Huskies Continue Road Swing At Oregon State Saturday

Dec. 22, 2006

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Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006
rv/rv Washington (8-4, 1-0 Pac-10) at Oregon State (4-4, 0-1) • 4 p.m. PT
Gill Coliseum • Corvallis, Ore.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • TV - FSN Northwest

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Coming off a win in its Pac-10 opener at Oregon, Thursday, Washington women's basketball (8-4, 1-0 Pac-10) continues its first conference road trip with a contest at Oregon State (4-4, 0-1) Saturday, Dec. 23, at 4 p.m. at Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest with Cara Capuano and Cathy Nelson calling the action from the OSU campus. The Huskies have won five-straight and eight of their last 10 after starting the season 0-2. UW's 60-56 victory over the Ducks was its first win in Eugene since 2004. It was also the Huskies' second win on the road this season. Oregon State is coming off a loss to Washington State in its Pac-10 opener Thursday, falling to the Cougars 41-58. The Beavers have lost three straight after opening the season 4-1. Following Saturday's meeting, the Huskies will take brief break for the holidays and return to conference play hosting USC (Dec. 29) and UCLA (Dec. 31) at Bank of America Arena next week.

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

TV Coverage:
Saturday's game at Oregon State will be televised live on FSN Northwest. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. Cara Capuano and Cathy Nelson will call the action from Gill Coliseum.

Washington received votes in this week's Associated Press poll after a two-week absence. UW has received votes in the WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll the last five weeks. 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:
Washington takes a five-game winning streak into Saturday's contest at Oregon State. The Huskies finished their non-conference slate winning four-straight - including two over ranked opponents - and continued their momentum with a win at Oregon, Thursday. It was the Huskies' first win in Eugene since Feb. 14, 2004. The victory over the Ducks also improved Washington's road record to 2-4 this season, but three of those four road losses came to teams ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25 polls (No. 8 Ohio State, No. 13 Purdue, No. 21 Marquette). In all, Washington met five teams on its non-conference slate that are currently ranked in the Top-25 or were ranked at the time of the meeting. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, Monday, for the second time in three weeks. Hicks, averaging a team-high 18.2 points per game, has been the team's leading scorer in the last seven straight games, averaging 20.6 points per contest in that span. She is coming off an 18-point performance at Oregon, scoring seven points in the last 37.6 seconds of the game to hold the Ducks at bay. The injury bug that hit the Huskies early in the season seems to finally be a thing of the past. Junior center Andrea Plouffe, who missed three of the first seven games while battling patellar tendonitis in both knees, has now played in the last five straight games, even receiving a starting nod in UW's last game at Oregon. Plouffe is second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and fourth in rebounding (4.1 rpg). The most significant comeback was the return of junior guard Dominique Banks who played for the first time this season at Oregon, Thursday, after undergoing surgery in September to repair stress fractures in both legs. Banks, who spent six weeks in a wheelchair after surgery, was a spark off the bench against the Ducks scoring seven points in a 9-0 run at the end of the first half. The only player left on the injured reserve list is freshman guard Sami Whitcomb who will be out at least another two weeks with a broken hand. Junior point guard Emily Florence continues to lead the Huskies' stellar backcourt play, owning team-bests in assists (45) and steals (23). Florence has also been a major contributor on the boards, grabbing at least fve rebounds in four of the last five games. Senior forward/center Maggie O'Hara had a big game at Oregon, tallying nine points and a season-high nine rebounds vs. the Ducks.

Hicks Earns Second Pac-10 Player of the Week Nod:
Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference office announced Monday. Hicks helped the Huskies extend their winning streak to four last week, leading UW to victories over cross-state rival Gonzaga (75-61) and an upset over No. 23 Florida State (84-65). In the two games, Hicks averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.0 block and 4.0 steals. Against the Bulldogs, Hicks netted a team-high 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent) while corralling four rebounds, four steals, an assist and two blocks. Hicks did herself one better against the Seminoles, scoring 18 points to go along with nine rebounds, six assists, and four more steals while shooting 7-of-15 (46.7 percent). Hicks, who was named a preseason candidate for the Naismith Trophy last week, has been Washington's leading scorer the last seven games and has tallied 11 double-figure scoring games in 12 contests. She is currently fourth in the Pac-10 with 18.2 points per game. This is the third career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor for Hicks and the 26th all-time for Washington.

Dawg Bites:
Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.67) and ranks second in steals (10.67) and turnover margin (+4.92) ...UW also ranks third in the conference in scoring offense (74.1)...Cameo Hicks ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in scoring (18.2 ppg) and fourth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.455)...Emily Florence ranks fourth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.05), ninth in assists (3.75) and 10th in steals (1.92)...Hicks and Cheri Craddock are tied for eighth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (1.25)...Craddock also ranks seventh in 3-PT field goal percentage (.385)...Freshman forward Laura McLellan leads UW with nine blocks, despite averaging just 7.2 minutes per game...McLellan has tallied two blocked shots on three occassions...Florence, the shortest member of the team measuring in at 5-5, has the third highest rebounding average at 4.8 boards per game...UW has seven players averaging at least 7.0 points per game, while nine Huskies are averaging at least 16.6 minutes of playing time per contest...UW has held each of its last five straight opponents to 65 points or less and forced them to commit 18 or more turnovers...UW used its fifth different starting lineup of the season at Oregon, Thursday.

Banks Makes Her Comeback At Oregon:
Junior guard Dominique Banks, a returning starter from last year who averaged 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore, made her first appearance on the court this season at Oregon, Thursday. Banks, who had just returned to full court practice last week, missed the first 11 games after undergoing surgery to repair stress fractures in both legs, Sept. 15. Banks, who spent six weeks in a wheelchair after the surgery, had multiple stress fractures in both tibias which were discovered in August. The surgery included the insertion of rods down the middle of each tibia.

Scouting Oregon State:
After opening the season 4-1, the Beavers have dropped their last three straight - at Creighton (62-74), at Drake (65-72) and at home versus Washington State in their Pac-10 opener, Thursday (41-58). Oregon State is shooting 43.5 percent from the field, with two of its five starters shooting 50 percent or better. OSU has outscored its opponents by a margin of 5.4 points (63.8-58.4). Senior guard Casey Nash leads the team with 20.6 points per game, to go along with an 8.0 rebounding average. Freshman forward Judie Lomax is averaging just under a double-double with 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. OSU is 4-1 at home this season with its loss vs. Washington State being its first setback at Gill Coliseum this season.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Oregon State:
Washington leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 44-24. The Huskies own a five-game winning streak against the Beavers that dates back to 2004. The last time OSU defeated UW was Feb. 12, 2004, in Corvallis - 59-62. Washington is 18-12 overall versus OSU in Corvallis.

Did You Know...?:
Washington's annual road trip to the Oregon schools has been a tough one through the years. UW will look for its first road sweep of the Ducks and Beavers since the 2002-03 season and just the eighth overall dating back to 1977-78.

Last Game Recap - UW 60, Oregon 56:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a team-high 18 points, including 11 in the final five minutes of the game and seven in the last 37.6 seconds, to lead Washington over Oregon, 60-56, in both teams' Pac-10 opener at McArthur Court in Eugene, Ore., Thursday. The win was the fifth-straight for Washington, which improved to 8-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Ducks (7-3, 0-1) suffered a rare home setback and lost their second-straight game. Hicks sparked the Huskies down the stretch. After leading by as many as eight points four minutes into the second-half, the UW advantage fell to just one point, 43-42, with 6:13 remaining. After junior center Andrea Plouffe sank the first of two free-throws to give the Huskies a two-point cushion, Hicks took over scoring 11 of UW's last 16 points. With 5:16 left in the game, Hicks drove through traffic for a layin and on the Ducks' next possession stole the ball and dribbled the length of the court for another layin, giving Washington a four-point lead, 48-42. After Oregon closed the gap to within two, senior forward Maggie O'Hara drained a pair of free-throws and senior guard Cheri Craddock sank a huge three-pointer to extend the Husky lead to seven (53-46) with 2:09 remaining. The Ducks answered with a three-pointer from Kaela Chapdelaine, but Hicks responded with a trey of her own with 37.6 seconds left as UW regained its seven-point advantage (56-49). Oregon was forced to finish the game fouling the Huskies, and Hicks went to the line all three times, hitting four of the six free-throw attempts to sustain the UW lead. The high-paced second-half followed a lackluster offensive performance for both teams in the first half. UW shot just 25 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, with the Ducks not much better with a 33.3 percent clip. Oregon led for most of the first-half, including by as many as seven points with 7:09 left. But the Huskies finally found their stride, finishing the half on a 14-3 run. The run was sparked by junior guard Dominique Banks, playing in her first game of the season since undergoing surgery on both of her legs in September. Banks scored all seven of her points during a 9-0 run to end the first-half, including a three-pointer. O'Hara led the Huskies on the boards, grabbing a season-high nine rebounds as UW outrebounded Oregon, 45-38. Hicks added eight boards and junior point guard Emily Florence grabbed six.

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