UW Women Take On Rival Cougars In Pullman Friday

Jan. 2, 2008

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GAME 15 - Fri., Jan. 4, 2008
Washington (5-9, 0-2 Pac-10) at Washington State (3-10, 0-2 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Beasley Coliseum • Pullman, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: FSN Northwest
Internet: Live Stats/Audio at GoHuskies.com

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Washington women's basketball (5-9, 0-2 Pac-10) rings in 2008 by wrapping up its three-game conference-opening road trip when it travels to Pullman, Wash., to face cross-state rival Washington State (3-10, 0-2 Pac-10), Friday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live on FSN Northwest with Cara Capuano and Craig Ehlo calling the action from Beasley Coliseum. Both the Huskies and Cougars are looking for their first Pac-10 wins of the season after each squad was swept in the Bay Area by California and Stanford last weekend. Washington is still looking for its first true road victory of the season as well, going 0-6 so far on the road and 1-1 on a neutral court. The Huskies have won the last 24-straight meetings with Washington State dating back to the 1995-96 season. Following Friday's matchup in Pullman, the Huskies will return to Seattle for the first time since Dec. 21 hosting UCLA (Jan. 10) and USC (Jan. 13).

TV Coverage:
Washington's contest at Washington State on Friday will be televised live to a regional audience on FSN Northwest. Cara Capuano and Craig Ehlo will provide the commentary. The game is one of six televised matchups for UW this season.

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 a live radio broadcast for Washington's game versus Washington State 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.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will look to get back on the winning track after opening the Pac-10 slate with a pair of losses at then-No. 11 California (40-66) and at No. 2 Stanford (42-77) last weekend. The Huskies are riding a brief two-game losing streak since a thrilling one-point comeback victory over Purdue (66-65) in their non-conference finale on Dec. 21. That win over Purdue, though, is Washington's only victory in its last six games after a season-high three-game winning streak that included victories over Idaho, Arkansas State and UC Irvine. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon leads the Huskies with a team-high 12.1 ppg scoring average, to go along with 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists. Redmon has been held under 10 points the last two games after putting together a string of nine-straight double-figure scoring outputs that included three games with 17 or more points. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is second on the squad in both scoring (10.9 ppg) and assists (2.4 apg). Senior point guard Emily Florence, the squad's floor general, leads the team in rebounding (6.6) and assists (2.9), and is averaging 6.7 points. Senior forward/center Andrea Plouffe has started the last four games - making her season debut versus Ohio State (Dec. 16) - after missing the first 10 with an Achilles injury. Plouffe, the team's leading scorer from last year, is averaging 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Freshman center Kali Bennett and freshman forward/center Jess McCormack are coming off strong performances in the team's last outing versus Stanford. Bennett notched her second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while McCormack also shared team-high scoring honors versus the Cardinal with 11 points as well. Injuries have plagued the Huskies all season long. Most recently sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan is currently out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 19. Freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens and senior guard Dominique Banks are both missing the season due to injuries. Argens suffered a torn ACL in a Nov. 20 practice and Banks is redshirting while recovering from stress fractures in both her legs. The Huskies are still in search of their first true road victory of the season as UW is 0-6 in 'road' games and 1-1 versus opponents on neutral courts. Washington's only win away from Seattle this year came versus Northern Arizona in Honolulu (Nov. 17). UW's loss at No. 2 Stanford on Sunday dropped its record against ranked opponents this season to 0-3 after also falling to then-No. 11 California (Dec. 28) and then-No. 19 Ohio State (Dec. 16).

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 is in the midst of 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 5-9.

Dawg Bites:
The Huskies opened Pac-10 play 0-2 for the first time since the 2003-04 season... that year, Washington lost its first two conference games on the road at Arizona on Dec. 27, 2003 (74-89) and at Arizona State, Dec. 29, 2003 (81-84, ot)...Washington's win over Purdue (66-65) on Dec. 22 was its first victory this season by less than a 10-point margin...in fact, only two of Washington's 14 games have been decided by less than 10 points...the other was a five-point loss at Hawaii...UW's win over Purdue was also its first this season when trailing at halftime...the Huskies are 1-9 when trailing at the intermission...guard/forward Katelan Redmon began the week ranked 14th in the Pac-10 in scoring (12.1 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is 18th (10.9 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (10th, 6.6), offensive rebounds (fourth, 2.71) and minutes played (32.50)...Whitcomb and guard Michelle Augustavo are fifth (1.79) and seventh (1.64) in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made, while Whitcomb is 10th in steals (1.86)...as a team, the Huskies are third in the conference in free-throw percentage (.701).

Scouting Washington State:
The Cougars are 3-10 overall this season, 0-2 in Pac-10 play. WSU is coming off a four-game losing streak that included a pair of losses at No. 2 Stanford (47-105) and then-No. 11 California (44-99) to open conference play this past weekend. Washington's State's three wins came over Eastern Washington (70-59), Idaho (67-49) and San Jose State (78-72 OT). Friday marks the first home game for the Cougars since Dec. 16 vs. San Jose State. WSU is 2-4 on its home court this year. The Cougars are led by 5-8 guard Katie Appleton who is averaging a team-best 12.5 points per game. Junior center Ebonee Coates leads the team with 4.8 rebounds per outing. WSU is averaging 54.2 points per game while allowing opponents to score 73.4. The Cougars are under the direction of former Washington head coach June Daugherty, in her first year on the Palouse. Daugherty coached the Huskies from 1996-97 through 2006-07, a span during which she compiled a record of 191-139. Also on Daugherty's coaching staff is her husband Mike who is the Cougars' associate head coach. Mike Daugherty was an assistant for June during her tenure on Montlake, as well.

All-Time Series With Washington State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Cougars 54-10 dating back to the 1974-75 season. UW has won the last 24-straight meetings, the last Husky loss coming Feb. 25, 1995 (67-72) in Pullman. Washington is 26-4 all-time against WSU in Pullman. The other three losses came on Jan. 10, 1981 (60-70), Jan. 29, 1977 (70-71) and Feb. 14, 1975 (26-68).

Eastern Washington Connections:
Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon will be playing in her native Eastern Washington for the second time this season. The Huskies' game in Pullman on Friday is just a short hour and a half drive from her hometown of Spokane. Redmon has already made one appearance on the 'East Side' when the Huskies played at Gonzaga (Nov. 12).

Small World:
Washington freshman forward/center Jess McCormack and Washington State freshman guard Kezia Kelly were high school teammates at Northcote College in Auckland, New Zealand for the last two years before both players entered the collegiate ranks in the U.S. on cross-state rival teams.

Last Game Recap:
Stanford freshman guard Jeanette Pohlen came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points, all in the second half, as No. 2 Cardinal beat Washington 77-42 on Sunday.Fellow freshman Kayla Pedersen added 12 points and 12 rebounds to help the Cardinal hand the Huskies their worst loss of the season. Jayne Appel and All-American Candice Wiggins each added 12 points. Washington's Kali Bennett had 11 points and matched her season high with 11 rebounds. Jess McCormack also had 11 points. Stanford won its ninth straight since losing to then-No. 2 Connecticut on Nov. 22. The Cardinal beat Washington for the eighth time in nine meetings. Washington, coming off a 26-point loss to No. 11 California on Friday night, couldn't do much against Stanford's stifling defense and only scored 12 first-half points. It had been 16 years since the Huskies scored as few as 14 in a half. The Huskies, playing their third ranked team in four games, missed their first 12 shots, made two straight, and then missed another 16 in succession. Stanford started slowly but held a 13-0 lead until Bennett, a freshman center, hit a short jumper with 11:54 remaining in the half. The Cardinal held a 30-4 advantage after Pedersen made one of two free throws with 2:20 left. Washington outscored Stanford 8-2 the rest of the way to make it 32-12 at halftime. The Huskies also committed 14 turnovers in the first 13 minutes, but then went the rest of the way without coughing up the ball. Stanford had 11 turnovers in the half. Washington shot just under 16 percent (6-of-38) in the half, and missed all 10 of its 3-point attempts. The Huskies were much more effective to start the second half, making six of their first 17 attempts.

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