UW Women Host UCLA In Pac-10 Home Opener Thursday

Jan. 8, 2008

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GAME 16 - Thur., Jan. 10, 2008
UCLA (7-8, 2-2 Pac-10) at Washington (6-9, 1-2 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 • TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Video/Audio at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (6-9, 1-2 Pac-10) returns to Seattle after a three-game conference-opening road trip to make its home Pac-10 debut hosting UCLA (7-8, 2-2 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 10, at Bank of America Arena. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. The Huskies are coming off their first conference win, a 61-46 victory over cross-state rival Washington State, Friday. The Bruins are coming off a big weekend as well, upsetting then-No. 2 Stanford (69-56) and nearly upsetting then-No. 10 California before falling in overtime (70-73). Washington's homestand against the L.A. schools will continue on Sunday when the Huskies host USC for a 3 p.m. nationally televised contest on FSN. Jim Watson and Tracy Warren will call the action from Bank of America Arena. Following this week's action, UW will be back out on the road traveling to take on Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Oregon (Jan. 19).

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 video and audio broadcasts for Washington's game versus UCLA 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:
Washington got back on the winning track last week, picking up its first conference win and first true road win of the year with a 61-46 victory over Washington State in Pullman (Jan. 4). The win also snapped a brief two game losing streak for the Huskies who opened their Pac-10 slate with a pair of losses at then-No. 11 California (40-66) and at then-No. 2 Stanford (42-77). UW used a team effort to defeat its rival WSU, led by a near triple-double from sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb. Whitcomb tallied a career-high nine steals (two away from equaling a UW school record), a career-high seven rebounds and nine points. Three Huskies also finished in double-figure scoring led by 16 points from freshman forward Jess McCormack who also grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon had 14 points, while senior point guard Emily Florence contributed 13 points, nine boards and a team-high five assists. The Huskies' win over Washington State was its first since a 66-65 victory over Purdue in Seattle (Dec. 21). UW has endured an up-and-down season thus far, opening the year 1-4 before posting a season-best three-game winning streak. Since then, Washington has won just twice in its last seven games. Redmon continues to lead the squad in scoring with 12.2 points per game and is tied for third in rebounding with 4.7 boards per outing. Whitcomb is averaging 10.8 points and a team-high in steals (2.3), while McCormack is putting up 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. McCormack has been the Huskies' leading scorer the last two games with her 16 points at WSU and 11 at Stanford (Dec. 30). Florence rounds out the top four scorers with a career-high 7.1 points per game to go along with team-high averages in rebounding (6.7) and assists (3.0). Injuries have plagued the Huskies all season long. Most recently sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 19 and has missed the last four games. McLellan could return next week. 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 which was repaired in a Dec. 19 surgery and Banks is redshirting while recovering from stress fractures in both her legs. The Huskies are 4-2 at home this season, their last victory at Bank of America Arena being its dramatic comeback over Purdue (66-65), Dec. 21. Redmon's gamewinning jumper with three seconds left capped a second-half UW rally to lift the Huskies to the win.

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 6-9.

Dawg Bites:
Washington's 15-point win over WSU was its third-largest winning margin of the season...the Huskies' 18-point victory over UC Irvine (Dec. 2) was its largest of the year to date, followed by a 16-point win over Idaho (Nov. 23)...Washington's win over Purdue (66-65) on Dec. 21 is its only victory this season by less than a 10-point margin...in fact, only two of Washington's 15 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 (12.2 ppg), while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is 18th (10.8 ppg)...guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (8th, 6.7), offensive rebounds (6th, 2.73), assists (8th, 3.0), assist-turnover ratio (6th, 1.36) and minutes played (9th, 32.60)...Whitcomb and guard Michelle Augustavo are fourth (1.80) and eighth (1.64) in the Pac-10 in three-pointers made, while Whitcomb is tied for third in steals (2.33).

Scouting UCLA: The Bruins, who received votes in this week's AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls, are 7-8 overall, 2-2 in Pac-10 play after splitting a pair of home games with the Bay Area schools last week. UCLA is coming off a huge 68-56 upset over then-No. 2 Stanford (Jan. 4) and nearly upset then-No. 10 California, falling 70-73 in overtime (Jan. 6). Senior forward Lindsey Pluimer leads the squad with 14.0 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Rounding out the two Bruins to average double-figures in scoring is freshman forward Nina Earl with 10.7 ppg. The Bruins are a young team, with four of the team's top five scorers being freshmen. UCLA's roster features Seattle natives Christina Nzekwe (forward) and Regina Rogers (center), both 2007 graduates of Chief Sealth High School.

All-Time Series With UCLA:
Washington leads the all-time series with UCLA 26-18, including a 14-6 advantage while playing in Seattle. The Huskies and Bruins have split their season meetings each of the last two years, with each team winning on their respective home floors. The Huskies defeated the Bruins in Seattle last year on Dec. 31 (72-67), while UCLA downed UW (73-67) in Westwood on Jan. 26. Prior to the 2006-07 season, UCLA strung together a four-game winning streak in the series. UW has won the last two straight meetings in Seattle, the last loss coming Jan. 9, 2005 (63-74).

UCLA Connections:
UW head coach Tia Jackson worked as an assistant coach at UCLA for five seasons from the 2000-01 campaign through 2004-05. During her time on Kathy Olivier's staff, Jackson helped the Bruins attract two Top-10 nationally ranked recruiting classes and earn a berth to the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

Last Game Recap:
Freshman forward Jess McCormack scored a team-high 16 points to lead three Huskies in double-figure scoring as Washington downed Washington State, 61-46, at Friel Court in Pullman, Friday night. The victory improved the Huskies' winning streak in the all-time series with the Cougars to 25 straight games. McCormack, who scored 10 of her 16 points in the first half, also grabbed nine rebounds, sharing team-high rebounding honors with senior point guard Emily Florence who also grabbed nine boards. Florence contributed 13 points and five assists as well. UW freshman guard Katelan Redmon had 14 points and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb came just shy of a triple double with nine points, seven rebounds, a career-high nine steals and four assists. Guard Katie Appleton led Washington State with 16 points and five rebounds. Guard Jasmine Williams also had 10 points for the Cougars. The Huskies overpowered the Cougars inside, outrebounding their cross-state rival, 43-32, and outscoring them in the paint, 34-10. UW also forced WSU to commit 22 turnovers off of which it scored 26 points. After leading WSU by two at halftime, the Huskies opened the second-half with a 15-6 run to lead by 11 (43-32) with 9:50 to play. The Cougs then closed the gap to seven points on a three-pointer from Alexa Price and a free-throw from Appleton (43-36), only to have UW answer with a 12-1 run to build its biggest lead of the game (55-37), an 18-point advantage.

Road Warriors:
The Huskies are in the midst of playing five of their first seven Pac-10 games on the road. This week's homestand marks the lone conference home games during that stint. Following this weekend, the Huskies are back out on the road at Oregon State (Jan. 17) and Oregon (Jan. 19). UW picked up its first true road win of the season at Washington State, Friday.Huskies are 2-7 away from Bank of America Arena this season. UW is 1-6 when playing on an opponent's home floor and 1-1 while playing on a neutral court. UW's neutral court victory came over Northern Arizona in Honolulu (Nov. 17).

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