Sunshine State Awaits Women's Hoops
Dec. 1, 2009
The University of Washington women's basketball team (2-3, 0-0 Pac-10) heads to Florida for a pair of games against South Florida in Tampa, and Central Florida in Orlando. This will be the Huskies' first trip to the state of Florida since the 2005. The Huskies will tip off against the Bulls at 4 p.m. (PST) on Friday, and then turn around to face the Knights on Sunday at 10 a.m. (PST).
Last Time Out For Washington
The Huskies nearly clawed back from a 10-point deficit with three minutes remaining, but Sara Mosiman's last-chance 3-pointer hit the back of the iron and Washington was dealt their third loss of the season in the finale of the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena.
Sami Whitcomb led all scorers with 21 points, despite on off shooting night that led to connecting on just 5-of-19 attempts, including 1-of-9 from deep. Regina Rogers continued her strong stretch of play with 13 points. Sara Mosiman connected on her first career 3-pointer and chipped in with 13 points.
Charday Hunt scored 19 points for the Hornets, who hit 11 3-pointers en route to the win.
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 letter-winner Elise (Niemela) Woodward, who will provide color commentary. Dan Giuliani calls home games for GoHuskies.com, part of a joint venture with Comcast On-Demand.
Charting Washington's Results
Washington enters Friday's game at South Florida having alternated losses and wins on the young season, culminating in the difficult loss to Sacramento State on Nov. 29.
The Huskies started the year with late loss at Portland State when Vikings forward Kelli Valentine hit a 15-footer with .3 seconds remaining to give PSU a 67-66 win.Washington rebounded with a win over Brigham Young, which featured a gutsy performance from Sami Whitcomb, who scored the last 12 points of the game and hit a late 3 with 4.0 seconds remaining to propel UW. But the Huskies could not sustain the momentum on the road, falling 81-52 to Gonzaga in Spokane on Nov. 22.The team rebounded with a 64-46 win over Eastern Washington in the first round of the Husky Classic.
Who Leads The Huskies?
Senior Sami Whitcomb has been the do-everything player for the Huskies this season. The guard/forward is averaging a team-high 16.6 points per game, which currently ranks third in the Pacific-10 Conference. Whitcomb is also leading the team in rebounds with 5.4 per game, including a 10-board performance in the opening game against Portland State. Redshirt-sophomore Regina Rogers has come on strong lately, having tallied three consecutive double-digit scoring outputs. So far, Rogers is averaging 10.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, which rank second in both categories. Senior Sara Mosiman is third on the team with an 8.6 ppg average.
About South Florida
South Florida is a member of the Big East Conference and based in Tampa, Fla. The Bulls are coached by Jose Fernandez, who is entering his ninth season with the team. Last year, Fernandez coached South Florida to a championship in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), leading the team to a win at Kansas in the final game. Under Fernandez, the Bulls have advanced to six postseason tournaments.South Florida is returning home after playing in the Courtyard by Marriott L.A. Thanksgiving Classic in Los Angeles. The Bulls swept both games, defeating Montana (63-53) and Loyola Marymount (77-71) on back-to-back nights. The team remained in Southern California for a few additional days to take on U.C. Irvine on Nov. 30.
Series Record: Washington and South Florida have not met before.
Noteworthy: Not counting the NCAA Tournament, Washington is 2-1 in the state of Florida. The Huskies have won games at Miami and Florida State, and lost one at Florida International (which is based in Miami).
About Central Florida
Central Florida is a member of Conference USA and based in Orlando, Fla. The Knights are coached by Joi Williams, entering her third season with the program. Last year, UCF made a miraculous run to the NCAA Tournament, shrugging off a 2-11 non-conference schedule to win 11 games in conference play. The Knights then won the Conference USA postseason tournament to advance to the NCAAs, where they fell in the first round to North Carolina. Central Florida has played in just two regular-season games this season so far, losing on the road to Middle Tennessee State and beating Bethune-Cookman at home. The Knights are also scheduled to play at Jacksonville on Dec. 2 before hosting Washington.
Series Record: Washington and Central Florida have not met before
Noteworthy: The trip to Orlando will be the first for the Huskies since the 2001 NCAA Tournament, when current assistant coach Loree Payne shocked Old Dominion with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to win 67-65. Washington went on to the Elite Eight that season before falling to Southwest Missouri State in Spokane.