Women's Hoops Opens Second-Half Of Pac-10 Play Hosting #3 Cal Friday

Feb. 4, 2009

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GAME 20 - Fri., Feb. 6, 2009
#3/3 California (18-2, 9-0 Pac-10) at Washington (5-14, 1-8 Pac-10)
7 p.m. PT • Bank of America Arena • Seattle, Wash.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio/Video at GoHuskies.com

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (5-14, 1-8 Pac-10) opens the second-half of Pac-10 play this week hosting the top-10 ranked Bay Area schools. The Huskies will entertain No. 3/3 California (18-2, 9-0 Pac-10) on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. UW will wrap the weekend and its season-long four-game homestand hosting No. 7/6 Stanford (17-4, 8-1 Pac-10) on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday's game will be televised live on FSN. Both Cal and Stanford sit one-two in the conference standings, while the Huskies are tied for ninth with Arizona. Washington has lost eight-straight games and is 0-2 on its current homestand after suffering setbacks to Arizona (51-65) and Arizona State (64-80) last week. The Huskies lost the earlier season meetings with both the Golden Bears and Stanford back in January, but Washington upset then-ninth-ranked California the last time these teams met at Bank of America Arena last year. The Huskies lead the overall series with the Golden Bears, 40-12. It will be a busy weekend at the Bank, with Sunday marking the program's participation in National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the second of the two Washington women's basketball Dads & Daughters events.

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, calls the play-by-play for the Huskies. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color analyst for home broadcasts.

Internet Coverage:
GoHuskies.com will feature live audio and video broadcasts of Washington's game with California on Friday, as well as live scoring. Fans wishing to participate in the online coverage must sign up for a Dawg Channel All-Access account.

National Girls And Women In Sports Day:
Washington will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day in conjunction with the Huskies game versus Stanford on Sunday. Pre-game activities will be held on the concourse at Bank of America Arena starting at 11:30 a.m. Female Husky student-athletes (including members of the women's soccer and volleyball teams) will be signing autographs, there will be face painting and sign making stations and there will be Junior Sportscaster contest conducted through Radio Disney. All girls in attendance at the game are encouraged to wear a uniform from a team they have played on and they will be invited on to the court at halftime for a special presentation.

UW-KJR AM Dads & Daughters Day:
The UW-KJR AM Dads and Daughters Day will also take place on Sunday in conjunction with the Huskies game versus Stanford. A post-game Q&A will be held for all participants with UW assistant coach Fred Applin and Husky players Laura McLellan, Sarah Morton and Mollie Williams. Tickets are $10 each and include one reserved game ticket and one Dads and Daughters t-shirt. Each dad and daughter must puchase a ticket. Tickets are available at GoHuskies.com and must be purchased by Sat., Feb. 7, at 5 p.m.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington begins round two of conference play this week but will have its hands full facing the top two teams in the league which are both ranked in the Top-10 in the nation. The Huskies were swept in the Bay Area when facing Cal and Stanford during the first round of action, falling 112-35 to the Cardinal and 62-34 to the Golden Bears. Since defeating Washington State in its Pac-10 opener one month ago, the Huskies have lost eight-straight games including a pair of home contests to Arizona (51-65) and Arizona State (64-80) last week. It is the longest such streak in program history. Despite UW's most recent setback to Arizona State, the Huskies played the third-best team in the conference tough on Saturday and led for a good portion of the first-half. Sparking UW as of late has been junior guard/forward Sami Whitcomb who has led the team in scoring four times in the last five games and has six-straight double-figure scoring efforts. Whitcomb has scored 26 or more points twice in the last four games including a career-high 29-point performance in UW's last outing against the Sun Devils. Whitcomb has averaged 19.2 points in the last five games while sinking a total of 16 three-pointers in that span. She leads the team in overall scoring (12.5 ppg) and in Pac-10 play (14.8 ppg). Whitcomb ranks 12th in the conference in overall scoring and is one of the better defensive players in the league, ranking second with 2.3 steals per game. In Pac-10 play, she is tied for fourth in scoring with ASU's Dymond Simon and behind only Cal's Ashley Walker (18.1), Arizona's Ify Ibekwe (16.0) and Stanford's Jayne Appel (15.7). Whitcomb's 20 three-pointers made in conference action are tied for the league lead with Stanford's Jeannette Pohlen. Freshman guard/forward Kristi Kingma has also been a key for the Huskies since coming back from a high ankle sprain versus WSU on Jan. 3. Still not quite 100 percent, Kingma has reached double-figures in scoring three times in the last four games and is second on the squad with 9.8 ppg. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is the squad's top rebounder (4.0 rpg) and is third in scoring (9.2 ppg). Her team-high 46.0 field goal shooting percentage ranks 11th in the conference. Junior guard Christina Rozier has made the most of her recent starting opportunities and over the last five games is averaging 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and team-high averages in assists (2.6) and steals (2.6). The junior college transfer has led the team in rebounding the last three-straight games with eight or more boards per effort in that span. The Huskies are led by second-year head coach Tia Jackson.

Whitcomb Climbing UW Career Three-Point List:
Junior guard Sami Whitcomb is following in the footsteps of her assistant coach Loree Payne. With a team-high 32 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb now ranks ninth on Washington's career-list with 109. She is just six away from reaching Tara Davis who is eighth with 115 three-pointers. Whitcomb has a good mentor in Payne who is Washington's all-time leader in career three's with 245. Whitcomb sank 62 three-pointers as a sophomore last year which is tied for sixth all-time on UW's single-season list (with Megan Franza/2000).

Dawg Bites:
The Huskies are 0-10 when trailing at halftime but are 4-4 when holding a halftime lead...UW is 1-0 when tied at the break...UW has used 10 different starting lineups this year and all but one player (junior guard Sara Mosiman) has started at least one game...UW has forced all but one of its 19 opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers...the exception was No. 1 UConn (14)... two Huskies have notched double-doubles this year: Heidi McNeill at Weber State (11 pts/12 reb) and Christina Rozier vs. Arizona (12 pts/11 reb)...the 29 points scored by Sami Whitcomb against Arizona State (Jan. 31) are the most scored by a Husky since Cameo Hicks scored 29 twice during the 2006-07 season...Whitcomb's 29 points are also the second-most by a player in a Pac-10 game this season...Cal's Alexis Gray-Lawson scored 37 in a contest vs. Stanford (Jan. 18)...Kristi Kingma's career-high six three-pointers against UCLA (Jan. 24) came just one shy of equaling the school record of seven set twice by Loree Payne (vs. Michigan, Dec. 9, 2001) and Megan Franza (at UCLA, March 10, 2001)...both Whitcomb and senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo rank among the top three-point shooters in the conference...Whitcomb ranks seventh in three-pointers per game (1.7), while Augustavo is ninth (1.5)...Augustavo has 107 career three-pointers but does not crack UW's all-time top-10 due to playing her first two seasons at the University of San Diego...unfortunately, the Huskies have been on the bad end of a few school records this year...UW's 77-point loss at Stanford (112-35) set UW records for losing margin and most points allowed...UW's nine points in the first-half at California (Jan. 11) set a UW low for points in a half...UW's current four-game home losing streak matches a school-record...UW lost four-straight home games on three other occasions, the most recent being four-straight losses during the 2004-05 season.

Against Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, the losses coming to No. 1 UConn (Dec. 18), then-No. 22 Kansas State (Dec. 30), then-No. 11 Stanford (Jan. 8) and then-No. 13 California (Jan. 11). UW is 45-112 overall against ranked opponents, including a 7-58 all-time mark in road contests. The last time UW defeated a Top-25 team (Associated Press) came against then-No. 9 California in Seattle, on March 2, 2008 (74-66). In fact, UW's last two wins against ranked opponents both came against the Golden Bears. The other victory came Feb. 8, 2007 in Berkeley in overtime (79-76).

Scouting California:
California (18-2, 9-0 Pac-10), having lost just two games this season, is ranked No. 3 in the nation this week according to the Associated Press poll. The Golden Bears are the only unbeaten team in Pac-10 play, sitting atop the conference heap at 9-0 after the first run through league action. Cal is riding a 10-game winning streak and is 5-0 in true road games (3-1 at neutral site contests). Senior forward/center Ashley Walker leads the team and the Pac-10 in scoring with 20.5 points per game. Walker is also fourth in the league in rebounding with 7.9 boards per game. Her 20.5 scoring average and her 56.6 percent field goal shooting percentage rank 14th in the nation as well. Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson is also averaging 12.9 points per outing. Cal ranks 14th in the nation and first in the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing just 53.7 points per game by its opponents. On the other end of the floor, Cal is averaging 69.2 points per game.

All-Time Series With California:
Washington leads the all-time series with California 40-12 and has a 21-3 all-time record agains the Golden Bears when playing in Seattle. These teams have split their season meetings the last three years. California won the earlier season meeting this year in Berkeley (62-34). The last time Washington defeated Cal was also the last UW win over Cal in Seattle - a 74-66 upset over the then-ninth-ranked Golden Bears in both teams' regular season finale last year (March 2, 2008). The victory by UW kept Cal from claiming at least a share of the 2008 Pac-10 title with Stanford. In fact, the last two Husky wins over ranked opponents have both come over Cal. That March 2, 2008 meeting as well as a 79-76 overtime UW win in Berkeley, Feb. 8, 2007. The Golden Bears were ranked 20th then.

The Last Time Vs. Cal:
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 on Jan. 11. Devanei Hampton added 10 points and eight rebounds and Lauren Greif grabbed eight boards for the Golden Bears who were far from sharp in shooting just 41 percent and committing 21 turnovers. Liz Lay scored 11 points to lead Washington, while Heidi McNeill added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds. 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.

Scouting Stanford:
Stanford (17-4, 8-1 Pac-10) sits in second-place in the Pac-10 entering this week's action and will stop in Pullman to face Washington State on Friday before heading to Seattle. The Cardinal's only conference loss came to Cal (54-57) on Jan. 18. Junior center Jayne Appel leads Stanford with 14.9 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. She ranks second in the Pac-10 in rebounding and third in scoring. Sophomore forward Kayla Pedersen is close behind with 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per outing. Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen is also averaging 11.0 points per game. The Cardinal is ranked eighth in the nation in scoring offense with 77.6 points per game, while allowing opponents to score an average of 55.9 points.

All-Time Series With Stanford:
Washington trails the all-time series with Stanford, 14-35. The Cardinal has won the last six-straight meetings with the Huskies and 10 of the last 11 dating back to the 2003-04 season. The last win by Washington in the series came at Bank of America Arena on Dec. 22, 2005 (77-72). The Huskies trail the all-time series at home versus Stanford, 9-13. Stanford won the earlier season meeting with UW back on Jan. 8, a 112-35 victory.

Stanford Connection:
Washington head coach Tia Jackson served as an assistant coach at Stanford under Tara VanDerveer during the 1999-00 season. Jackson helped the Cardinal to a 21-9 overall record that year and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The stint was one of four assistant coaching posts held by Jackson (also Virginia Commonwealth, UCLA, Duke) before taking her first collegiate head coaching position at UW in 2007-08.

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