Women's Hoops Continues Homestand With Nevada Sunday

Dec. 9, 2006

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Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006
Nevada (4-4) at nr/rv Washington (4-4) • 1 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - none • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (4-4) continues its longest homestand of the season, hosting Nevada (4-4), Sunday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. PT at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies are coming off a 65-59 upset of 15th-ranked Texas A&M, Wednesday, to open the homestand. The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak and was the 300th career victory for Husky head coach June Daugherty. Nevada is coming off a win of its own, Friday, over Sacramento State (75-42). That victory took care of a four-game losing skid for the Wolfpack. The Huskies wrap the homestand next weekend hosting in-state rival Gonzaga on Dec. 15 (7 p.m.) and Florida State on Dec. 17 (1 p.m.).

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.

Web Coverage:
A free, live video webcast and live statistics of Washington's contest versus Nevada, Sunday, will be available on GoHuskies.com.

Ticket Information:
Regular season reserved individual game tickets are $12 and subject to availability within reserved areas. General admission tickets are $6. Tickets are available online at GoHuskies.com, by calling 206-543-2200 or in person at the Husky Ticket Office located on the first floor of the Graves Building.

Washington received votes in this week's WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll, but did not receive votes in the Associated Press poll. The Huskies have been ranked as high as No. 23 in the coaches' poll (Nov. 13) this season after earning a No. 25 preseason billing.

Scouting The Huskies:
The Huskies' contest with Nevada, Sunday, is the second of a four-game homestand. Washington welcomed the site of Bank of America Arena when it faced No. 15/14 Texas A&M to open the homestand, Wednesday, after playing five of its first seven games on the road. The Huskies responded with a 65-59 victory over the ranked Aggies. Senior guard Cameo Hicks led the squad with team-highs in points (16) and rebounds (six). Joining Hicks in double-figure scoring were junior center Andrea Plouffe (13 pts/5 rebounds) and senior guard Cheri Craddock (11 pts/4 rebounds). The Huskies' win over Texas A&M snapped a brief two-game losing skid after losses on their last road trip at Kent State (78-81, OT) and at No. 6 Ohio State (79-84). UW's win, Wednesday, improved its record over ranked opponents this season to 1-2 and improved its record at home to 3-0.Washington is led by All-America candidate Hicks, averaging 18.5 points per game. The reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, Hicks recorded back-to-back career-high 29 point scoring efforts last week at Kent State and Ohio State. Hicks began the week fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring, sixth in three-point FG percentage (.478) and seventh in three-pointers made (11). The Huskies have been hit by the injury bug, the most recent player to go down being freshman guard Sami Whitcomb. Whitcomb suffered a broken hand in a practice at Ohio State, Dec. 2. She will be out at least four weeks. Whitcomb had played in every game until the Ohio State matchup, averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds. Plouffe returned to the floor, versus Texas A&M, for the first time after missing both road games at Kent State and Ohio State last week. Plouffe has been battling patellar tendonitis in both knees and her playing status is listed as day-to-day. Junior guard Dominique Banks is still recovering from surgery (performed in September) to repair stress fractures in both her lower legs. Senior forward/center Jill Bell and junior point guard Emily Florence have made big contributions as of late. Bell is the team's top rebounder with 6.9 boards per game and began the week ranked seventh in the Pac-10. Florence, who dished a career-high 11 assists at Ohio State, is the Huskies' floor leader and defensive catalyst, leading the squad in steals (15) and assists (30). She began the week ranked seventh in assists (3.86 per game) and fourth in assists-turnover ratio (2.08) in the Pac-10.

Daugherty Notches 300th Career Win:
Head coach June Daugherty notched her 300th career victory when the Huskies defeated Texas A&M, Wednesday. She tallied 123 wins during her seven-year career at Boise State and 177 in her 11th year at Washington. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have 300 career wins under their belt, Arizona's Joan Bonvicini (596-257/27 years) and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (664-182/27 years).

Hicks Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Hicks turned in a pair of all-around excellent performances in two tight road losses for the Huskies. At Kent State, Hicks set a career-high with 29 points while pulling down six rebounds, but the Huskies fell just short in overtime, 81-78. Hicks shot 10-of-17 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the contest. Next time out, the Huskies nearly pulled a dramatic upset of No. 6 Ohio State, thanks in part to another 29-point outburst from Hicks. She also shared the ball to the tune of six assists, and was a presence on defense with three steals and a pair of blocks, while again shooting an efficient 11-of-19 from the field. The Huskies held the lead over the Buckeyes for 32 minutes of the game but ended up falling 84-79. For the week, Hicks averaged 29.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and a block per game while shooting .583 from the field (21-of-36), .571 from three-point range (4-of-7) and .800 from the charity stripe (12-of-15). This is the second career Player of the Week award for Hicks and the 25th all-time for Washington.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long-standing tradition of playing well on its home floor, boasting a 3-0 record this season after going 12-2 last year. Washington has an all-time record of 289-70 (80.5 winning percentage) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Scouting Nevada:
The Wolfpack comes to Seattle with a 4-4 record. After opening the season 3-0, Nevada lost four-straight until snapping that streak with a victory at Sacramento State, Friday, 75-42. Nevada's wins came against Cal Poly (76-62), San Diego State (68-62) and Idaho State (75-58), before suffering defeats to Colorado (60-80), Wyoming (71-80), Auburn (75-84) and UC Riverside (70-73). The Wolfpack is led by sophomore guard Dellena Criner who is averaging 16.3 points per game. Also scoring in double-figures is senior guard Traci Graham with 12.6 per game. Nevada is averaging 71.2 points per game and shooting 39.1 percent from the field, while its opponents are averaging 67.6 points and shooting 45.7 percent from the field. The Wolfpack is under the direction of head coach Kim Gervasoni, who was the top assistant Arizona State from 2000-03. Nevada assistant coach Amanda Levens played two seasons under Gervasoni at Arizona State from 2000-03, after transferring from Old Dominion.

All-Time Series Record vs. Nevada:
Washington leads the all-time series with Nevada, 2-0. The last meeting took place on Feb. 17, 1985, in Reno, as the Huskies defeated the Wolfpack, 67-46. The Huskies won the first meeting, also played in Reno, Nov. 26, 1979, 72-46.

Last Game Recap - UW 65, #15 Texas A&M 59:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored 16 points and junior center Andrea Plouffe added 13 to help the Huskies hold off the No. 15 Aggies on Wednesday night, 65-59. The Huskies (4-4) led by 14 points in the first half and were ahead the entire second half although Texas A&M cut their lead to two on four occasions. Sophomore Danielle Gant led the Aggies (6-2) with a career-high 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting, with 13 rebounds. After a five-footer by Gant with 1:44 cut Washington's lead to 59-55, Hicks scored on a putback to give the Huskies a 61-55 lead with 1:24 left. The Huskies outscored the Aggies 22-4 at the free-throw line. Texas A&M made only 4 of 14 free throws. Takia Starks added 17 points for the Aggies, while Cheri Craddock had 11 points off the bench for the Huskies, including two 3-pointers. After Texas A&M got within 53-51 on Gant's 10-footer with 4:52 to go, Craddock made her second 3-pointer and Florence added two free throws to put Washington ahead 58-51 with 4:16 on the clock. Washington outrebounded the Aggies 37-32, with Hicks leading the way with six. Trailing 7-5, the Huskies went on a 17-2 run with Hicks scoring six points and Plouffe adding four. Washington led 33-23 at halftime. Florence's layup gave Washington its biggest lead of the first half, 33-19 with 3:54 left. Plouffe, Washington's 6-foot-2 center, didn't start, but returned to the lineup after missing two games because of tendinitis in her knees. She sank nine of 10 free throws. The Aggies played without their leading scorer, guard Morenike Atunrase, who broke a foot in a loss to Rice on Friday. She is out 4-6 weeks.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington's win over Texas A&M was its first over a ranked opponent this season, improving its record to 1-2 versus Top-25 foes. The Huskies fell to then-No. 12 Purdue in West Lafayette, 64-88, and nearly pulled an upset over then-No. 6 Ohio State in Columbus, 79-84. Washington is 41-103 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 29-39 mark at home. Including Purdue, Ohio State and Texas A&M, 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).

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