Arizona Presents A Physical Challenge For Huskies

Jan. 8, 2010

Arizona Up Next For Surging Huskies
The University of Washington women's basketball team (7-6, 2-1 Pac-10) has won five of their last seven games, and looking to add to the win total when Arizona (7-6, 1-2) travels to Seattle on Sat., Jan. 9 at 12 p.m. The game will be held in conjunction with the Dads and Daughters promotion at Bank of America Arena.Washington will be looking for a home sweep of the Arizona schools after an impressive, 62-56, win over the Sun Devils on Thursday evening at BOA.
Before the game, former letterwinner Jamie Redd will be recognized for her status as a 'Husky Legend.'

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, part of a joint venture with Comcast On-Demand.
Coach Tia Jackson's weekly press conference will be replayed on UWTV (Husky Hoops Talk) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

About the Huskies
• Sami Whitcomb leads Washington in scoring with 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The senior also crossed into rare territory when she became the 21st Husky to score 1,000 points or more with a 26-point game against Arizona State.
• The Huskies are looking for their third straight Pac-10 win, which hasn't happened since the Huskies beat the Wildcats, 60-58, in Tucson on Feb. 21, 2008.
• Kristi Kingma has scored in double figures in her last two games, and is now the program's second-leading scorer. A late 3-pointer from Kingma helped ice the Sun Devils on Thursday.
• Mackenzie Argens is second on the team in field goal percentage (.523), behind Regina Rogers (.549). Those figures rank fifth and fourth in the Pac-10, respectively.
• The Huskies are tops in Pac-10 games in 3-point FG percent (.462).
• UW is tied with Stanford for first in Pac-10 games with five blocks a game.• Argens is seventh in the Pac-10 in blocks with 1.2 per game. Whitcomb is seventh in the Pac-10 in steals with 1.8 per game.

Charting Washington's Results
Sami Whitcomb scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Huskies to a 62-56 win over Arizona State, snapping a 10-game losing streak to the Sun Devils. The Huskies now have a two-game league winning streak, thanks to a much-needed split at the Oregon schools, culminating in a 69-64 victory at Oregon State in Corvallis. The Huskies shook off a limited Whitcomb (foul trouble) to defeat the Beavers, who were 9-2 going into the game. This helped take the sting off a tough 82-71 loss to Oregon, where a second-half UW rally fell short.
The Huskies came away with a split of their two games in Michigan, falling to nationally ranked Michigan State 69-52 in East Lansing in the first contest before toppling Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan, 71-63, in nearby Kalamazoo.The Huskies started the year with a 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 responded with a 64-46 win over Eastern Washington in the first round of the Husky Classic before losing in the tournament finale to Sacramento State.
A trip to Florida earned the squad a split against USF and UCF. The Huskies ensured a late win over the Knights when Whitcomb converted a three-point play in the final minute to give her team a 62-59 win. Washington returned to the Northwest to grit out a 58-53 win over city rival Seattle University.

About Arizona
• Arizona is coached by Niya Butts, who is in her second year with the program. The Wildcats are 7-6 on the season, 0-2 in the Pac-10. Butts played for the legendary Pat Summitt at Tennessee, where she was a four-year letterwinner and won back-to-back National Championships (1997-98).
• The Wildcats are coming off a 12-19 season, which included a 4-14 mark in Pac-10 play.
• Arizona picked up a win in its first Pac-10 road game, edging Washington State, 67-60 in Pullman. Prior to the trip, the Wildcats were swept at home by the Los Angeles schools.
• Freshman Davellyn White leads Arizona in scoring with 16.2 ppg. She scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the win over the Cougars. Ify Ibekwe is second on the team in scoring with 12.6 ppg. She's also averaging a Pac-10 best 11.8 rebounds per game.
• Arizona is the fourth-best team in the Pac-10 in FG percentage (.427).
Series Record: For much of the teams' history, Washington has controlled the matchup. But Arizona has had the edge lately, sweeping both games against UW last season. This included a 65-51 win at Bank of America on Jan. 29, 2009 and a 72-62 win in Tucson on Feb. 28, 2009.
Noteworthy: Assistant coach Sue Darling was an assistant with the ABL's Seattle Reign from 1996-97. ... Prior to joining the Wildcats last year, Darling was a police officer in Boulder, Colo. ... Soana Lucet hails from the tiny island of New Caledonia, which is 1,500 km east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean.

Injury Report: Liz Lay will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season after it was announced the sophomore would need surgery for a severe case of patella tendinitis. Earlier this season, both Amanda Johnson and Lydia Young had season-ending knee surgeries as well. Sara Mosiman had surgery to insert a rod in her leg on Dec. 16, which will alleviate the pain the senior was suffering from shin splints. She should return in 2-3 months.Mollie Williams collided with an Arizona State player on Jan. 7 and had to be helped off the floor, but the sophomore forward later returned to the game.

Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies are back on the road following their quick homestand with the Arizona schools. But this time it's one of the toughest trips in the Pac-10 Conference - the Bay Area. UW will tip-off with Cal in Berkeley on Jan. 14 before traveling to Palo Alto and Stanford on the 16th. The Cardinal are second in the nation with an 11-1 record. Their lone loss came in the state of Connecticut to top-ranked UConn, which used a second-half run to race past Stanford. The Golden Bears are typically in the upper-echelon of the Pac-10 but have struggled out of the gates season to a 6-6 record.

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