Huskies Wrap Non-Conference Slate Hosting Kansas State
Dec. 27, 2008
GAME 10 - Tue., Dec. 30, 2008
#22/18 Kansas State (10-0) at Washington (4-5)
5 p.m. PT Bank of America Arena Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM TV: FSN Northwest
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com
Washington women's basketball (4-5) will close out the 2008 calendar year by wrapping up its non-conference slate hosting #22/18 Kansas State (10-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 30. The contest at Bank of America Arena will tip-off at 5 p.m. PT and will be televised live on FSN Northwest. The Huskies will be playing at home for the first time in exactly one-month following a four-game month-long road stretch. Prior to the Christmas holiday, Washington played in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, where it posted a 1-2 record. Tuesday's game is the first of a doubleheader with the Washington men's team. The Husky men will take on Morgan State at 7:30 p.m. following the women's game. Undefeated Kansas State will make a stop in Pullman to face Washington State on Sunday before continuing further West to Seattle. Following Tuesday, the Huskies will remain at home to open Pac-10 play with cross-state rival Washington State on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 1 p.m. That contest will also be televised on FSN.
Washington's next two games will be televised live on FSN. The Huskies' contest with Kansas State on Tuesday will air regionally on FSN Northwest. UW's Pac-10 opener with Washington State will air on a national basis on FSN.
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer, in his 10th 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.
GoHuskies.com will feature live scoring and the live audio broadcast of Washington's game with Kansas State on Tuesday.
Fans with a ticket for the Husky women's game on Tuesday can stay for the men's game and move to the bleachers in sections 3, 4, 5, 6. Fans with a men's ticket can come early to the women's game and sit in the general admission area.
Scouting The Huskies:
Washington will wrap 2008 by closing the book on its non-conference slate, hosting #22/18 Kansas State on Tuesday. It will be just over a week since the Huskies last took to the hardwood when they face the Wildcats, but it will be exactly one month since playing on their home floor. UW is coming off a 1-2 record at the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico, prior to the Christmas holiday. The Huskies will look to bounce back from their most recent loss, a two-point heartbreaker to Northern Colorado in the tournament finale, Dec. 21. The Huskies did pick up a big win over Florida State (Dec. 19), which was a nice answer to a disappointing 109-51 loss to No. 1 UConn to open tournament play. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan was the Huskies' bright spot in Mexico, reaching double-figures in all three games including a career-high 22 point scoring performance versus Northern Colorado. She leads the team with 12.0 points per game and a 50.6 percent field goal shooting percentage. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is also averaging 10.1 points per game and has a team-high 22 steals. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma and senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo are each averaging 8.4 points per game. Senior forward Heidi McNeill (4.6) and junior forward Lydia Young (4.6) share the team rebounding lead. The Huskies have endured a bit of a roller coaster season thus far. UW opened the year 0-2, but then went on to win three of its next four. Since then, the Huskies have lost two of three. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson. This year's squad returns seven players and one starter from last year's team that finished the season with a 13-18 record and placed sixth in the Pac-10 with an 8-10 league mark. Welcomed to the fold are eight newcomers including five freshmen, two junior college transfers and UCLA transfer Regina Rogers who will sit out the 2008-09 season due to NCAA rules. Of the Huskies' seven returners, five are upperclassmen led by the senior duo of Augustavo and McNeill.
Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington's game against Kansas State on Tuesday will be its second against a ranked opponent this year. UW is 0-1 against ranked opponents this season, the one game coming against top-ranked UConn in the Caribbean Classic in Cancun, Mexico (Dec. 18). UW lost to the 'other' Huskies 109-51. Washington has an all-time record of 45-109 against Top-25 teams, but is 34-37 when playing a ranked opponent at home. The Huskies' last win over a ranked opponent came against then-No. 9 California on March 2, 2008, in Seattle (74-66).
Tough Stretch Ahead:
Speaking of ranked opponents, starting with Tuesday's matchup with Kansas State, Washington will be facing three Top-25 teams in its next four games. Following the two-game homestand with K-State and Washington State this week, the Huskies hit the road again to face a pair of ranked Pac-10 foes in #11/8 Stanford (Jan. 8) and #13/9 California (Jan. 11).
Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies are happy to return home this week after a month-long, four-game road stretch. UW played four of its first five games at home, going 2-2 in that span. Washington is traditionally tough to beat on its home court, owning an all-time record of 310-80 (.796) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. The Huskies were 10-5 at home last year after 12-2 and 12-3 seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07, respectively.
Scouting Kansas State:
Kansas State brings an undefeated 10-0 record into its post-holiday trip to the Northwest. KSU will face Washington State in Pullman on Sunday before continuing on to Seattle for Tuesday's game. The Wildcats have three players with double-figure scoring numbers led by 14.1 ppg from junior forward Ashley Sweat. Senior forward Marlies Gipson and senior guard Shalee Lehning average 13.4 and 11.4 ppg, respectively. Lehning leads the squad with 7.6 rebounds per game. As a team, KSU is averaging 66.4 points, while allowing its opponents to score just 48.7 points per game. Kansas State features four returning starters from last year's team that won the Big 12 title and advanced as far as the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. KSU finished 22-10 last year with a final Associated Press ranking of 16.
All-Time Series With Kansas State:
Tuesday marks the second-ever meeting between Washington and Kansas State. These teams met last year in Manhatten, Kans., on Nov. 10. It marked the season opener for both squads and Tia Jackson's debut as the head coach at UW. The Wildcats emerged with a 88-61 victory over the visiting Huskies, led by 16 points apiece from Shalee Lehning and Kimberly Dietz. Katelan Redmon was the leading scorer for UW with 19 points.
Last Game Recap - Northern Colorado 65, UW 63:
Junior forward/center Laura McLellan scored a career-high 22 points, but Washington women's basketball lost hold of a 12-point second-half lead and was edged by Northern Colorado, 65-63, in the finale of the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace Resort, Dec. 21. The Huskies led by six at halftime and by as many as 12 points five minutes into the second-half. Washington was up five (60-55) with 3:53 to play, only to have the Bears mount an 8-0 run, giving them a 63-60 advantage. UW senior guard Michelle Augustavo hit a long three-pointer to tie the game at 63 with 30 seconds on the clock. Then on Northern Colorado's (5-6) final possession, the Huskies nearly forced a turnover but the Bears picked up the loose ball and senior forward Jamie Schroeder drove through traffic to lay in the winning basket with 4.3 seconds left. On UW's ensuing possession, sophomore guard Sarah Morton dribbled up court but was called with a dribbling violation as time expired. McLellan was Washington's bright spot, shooting 8-of-19 from the field and going 6-for-6 from the line. Her 22 points were the most scored by a Husky this season. Augustavo added 12 points on four three-pointers and junior guard Sami Whitcomb pulled down a team-high seven rebounds. Schroeder scored a team-high 21 points for Northern Colorado, including 11 in the second-half and the Bears' final four points of the contest. Kaisha Brown (12 points) and Courtney Kranz (10) rounded out the top three UNC scorers. Northern Colorado hit 11 three-pointers, including nine in the first-half alone, and shot 44 percent from long range. Washington finished with a 26-20 scoring advantage in the paint and won the battle on the boards, 36-28, but committed 20 turnovers. The Huskies shot 42 percent from the field including a 57.1 clip in the opening half. UNC shot 43.1 from the field, but made the most of its 11 made baskets from long range. Washington trailed for the first 10 minutes of the game, but strung together an 11-0 run to take control and didn't relinquish its lead until the final two minutes. McLellan scored 14 of her 22 points in the opening frame, but junior guard Sara Mosiman suffered a sprained ankle mid-way through the first half and did not return. Mosiman had been UW's leading scorer in its previous two contests of the tournament.