UW Closes Home Slate With Oregon, Oregon State

Feb. 14, 2006

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Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006
Oregon (14-10, 5-9 Pac-10) at Washington (16-7, 9-5 Pac-10)
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash. • 7 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006
Oregon State (11-11, 5-9 Pac-10) at Washington (16-7, 9-5 Pac-10)
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash. • 1 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (16-7, 9-5 Pac-10) closes out its home slate this week, hosting Northwest rivals Oregon (14-10, 5-9 Pac-10) and Oregon State (11-11, 5-9 Pac-10) at Bank of America Arena. UW will take on Oregon, Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m., followed by its final regular season home game versus Oregon State, Saturday, Feb. 18, at 1 p.m. Saturday will mark the final home game for Washington's senior tri-captains, Kayla Burt, Nicole Castro and Kristen O'Neill. The Huskies are coming off a split in Southern California last week, defeating USC in a double-overtime thriller, 87-79, but falling to UCLA, 75-83. Washington's loss to UCLA dropped the Huskies to fourth-place in the Pac-10 standings, one half game behind the Bruins. Both Oregon and Oregon State are tied for seventh going into this week. Earlier this season, Washington fell to Oregon in Eugene, 73-81, but defeated Oregon State in Corvallis, 70-53.

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:
Thursday's game with Oregon can be viewed live on the internet at GoHuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass. Saturday's game will not be shown live, but can be seen on a tape-delayed basis on GoHuskies.com.

Senior Salute:
Washington's three seniors will be making their final regular season appearance at Bank of America Arena, Saturday - Kayla Burt, Nicole Castro and Kristen O'Neill. All three are fifth-year seniors and team tri-captains. Although having already announced her retirement in January, Burt's career on and off the court have made a definite impact on the Husky program. In all, Burt played two complete seasons - her freshman and junior years - while playing the first half of her sophomore and senior campaigns. She ranks 10th on UW's career list for 3-point FG percentage (.349) and three-pointers made (89). Burt is best known for her courageous comeback to basketball after suffering cardiac arrest on New Year's Eve 2002. Among her honors, she was selected the 2005 recipient of the V Foundation Award and was a nominee for the 2005 ESPY for Best Comeback. Castro has been a leader both on and off the court, providing the Huskies with great speed and stellar defensive play. A two-time member of the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team, Castro was named UW's top defender in 2003-04 and received the Tyee Community Service Award in 2004-05. Always a consistent contributor, O'Neill will go down as one of Washington's top three-point shooters and top defenders. Going into this week, she ranks fifth on UW's all-time list for 3-pointers attempted (394), seventh for three-pointers made (131) and 10th for steals (187).

Scouting Oregon (14-10, 5-9 Pac-10):
The Ducks come to Seattle on a down swing, having lost three of their last four games. Last week, Oregon split a pair of games in Eugene, defeating Arizona, 78-58, before falling to Arizona State, 52-62. The Ducks opened the season 8-1, but since then are 6-9. Gabrielle Richards leads the squad with 10.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. The Ducks are holding opponents to an average of 57.4 points per game, which ranks first in the Pac-10. Oregon also leads the conference in free-throw percentage (.755) and field goal pct. defense (.350)

All-Time Series Versus Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon, 34-36. Oregon has won the last two meetings - the most recent coming Jan. 21 in Eugene (81-73). The Ducks also ousted UW from last year's Pac-10 Tournament with a 60-54 victory. For as much as the Huskies have struggled in Eugene as of late, the same can be said for the Ducks in Seattle. Washington has won the last four-straight meetings with Oregon in Seattle - but by a whopping average of 24 points per game. The last two meetings in Seattle have seen UW defeat Oregon by a combined 69 points - 24 on Feb. 12, 2005 (81-57) and 45 on Jan. 15, 2004 (95-50). The 2003 and 2002 meetings were won by 19 (79-60) and eight points (88-80), respectively. Washington leads the all-time series in Seattle, 18-11.

Last Time Versus Oregon:
Sophomore point guard Kaela Chapdelaine scored a career-high 18 points to lift Oregon to an 81-73 victory over Washington at McArthur Court in Eugene, Jan. 21. Chelsea Wagner and Gabrielle Richards added 13 points apiece and Kedzie Gunderson had 11 for the Ducks who shot 56 percent from the field, including 12-of-20 on three-point attempts. Cameo Hicks led the Huskies with 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Andrea Plouffe and Jill Bell each had 13 points for Washington, which missed 12 of its first 13 shots in the second half. The first half turned into a three-point shooting contest, with the Huskies connecting on 8-of-15 shots from 3-point range and Oregon hitting 7-of-10. Hicks hit a trey just before the buzzer to give UW a 46-40 lead at halftime. But the Huskies shot just 29 percent in the second half as Oregon took a 57-49 lead on back-to-back three-pointers by Chapdelaine and senior Brandi Davis with 11:58 to go. Chapdelaine, averaging 3.2 points at that point in the season, hit another 3-poitner with 6:48 left to push the Ducks' lead to 69-59. Dominique Banks' jumper cut the Huskies' deficit to 69-63, but the Ducks pulled away with an 8-2 run to take a 77-65 lead with 1:05 left.

Daugherty Picks Up 100th Pac-10 Win:
With Washington's win at USC, Feb. 9, 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 (652-175) and Arizona's Joan Bonvincini (590-249).

Dawg Bites:
• The Huskies' 16 wins are two more than it accumulated all of last season, while its 16-7 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 16 games and is 21-9 in its last 30 games dating back to last year.

• The Huskies have the third-highest scoring average in the Pac-10 going into this week (72.5 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).

• Lately when the Huskies win, they win big. Before UW's eight-point win at USC (Feb. 9), 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). Washington's last three home victories have come by 18 or more points.

• Going into this week, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.87) , turnover margin (+4.43) and steals (10.87). UW also ranked in the conference Top-5 in scoring offense (3rd, 72.5), scoring margin (5th, +6.3), rebounding offense (3rd, 40.7), three-point field goal defense (5th, .317), rebounding margin (4th, +3.6), assists (5th, 15.13), and three-point FG made (3rd, 6.30).

• 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 (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.7), and is second in assists (2.7). Hicks, selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25, has reached double-figure scoring 19 times in 23 games including six 20-point efforts. Hicks is coming off back-to-back 20-point scoring efforts with 25 at USC (one shy of matching her career-high) and 21 at UCLA. In the Pac-10, Hicks ranks eighth in scoring, free-throw percentage (.779) and three-point FG percentage (.370), and 10th in steals (1.74).

• Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is not far behind Hicks when it comes to offensive numbers. On the season, Plouffe averages 10.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in scoring 12 times in the last 15 games. Plouffe is averaging 12.2 points and 5.0 rebounds in Washington's 14 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.

Who's Hot:
Junior forward Breanne Watson has the hot hands for the Huskies as of late. Watson has recorded two-straight double-doubles, the first of her career coming in UW's double-overtime win at USC, last Thursday. Watson had 10 points and 10 rebounds versus the Women of Troy, and 11 points and 10 rebounds at UCLA. At USC, Watson played a crucial role in keeping the Huskies alive in overtime, putting back back-to-back offensive rebounds including a bucket to tie the score at 76 with 46.3 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Watson's 10 rebounds at USC were a career-high, equaled the very next game at UCLA. Watson, who has started 16 of 23 games, has reached double-figures in scoring four times in the last five games and seven times in the last 11.

Last Time Out:
Cameo Hicks scored 21 points and Breanne Watson notched her second-straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to help the Huskies sustain their late rally as Washington fell to UCLA, 83-75, at Pauley Pavilion, Saturday, Feb. 11. Washington trailed by as many as 16 points with 12:54 left to play and was down 11 with 2:44 on the clock. The Huskies chipped away with an 11-3 run to get within five with 27 seconds remaining, but couldn't hold on as UCLA went 3-for-4 from the line and Nikke Blue's basket with 4.9 seconds sealed the win. Hicks made back-to-back free-throws to keep the losing margin in single digits. The Huskies shot just 33.3 percent from the field (26-for-78) and were outrebounded by the Bruins, 52-45. The Pac-10 leader in offensive rebounds, UW grabbed just two 'o' boards in the first half but finished with 16. UCLA shot 50.8 percent from the field (31-for-61) including a 53.8 percent clip in the second half. Hicks paced the Huskies with her second-straight 20-point scoring game and sixth of the season. It was Watson who came up big for the Dawgs on the glass again, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds that equaled her career-high set at USC, Feb. 9. Andrea Plouffe (16) and Emily Florence (10) also scored in double-figures, while Florence dished a team-high five assists. UCLA was led by the tandem of Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis. Quinn nearly notched a triple-double with 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. Wilis was one of two Bruins to notch double-doubles with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lindsey Pluimer also recorded 16 points and 12 boards. UW opened the game with a 10-7 lead, but the momentum was short lived. UCLA used runs of 14-2 and 12-4 to lead, 44-31 at halftime. In the second-half, the Bruins led by as many as 16 points twice.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 2-3 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 twice to Arizona State (Dec. 29, Jan. 28). Washington is 39-99 overall versus Top-25 opponents, including a 28-40 mark at home. UW is 2-1 at home against ranked opponents this season, and 0-2 on the road.

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 of 66.3 points per game and is 12-2 when holding its opponents to less than 70 points. Washington is also forcing its opponents to commit an average of 22.2 turnovers per game, including season-highs of 29 by Eastern Washington (Dec. 12) and USC (Feb. 9). The Huskies began the week leading the Pac-10 in steals, led by Kristen O'Neill with a team-high 42. Both O'Neill and Cameo Hicks rank in the individual Top-10 in steals, with O'Neill at ninth with 1.83 per game and Hicks in 10th with 1.74 per game.

Crashing The Boards:
Washington's increased inside presence has been reflected by its improved rebounding numbers. The Huskies are averaging 40.7 rebounds per game, up from last year's average of 37.6. In fact, the Huskies are 12-1 when outrebounding their opponent. UW's grabbed a season-high 64 rebounds versus USC, Feb. 9, including an incredible 32 offensive boards. The offensive glass is where UW has especially excelled this season. The Huskies began the week leading the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.87).

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 10.7 points per game to go along with a rebounding average of 4.4. She has reached double figures in scoring 15 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 a team-high 16 points in both contests versus Washington State (Jan. 7 in Pullman; Feb. 5 in Seattle).

Hot Hicks:
Junior guard Cameo Hicks has 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 (15.2 ppg) and rebounding (5.7). Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in 14 of 23 games and the team's top rebounder in 10 (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 15.2 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. Most recently, Hicks notched her fifth and sixth 20-point games this year with a team-high 25 in UW's double overtime thriller with USC, Feb. 9, and 21 points at UCLA, Feb. 11.

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 Turkey 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.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long standing tradition of a stellar home record. UW is 284-70 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, but did end the season winning their last four at Bank of America Arena. UW is 10-2 on its home court in 2005-06.

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:
Five teams on Washington's schedule are ranked in either of the latest Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Polls: Baylor (No. 12 AP/No. 11 WBCA), Stanford (No. 11 AP/No. 12 WBCA), Arizona State (No. 15 AP/No. 17 WBCA), Texas A&M (No. 21 AP/No. 23 WBCA) and Utah (No. 25 AP).

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 holds sole possession of seventh with a total of 71.

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. Twenty-one 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 (131) and is fifth in three-pointers attempted (394).

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 613-311, 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 170-122, and a career record of 293-196. 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 was 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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