Huskies Make Big Jump In AP Poll

Dec. 28, 2009

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies (9-2) moved up five spots to 17th in the Associated Press poll after two wins this past week. They are also ranked 16th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll which was released on Monday.

Washington, who was ranked 23rd in the Dec. 21 AP poll and 19th in the ESPN/USA Today poll, beat 19th-ranked Texas A&M, 73-64, and San Francisco, 86-71, to go 2-0 during the week.

The Huskies open Pac-10 play this week, facing Oregon State on New Year's eve at 7 pm and Oregon on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 2:00 p.m.

More Husky Tidbits:
• Thursday's game versus the Beavers will pit the two latest members of the 1,600 win club. Washington reached the milestone against San Francisco on Sunday, while Oregon State joined the club after beating Fresno State on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

• Washington blocked 21 shots this past week: 12 against Texas A&M and nine versus San Francisco. Quincy Pondexter blocked a career-high three shots in each game, while Tyreese Breshers blocked two vs. Texas A&M and four vs. USF. Each of them went their first five games without a block, but have since each had 10 blocks to enter the Pac-10's top-10 list in the category.

• Venoy Overton is averaging 10.8 ppg in four games coming off the bench and just 5.6 ppg in seven starts. He currently has a streak of three-straight games scoring in double figures for the first time in his career.

• Isaiah Thomas is averaging 6.3 assist (19 total) and 1.6 turnovers (5) over last three games after averaging 1.6 assists (13) and 3.1 turnovers (25) during the first eight games.

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