-10 leading offense to just 74 points, while forcing 21 Bruins turnovers. Senior guard Nikki Blue scored a game-high 24 points, but Washington limited second-leading scorer Noelle Quinn to just five points on 1-of-9 shooting. Quinn had averaged 21.0 points in the Bruins' sweep of the Arizona schools last weekend, and entered Thursday averaging 16.5 points per game. The game also marked the last in the career senior guard Kayla Burt. After playing four minutes off the bench in the first half, Burt's internal heart defibrillator was activated when she was sitting on the bench during a timeout. Burt made the decision to retire after the complication.

Dawg Bites:

• The Huskies' 16 wins are two more than it accumulated all of last season, while its 16-6 record is its best to open a season since the 2002-03 Dawgs started 17-3.

• The Huskies have yet to lose consecutive Pac-10 games this year. Only once has UW lost back-to-back games this season, coming at then-No. 5 Baylor and at Texas A&M.

• Washington has won 11 of its last 15 games and is 21-8 in its last 29 games dating back to last year.

• The Huskies have the third-highest scoring average in the Pac-10 going into this week (71.2 ppg). The Huskies have scored at least 83 points in their last three wins: 87 versus USC (Feb. 9), 83 versus Washington State (Feb. 5) and 91 versus Arizona (Jan. 26).

• Washington's shooting numbers have been on the rise as of late. The Huskies have shot at least 45 percent from the field five times in the last eight 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).

• Lately when the Huskies win, they win big. Before Thursday's eight-point win at USC, UW's previous four victories had come by an average of 20.5 points. Washington defeated UCLA by 21 (1/12), Oregon State by 17 (1/19), Arizona by 18 (1/26) and Washington State by 26 (2/5).

• Going into this week, Washington led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.29) and turnover margin (+4.05). UW also ranked in the conference Top-5 in scoring offense (3rd, 71.7), scoring margin (4th, +6.9), three-point FG percentage (5th, .328), rebounding offense (5th, 39.3), rebounding defense (2nd, 35.8), rebounding margin (3rd, +3.5), assists (5th, 15.29), three-point FG made (3rd, 6.33), and steals (2nd, 10.71).

• UW is 10-2 at home this season and had won 12-straight at Bank of America Arena until falling to USC on Jan. 14.

• Junior guard Cameo Hicks is the team's leader in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.7), and is second in assists (2.6). Hicks, selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25, has reached double-figure scoring 18 times in 22 games including five 20-point efforts. Hicks most recently scored a game-high 25 points in UW's double overtime thriller at USC, Thursday.

• Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is not far behind Hicks when it comes to offensive numbers. On the season, Plouffe averages 10.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in scoring 11 times in the last 14 games. Plouffe is averaging 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in Washington's 13 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.

Last Time Out:
Junior guard Cameo Hicks scored 25 points to lead four Huskies in double-figures, as Washington battled through double overtime to pick up a dramatic road win over USC, 87-79, at the LA Sports Arena, Thursday evening. The Huskies survived an 11-3 run by USC that tied the game at the end of regulation, 69-69, and came back from a four-point deficit in the first overtime to force the second. Junior forward Breanne Watson put back back-to-back offensive rebounds, including a bucket to tie the score at 76 with 46.3 seconds left in the first overtime. Washington then took control in the second overtime frame, outscoring the Women of Troy 11-3 to hold on for the important road victory. Senior guard Kristen O'Neill and sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe combined for the last seven points in the second overtime. Watson finished with her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Plouffe added 15 points and sophomore guard Dominique Banks had 11. Junior forward Jill Bell came off the bench to grab eight rebounds. The Huskies outrebounded USC, 64-49, including an impressive 32 offensive boards. The season-high rebounding effort was a season-high, but short of UW's school record of 79 set twice in 1979. Both teams played a fairly even first half, with USC leading by as many as five and UW leading by as many as eight during the first 20 minutes. Trailing by three, 37-34, at the intermission, the Huskies dominated the first part of second half, outscoring USC 25-9 to take a 13-point lead at the 10:30 mark. Hicks scored 10 of UW's first 14 points to open the second half. But it was the Women of Troy who stole the momentum, using the final 10 minutes of regulation to erase the Huskies' lead. USC finished out the half with an 11-3 run - with Eshaya Murphy and Camille LeNoir combining for all 11 points. In overtime, USC jumped out to a 73-69 lead on buckets from LeNoir and Murphy who finished with 20 and 24 points, respectively. But Hicks drained a three-pointer to close to within one, 73-72, and Watson put the Huskies ahead with an offensive rebound and bucket at 1:26. LeNoir struck again, sinking a three-pointer to put USC. Watson again, on the next possession, put back another offensive rebound to tie, 76-76. Hicks had a chance to give UW a lead with 22 seconds left, but missed both of her free-throw attempts. Washington salvaged the tie when O'Neill stole the ball on USC's next possession and passed to Florence who was breaking to the basket, but Florence missed the layin at the buzzer, causing a second overtime period. From there it was all Washington, as the Huskies held USC to just one field goal in the final five minutes.

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