Huskies Set For Home Opener Against BYU

Nov. 17, 2009

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Washington Returns Home To Face BYU

The University of Washington women's basketball team (0-1, 0-0 Pac-10) will get a chance to avenge their season-opening loss when they return to Bank of America Arena to face Brigham Young (1-0, 0-0 Mountain West) on Nov. 18. The Cougars are coached by Jeff Judkins, who is entering his eigth year in Provo.

BYU is coming off a 73-51 defeat of Utah Valley University in their season opener at home. Last season, Judkins led the team to an 18-11 record and a 5th place finish in the MWC.

Last Time Out For Washington

Sami Whitcomb scored 22 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Portland State edged the Huskies on a late jump shot from Kelli Valentine at the Peter W. Stott Center on Nov. 14. Washington out-played the Vikings for much of the contest. Sara Mosiman tied her career-high in scoring with 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Point guard Sarah Morton also tied a career-high with seven assists, while setting a career mark with four steals.

After leading by as many as 12 in the second half, the Huskies still held a one-point advantage with 2.4 seconds left. But Portland State inbounded the ball to Kelli Valentine, who stuck a jumper from the foul line over two defenders with 0.03 seconds remaining. Whitcomb's last second heave at the buzzer was not in time to save the Huskies.


Entering his 11th season, Steve Sandmeyer will handle all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM. During home games, he will also be joined by former women's basketball letterwinner Elise (Niemela) Woodward, who will provide color commentary.

UW Ticket Information

Season tickets, mini-plans and single game tickets to attend all of Washington's 12 regular-season home games are currently on sale through the Husky Ticket Office by calling (206) 543-2200.

About Brigham Young

Brigham Young University is a member of the Mountain West Conference and based in Provo, Utah. The Cougars were picked to finish sixth in their conference in the MWC preseason poll, one year after finishing fifth in the conference. BYU did not enjoy postseason play last season, but did finish above .500 with an 18-11 record and was 8-8 within conference play.

The Cougars return 12 letterwinners and three starters, most notably junior guard Mindy Nielson, who averaged 10.4 ppg last year. A fellow junior, Jazmine Foreman, averaged 3.3 assists per game in the 2008-09 season. Nielson scored 14 points in the Cougars opening win over Utah Valley University. She was tied on the score sheet with 14 from forward Keilani Moeaki, who netted 6-of-7 field goals, including a perfect 1-1 from 3-point range. BYU was bolstered with 30 points from its bench, including a pair of 10-point nights from Coriann Wood -- the team's top returning rebounder -- and Dani Peterson.

Cougars & Huskies History

Washington has not played the Cougars since the two teams played a home-and-away series in the late 1990s. The overall series is tied at 4-4. Their last meeting occured on Nov. 23, 1999, a game that BYU won, 82-65, in Seattle. The Cougars also beat UW the year before in Provo, 81-64. Currently, BYU is on a three-game winning streak against Washington. The Huskies last win over BYU came on Dec. 16, 1983 on a neutral court. Washington is 4-4 against Mountain West Conference opponents. The Huskies and Cougars have played once since BYU switched wrom the Western Athletic Conference to the MWC in the 1999-00 season.

BYU vs. Washington Noteworthy

Injury Report: Sophomore forward Kristi Kingma missed the Huskies last game at Portland State with an illness. Liz Lay, who entered the game a question mark because of knee tendinitis, played nine minutes. Lydia Young missed the game because of issues with a similar injury. She will be re-evaluated this week.

• BYU coach Jeff Judkins graduated from the University of Utah, but has some Pacific Northwest ties, having played professionally in the NBA for the Portland Trailblazers. Judkins' daughter, Jaime, is a senior guard on the team.

• The Cougars have two players from the state of Washington (Jazmine Foreman & Coriann Wood), who hail from Vancouver and Basin City, respectively.

Up Next For The Huskies

Washington makes their way across the state to Spokane for a highly anticipated matchup with Gonzaga. The Bulldogs edged the Huskies last year at Bank of America, 64-59. The 'Zags return a slew of starters from their NCAA Tournament team last year, including junior guard Courtney Vandersloot, the 2009 West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Also back in the fold is senior forward Heather Bowman, along with senior forward Vivian Frieson, a Seattle native who went to nearby Garfield High School. Gonzaga is a prohibitive favorite to repeat as WCC champs, but lost their season-opening game at South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D., in overtime.

Tickets for the 'Zags game against the Huskies are available at the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling (509) 313-6000. Afterwards, UW will come back to Seattle for their annual Husky Classic, which will feature Sacramento State, Eastern Washington and Memphis.

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