UW To Face Arkansas State In Husky Classic Final Sunday

Nov. 24, 2007

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GAME 7 - Sun., Nov. 25, 2007
Husky Classic

Arkansas State (4-1) at Washington (2-4)
2 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: None
Internet: Live Stats/Radio/Video at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Following its 73-57 first round victory over Idaho, Friday, Washington women's basketball (2-4) will face Arkansas State (4-1) in the championship game of the Husky Classic, Sunday, Nov. 25. The game will tip-off at 2 p.m. at Bank of America Arena, following the consolation game between Weber State (1-3) and Idaho (0-4) which gets underway at noon. Arkansas State defeated Weber State, 57-44, in the other first round contest on Friday. Washington is aiming for its 14th Husky Classic title in the 21-year history of the tournament.

2007 Husky Classic Schedule:
Friday, Nov. 23 - First Round

Arkansas State 57, Weber State 44
Washington 73, Idaho 57

Sunday, Nov. 25
Consolation Game - Idaho (0-4) vs. Weber State (1-3) - 12 p.m.
Championship Game - Arkansas State (4-1) vs. Washington (2-4) - 2 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 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.

Internet Coverage:
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.

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.

Scouting The Huskies:
It's probably not an understatement to say that Washington is happy to be home. After coming off a season-opening five-game road trip during which they went 1-4, the Huskies returned to Seattle and won their home opener with Northwest neighbor Idaho, 73-57, in the first round of the Husky Classic Friday. Freshmen Kali Bennett and Katelan Redmon led four players in double-figure scoring with 18 points apiece. UW used a strong start and a powerful presence on the glass to hand first-year head coach Tia Jackson a 'w' in her first official game at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies earned the win despite playing without two of their post players who suffered injuries in practice this week - freshmen Jess McCormack and Mackenzie Argens. McCormack is out with a high ankle sprain and Argens suffered a sprained knee. McCormack had started the previous five games and led the team in rebounding, while Argens had seen consistent time off the bench. Sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan took McCormack's spot in the lineup versus Idaho and Bennett stepped up big, also pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds. The Huskies will look for their second-straight win when they entertain Arkansas State, Sunday. The Lady Indians stand to be a formidable foe having won four-straight since a season-opening loss. With her 18 points versus Idaho, Redmon moved into the team scoring lead with 12.3 points per game. Also averaging double-digits in the scoring column are sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (12.2 ppg), McCormack (11.0) and junior guard Michelle Augustavo (10.5). Still a model of consistency for the Huskies is senior point guard Emily Florence. Having started the last 87-straight games dating back to her freshman campaign, Florence is second on the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game, shares the team lead in assists (15) and is averaging 7.2 points.

Non-Conference Home Winning Streak On The Line:
Washington's win over Idaho, Friday, was its 12-straight home win versus a non-conference opponent. 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).

Husky Classic History:
Washington will be aiming for its 14th Husky Classic title - and third straight - in the 21-year history of the tournament when they meet Arkansas State, Sunday. UW's win over Idaho in the first round improved its all-time record in Husky Classic openers to 21-0. UW is 13-7 in Husky Classic Championship games and has won the last two straight titles in 2005 and 2006. The first tournament was held in 1986, with the Huskies defeating Oklahoma in the championship game, 83-64. The other Husky Classic champions have been 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).

A Glance At Arkansas State:
Arkansas State (4-1) has won four-straight games including its first round Husky Classic victory over Weber State (57-44) after losing its opener at South Dakota State. In addition to WSU, 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 13.4 points per game, while sophomore guard Veronica Smith leads the squad in rebounding (4.8 rpg). Criner scored a team-high 19 points in ASU's win over Weber State, while Smith added 10. The Lady Indians are scoring an average of 60.4 points while allowing 54.6 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.

All-Time Series With Arkansas State:
Sunday will mark the first-ever meeting between Washington and Arkansas State. However, the Lady Indians did compete in the 1993 Husky Classic, suffering defeat in their first round game before winning the consolation game over Cincinnati.

Last Game Recap:
Led by freshman center Kali Bennett's double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, Washington cruised to a 73-57 victory over Idaho in its home opener as a part of the first round of the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Friday. The win propelled Washington into the championship game of its own tournament, as the Huskies advanced to take on Arkansas State on Sunday. Bennett, who tallied career-highs in both points and rebounds coming off the bench, shared team-high scoring honors with freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who also added 18 points. Bennett was 5-of-7 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line with 14 of her 18 points coming in the second half. Redmon was 6-of-10 from the field including a 3-for-3 clip from beyond the arc. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (16 points) and junior forward Heidi McNeill (10 points) rounded out the four Husky players to finish in double-figure scoring. Senior point guard Emily Florence helped the rebounding efforts pulling down nine boards. The Huskies used a strong start and a dominating presence on the glass to pick up their first home victory for first-year head coach Tia Jackson. UW built as much as a 19-point first half lead thanks to 12 points from Redmon and 11 from Whitcomb in the opening 20 minutes. The Huskies shot a scorching 52.2 percent from the field, while holding Idaho to 39.3 percent in the opening stanza. Idaho ended up outscoring the Huskies in the second-half 34-31, but it wasn't enough for the Vandals to overcome Washington's strong first-half. UW's biggest lead was 23 points twice mid-way through the second-half. Washington finished the game with a commanding 46-29 advantage on the boards and made good use of its 15 offensive rebounds by scoring 18 second-chance points. Three Idaho players finished in double-figure scoring with starting center Yinka Olorunnife and reserve forward Katie Schlotthauer contributing 12 points apiece. Forward Hannah Wells added 10 points for the Vandals.

Longest Homestand Of The Season Underway:
The Husky Classic marks the beginning of a four-game homestand for Washington who after playing its first five games on the road are now in the midst of playing 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).

Home Openers:
With its win over Idaho, Friday, Washington improved to 28-6 overall in home openers, having won the last seven 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).

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