UW Women Take On Kent State Thursday

Nov. 29, 2006

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Thursday, Nov. 30
Washington (3-2) at Kent State (1-3) • 4 p.m. PT
M.A.C. Center • Kent, Ohio
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none

Sunday, Dec. 3
Washington (3-2) at #6/6 Ohio State (5-0) • 11 a.m. PT
Schottenstein Center • Columbus, Ohio
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none

This Week:
Coming off three straight wins and a tournament title, Washington women's basketball (3-2) heads back out on the road this week to face Kent State (1-3) and No. 6 Ohio State (5-0). The Huskies will face Kent State, Thursday, Nov. 30, at 4 p.m. PT in Kent, Ohio, before traveling to Columbus to take on the sixth-ranked Buckeyes, Sunday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. PT. The trip marks the return of UW head coach June Daugherty and associate head coach Mike Daugherty to their home state of Ohio and their alma mater, Ohio State. June Daugherty was also an assistant coach at Kent State for three seasons (1983-85), her first collegiate coaching position. The Huskies are in the midst of playing five of their first seven games on the road. Last week, UW posted a road win over Eastern Washington (67-59) and followed that up by winning the 2006 Basketball Travelers Husky Classic with victories at home over Saint Louis (96-69) and Northern Iowa (81-63).

Radio Coverage:
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his eighth 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.

Washington received votes in both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls this week. The Huskies have been ranked as high as No. 23 in the coaches' poll (Nov. 13) this season and have received votes in the AP Top-25 three times in four weeks.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington is back out on the road this week after making its home debut hosting the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, Nov. 25-26. The Huskies turned up the offense in wins over Saint Louis and Northern Iowa to claim the tournament title, averaging 88.5 points, shooting 45.3 percent from the field and outscoring their opponents by an average of 22.5 points. Until returning home, UW had struggled from the field, shooting no higher than 32.3 percent in any of the first three games. But the Huskies shot 44 percent from the field versus Saint Louis and upped that versus Northern Iowa with a 46.6 clip. The Husky defense has also seen significant improvement, holding opponents to 69 points or less in the last three games after allowing 78 and 88 to Marquette and Purdue, respectively, during the opening week. Senior guard Cameo Hicks leads four Huskies in double-figure scoring. Hicks, who notched back-to-back 20-point games at Eastern Washington and versus Saint Louis, leads with a 14.8 average, followed by junior center Andrea Plouffe (11.3 ppg), senior forward/center Jill Bell (10.4) and senior forward Breanne Watson (10.2). Bell leads the squad with a 7.8 rebounding average and almost exactly half of her 39 rebounds (19) have come on the offensive glass. Junior point guard Emily Florence leads the team with 12 assists, while Plouffe has tallied a team-high nine steals and a team-high four blocked shots. Watson is shooting a team-high 45.2 percent from the field (19-of 42). As a team, the Huskies enter this week with a scoring average of 73.8 points per game, while allowing opponents to score 71.4. Washington is 3-0 when outrebounding its opponents and leads the Pac-10 in both rebounding offense (44.0) and offensive boards (19.40). The Huskies also boast a conference-high 11.0 steals per game.

Daugherty Approaching 300 Career Wins:
Head coach June Daugherty needs just one more win to reach 300 in her career. She tallied 123 wins during her seven-year career at Boise State and 176 in her 11th year at Washington. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have 300 career wins under their belt, Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (595-255/27 years) and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (662-182/27 years).

Daughertys Return Home:
This week's trip marks a homecoming for UW head coach June Daugherty and her husband, UW associate head coach Mike Daugherty. Both Daughertys are Ohio natives and Ohio State graduates. June, a native of Columbus who prepped at Westerville South High School, is a 1978 OSU grad and played four seasons for the Buckeyes from 1974-78. As a senior at Ohio State, June was a first-team All-American, a Wade Trophy finalist and team captain. She led her squad to Big Ten championship titles in 1978 and 1977. In 2000, she was inducted into the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame. Entering this season, June ranked 21st on OSU's career scoring list with 1,137 points and ranked fourth in career rebounds (829). Mike is a native of Bedford, Ohio, and a 1977 OSU graduate. He played three seasons with the Buckeyes from 1975-77 after playing one season at Georgia Tech (1974). He was named Ohio State's defensive player of the year in 1976 and scored a career-best 18 points in a two-point loss to eventual national champion and undefeated Indiana. The Daughertys' ties also stretch to Kent State where June took on her first collegiate coaching position. She was an assistant at Kent State for three seasons (1983-85).

Scouting Kent State:
Kent State brings a 1-3 record into Thursday's contest, having lost its last two straight games. The Golden Flashes opened the season with a one-point loss to Robert Morris (73-74) put came back with an 85-51 victory over Southern. Since then, Kent State fell to Northern Arizona (65-75) and Minnesota (67-70) this past Friday and Saturday. Kent State is led by two players in double-figure scoring - Kristin Peoples (16.0 ppg) and Sarah Burgess (13.8). La'Kia Stewart leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game. The Golden Flashes are averaging 72.5 points per game and shooting 41.0 percent from the field, while holding opponents to a 67.5 scoring average and 40.2 field goal percentage. Kent State returns four starters from last year's team that posted a 21-9 overall record and a 12-2 mark in the Mid-American (East) Conference. The Golden Flashes are coached by Bob Lindsay.

All-Time Series Record vs. Kent State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Kent State, 1-0. In the only meeting between these two teams, UW defeated the Golden Flashes 99-69 on Dec. 18, 1994, in the opening round of the Santa Clara Dial Soap Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.

Scouting Ohio State:
The Buckeyes are one of the top teams in the nation, ranking sixth this week in both the Associated Press and WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls. Ohio State is 5-0 and will host Longwood on Thursday before the Huskies come to Columbus for Sunday's showdown. Ohio State has played all but one of its four games at home, its only road game was at Army in the team's season opener (77-41). OSU's other wins have come against USC (77-58), Boston College (80-72 OT), Cornell (77-43) and Montana (83-43). The Buckeyes are averaging 78.8 points a game while allowing opponents to score an average of just 51.4 per game. Jessica Davenport leads the squad with 22.6 points per game and 9.6 rebounds. Brandie Hoskins also has a double-figure scoring average with 17.2 points per game. OSU's roster features three starters from last year's team that posted a 29-3 overall record, won the Big Ten title and advanced as far as the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ohio State is coached by Jim Foster.

All-Time Series Record vs. Ohio State:
Sunday marks the first ever meeting between these two schools.

Last Game Recap - UW 81, Northern Iowa:
Led by senior forwards Breanne Watson and Jill Bell, Washington claimed the 2006 Basketball Travelers Husky Classic title with an 81-63 victory over Northern Iowa at Bank of America Arena, Sunday. Watson, the tournament's MVP, scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Huskies, while Bell, named to the all-tournament team, notched her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The win was the third straight for Washington, which improved to 3-2 on the season. Northern Iowa, which picked up its first win in the first round of the tournament, fell to 1-4. UW claimed its 13th Husky Classic title and second-straight. Joining Watson and Bell on the all-tournament team were UW senior guard Cameo Hicks, Tara King (Northern Iowa), Tyler McIlwraith (Saint Louis) and Amanda Jackson (Miami). Miami edged Saint Louis in the consolation game, 85-83. Watson followed up her 16-point performance versus Saint Louis, Saturday, with another double-figure scoring game on 6-of-9 shooting. Bell came off the bench to lead the Huskies to a 46-32 rebounding advantage with her 10 boards, and also dished a team-high four assists. UW senior guard Cheri Craddock added a season-high 12 points from the bench as well. The Huskies shot 46.6 percent from the field, while holding the Panthers to a 35.1 clip. UW made good use of its offensive rebounding prowess, recording 21 offensive boards compared to Northern Iowa's 12 and tallying 22 second-chance points. Washington's top two scorers, Hicks and junior center Andrea Plouffe were held to a combined eight points - with all eight coming from Hicks. In the Huskies' previous game versus Saint Louis, Hicks contributed 21 and Plouffe a career-high 23 points. Megan Keefe led the Panthers with a team-high 12 points. Washington held as much as a 13-point lead with 1:56 left in the first half, but the Panthers came back to within five points, 33-26, by the intermission. UNI posted a 6-0 to close the half, with Lindsey Swanson contributing four of the six points. The Huskies came out of the locker room and quickly reclaimed their double-digit lead with an 8-2 run to start the half. After that, the closest UNI would come was within seven and the Huskies held no less than a 10-point advantage through the last 10 minutes of the game. UW led by as many as 19 points with 50 seconds left.

Ranked Opponents:
Sixth-ranked Ohio State will be the second ranked opponent the Huskies have faced this season. The Huskies fell to then-No. 12 Purdue in West Lafayette, 64-88. The last time UW faced an opponent ranked as high as sixth was No. 5 LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, last year. Washington is 40-102 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 12-72 mark on the road (3-45 away, 9-27 neutral). Against Top-10 competition, UW is 13-55, 2-39 on the road (1-24 away, 1-15 neutral). Including Purdue and Ohio State, eight of Washington's opponents were ranked in the preseason polls (AP/WBCA Coaches' Poll): Stanford (4/4), Ohio State (7/7), Purdue (11/13), Arizona State (13/12), Texas A&M (14/14), California (21/21), USC (22/22), and UCLA (23/23).

Hicks Reaches 1,000 Point Club:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks became the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 points, last weekend. Hicks' 21 points versus Saint Louis pushed her above the 1,000 point plateau for her career. She now has 1,013 points, which ranks 20th all-time.

Road Warriors:
Washington is in the midst of playing five of its first seven games on the road. The Huskies' contest at Eastern Washington, last Tuesday, wrapped a three-game season-opening road trip and after a brief two-game homestand hosting the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic, they are back out on the road this week playing at Kent State (Nov. 30) and No. 6 Ohio State (Dec. 3)

Hicks Continues To Lead:
Senior co-captain Cameo Hicks is already off to a strong start in her final season. After reaching double-figures in scoring in all but five games last year, she has scored at least 12 points in four of the first games including 20 at Eastern Washington, Nov. 21, and 21 versus Saint Louis, Nov. 25. What makes her performances that much more significant is the fact that she is playing with an injured right knee after suffering a bone bruise in practice, Nov. 12. Hicks is averaging a team-high 14.8 points, to go along with a 4.6 rebounding average. She has excelled from long range, shooting 43.8 from beyond the three-point arc (7-for-16). Hicks stays plenty busy when she's not on the basketball court, serving in her second year as the President of the Washington Student-Athlete Advisory Council (WSAAC).

Bell Comes Up Big:
Senior forward/center Jill Bell has made an immediate impact in her final season, averaging 10.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in UW's first five games. Bell has already notched two double-doubles, with 15 points and 13 rebounds in her first start of the season at Eastern Washington, and 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Husky Classic championship game versus Northern Iowa, Sunday. Bell was named to the Husky Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts. She nearly recorded a double-double in UW's season opener at Marquette with 10 points and eight boards. She has especially come up big for the Huskies on the offensive glass, with 19 of her 39 boards being offensive rebounds. Bell is also tied for third on the team in steals (six).Model of Consistency:
Although hampered by patellar tendonitis this season, junior center Andrea Plouffe is a consistent force for the Huskies' inside game. Plouffe, who averaged 10.7 points per game as a sophomore, is averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds this season. She also leads the team with nine steals and four blocked shots. Plouffe dropped a career-high 23 points, Saturday, against Saint Louis after missing the team's previous game at Eastern Washington due to the tendonitis. She appeared to not have skipped a beat since her previous performance at Purdue, when she notched team highs with 16 points, seven rebounds, five steals (career-best)and two blocks. Plouffe also matched a career-high with two three-pointers versus the Boilermakers.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting a 2-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. Washington has an all-time record of 288-70 (80.4 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Hicks Named Preseason Wooden Award Candidate:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks was named one of 30 preseason candidates for the 2006-07 John R. Wooden Award. Hicks, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection last year, led the Huskies with 15.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Also a 2006 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar and an ESPN The Magazine Academic-All-District second-team selection, Hicks ranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players last year in scoring (eighth), three-point field goal percentage (ninth), offensive rebounds (ninth) and steals (10th). She scored in double-figures in 24 of 29 games and notched seven 20-point games, while averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in UW's two NCAA Tournament games.

Huskies Breeze Past Exhibition Contests:
Washington notched a pair of exhibition wins to prepare for the official start of the season. UW outlasted Canadian collegiate team - the University of Regina - 111-57, before downing a squad from the Australian Institute of Sport, 107-56. Redshirt sophomore guard Stefanie Clark led the squad averaging 19.5 points in addition to grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game. Senior forward Jill Bell averaged 14.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, while senior forward Breanne Watson averaged 13.5 points and a team-high 7.0 boards in both contests. The Huskies showed in both games how vital their depth will be, as every player that took the floor contributed both points and rebounds. UW had seven players reach double-figures against Regina and six reach double-figures against AIS. A promising sign for the future was the play of freshman Sami Whitcomb who averaged 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Schedule:
Washington's 2006-07 schedule features nine opponents that appeared in the 2006 NCAA Tournament including seven squads that advanced to the second round or better. Road games at Purdue, which advanced as far as the NCAA Sweet 16 last year, and Ohio State, ranked No. 2 in the final 2006 AP poll, highlight a formidable preseason slate that also includes fellow 2006 Tourney participants Texas A&M and Florida State. With a conference record six teams getting a nod to the NCAA Tournament last season, the Pac-10 schedule will be that much more challenging. Stanford (Elite Eight), USC (second round), UCLA (second round), Arizona State (second round) and California (first round) are also UW opponents that participated in the Big Dance last year.

UW Picked To Tie For Fourth In Pac-10 Coaches Poll, Fifth In Media Poll:
Washington was picked to finish in a tie for fourth according to the 2006-07 Preseason Pac-10 Coaches' Poll and fifth according to the Pac-10 Preseason Media Poll. Stanford was voted as the favorite to win the conference title according to both the coaches and media. The coaches selected the following order of finish: No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 USC, t-No. 4 California, t-No. 4 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Washington State and No. 10 Oregon State. Behind Stanford, the media predicted the following finish: No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 USC, No. 4 California, No. 5 Washington, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Oregon, No. 9 Oregon State and No. 10 Washington State.

Huskies On Television:
Washington women's basketball will have three games nationally televised by FSN during the 2006-07 season, the Pac-10 Conference office announced. The Huskies will be featured on the road in contests at Arizona State, Sunday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 a.m. PT and at Stanford, Saturday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. PT. UW's home game versus California on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. PT will also be televised by FSN to a national audience. Additional Husky women's basketball games may also be selected for regional broadcasts by UW television partners.

Husky Coaching Staff:
June Daugherty is in her 11th season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason eight times. She has guided UW to five 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 176-128, and a career record of 299-202. 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 11th year with the team, while Soderberg begins her third season and Lewis-Jay enters her fourth year. Senior Angie Jones, who announced her retirement in early October due to recurring knee injuries, will serve as a student assistant coach for UW this year.

UW Takes Foreign Tour of Italy:
The Huskies got a jump start on the season, taking a foreign tour to Italy from August 22-September 1. The NCAA allows teams to take foreign tours every four years. UW played four games against international competition and traveled to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Como. The Huskies went 4-0 on the trip, dominating their competition and averaging 97 points a game.

Banks To Miss First Part Of Season:
Junior guard Dominique Banks will miss the first half of the women's basketball season after undergoing surgery to repair stress fractures in both of her legs. Banks, a native of Stockton, Calif., had multiple stress fractures in the tibias of her lower legs, injuries that were discovered in August. Banks underwent surgery on Sept. 15, a procedure in which rods were inserted down the middle of each tibia. She is slowly making her way back into practice, most recently participating in shooting drills.

Jones Calls It A Career:
Senior guard Angie Jones announced the end of her playing career, Oct. 5. She will remain with the team as a student-assistant coach this season as she finishes her degree. Jones sustained multiple injuries to her right knee since her junior year of high school that resulted in a build up of arthritis. She underwent two ACL surgeries and two meniscus surgeries during that time. Jones suffered yet another injury to her right knee in one of the Huskies' practices prior its foreign tour to Italy in August. She sprained two ligaments (MCL and PCL), in addition to suffering a hamstring strain and a bone bruise. Jones missed her junior year at Holy Names Academy after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee. She then tore the same ACL in a preseason practice during her freshman year at UW (2002-03). Since then, she underwent meniscus surgeries in August, 2004 and September, 2005. Jones played in 51 games for the Huskies, starting four. She averaged 1.9 points per game and shot 34.2 percent from the field.

Roster Note:
Junior guard Michelle Augustavo will sit out the 2006-07 due to NCAA transfer rules. Augustavo, a native of Bothell, Wash., transferred to Washington from San Diego.

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