Huskies To Face Arizona State In Pac-10 Tournament Opener Saturday
March 5, 2008
GAME 31 - Sat., March 8, 2008
2008 PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
No. 6 Washington (13-17, 8-10 Pac-10) vs. No. 3 Arizona State (20-9, 14-4 Pac-10)
11 a.m. PT * HP Pavilion * San Jose, Calif.
Radio: KKNW AM 1150 * TV: none
Internet: Live Stats & Audio at GoHuskies.com/Live Video at Pac-10.org
After wrapping up the regular season last week, Washingtonwomen's basketball (13-17, 8-10 Pac-10) will head to San Jose, Calif., forthe 2008 Pac-10 Tournament to be held at the HP Pavilion this week. TheHuskies, seeded sixth, will face No. 3 seed Arizona State (20-9, 14-4Pac-10) in the quarterfinals, Sat., March 8, at 11 a.m. PT. Saturday'swinner will face the winner between No. 2 California's quarterfinal contestwith either No. 7 Oregon or No. 10 Washington State in the semifinals, Sun.,March 9, at 12 p.m. The championship game will be played Mon., March 10, at7:30 p.m. The winner of the Pac-10 Tournament receives the league'sautomatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies ended the regular seasonin sixth place with an 8-10 league record, and clinched their tournamentseed in dramatic fashion with a 74-66 upset over ninth-ranked California inboth teams' regular season finale. Stanford claimed its eighth-consecutiveregular season title with a win at Washington State last Sunday. Washingtonenters the Pac-10 Tournament having won six of its last 10 games and four ofits last six. The Huskies lost both regular season meetings with ArizonaState, falling by just four points in Seattle (62-68), before suffering a53-69 defeat to the Sun Devils in Tempe. Washington and Arizona State havenever met in the Pac-10 Tournament.
2008 Pac-10 Tournament Schedule
Friday, March 7
Game 1: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Washington State, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 9 Arizona, 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, March 8
Game 3: No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Washington, 11 a.m.
Game 4: No. 2 California vs. Game 1 Winner, 1:15 p.m.
Game 5: No. 1 Stanford vs. Game 2 Winner, 5 p.m.
Game 6: No. 4 USC vs. No. 5 UCLA, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, March 9
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 12 p.m. (FSN)
Game 8: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 2:30 p.m. (FSN)
Monday, March 10
Game 9: Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. (FSN)
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on theradio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his ninth season as the voice ofUW women's hoops, will call the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela)Woodward will join Sandmeyer as the color commentator for the Huskies' gamesin San Jose this week.
Live statistics, as well as a live audio broadcast forWashington's game with Arizona State will be available on GoHuskies.com. ADawg Channel All-Access pass is required to watch or listen to the game, butmembership is free. Pac-10.org will supply a live video stream of the gameas well.
The Pac-10 Tournament semifinal games on Sunday and thechampionship on Monday will be televised live on FSN. Jim Watson and MaryMurphy will call the action from HP Pavilion.
Huskies At the Pac-10 Tournament:
Washington is the No. 6 seed for thesecond time in tournament history...UW was also the sixth-seed in 2004 whenit upset No. 3 USC in the quarterfinals (64-63) before falling to No. 2Arizona (74-51) in the semifinals...UW's highest overall seed - No. 2 - cameat the first two tournaments in 2002 and 2003...UW was also the No. 7 seedin 2005 and No. 4 in 2006 and 2007...Washington is 3-6 in Pac-10 Tournamentgames, including a 2-4 record in the quarterfinals and an 0-2 mark in thesemifinals...the Huskies have never advanced to a Pac-10 final...UW has lostits last three straight tournament games, including back-to-back setbacks inthe No. 4 vs. No. 5 game with USC the last two years...the last win for theHuskies came when they were a No. 7 seed versus No. 10 Oregon State in theplay-in round in 2005...Washington has never encountered Arizona State inthe conference tournament...UW is 2-2 versus USC with all four of thosemeetings coming in the quarterfinals...the Huskies are also 0-2 versusOregon, 0-2 vs. Arizona and 1-0 vs. Oregon State.
Whitcomb Named Pac-10 Player of the Week:
Sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb wasnamed the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Feb.25-March 2, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Whitcomb, a native ofVentura, Calif., helped the Huskies earn a split with two Top-10 teams asWashington upset No. 9 California on Sunday, knocking the Bears out ofcontention for the Pac-10 title and securing the Huskies' berth as the No. 6seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. The sophomore averaged 15.0 points over theweekend, along with 5.5 rebounds, but was the difference maker in the 74-66upset of California as she poured in 24 points on 57.1 percent shooting,also hitting 5-of-9 three pointers. With the game tied at 36-36 threeminutes into the second-half, the Huskies went on a decisive 18-7 run thatincluded four consecutive Whitcomb three-pointers. Washington would neverrelinquish the lead. Whitcomb's five three-pointers matched a career high,while her 24-point effort was her 15th double-figure scoring effort of theyear. The win over California marked Washington's first win over a rankedteam since defeating then-No. 20 California in Berkeley last season inovertime, 79-76. It was the Huskies' first win over a Top-10 team sincedefeating No. 10 Stanford in 2005.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington finished the regular season with a 13-17overall record and placed sixth in the Pac-10 standings at 8-10. The Huskieswill look to build upon the momentum from a 74-66 upset over No. 9California on Sunday which knocked the Bears out of contention for theregular season league title and secured the No. 6 seed in the Pac-10Tournament. The Huskies have won four of their last six games heading intoSaturday's contest with Arizona State, their only losses in that span comingat ASU (53-69) and to then-No. 7 Stanford (53-73). Leading the way in thepoints column for UW are freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon (11.7 ppg)and sophomore guard Sami Whitcomb (11.2 ppg). Redmon has a team-high 19double-digit scoring efforts this year and is one of only two Huskies tostart all 30 games. Whitcomb is emerging as one of the Huskies' topall-around players. The sophomore is coming off a 24-point scoring effort inthe upset over Cal for which she garnered Pac-10 Player of the Week acclaim.She owns UW single-game highs for points (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9),and is the team leader in steals (2.0) and is second in assists (2.3). Theother Husky leaders are seniors Emily Florence and Andrea Plouffe. A 5-5point guard, Florence leads the squad with an incredible 6.5 rebounds perouting and is also the team leader in assists (3.7). She began the weekranked among the Top-10 Pac-10 players in seven statistical categories.Florence is coming off her first career double-double with 11 points and acareer-high tying 11 rebounds in the upset over Cal on Sunday. Plouffe leadsUW's inside game and is third on the team in scoring (8.8 ppg) and second inrebounding (4.5). The senior forward/center has reached double-figures inscoring six times in the last seven games.
Jackson In First Year At Washington:
Tia Jackson was named the eighth headcoach 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 successful11-year tenure in the assistant coaching ranks. Before coming to UW, shespent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Duke, where she wasconsidered by many experts as one of the top recruiters in the country. Shehelped lead the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game in 2006 and theNCAA Sweet 16 in 2007. In addition to working at Duke, Jackson served as anassistant coach at UCLA (2000-2005), Stanford (1999-2000), and VirginiaCommonwealth (1996-1999). As an assistant coach, she has been to four NCAATournaments and one NCAA Final Four. Jackson played her collegiate careerat the University of Iowa where she was a two-time All-Big Ten selection andhelped lead the Hawkeyes to the 1993 NCAA Final Four. After graduating fromIowa in 1995, Jackson played one season in the WNBA (1997) as a member ofthe Phoenix Mercury before her career was cut short by knee injuries.Jackson picked up her first collegiate head coaching victory when theHuskies defeated Northern Arizona (83-70) in the second round of the WaikikiBeach Marriott Classic, Nov. 17. She garnered her first home victory as ahead coach when the Huskies beat Idaho (73-57) in the first round of theHusky Classic, Nov. 23. Her overall record as a head coach stands at 13-17.
Nearing Win No. 650:
The all-time record for the Washington women'sbasketball program stands at 647-345, with the Huskies needing just threemore victories to reach win No. 650 all-time.
What To Watch For:
Senior point guard Emily Florence enters Sunday's gamewith 393 assists, six shy of tying Katia Foucade for fourth on UW'sall-time list. Florence also ranks eighth on UW's all-time steals with 214career swipes, one behind Amber Hall in seventh-place.
Redmon Racing Up UW Freshman Record Books:
Husky rookie Katelan Redmon hasestablished herself as one of the top freshman to ever play in the UWprogram. Her 30 games started ties the UW freshman record held by greatsKaren Deden (1987-88), Loree Payne (1999-00) and Giuliana Mendiola(2000-01). A start against Arizona State on Saturday will give her solepossesion of the record. Redmon also ranks third in minutes played (936),fourth in field goal attempts (362), fifth in three-point FG attempted (85)and is tied for ninth in games played (30).
Bay Area Native:
Husky sophomore forward/center Laura McLellan is a nativeof Campbell, Calif., which is a neighboring city of San Jose. McLellanattended Leigh High School in Campbell.
Guard Emily Florence ranks among the Top-10 in theconference in rebounds (7th, 6.6), assists (7th, 3.67), steals (7th, 1.77),assist-turnover ratio (3rd, 1.69), defensive rebounds (10th, 4.17),offensive rebounds (8th, 2.33) and minutes played (4th, 34.43)...Whitcomb istied for second in the league in steals (2.03), is fourth in three-point FGmade (2.03) and 13th in scoring (11.2 ppg)...junior guard Michelle Augustavois ninth in the Pac-10 in three-pointers per game (1.52)...freshmanguard/forward Katelan Redmon is 12th in scoring (11.7) and 12th in minutesplayed (31.20).
Scouting Arizona State:
The Sun Devils finished third in the Pac-10standings with a 14-4 league record and enter Saturday's contest with a 20-9overall record. ASU brings a four-game winning streak to San Jose and haswon nine of its last 11 contests. ASU's only Pac-10 losses came twice toconference leaders Stanford and California. The Sun Devils advanced to lastyear's Pac-10 Tournament title match but fell to Stanford, 62-55. ArizonaState is one of three teams to have won a Pac-10 title, winning theinaugural championship in Eugene in 2002. Junior forward Lauren Lacy andjunior guard Briann January lead the Sun Devils with 12.9 and 11.0 pointsper game, respectively. Guard Jill Noe is third on the team with 8.1 ppg.Junior forward Sybil Dosty is ASU's top rebounder with 6.4 ppg.
All-Time Series With Arizona State:
The Huskies were swept in the regularseason series with Arizona State this season, falling by just four points inSeattle (62-68) and then by a 53-69 margin in Tempe. Junior Lauren Lacy wasthe Achilles heel for the Huskies in both contests, as the forward tallied20 points and eight rebounds in the game in Seattle before recording 25points and 11 rebounds against UW in Tempe. Senior forward/center AndreaPlouffe led UW with 19 points in the Seattle meeting, while freshman centerKali Bennett paced the Huskies with 17 points in Tempe. Washington leads theall-time series with Arizona State 26-20 but has lost the lastseven-straight meetings with the Sun Devils. UW and ASU have never met on aneutral floor.