Huskies Open Bay Area Road Swing At No. 20 Cal Thursday

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Thursday, February 8, 2007
UW (14-10, 7-6 Pac-10) at #20/20 Cal (18-5, 8-4 Pac-10) • 7 p.m. PT
Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live TV - Comcast SportsNet West

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

UW (14-10, 7-6 Pac-10) at #11/11 Stanford (19-4, 11-1 Pac-10) • 1 p.m. PT
Maples Pavilion • Palo Alto, Calif.
Radio - KKNW AM 1150 • Live TV - FSN

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With just five more games on the regular season schedule, Washington women's basketball (14-10, 7-6 Pac-10) will travel to the Bay Area this week for a big Pac-10 series with No. 20/20 California (18-5, 8-4 Pac-10) and No. 11/11 Stanford (19-4, 11-1). UW will take on the Golden Bears, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. PT before facing the Cardinal, Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. Both contests will be televised live, with UW's game at Cal being televised locally by Comcast SportsNet West and UW's contest at Stanford being televised nationally by FSN. Washington is coming off a split versus the Arizona schools at home this past weekend, falling to then-No. 12 Arizona State (64-75) before defeating Arizona (79-64). UW will look to even the season series with both Cal and Stanford, as the Huskies lost to both teams in Seattle earlier this season. The Golden Bears and Cardinal are coming off a big meeting between themselves, a contest that was won by Cal at Maples Pavilion, 72-57.

TV Coverage:
Thursday's game at California will be televised live on a local basis by Comcast SportsNet. The contest can be seen in the Seattle area on Channel 14, as well as on Dish Network channel 409 and DirecTV channel 656. In the Bellingham area, the game will be available on Comcast Channel 76. Saturday's game at Stanford will be televised live to a national audience on FSN. Ted Robinson and Tracy Warren will call the action from Maples Pavilion.

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

Washington did not receive votes in either of this week's Associated Press or USA Today/WBCA/ESPN Polls for the fourth-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 snapped a three-game losing streak in its last outing with a 79-65 win over Arizona, Saturday. Prior to that performance, the Huskies had lost six of their last seven games - their only win in that span coming at home versus Washington State (Jan. 20). UW seemed to for at least one game snap out of its shooting slump, turning in a season-high 54.4 percent field goal shooting effort versus the Wildcats, Saturday. Until then, UW had failed to shoot better than 33 percent from the field in four of six games. The Huskies put together as much as a nine-game winning streak earlier season - including a 5-0 start to Pac-10 play - from Dec. 6 through Jan. 4. Of Washington's 10 losses this season, seven have come to opponents currently ranked in this week's Associated Press Top-25: #4 Ohio State, #10 Arizona State (twice), #11 Stanford, #13 Purdue, #16 Texas A&M, #20 California and #23 Marquette. Leading the way for UW is senior guard Cameo Hicks, averaging team-highs of 17.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Hicks has tallied 19-straight double-figure scoring games, contributing at least 16 points in 11 of the last 15 contests. She notched her seventh 20-point scoring game with a 25-point effort against Arizona, Saturday. Hicks averaged 20.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in the Huskies' games against the Arizona schools last weekend. 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 11 of the last 17 games including a career-high 11 versus USC (Dec. 29), a team-high seven vs. Cal (Jan. 13), a team-high eight vs. Washington State (Jan. 20) and a team-high seven vs. ASU (Feb. 1). 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 (86) and steals (52) as well. Also scoring in double-figures is junior center Andrea Plouffe with 10.2 points per game. Senior forward/center Jill Bell has taken over the third spot on UW's scoring list with 7.6 points per game to go along with 4.8 rebounds. She leads the team in blocked shots (15) and is coming off three-straight double-figure scoring games with 13 points at USC (Jan. 28), 10 points vs. ASU (Feb. 1) and 11 points vs. Arizona (Feb. 3). Junior guard Dominique Banks has also reached double-figures in scoring in two of the last three games, with a season-high 12 points at USC (Jan. 28) and 10 vs. ASU (Feb. 1).

Bay Area Ties:
Four members of the Washington's women's basketball team are Northern California natives - senior guard Cameo Hicks (Tracy/West HS), senior guard Cheri Craddock (Oakland/James Logan HS), junior guard Dominique Banks (Stockton/St. Mary's HS) and freshman forward/center Laura McLellan (Campbell/Leigh HS). UW assistant coach Kellie Lewis-Jay is also a NoCal native, hailing from Auburn and prepping at Placer High School, while assistant coach Janet Soderberg has Northern California ties serving as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Pacific from 1993-95 while earning her Master's degree in educational and counseling psychology. In addition, head coach June Daugherty served as an assistant coach at Stanford from 1986-89 before taking her first head coaching position at Boise State in 1989.

Feb. 24 Time Change For TV Broadcast:
Washington's regular season home finale with Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 24, has been changed to a 3 p.m. tip-off time to allow for a live television broadcast. The original start time was 1 p.m. The contest will be produced by both KONG-TV and the Oregon Sports Network. It will air live on KONG-TV in the Seattle area as well as select television stations and cable outlets throughout the state of Oregon as part of the Oregon Sports Network.

Scouting California:
California has won three straight games and seven of its last eight. The Golden Bears picked up perhaps their biggest win of the season on Sunday with a 72-57 victory over then-No. 8 Stanford. It was the Cardinal's first Pac-10 loss of the season and snapped Stanford's 51-game home conference winning streak. Sophomore forward Devanei Hampton led the way with 22 points and 14 rebounds while guard Natasha Vital added 19 points and guard Lauren Greif scored 15. Forward Ashley Walker leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 17.1 points per game and 8.7 rebounds. Hampton is averaging 14.6 points and 7.2 rebounds. As a team, Cal is averaging 68.1 points per game and holding opponents to an average of 58.9 points per game.

All-Time Series Record Vs. California:
Washington leads the all-time series with Cal, 38-10, but has lost the last two straight meetings including the earlier season meeting on Jan. 13, 49-72. UW's 49-point scoring effort in that game remains a season-low. Before these last two losses, UW had won as many as 11-straight games against Cal. UW is 17-7 against Cal in Berkeley, its most recent loss coming last year - 58-81 on Feb. 25, 2006.

Flashback - Earlier Season Meeting Recap UW vs. Cal:
Devanei Hampton scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half and the 22nd-ranked Golden Bears routed cold-shooting Washington, 72-49, Jan. 13. Hampton started strong and her teammates followed her lead. Hampton made 11 of 15 shots overall, finishing two off her career-high of 27 set earlier this year against UCLA. She also grabbed eight rebounds. But it was Hampton's start that set the tone. She scored six points during a 12-0 run to start the game and Washington never answered. The Bears' leading scorer, Ashley Walker, added 12 points and Rama N'diaye had 11. Washington shot a season-low 26 percent and lost its third straight to a ranked team. Cameo Hicks led Washington with 12 points. While the Huskies struggled to make anything against Cal's zone defense, the Bears shot 58.5 percent and never let Washington get closer than 15 in the second half. Hampton's 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 5:58 left in the first half gave the Bears' a 26-9 lead and her two free throws in the final minute gave Cal its biggest lead of the half at 35-14. Washington missed its first nine shots, 20 of its first 24, and shot just 20 percent in the first half. The 17 first-half points were a season-low for the Huskies and just three off the school record for fewest in a half. It was the second straight poor shooting performance by the Huskies, who shot only 28 percent against Stanford on Thursday. The 49 points were a season-low.

Scouting Stanford:
Stanford had its 17-game winning streak snapped by rival California on Super Sunday, falling to the Golden Bears 64-79. Junior All-American Candice Wiggins scored a team-high 17 points and senior forward Brooke Smith added 16, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Bears. Freshman guard JJ Hones tore the ACL in her left knee in the first minute of the game and will be out for the remainder of the season, Stanford announced Monday. Until Sunday, Stanford's last loss came to then-No. 8 Georgia, Nov. 26. Wiggins leads the team with 16.6 points per game, while Smith is averaging 13.9. The Cardinal will host Washington State on Thursday before the Huskies come to town on Saturday.

All-Time Series Vs. Stanford:
Washington is 14-31 all-time against Stanford, having lost the last two straight meetings and six of the last seven. UW trails the series 4-17 at Maples Pavilion, the last road win for the Huskies coming on Feb. 18, 1999 (74-62). Since then, the Huskies have lost the last seven-straight meetings on the Farm.

Last Game Recap - UW 79, Arizona 64:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks scored a team-high 25 points and senior center Jill Bell added 11 as Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 79-64 victory over Arizona. Hicks, who shot 10-for-15 from the field and finished the game four points shy of her career-high, helped the Huskies turn in a season-high field goal shooting percentage of 54.4 percent. It was a welcome relief for a Washington team that had failed to shoot above 37 percent in five of the last six games. Arizona was led by Seattle native Joy Hollingsworth who scored a game-high 26 points. Reserve Ashley Whisonant added 17 points off the bench for the Wildcats, who suffered their 12th loss in their last 14 games. Bell and Hicks shared team-high honors in rebounding with six apiece, while senior forward Maggie O'Hara added five boards. The Huskies won the battle on the glass with Arizona, outrebounding the Wildcats 36-29. Hicks sparked Washington with 17 of her 25 points coming in the second-half, as Washington extended what was a six-point halftime lead (27-21) into as much as a 25-point lead (68-43) with 4:39 remaining the game. The Huskies nearly led wire to wire with the exception of a short-lived two-point deficit (7-5) early. It took Arizona nearly five minutes to put any points on the board, the first coming on a 15-foot jumper from guard Linda Pace at 15:08. Arizona hung with Washington until halftime, as the Huskies only led by as many as eight points in the opening 20 minutes. But the second-half was a different story when Hicks took over. Arizona closed to within one point (30-29) after an 8-0 run just after halftime, but the Huskies pulled away with an 18-4 run thanks to 10 points from Hicks in that span.

Ranked Opponents:
With its loss against No. 12 ASU, Feb. 1, UW fell to 2-6 against Top-25 foes this season (counting teams ranked in either the AP or coaches polls). Both wins came at home - versus then-No. 15 Texas A&M and then-No. 23 Florida State. Washington is 41-107 all-time against Top-25 opponents, including a 12-74 mark on the road (3-47 away, 1-15 neutral). These records reflect only teams ranked in the AP poll; Florida State was only ranked in the coaches poll at the time of their meeting in December. Eight of Washington's opponents this season 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).

Top Rebounding Dawgs:
Like it has all season long, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounding with 17.38 offensive boards per game. The Huskies own a 417-285 advantage over their opponents in offensive rebounds.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Washington is tied for the Pac-10 lead in steals (10.25), leads in in turnover margin (+4.83) and third in scoring offense (72.2)...Cameo Hicks ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring (17.6 ppg) behind only Oregon State's Casey Nash (20.6 ppg) and USC's Shay Murphy (18.8)...She also ranks sixth in 3-PT field goal percentage (.403)...Junior point guard Emily Florence ranks fourth in the conference in assist-turnover ratio (2.15) and fourth in steals (2.17)...Guard Cheri Craddock ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in 3-PT field goal percentage (.347).

Huskies Shuffle Lineup:
UW head coach June Daugherty used her sixth different starting lineup of the season last weekend in games vs. Arizona State and Arizona. Newcomers to the starting five were senior forward Maggie O'Hara and junior guard Dominique Banks making their first starts of the year versus the Sun Devils and Wildcats. Senior center Jill Bell got the starting nod for the eighth and ninth times this year but first since Dec. 17 vs. Florida State. Mainstays in the lineup have been senior guard Cameo Hicks and junior point guard Emily Florence. Both Huskies have started all 24 games. Ten different players have been inserted into the starting lineup in 2006-07.

A Little Help From Their Friends:
Depth has been a key factor in UW's success this season. The Huskies rotate nearly their entire bench into each game. Ten players are averaging at least 12.2 minutes of playing time and eight players are averaging 4.8 or more points per outing.

Hicks Named To Another National Watch List:
In addition to being named a preseason candidate for the 2006-07 Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy, Washington senior guard Cameo Hicks was recently selected one of 30 candidates for the 2007 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. The Husky co-captain leads the squad with 17.6 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game and a 45.9 field goal shooting percentage. This season, Hicks has tallied 23 double-figure scoring games including seven 20-point games. She has scored at least 11 points in 23 of 24 games and has 19-straight double-figure scoring outputs. Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in 15 of the last 19 games, a span during which she has averaged 18.3 points per game. She was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week twice in a three-week span in December. 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 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). She is also keeping an online diary at

As Bell Tolls:
Senior forward/center Jill Bell recently earned her way back into the starting lineup and rightly so. Bell has reached double-figures in scoring the last three straight games including 13 at USC, 10 vs. Arizona State and 11 versus Arizona. Bell has tallied nine double-figure scoring games this season, including a pair of double-doubles at Eastern Washington (15 points/13 rebounds) and vs. Northern Iowa (12 points/10 rebounds). Bell also leads the team with 15 blocked shots and ranks seventh on Washington's all-time blocks list with 71 in her career. Bell is the team's third-leading scorer with 7.6 points per game and is third on the team in rebounding with 4.8 boards per game. She is second on the squad in offensive boards with 47.

Fearless Florence:
Junior point guard Emily Florence serves as the Huskies' floor leader and defensive sparkplug. Measuring in as the team's shortest member at 5-5, Florence is second among her teammates in rebounding with 5.0 boards per game. Florence has grabbed at least five rebounds in 11 of the last 17 games including seven at Oregon State (Dec. 23), a career-high 11 vs. USC (Dec. 29), seven vs. California (Jan. 13), eight vs. Washington State (Jan. 20) and seven vs. ASU (Feb. 1). She leads the squad with 86 assists and 52 steals. Florence dished a career-high 11 assists in UW's close loss at No. 6 Ohio State (Dec. 3). She also tallied eight rebounds and seven points at Kent State (Nov. 30), while contributing six points, six rebounds, three assists and a career-high five steals versus Gonzaga (Dec. 15). Most recently, Florence contributed team-highs in rebounds (eight), assists (six) and steals (seven) vs. Washington State, Jan. 20.

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, made her season debut at Oregon, Dec. 21. Banks 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. In her first game back on the floor at Oregon, Banks tallied seven points, one rebound and one steal in 12 minutes. She is coming off her best performance of the season at USC (Jan. 28) recording a season-high 12 points and shared the team lead with four rebounds. Banks followed that up by scoring 10 points in her first start of the season vs. ASU, Feb. 1. She is averaging 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11 games overall.

Hicks Reaches 1,000 Point Milestone:
Senior guard Cameo Hicks became the 20th player in program history to record at least 1,000 points, during the Basketball Travelers Husky Classic in November. Hicks' 21 points versus Saint Louis (Nov. 25) pushed her above the 1,000 point plateau for her career. She has already made a steady climb up UW's scoring list and now ranks 12th with 1,361 career points.

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