Huskies Return To Seattle To Host Oregon Schools

Jan. 13, 2009

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GAME 14 - Thur., Jan. 15, 2009
Oregon (5-9, 2-2 Pac-10) at Washington (5-8, 1-2 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest (delayed)
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Washington women's basketball (5-8, 1-2 Pac-10) returns home this week to continue Pac-10 play hosting a pair of Northwest rivals. The Huskies will entertain Oregon (5-9, 2-2 Pac-10), Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena, followed by a contest with Oregon State (10-4, 1-3 Pac-10) on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. Both games will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Comcast SportsNet Northwest. The Huskies will look to bounce back from a pair of losses in the Bay Area last weekend by continuing a pair of home winning streaks versus the Oregon schools. UW has won the last seven straight home meetings with both the Ducks and the Beavers entering this week's contests. With a 1-2 league record, UW enters the week in seventh place in the Pac-10 standings and sits between Oregon and Oregon State. The Ducks are tied for fifth with Arizona State, while the Beavers are currently in eighth place. Following this homestand, the Huskies will hit the road and take on USC (Jan. 22) and UCLA (Jan. 24).

TV Coverage:
Both Washington games this week will be televised by Comcast SportsNet Northwest on a delayed basis. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward and Ian Furness will call the action from Bank of America Arena. The air dates and times for Washington's game with Oregon will be Thursday, Jan. 15 at 10 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. Air dates for the Oregon State contest will be Saturday, Jan. 17, at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. The games will air on Comcast SportsNet Northwest channels in Washington and Oregon.

Radio Coverage:
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.

Internet Coverage: will feature live video and audio broadcasts of the games this week, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to view or listen to the game must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington is happy to return to the friendly confines of Bank of America Arena this week after a tough Bay Area swing. UW suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of the top two teams in the conference in nationally ranked Stanford (35-112) and California (34-62). The Huskies will look to get back in the win column this week at home, where they have compiled a 3-3 record thus far. UW has lost four of its last five games, the victory in that span coming over Washington State in its Pac-10 opener January 3. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan leads the squad with a 10.0 points per game scoring average. McLellan is also averaging 3.8 rebounds and shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb is second on the team with 9.8 points per game and has a team-high 30 steals. She also is averaging a team-high 8.0 points in Pac-10 action and her 2.3 steals per game average rank third in the conference. Senior forward Heidi McNeill holds the team rebounding lead with 4.4 boards per game. McNeill is also averaging a team-high 5.0 rebounds in Pac-play and is coming off a solid effort at California on Sunday, scoring eight points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds. Freshman forward Liz Lay has quickly come into her own. After missing the first nine games of the year while continuing to rehab from knee surgery, Lay has played in the last four contests and is coming off career-bests of 11 points and six rebounds at Cal. The 11 points were a team-high from the rookie who was also making her first career start. Lay also shared team-high rebounding honors in the contest at Stanford with four boards. Sophomore point guard Sarah Morton, who has started 10 of 13 games, leads the team in assists with 33. The Huskies are slowly but surely getting healthy as redshirt-freshman forward/center Mackenzie Argens and sophomore guard Sara Mosiman made their returns from injuries in the Bay Area. Argens missed seven games after arthroscopic knee surgery and made her return in the contest at Stanford, while Mosiman, who missed three games with a sprained ankle, made her return at Cal. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma is still out with a sprained ankle suffered in the contest at Washington State, Jan. 3. 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 senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo and McNeill.

Huskies Complete Tough Stretch:
The Huskies just wrapped up a tough stretch that saw them play five teams in a seven-game span that were either ranked or receiving votes at the time of meeting. UW went 2-5 during that span, picking up wins against Florida State (receiving Top-25 votes at the time) and Washington State. Among the losses were setbacks to No. 1 UConn, then-No. 22 Kansas State, then-No. 11 Stanford and then-No. 13 California.

Home Sweet Home:
The Huskies are 3-3 at home this season, including a 1-0 mark in Pac-10 play thus far at Bank of America Arena. Washington is traditionally tough to beat on its home court, owning an all-time record of 311-81 (.793) 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 Oregon:
The Ducks begin the week tied for fifth in the Pac-10 standings with a 2-2 league record. Oregon is 5-9 overall. The Ducks have won two of their last three games, but prior to that had a six-game losing streak. Last week, the Ducks split a pair of games at home, defeating Arizona (68-55) before falling to Arizona State (81-53). Oregon opened conference play with a split versus the LA schools on the road, falling to USC (56-66) and defeating UCLA (73-56). Oregon is led by junior guard Micaela Cocks who is averaging 14.7 points per game. Sophomore forward Ellie Manou leads the team with 5.3 rebounds per outing. Junior guard Taylor Lilley is second on the squad with 9.5 points per game. As a team, Oregon is averaging 58.9 ppg and is allowing 66.9 ppg. The Ducks are a good free-throw shooting team, ranking second in the Pac-10 with a 74.4 clip from the charity stripe. Oregon is 2-4 when playing on the road this season.

All-Time Series With Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon, 37-38. The Huskies have won four of the last five meetings overall and the last seven straight at Bank of America Arena. These teams split their games last year, with the Huskies winning in Seattle (61-60) and the Ducks winning in Eugene (64-66). UW leads the series in Seattle, 21-11. The last time Oregon defeated the Huskies in Seattle was Jan. 18, 2001 (67-53).

Australian Connections:
Australia will be well-represented when the Huskies and Ducks meet on Thursday. Between the two teams, four Aussie players will take to the floor - three on the Oregon roster and one on the Washington roster. UW freshman point guard Nicole Romeo hails from Adelaide, South Australia. Three Ducks are also Australian natives including sophomore forward Ellie Manou (Sydney), sophomore forward/center Ellyce Ironmonger (Perth) and sophomore guard/forward Victoria Kenyon (Queensland). For good measure, Oregon junior guard Micaela Cocks hails from nearby Auckland, New Zealand.

Scouting Oregon State:
Oregon State sits in eighth place in the Pac-10 standings heading into the week and will face Washington State on Thursday before continuing to Seattle for Saturday's contest. The Beavers are coming off a split at home last weekend, falling to Arizona State (61-36) but snapping a three-game losing streak with a 68-43 win over Arizona. OSU went 9-1 during the non-conference slate, its only loss in that span being to North Carolina (78-82). Since then, the Beavers have lost three of their last four games. OSU has three players averaging points in double-figures, ledy by 14.6 ppg from sophomore guard Talisa Rhea. Sophomore center Alex Mitchell (12.5 ppg) and senior guard Brittany Davis (11.4) round out the Beavers' top three scorers. Senior center Tiffany Ducker leads the squad with 6.8 rebounds, while scoring 6.9 ppg. Oregon State is averaging 68.7 ppg and allowing 53.3 ppg.

All-Time Series With Oregon State:
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Beavers, 47-25, including a record of 25-9 in Seattle. Washington has won eight of the last nine games, the only loss in that span coming last season in Corvallis. These teams split their meetings last year, with UW winning 58-53 in Seattle (Feb. 17) and OSU winning 68-64 in Corvallis (Jan. 17). Like it does against Oregon, Washington has a seven-game home winning against the Beavers. The last OSU win in Seattle came on Feb. 21, 2002 - a 73-71 overtime victory.

Last Game Recap - #13/9 California 62, UW 34:
Ashley Walker scored 14 of her 20 points in the first half and pulled down 10 rebounds and No. 13 California won its fifth straight game with a 62-34 victory over Washington. Walker, the Pac-10 leading scorer who moved up to second place on the Cal career scoring list during Thursday's 68-45 win over Washington State, shot 6-for-10 and gave everybody a scare when she took a hard fall going for an offensive rebound early in the second half. She left the game briefly but quickly returned. Devanei Hampton added 10 points and eight rebounds and Lauren Greif grabbed eight boards for the Golden Bears (13-2, 4-0 Pac-10), who were far from sharp in shooting just 41 percent and committing 21 turnovers. Liz Lay scored 11 points to lead Washington (5-8, 1-2), which had to be happy to leave the Bay Area after a tough weekend that also included a record 77-point loss at No. 11 Stanford on Thursday night. The Huskies combined for 69 points in their two losses. The Huskies committed 18 turnovers, were out-rebounded 45-26 and fell behind big in a hurry and couldn't recover. Washington went 7:30 between its first and second field goals in the opening half and trailed 32-9 at the break. They shot 3-for-24 and went 0-of-12 from 3-point range. After a loss to the Cardinal this week, Huskies coach Tia Jackson went with a completely new starting lineup. It featured four freshmen making their first career starts and a sophomore. Washington's Charmaine Barlow and Alexis Gray-Lawson hit heads in a collision at the 16:46 of the first half and both left the game with cuts and went to the locker room to be examined. Washington, 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, committed five of its turnovers in the first 3:46 and began the game 2-for-13. The Huskies went from the 7:13 mark of the first half to 18:29 in the second between field goals.

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