UW Women Host Purdue In Non-Conference Finale Friday

Dec. 18, 2007

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GAME 12 - Fri., Dec. 21, 2007
Purdue (3-5) at Washington (4-7)
presented by K2 Sports
7 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (4-7) completes the non-conference portion of its schedule when it hosts Purdue (3-5), Friday, Dec. 21. The contest will tip-off at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena on the UW campus. The Huskies have lost three straight games and are coming off a 71-54 setback at the hands of then-No. 19/17 Ohio State on Sunday. Purdue, who will face Gonzaga on Wednesday before continuing west to Seattle for Friday's game, has lost five of its last six games after opening the year 2-0. These teams met last season in West Lafayette, with the Boilermakers coming out on top, 88-64. Purdue went on to advance as far as the Elite Eight of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Friday's contest will also wrap a brief two-game homestand as the Huskies head out to open Pac-10 play after the Christmas holiday at No. 12/12 California (Dec. 28) and No. 5/4 Stanford (Dec. 30). UW will remain on the road to open the New Year playing at cross-state rival Washington State (Jan. 4), before its home conference debut versus UCLA (Jan. 10).

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:
Live statistics, as well as live radio and video broadcasts for Washington's game versus Purdue will be available on GoHuskies.com. A Dawg Channel All-Access pass is required to watch or listen to the game, but membership is free.

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:
The Huskies will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on Purdue. Washington's slide comes after it won three straight - all at home versus Idaho (73-57), Arkansas State (69-59) and UC Irvine (87-69). The Huskies' contest against Ohio State, Sunday, was their first against a ranked opponent this season. Despite a poor first-half, the Huskies turned things around against the Buckeyes after halftime, outshooting them 53.3 percent to 46.2; and outscoring them 33-26. Washington is led by freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon who is averaging 13.3 points per game which also ranks eighth in the conference. Redmon has eight-straight double-figure scoring games and has been UW's leading scorer in three of the last four outings. Redmon is also second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg) and assists (2.5 apg), and is third in steals (1.5 spg). Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is also averaging scoring numbers in double-digits with 11.4 points per contest. Senior point guard Emily Florence is the Huskies' floor general, having started the last 91-straight games dating back to her freshman season. Florence, the team's rebounding leader at just 5-5, is averaging career-highs of 7.7 points and 6.4 boards. A candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, Florence also leads the team in assists (2.8) and steals (1.5). She needs just two more assists and five steals to tie for 10th on both UW career lists. The Huskies welcomed the return of senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe on Sunday versus Ohio State. Plouffe made her first appearance of the year after missing the first 10 games with an Achilles injury. Getting the starting nod at center, Plouffe tallied two points and two rebounds in her debut. Plouffe is the Huskies' top returning scorer from last year's team and has averaged at least 10 points a contest the last two seasons. Although Plouffe is back, Washington will still miss two players for the season due to injuries. Senior guard Dominique Banks is redshirting while recovering from stress fractures and freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens suffered a torn ACL in a Nov. 20 practice. The road certainly doesn't get any easier for Washington which is in the midst of playing three nationally ranked opponents in a four-game span. After the holiday break, awaiting Washington will be road contests at No. 12/12 California and No. 5/4 Stanford.

Dawg Bites:
Washington's three-game losing streak equals its longest of the season...the Huskies opened the year with a three-game skid...UW's last three losses have come by 17 points or more...on the other hand, the Huskies have won their four games by an average margin of 14.3 points...guard/forward Katelan Redmon began the week as the Pac-10's leading freshman scorer with 13.3 ppg...Redmon ranks eighth overall in the conference...guard Sami Whitcomb began the week 13th in the conference with 11.4 points per outing...guard Emily Florence is ninth in the Pac-10 in rebounding (6.4)...guard Michelle Augustavo and Whitcomb are tied for third in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made (21)...as a team, the Huskies are third in the conference in three-pointers per game (5.55).

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. Jackson picked up her first collegiate head coaching victory when the Huskies defeated Northern Arizona (83-70) in the second round of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic, Nov. 17. She garnered her first home victory as a head coach when the Huskies beat Idaho (73-57) in the first round of the Husky Classic, Nov. 23. Her overall record as a head coach stands at 4-7.

Scouting Purdue:
The Boilermakers (3-5) haven't been in action since Dec. 8, when they suffered a home loss to Notre Dame (48-61). This week they head to Spokane to face Gonzaga before coming to Seattle for Friday's matchup. After opening the year 2-0, the Boilermakers have lost five of their last six games - a stint that included a four-game losing streak. Three of Purdue's losses have come to nationally ranked teams in No. 14 Duke, No. 17 Notre Dame and No. 25 Old Dominion. Purdue, which advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last year, was supposed to return three starters from that team but lost an additional two before the season began due to injuries - senior forward Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton and junior guard Jodi Howell. Junior forward Lakisha Freeman (13.0 ppg) and junior center Danielle Campbell (11.9) are the Boilermakers' scoring leaders. Campbell also leads the team in rebounding with 8.4 boards per outing. Purdue, led by second-year head coach Sharon Versyp, is winless on the road this season - 0-1 in true road contests and 0-3 on a neutral court.

All-Time Series With Purdue:
Washington trails the all-time series with Purdue, 0-3. These teams met in West Lafayette last season on Nov. 17, 2006, with the Boilermakers cruising to an 88-64 victory. Then-senior Katie Gearlds led Purdue with 31 points, while Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 13 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. The Huskies were led by Andrea Plouffe who had 16 points and then-senior Cameo Hicks added 13. After holding a nine-point lead at the intermission (43-34), Purdue put the game away when it opened the second-half on a 14-0 run. The other two meetings between Washington and Purdue came in 1998 and 1994 NCAA Tournament games. The Boilermakers defeated the Huskies in the first round of the 1998 tournament (88-71) in West Lafayette after notching a second-round win in 1994 (88-59) also in West Lafayette.

Last Game Recap:
Marscilla Packer scored 14 of her 18 points in a nearly flawless first half by the Buckeyes (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP), and Ohio State defeated Washington 71-54 on Sunday. While Packer was knocking down open shots from the outside, Jantel Lavender and Star Allen were dominating the interior. Packer made 7 of 16 shots and four 3-pointers. Lavender finished with 14 points and Allen had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ashlee Trebilcock also scored 10 points for Ohio State, including three 3-pointers. The Buckeyes were 8-for-15 on 3s. Freshman Katelan Redmon led Washington with 11 points and Jess McCormack added 10 off the bench. But the Huskies shot 26.5 percent in the first half and could never recover from two scoring droughts of nearly 11 minutes combined. If there was any rust for the Buckeyes, having not played since a win over Ole Miss Dec. 2, it lasted all of about 6 minutes. The Huskies stayed with Ohio State before the Buckeyes took over. Sami Whitcomb's basket with 13:33 left gave Washington a 13-12 lead, but Ohio State scored 12 of the next 15 points and outscored the Huskies 33-8 to close the half. Packer scored eight points during the run, including consecutive 3s to give the Buckeyes their first double-digit lead at 27-16. Trebilcock capped the half with a pair of 3-pointers, as the Buckeyes shot 51 percent, outrebounded Washington 28-14 and had 11 second-chance points. The Huskies, sparked by the play of their bench, turned around to shoot 53.3 percent in the second-half and outscored the Buckeyes 33-26 after the intermission.

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