UW Women Head To LA For Pac-10 Tournament

March 10, 2009

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GAME 29 - Thur., March 12, 2009

No. 10 Washington (7-21, 3-15 Pac-10) vs. No. 7 Oregon (11-18, 4-14 Pac-10)
6 p.m. PT • Galen Center • Los Angeles, Calif.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM • TV: none
Internet: Live Scoring/Audio at GoHuskies.com & Live Video at Pac-10.org

Up Next:
After wrapping up the regular season with a win over Washington State, Friday, Washington women's basketball (7-21, 3-15 Pac-10) will head to Los Angeles, Calif. this week, for the 2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament to be held at the Galen Center on the USC campus. The Huskies, seeded 10th, will face No. 7 seed Oregon (11-18, 4-14 Pac-10) in first round action, Thur., March 12, at 6 p.m. PT. The winner between the Huskies and Ducks will advance to face second-seed California in the quarterfinals, Fri., March 13, at 1:15 p.m. Semifinal games will take place Saturday with the championship game set for Sun., March 15, at 6 p.m. The winner of the Pac-10 Tournament receives the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies ended the regular season in 10th place in the Pac-10 standings with a 3-15 league record, one game behind Washington State and Arizona. UW lost both regular season meetings with Oregon, falling 55-75 in Seattle on Jan. 15 and 69-77 in Eugene on Feb. 14.

2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament Schedule
Thursday, March 12
Game 1: No. 7 Oregon vs. No. 10 Washington, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Arizona, 8:15 p.m.

Friday, March 13
Game 3: No. 3 Arizona State. No. 6 USC, 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 UCLA vs. No. 5 Oregon State, 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, March 14
Game 7: Semifinal - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 6 p.m. (FSN)
Game 8: Semifinal - Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)

Sunday, March 15
Game 9: Championship Game, 6 p.m. (FSN)

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 will join Sandmeyer as the color analyst for the Huskies' games in Los Angeles this week.

TV Coverage:
The Pac-10 Tournament semifinal games on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday will be televised live on FSN. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will call the action from the Galen Center.

Internet Coverage:
Live statistics, as well as a live audio braodcast for Washington's games at the Pac-10 Tournament will be available at GoHuskies.com. A live video stream of games played on Thursday and Friday will be shown at Pac-10.org.

Huskies At The Pac-10 Tournament:
This year marks the first-time in school history that Washington has been the No. 10 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament...UW's highest overall seed - No. 2 - came in the first two tournaments in 2002 and 2003...UW has also earned a No. 4 seed twice (2006, 2007), a sixth-seed twice (2004, 2008) and a seventh-seed in 2005...UW is 3-7 overall in Pac-10 Tournament games, 1-0 in first-round contests...the Huskies are also 2-5 in the quarterfinals and 0-2 in the semifinals...UW's best Pac-10 showings came with back-to-back trips to the semifinals in 2003 and 2004...the Huskies are 0-2 against the Ducks in tournament action...these teams met in the 2005 quarterfinals (Oregon 64, UW 50) and in the 2002 quarterfinals (Oregon 78, UW 64)...UW has lost its last four-straight tournament games, falling in the quarterfinals each of the last four seasons...the only other time the Huskies have played in the first round, they defeated Oregon State 81-68 in 2005 - a win that stands as their last in tournament play...should the Huskies defeat the Ducks in the first round on Friday, they have never faced California in Pac-10 tourney action...UW is 2-2 versus USC, 0-2 versus Arizona, 0-1 vs. Arizona State and 1-0 vs. Oregon State in the conference tournament.

Scouting The Huskies:
Washington wrapped up the regular season on a winning note, Friday, defeating WSU, 62-55, in Pullman. The victory extended Washington's winning streak in the all-time series with WSU to 28-straight games and helped UW complete the season sweep over the Cougars - the only team UW swept in conference play this year. The Huskies, whose only other conference win came over UCLA in Seattle on Feb. 20, finished in 10th place in the Pac-10 standings, marking the first time UW has finished last since since the inception of the league for women's basketball in 1986-87. UW's previous low finish was a ninth-place standing during the 1999-2000 season when it went 4-14 in league play. This season, the Huskies have endured a 12-game school record losing streak and a school-record six-game losing streak at home. UW is a young team and its most recent starting lineup combination used in the last two games has featured two true freshmen (guard Kristi Kingma and forward Liz Lay), one redshirt-freshman (center Mackenzie Argens) and two juniors (guards Sami Whitcomb and Christina Rozier). Whitcomb continues to lead the Huskies in scoring (12.8 ppg) and steals (2.3 spg) and is tied for the team lead in rebounding (4.0 rpg). She scored a team-high 18 points in the team's win over WSU in Pullman, marking her 18th double-figure scoring game of the season. Whitcomb, who also has recorded four 20-point scoring efforts this year, pulled down a team-high six rebounds in the contest as well, one away from her season high. Her defensive efforts have been tops in the conference as she finished the regular season leading the league in steals per game. Kingma is second behind Whitcomb in scoring with 8.6 points per game and is coming off a 13-point scoring effort at WSU. After a late Cougar run to take a one-point lead with just over two minutes in the game, Kingma sank a jumper to put UW ahead for good and iced a pair of free-throws to help the Huskies hold on for the win. Kingma now has 11 double-figure scoring games in her rookie season, despite dealing with an ankle injury suffered in UW's Pac-10 opener the first time the Huskies played WSU on Jan. 3. Junior forward/center Laura McLellan is a consistent force inside for UW, whether in a starting role or coming off the bench. McLellan is averaging 8.5 points and is tied for team-high rebounding honors with 4.0 boards per game. She also has blocked a team-high 17 shots. Junior point guard Christina Rozier is averaging 5.2 points and owns a team-high 61 assists. Argens and Lay, both seeing time in the starting five as of late, are both coming back from knee injuries. Argens has especially made the most of her minutes recently, averaging 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in UW's last four games.

The Road To The Final Four Will Go Through Seattle Next Week:
Washington and Bank of America Arena will serve as a host for the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, March 21 and 23. First round games on March 21 will be played at 5 and 7:30 p.m. PT, with the second round contest to take place March 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT.

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 48 three-point field goals made this season, Whitcomb sits in eighth-place on Washington's career-list with 124. She is 11 three-pointers away from matching Kristen O'Neill, Andrea Lalum and Laura Moore who are tied for fifth on the list with 136. 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 0-15 when trailing at halftime but are 6-6 when holding a halftime lead...UW is 1-0 when tied at the break...the Huskies have led at halftime four times in the last six games (8 vs. UCLA, 3 at Oregon, 6 at Arizona, 9 at WSU)...UW has used 13 different starting lineups this year and every player on the roster has now started at least one game...UW has forced all but two of its 27 opponents to commit 15 or more turnovers...the exceptions were No. 1 UConn (14) and Oregon State (13, on Feb. 12)...UW has held an opponent to less than 60 points eight times this season, limiting two of its last three opponents to 55 points - No. 24 Arizona State and WSU...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)...senior guard/forward Michelle Augustavo has 108 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 eight points in the first-half at Arizona State (Feb. 26) set a UW low for points in a half...UW set two school records for losing streaks, 12-straight overall and six-straight at home...UW has been held under 40 points three times this season, including a season-low 32 at Arizona State (Feb. 26)...the 32 points scored were the fewest scored by a UW team since scoring 30 in a game against Portland State during the 1975-76 season.

Pac-10 Rankings:
Whitcomb finished the regular season leading the Pac-10 in steals with 2.3 steals per game...she also ranks among the top Pac-10 players in three-pointers made (5th, 1.7), free-throw percentage (9th, .772), scoring (11th, 12.8 ppg) and three-point percentage (15th, .318)...junior guard Christina Rozier is 11th in the league in steals (1.4 spg)...junior forward/center Laura McLellan ranks 13th in field goal percentage (.457) and 14th in blocked shots (0.6)...freshman forward Mollie Williams is tied for 15th in blocked shots (0.6)...as a team, the Huskies are ranked fourth in the Pac-10 in steals per game (10.0)

Scouting Oregon:
The Ducks placed seventh in the Pac-10 standings, but have lost five-straight games and nine of their last 10 contests. Their only win in that span was the 69-77 victory over Washington in Eugene, Feb. 14. Oregon wrapped up the regular season losing to UCLA (70-69) and USC (94-64) at home last weekend. Junior guard Micaela Cocks leads the team with 13.5 points per game, while junior guard Taylor Lilley is also averaging 10.5 points. Freshman forward Amanda Johnson is pulling down a team-high 5.4 rebounds. As a team, Oregon is averaging 57.1 ppg while allowing opponents to score an average of 67.1 ppg.

All-Time Series With Oregon:
Washington trails the all-time series with Oregon 37-40 after losing both meetings with the Ducks this season. Prior to this year's season sweep, the Huskies had won four of the last five meetings with their Northwest rival. UW and Oregon are an even 4-4 when playing each other on a neutral court. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 75-55 in Seattle on Jan. 15 and followed that up with a 77-69 win in Eugene on Feb. 14.

This Season Versus Oregon...:
UW lost both season meetings with the Ducks, falling 55-75 in Seattle (Jan. 15) and 69-77 in Eugene (Feb. 14). Junior guard Sami Whitcomb led the way in both games, averaging 19.5 points in the two contests. Whitcomb sank 26 points in the Valentine's Day meeting at McArthur Court, a game in which the Huskies led by as many as 10 points late in the first half and by three with 8:36 remaining. Oregon used a 17-4 second-half run - sparked by four three-pointers from guard Micaela Cocks - to take over the game. Cocks scored 19 points in each of the two meetings with the Huskies this season. Junior forward/center Laura McLellen led UW in its 20-point loss in Seattle with 15 points. Guard Taylor Lilley paced the Ducks with 24 points in that contest.

Last Game Recap - Washington 62, Washington State 55:
Junior guard Sami Whitcomb scored 18 points and freshman Kristi Kingma scored 13 to lead Washington to a 62-55 victory over Washington State in both teams' regular season finales, Friday, extending the Huskies' winning streak in the series with the rival Cougars to 28 games. Washington led by as many as 11 points (50-39) with 8:37 left in the game and survived a late surge from the Cougars who mounted a 16-4 run to take a 55-54 lead with just 2:36 remaining. But the Huskies answered, finishing out the contest with an 8-0 run on its own, sparked by Kingma who started the run with a jumper to put UW up 56-55 and iced two free-throws with UW holding a three-point lead and just 20.8 seconds on the clock. With UW leading 58-55 and just 56 seconds left, the Cougars had a chance to tie the game but freshman guard April Cook missed a three-pointer which was rebounded by Kingma. Kingma was then fouled and went to the line, icing both attempts from the line. Whitcomb hit two final free-throws with 1.5 seconds left. The win completed a season-sweep over Washington State after the Huskies defeated the Cougars, 71-58, back on Jan. 3. Washington's 28-game winning streak dates back all the way to the 1994-95 season. The win was also the Huskies' 14th-straight win over the Cougars in Pullman. The Cougars were led by 23 points from Cook who single-handedly helped WSU take a late lead, scoring WSU's last seven points in the run. Freshman guard Jazmine Perkins added 16 points and senior forward Heather Molzen grabbed 10 rebounds.

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