UW Women Close Out Home Slate With Top-10 Teams Stanford, Cal
Feb. 26, 2008
GAME 29 - Fri., Feb. 29, 2008
#7/7 Stanford (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) at Washington (12-16, 7-9 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 TV: none
Internet: Live Stats/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (12-16, 7-9 Pac-10) will close out its regular season home slate hosting Top-10 teams and Pac-10 leaders No. 7/7 Stanford (25-3, 14-2 Pac-10) and No. 9/9 California (23-4, 14-2 Pac-10) this weekend. UW will entertain the Cardinal, Friday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena, before the Golden Bears come to town Sunday, March 2, at 2 p.m. This weekend marks the final regular season home games for Husky seniors Emily Florence and Andrea Plouffe. The pair will be honored in a special pre-game ceremony prior to Sunday's game with California. Much will be on the line for all three squads this weekend including Pac-10 title hopes for Stanford and Cal, well as seedings for next week's Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose, Calif. The Cardinal and Golden Bears both share the lead in the conference standings with 14-2 records. The Huskies enter the week insixth-place in the league, but their finish and seed still depends on their results as well as the results of other games in the Pac-10 this week. Washington opened the conference season with Cal and Stanford back in late December, falling to both squads in the Bay Area.
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.
Live statistics, as well as live video and audio broadcasts for Washington's game with Stanford 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.
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.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance at Friday's game with Stanford will receive free AT&T rollabanas. On Sunday, free Husky buffs will be given out to the first 500 fans in the door.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington is coming off a road split at the Arizona schools last week, defeating Arizona, 60-58, in Tucson before falling 53-69 to Arizona State, in Tempe. The Huskies' last loss at ASU snapped a three-game winning streak which at the time matched a season-high. The Huskies have still won five of their last eight games heading into the regular season's final weekend. UW has also won their last four-straight home games and are 9-4 when playing at Bank of America Arena this season. Freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon continues to lead the Huskies with 12.0 points per game. Redmon has a team-high 19 double-figure scoring efforts including three-straight. She has been the team's scoring leader in 11 games. Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb is second in scoring behind Redmon with 11.0 ppg. Whitcomb has reached double-figures four times in the last six games, and leads thesquad in steals (2.1) and is second in assists (2.4). She owns UW single-game highs for points (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9). Senior center Andrea Plouffe is third in scoring (8.6 ppg) and tied for third in rebounding (4.4). Plouffe has reached double-figures in scoring four times in the last five games. Senior point guard Emily Florence continues to work as the Huskies' floor general. Like she has all season, the 5-5 sparkplug leads the squad with 6.4 boards per game. In addition to rebounding, Florence leads UW in assists (3.6) and is second in steals (1.9). She began the week ranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in six statistical categories. Freshman center Kali Bennett is coming off a strong performance in UW's last game at Arizona State, Sunday, scoring a team-high 17 points - one shy of her career-high of 18 set versus Idaho back in November.
Washington seniors Emily Florence and Andrea Plouffe will be making their final regular season home appearances at Bank of America Arena this weekend. The pair will be honored prior to the Huskies' home finale with California on Sunday. Florence, a four-year starter, and Plouffe, a three-year starter, were key members of the Huskies' back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In addition to their stellar play on the court during their careers, both Florence and Plouffe have excelled in the classroom as the senior duo have twice been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention teams.
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 helpedlead 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 12-16.
The Last Time...:
Washington faced back-to-back Top-10 nationally ranked teams was in December of 2004, with both meetings resulting in Husky losses. UW faced No. 7 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., Dec. 11, 2004 (58-72) and then No. 6 Baylor in Seattle, Dec. 15, 2004 (58-74). Emily Florence, Andrea Plouffe and Dominique Banks were freshmen on that squad.
Nearing Win No. 650:
The all-time record for the Washington women's basketball programs stands at 646-344, with the Huskies needing just four more victories to reach win No. 650 all-time.
What To Watch For:
With four assists at Arizona State, Sunday, senior point guard Emily Florence claimed sole possession of fifth-place UW's all-time list. She enters Thursday's game with 385 assists in her career, 14 behind Katia Foucade. Florence also ranks eighth on UW's all-time steals with 214 career swipes, one behind Amber Hall in seventh-place.
Guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in the conference in rebounds (10th, 6.4), assists (7th, 3.64), steals (7th, 1.89), assist-turnover ratio (2nd, 1.62), defensive rebounds (10th, 2.25) and minutes played (4th, 34.50)...Whitcomb is third in the league in steals (2.07), tied for third in three-point FG made (1.96) and tied for 10th in three-point FG percentage (.333)...junior guard Michelle Augustavo is seventh in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.59)...freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon is 12th in scoring (12.0) and 12th in minutes played (30.96).
Stanford is coming off a 60-58 victory over California this past Saturday which put the Cardinal in a tie for first atop the league standings with the Golden Bears. Their search for their eighth-consecutive Pac-10 title (shared or outright) will be on the line when they take on the Huskies on Friday and Washington State in Pullman on Sunday. The Cardinal is led by senior guard Candice Wiggins who needs just 37 points to break the Pac-10 scoring record of 2,414 set by USC's Lisa Leslie (1991-94). Wiggins is the current Pac-10 scoring leader with 19.1 ppg. Sophomore Jayne Appel (14.7 ppg/9.0 rpg) and freshman Kayla Pedersen (12.8 ppg/8.4 rpg) back up Wiggins. Stanford has won 13-straight games and is 10-2 on the road this season, its only road losses coming during the same weekend swing at UCLA (56-69) and at USC (72-73).
All-Time Series With Stanford:
The Huskies will look to salvage a season split with the Cardinal after falling 42-77 in Palo Alto, Dec. 30. Washington trails the all-time series with Stanford 14-33, and has lost the last four-straight - with the Huskies losing those last four by an average margin of 28.3 points. UW is 9-12 against Stanford in Seattle. The last win in the series for Washington over the Cardinal came in Seattle, Dec. 22, 2005 (77-72) when Stanford was ranked 10th in the nation.
Last Game Recap:
Arizona State forward Lauren Lacy had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils to a 69-53 victory over Washington at Wells Fargo Arena, Sunday afternoon. Freshman center Kali Bennett led the Huskies with 17 points, one shy of her career-high, while freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon added 12 points but it wasn't enough for the Huskies to overcome the Sun Devils. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Huskies. After falling behind by as many as 20 points (45-25) in the opening minutes of the second-half, the Huskies went on an 11-2 run to get back in the game and trailed by just nine (36-45) at 15:27. Redmon sank three-straight buckets to spark the run, while sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb added two points and Bennett three during the spurt. But then the Sun Devils took control, responding with a 12-2 run of their own to regain their20-point lead, this time a 58-38 advantage with 8:41 remaining. From there, the Huskies closed the gap to 15 (43-58) at 6:18, but that was as close as they would get. Joining Lacy in double-figure scoring for Arizona State was junior guard Briann January who had 12 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Center Sybil Dosty added eight points and eight rebounds. Arizona State led from wire-to-wire in the opening half, jumping out with a 10-2 run to start to game and going on a 10-0 spurt to lead by as many as 13 (24-11) with 8:50 left until the intermission. The Huskies came back to close within eight points (20-28) on a three-pointer from Whitcomb, but ASU's Dymond Simon answered with a three of her own to put the Sun Devils back up by double-digits. Beginning with the trey from Simon, ASU closed out the half with a 10-3 run capped by a three-pointer at the intermissionbuzzer by Reagan Pariseau to give the Sun Devils a 15-point lead (38-23).
Versus Ranked Opponents:
The Huskies are 0-3 against ranked opponents this season, falling to then-No. 19 Ohio State, then-No. 11 California and then-No. 2 Stanford. UW lost by 17 points to the Buckeyes (54-71), by 26 at Cal (66-40) and by 35 at Stanford (77-42). UW is 44-108 all-time against ranked opponents and 12-57 against Top-10 teams.