UW Women Return Home To Host No. 12 Arizona State, Arizona

Jan. 30, 2007

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Thursday, February 1, 2007
#12/10 Arizona State (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10) at UW (13-9, 6-5 Pac-10) • 7 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Delayed TV - Comcast Video On Demand

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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Arizona (7-16, 1-10 Pac-10) at UW (13-9, 6-5 Pac-10) • 1 p.m. PT
Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live Webcast - GoHuskies.com

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After being swept on the road last week in Los Angeles, Washington women's basketball (13-9, 6-5 Pac-10) will look to get back on track when it returns home to host the Arizona schools this week. UW will face No. 12/10 Arizona State (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10), Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena before hosting Arizona (7-16, 1-10 Pac-10), Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. Saturday marks Washington's annual celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Included in the day's festivities will be a silent auction to be held at the North Court in Bank of America Arena at 11 a.m. Washington begins the week in a tie for fifth in the Pac-10 standings with UCLA. ASU is second in the conference standings - its only two Pac-10 losses coming to Stanford - while Arizona occupies the ninth spot with Washington State. In the earlier season meetings in the desert, UW defeated Arizona, 83-66, before being edged by Arizona State in a five-point game, 83-88. UW's loss at ASU, Jan. 7, snapped what was UW's longest winning streak of the season - a nine-game stint. Since the loss in Tempe, UW is 1-4 in its last five games.

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.

Comcast To Televise UW Contest Thursday:
Washington's game with Arizona State on Thursday can be seen exclusively on Comcast ON DEMAND for Comcast Digital Cable subscribers. The game can be viewed as soon as 24 hours following the final buzzer. Viewers can select Channel 1 and then go to the 'Get Local' folder. Tom Lafferty will call the play-by-play and former Husky Kayla Burt will provide color commentary for the broadcast, with Jon Horton reporting from the sidelines. Thursday's game is the second of four UW women's basketball games available 'ON DEMAND.' UW's games at California (Feb. 8) and versus Oregon State (Feb. 22) will also be televised by Comcast.

Washington did not receive votes in either of this week's Associated Press or WBCA/ESPN/USA Today polls for the third-straight week. UW received votes in both polls for four-straight weeks from Dec. 18-Jan. 8. 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 has lost two straight games and five of its last six heading into Thursday's contest with ASU. Prior to that, the Huskies put together a nine-game winning streak - a stint that was halted by the Sun Devils in these teams previous season meeting in Tempe, Jan. 7. The culprit for the Huskies struggles of late has been their field goal shooting woes. The Huskies have failed to shoot better than 33 percent in four of the last five games - the one exception being a 48.4 percent clip from the field in a win over Washington State (Jan. 20). Ironically enough, despite the loss - the Huskies shot a season-high 53.1 percent from the field at Arizona State before the recent string of sub-33 percent efforts. Of Washington's nine losses this season, six have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #5 Ohio State, #8 Stanford, #10 Purdue, #12 Arizona State, #16 Marquette, #18 Texas A&M and #21 California. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 17.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 17-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 17 points in nine of the last 13 contests. She notched her sixth 20-point scoring game of the season versus UCLA, Jan. 26, scoring a team-high 20 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds versus the Bruins. She followed that up with a team-high 13 points at USC, Jan. 28. Junior point guard Emily Florence continues to lead the Huskies' stellar backcourt play, but more impressive are her rebounding numbers. Florence has grabbed at least five rebounds in 10 of the last 15 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29), a team-high seven vs. Cal (Jan. 13) and a team-high eight vs. Washington State (Jan. 20). The smallest Husky, she is UW's second leading rebounder in Pac-10 play with 5.2 boards per game and is second on the squad overall (5.0 rpg). Florence leads the team in assists (76) and steals (50) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 10.6 points per game. Plouffe has reached double-figures five times in the last 10 games including a team-high 14 in UW's win over Washington State, Jan. 20. She also matched her season-high with seven rebounds at UCLA, Jan. 26. Senior forward/center Jill Bell has taken over the third spot on UW's scoring list with 7.4 points per game to go along with 4.9 rebounds. She shares the team lead in blocked shots (13) and is coming off setting team-highs in points (13) and rebounds (four) at USC, Sunday. Junior guard Dominique Banks is coming off a strong game at USC, scoring a season-high 12 points and grabbing four rebounds.

UW To Celebrate National Girls and Women In Sports Day Saturday:
Washington will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in conjunction with UW's contest with Arizona, Saturday. Festivities include the annual Husky Women's basketball silent auction beginning at 11 a.m., a special halftime presentation and much more. All girls in attendance for the game with the Wildcats are encouraged to wear a uniform from a sports team they have played on and participate in a special procession onto the court at halftime. The day's activities will tip-off with the annual auction beginning at 11 a.m. at the North Court in Bank of America Arena. Bidding for fans will close at the end of halftime with proceeds from the auction benefiting the Husky women's basketball program. Items up for bid include autographed sports memorabilia from Seattle PI Sports Stars of the Year Courtney Thompson (Husky volleyball) and Brandon Roy (Husky men's basketball), a signed copy of a poster and DVD from the 'Heart of the Game''- a movie documenting the Roosevelt High School girls basketball team, a private southern dinner with Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan, a fly fishing trip with UW associate head coach Mike Daugherty, a hot air balloon ride, Husky football tickets, a seat next to the voice of Husky women's basketball Steve Sandmeyer during a broadcast, many autographed items from current Husky women's players and much more. In addition to the auction, fans will have a chance to engage in a variety of pre-game activities starting at noon on the concourse at Bank of America Arena including autograph signing with female UW student-athletes, face painting, sign making and more. A special two-for-one ticket offer will be available for Saturday. Fans can exchange a Pepsi can or bottle for a 2-for-1 ticket voucher. Look for the table with the Pepsi banner on the Southwest porch of Bank of America Arena to redeem your voucher.

What To Watch:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks needs 11 more points to surpass Amber Hall on Washington's all-time career scoring list. Hicks enters Sunday's game 13th on the list with 1,320 career points behind 12th-place Hall who finished her career with 1,330.Top Rebounding Dawgs: Like it has all season long, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.73 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 390-272 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds this year.

Scouting No. 12/10 Arizona State:
Coming off a home split versus Cal and Stanford last weekend, the Sun Devils come to Seattle hungry for a win. ASU, second in the Pac-10, lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Stanford, 73-65, at Wells Fargo Arena, Saturday. Candice Wiggins scored 10 of her 30 points in extra minutes to hand Arizona State just its second conference loss and third of the season. The Sun Devils are led by senior forward Emily Westerberg, averaging 14.5 points per game and 5.3 rebounds. Sophomore guard Danielle Orsillo also averages points in double-figures with 10.9 per game. Senior forward Aubree Johnson leads the squad in rebounding with 5.7 per outing. ASU is one of the top defensive teams in the conference, allowing opponents to score just 59.7 points per game (third in the Pac-10). The Sun Devil offense also leads the league in scoring with 77 points per game.

All-Time Series Record Vs. ASU:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 26-17, but has lost the last four straight meetings and six of the last eight. Washington is 17-4 all-time against ASU in Seattle, its last win coming on Dec. 29, 2004 (63-55) - that was also the last win for the Huskies in the overall series. Arizona State won the earlier season meeting between these teams in Tempe, 88-83.

Flashback - Huskies Edged By ASU In Earlier Season Meeting:
Dymond Simon made a free throw with 50.4 seconds left to break a tie and then-No. 13 Arizona State held off Washington for an 88-83 win on Jan. 7 that snapped the Huskies' nine-game winning streak. The Sun Devils made 7-of-10 free throws in the final 37.3 seconds to secure the victory. Emily Westerberg scored 22 points before fouling out with 1:30 remaining and Simon added 15 for Arizona State, which trailed by as many as 11 in the first half and eight early in the second. Stefanie Clark scored 21 points and Cameo Hicks added 18 for the Huskies. After Clark missed two free throws with 58.5 seconds left, Simon made 1 of 2 to give Arizona State an 81-80 lead. Hicks missed a 14-footer and then fouled Danielle Orsillo with 37.3 seconds left. Orsillo made her two shots. Andrea Plouffe, who added 16 points, made a 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 85-83, but Jill Noe made a free throw after being fouled on the ensuing in-bounds play. Orsillo then grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled. She sank two more free throws for the final margin. The Huskies built a 38-27 lead in the first half, but Arizona State scored the last six points to cut the advantage to 44-40 at the break. The Huskies made seven of their first 10 shots and finished the night 34-of-64 from the field.

Quick Look at Arizona:
Arizona will face Washington State on Thursday before traveling to Seattle for Saturday's game. The Wildcats have lost six straight and 11 of their last 12. Arizona's lone win in that span came against the Cougars, 59-57, in Tucson, Jan. 6. Seattle native Joy Hollingsworth leads the squad with 16.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.

All-Time Series Record Vs. Arizona:
Washington leads the all-time series with Arizona, 28-16. The Huskies have won the last three straight meetings after struggling in the series, losing the previous seven consecutive games with the Wildcats.

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