UW Women Make Home Debut Hosting Husky Classic
Nov. 22, 2007
GAME 6 - Fri., Nov. 23, 2007
Idaho (0-3) at Washington (1-4)
2 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
---Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Radio/Video at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (1-4) makes its home debut this weekend hosting the 21st annual Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Friday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 25. UW will play its home opener versus Idaho (0-3), Friday, at 2 p.m. following the Arkansas State vs. Weber State matchup which tips off the two-day tournament at noon. Sunday's action will feature the consolation game at 12 p.m. with the championship game at 2 p.m.
2007 Husky Classic Schedule:
Fri, Nov. 23 - Weber State (1-2) vs. Arkansas State (2-1) - 12 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 23 - Idaho (0-3) vs. Washington (1-4) - 2 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 25 - Consolation Game - 12 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 25 - Championship Game - 2 p.m.
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his ninth season as the voice of UW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts.
Free live video and audio broadcasts of Washington's games during the Husky Classic will be available on GoHuskies.com. Live statistics for all four games of the Husky Classic can be accessed at GoHuskies.com.
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.
Scouting The Huskies:
It's probably not an understatement to say that Washington is happy to be home. The Huskies are coming off a grueling season-opening five-game road trip, that started in Manhatten, Kansas, continued through Spokane, Wash. and culminated in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Huskies went 1-4 during that span of five games in nine days, their lone win coming against Northern Arizona (83-70) in the second round of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic. UW went 1-2 at the Hawaii tournament, falling to host the host Rainbow Wahine (75-80) and UC Davis (58-69) in the other two contests. The win versus NAU was a big win for head coach Tia Jackson, her first official victory as a collegiate head coach. The Huskies will look to get Jackson her first home win when they host the Husky Classic Friday and Sunday. Junior guard Michelle Augustavo has been a bright spot for the Huskies, leading the team in scoring with an average of 11.6 points off the bench. Augustavo notched back-to-back 20-point games versus Hawaii and NAU, sinking 10 three pointers in the two games. She leads the team with 15 treys overall. Augustavo is one of four Huskies with a double-figure scoring average. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (11.4 ppg), freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (11.2) and freshman foward/center Jess McCormack (11.0) lead the team early in the season. Washington can't seem to fight off the injury bug as McCormack and freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens won't play this weekend due to injuries suffered in practice this week. McCormack, who also leads the team in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game, suffered a high ankle sprain and Argens is out with a sprained knee. They will join senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe on the sidelines as Plouffe, the leading scorer from last year's team, is still out another 2-4 weeks with Achilles tendonitis. Senior guard Dominique Banks is already redshirting the season due to injury. Still a model of consistency for the Huskies is senior point guard Emily Florence. Having started the last 86-straight games dating back to her freshman campaign, Florence is second on the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game, leads the team in assists (14) and is averaging 8.6 points.
UW Opens Homestand:
The Husky Classic marks the beginning of a four-game homestand for Washington who after playing its first five games on the road will now play four straight at home. Following this weekend's action, UW will entertain UC Irvine (Dec. 2) and Pepperdine (Dec. 4). In fact, the Huskies will play six if their next seven non-conference games in the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena. UW will travel to Boise State (Dec. 7) and then return to Seattle to wrap up the preseason slate with Ohio State (Dec. 16) and Purdue (Dec. 21).
Jackson In First Year At Washington:
Tia Jackson was named the eighth head coach in the history of the women's basketball program on April 6, 2007. Jackson begins her first season at Washington after a successful 11-year tenure in the assistant coaching ranks. Before coming to UW, she spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Duke, where she was considered by many experts as one of the top recruiters in the country. She helped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game in 2006 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007. In addition to working at Duke, Jackson served as an assistant coach at UCLA (2000-2005), Stanford (1999-2000), and Virginia Commonwealth (1996-1999). As an assistant coach, she has been to four NCAA Tournaments and one NCAA Final Four. Jackson played her collegiate career at the University of Iowa where she was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hawkeyes to the 1993 NCAA Final Four. After graduating from Iowa in 1995, Jackson played one season in the WNBA (1997) as a member of the Phoenix Mercury before her career was cut short by knee injuries.
Husky Classic History:
For the 21st-consecutive season, Washington plays host to the Husky Classic. The first tournament was held in 1986, with the Huskies defeating Oklahoma in the championship game, 83-64. UW has won a total of 13 Husky Classic titles and two straight, with the other champions being Louisiana Tech (1987), Long Beach State (1988), Colorado (1994), Kansas (1998), Oklahoma State (1999), Santa Clara (2001) and most recently Alabama (2004). Last year, Washington defeated Saint Louis in the first round (96-69) and Northern Iowa (81-63) in the championship game. Senior Breanne Watson was named the tournament MVP, while senior Jill Bell and senior Cameo Hicks were named to the all-tournament team. Current Huskies Andrea Plouffe and Emily Florence were named to the 2005 Husky Classic All-Tournament team as sophomores, with Plouffe earning MVP honors as well. UW defeated Rice in the 2005 championship (86-62).
The Vandals are searching for their first win when they head to Seattle for Friday's game. Idaho opened its season with home games versus Montana State (49-77) and Portland (55-83), before playing a road contest at North Dakota State (64-85). Sophomore post player Katie Madison leads the squad with 13.0 points per game, while freshman post Yinka Olorunnife is averaging 12.7 points. Freshman post player Therese Riedel leads Idaho in rebounding with 8.0 roads per outing. The Vandals are being outscored by an average margin of 25.7 points per game, averaging 56 while allowing 81.7. Idaho returns three starters and six letterwinners from last year's squad that went 6-22 and placed eighth in the Western Athletic Conference with a 3-13 league record. Head coach Mike Divilbiss enters his 21st season at the helm of the program, needing just 12 wins to reach 400 in his career.
All-Time Series Vs. Idaho:
Washington leads the all-time series with Idaho, 4-2. The last time these teams met was during the 1999-00 season, with the Huskies cruising to a 99-72 victory in Seattle (Dec. 18, 1999). Prior to that year, UW and Idaho had not met since 1983. The previous five meetings took place between 1977-83. The Huskies are 3-0 versus the Vandals at home.
A Glance At Arkansas State:
Arkansas State brings a 3-1 record to Seattle for the Husky Classic, riding a three-game winning streak after losing its opener at South Dakota State (67-77). The Lady Indians have picked up wins over BYU (54-53), at Alabama (49-45) and versus Missouri State (74-54). Freshman guard Angie Criner leads the squad with 12.0 points per game, while sophomore guard Veronica Smith leads the squad in rebounding (4.8 rpg). The Lady Indians are scoring an average of 61.0 points while allowing 57.2 per game. ASU returns two starters and eight letterwinners from last year's team that advanced to the second round of the WNIT and compiled an overall record of 21-13. ASU finished fourth in the western division of the Sun Belt Conference with an 11-7 league record. This would be the first-ever meeting between Washington and Arkansas State if these teams met in the second round of the Husky Classic.
A Glance At Weber State:
The Wildcats are 1-2 on the young season heading into their first round Husky Classic matchup with Arkansas State. Weber State opened the year with a 75-54 win over Northwest Nazarene, but have lost their last two straight games on the road - to Northern Iowa (52-62) and Drake (64-78). Three WSU players are averaging double-figure scoring led by senior forward Sara Tuomi with 13.3 points per outing. Sophomore guard Tonya Schnibbe is scoring 10.7 points and senior guard Ahkiah Hunter is scoring 10.3 per contest. Despite losing two of their three games, Weber State is outshooting its opponents 44.7 percent to 37.3 percent from the field. Should the Huskies and Wildcats meet in the second round of the Husky Classic, UW leads the all-time series 3-0.
Last Game Recap:
Freshman forward/center Jess McCormack recorded her first collegiate double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to lift the Huskies to a victory as Washington fell to UC Davis in the finale of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic, 69-58, Nov. 18. The Huskies ended the three-day tournament with one win and a pair of losses. The win for UC Davis gave them the tournament title with a perfect 3-0 record against UW, host Hawaii and Northern Arizona. Looking to build on their first win of the season on Saturday versus Northern Arizona, the Huskies weren't quite able to take their momentum into their third-straight game and fifth in nine days on the road. McCormack was joined in double-figure scoring by sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (12 points) and freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (11 points). McCormack's 17 points and 11 rebounds were both career-highs for the freshman who shot 5-of-9 from the field and a near-perfect 7-of-8 clip from the free-throw line. Reserve guard Anna Harp paced the Aggies with a game-high 21 points to lead all scorers. Forward Jessica Campbell also had 15 points and forward Heather Bates grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. The Huskies struggled with a season-low 28.8 percent field goal shooting percentage but ended in a dead heat with UC Davis in rebounding as both teams grabbed 44 boards.
Washington is 27-6 overall in home openers and has won the last six straight. UW's last loss in a home opener was Nov. 24, 2000, to Connecticut (54-100). Last year, the Huskies' home opener also came in the first round of the Husky Classic. UW downed Saint Louis 96-69 (Nov. 25, 2006).
Non-Conference Home Winning Streak:
Washington has an 11-game non-conference home winning streak dating back to the 2005-06 season. The Huskies were 6-0 at home against non-conference opponents last year after going 5-0 in 2005-06. The last non-conference home lost for UW was Dec. 21, 2004 versus Colorado in overtime (74-76).
Washington's 1-4 start to the season is its worst since 1996-97 when the Huskies also opened the year 1-4...like this year, UW lost its first three games that season, picked up a win and then lost again...that 1996-97 team ended that year with a 17-11 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament...UW is coming off two straight NCAA Tournament appearances and two-straight fourth-place finishes in the Pac-10......senior point guard Emily Florence needs 19 assists and 15 steals to crack the Top-10 on both UW career lists...she currently has 297 assists and 168 steals...Florence is sixth among active Pac-10 career leaders in rebounds (368), eighth in three-point field goals (58), second in assists (297) and second in steals (168)...senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe is ninth among active Pac-10 career leaders in points (637).