Homeward Bound Huskies Looking To Extend Streak Over Rival Cougars
Feb. 22, 2010
Huskies Looking To Keep Streak Intact When Cougars Travel To Seattle
The Washington women's basketball team (9-16, 4-11) is back at home after a road sweep at the Los Angeles schools, and they might find Bank of America Arena a suitable environment this weekend. That's because Washington State (7-19, 2-13) is in town, and the Huskies come into the game with a 29-game winning streak against their cross-state rivals. Despite the Cougars' place in the standings, WSU has been a tough out for its opponents. They've also racked up some impressive road wins this season at USC and Arizona State.
Washington has lost 10 of its last 11 games, with the lone win coming in Pullman against the Cougars on Jan. 29.
The Huskies will also hold their annual silent auction before the game.
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.
The USC game will be broadcast on FSN NW.
Coach Tia Jackson's weekly press conference will be replayed on UWTV (Husky Hoops Talk) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker at GoHuskies.com.
About the Huskies
Sami Whitcomb leads Washington in scoring with 13.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest. The senior has also compiled a team-high four double-doubles this season. The Huskies are 4-5 on the road, including 2-4 in Pac-10 Conference games.
Kristi Kingma has led the Huskies in scoring her last three games. She tallied a game-high 15 points against the Trojans in Los Angeles, including 12 in the first half.
The Huskies shot .417 percent against the Trojans, and held their opponent to 34 percent from the floor. Washington is 8-5 when out-shooting its opposition this season.
UW is fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks per game, averaging 3.6 over 25 contests.
The Huskies bench was outscored 23-20 by the Trojans, cutting UW's lead in bench scoring to minus-3.
Whitcomb is the Pac-10's No. 2 free-throw shooter at 87 percent, just behind Arizona's Reiko Thomas.
Charting Washington's Results
The Huskies are in the middle of a six-game losing streak following a road sweep at the Los Angeles schools, punctuated by a slim 56-51 defeat at USC. This trip came after an OT loss to Cal and a 58-36 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Stanford at Bank of America Arena. Prior to the homestand, the Huskies were swept away in Arizona, where a tough OT loss to ASU preceded an 80-50 decision in Tucson to Arizona.
Washington's last win came at WSU in OT on Jan. 29, which took the sting off a pair of losses by the same 69-65 score to UCLA and USC at home, despite the Huskies holding halftime leads in both games. The pair of defeats added up to a four-game skid after a sweep in the previous series at Cal and Stanford.
UW led the Bears 25-24 at halftime before struggling with turnover issues in the second half in a 60-43 defeat. Against the Cardinal, the Huskies could not overcome a slow start in a 66-51 defeat in Palo Alto.
The Cal loss snapped the Huskies' three-game win streak. It was first time since 2008 that UW had taken Pac-10 games in a row, which they accomplished after sweeping Arizona and Arizona State and a road split of the Oregon schools, culminating in a 69-64 victory at Oregon State in Corvallis. 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 then-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.
A trip to Florida earned the squad a split against USF and UCF, and then Washington returned to the Northwest to grit out a 58-53 win over city rival Seattle University.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 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 then 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.
About Washington State
The Cougars are led by third-year head coach June Daugherty. She joined Washington State after an 11-year run here at Washington, where she led the Huskies to nine tournament appearances during her tenure, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2001. Prior to her time in Seattle, Daugherty coached at Boise State, where she compiled a record of 123-74.
Washington State is coming off an 11-19 season in 2008-09. They finished eighth in the Pac-10 and fell in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament to Arizona. Their 11 wins were the most since the 2000-01 season.
Sophomore guard April Cook leads the team with an average of 13.8 ppg in 26 contests. Freshman Kiki Moore is second on the team at 12.7 while sophomore Jazmine Perkins, who made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last season, has a 11.0 ppg average.
The Cougars return eight letterwinners from their 2008-09 squad, including three starters. The squad is stacked with underclassmen, boasting 10 freshmen and sophomores.
Washington State leads the Pac-10 in steals per game at 10.6 and boast the conference's best thief in Moore, who leads the league with 84 steals, placing her 17 swipes higher than the No. 2 woman in Oregon's Nia Jackson.
Despite WSU's success in forcing turnovers, the Cougars are next-to-last in points allowed (71.2), last in scoring margin (-8.7) free-throw percentage (.592), field goal percentage (.350), 3-point field goal percentage (.260) and field goal defense (.332)
Series Record: At the forefront of Washington-Washington State is the streak the Huskies hold over the Cougars, which stands at 29. UW last lost to WSU on Feb. 25, 1995, a 72-67 decision at Beasley Coliseum. The Huskies have not lost to the Cougars at home since Jan. 9, 1993, a 75-72 overtime decision.
Despite the impressive streak, the Huskies nearly saw it coming to an end in Pullman this season. Washington State had a lead in the final minute before Sami Whitcomb took over, scoring a game-high 32 points in the Huskies' overtime victory.
Noteworthy: Washington State coach June Daugherty led the Huskies for 11 seasons on Montlake. Her husband Mike was an assistant on those teams and now holds the same position with the Cougars.
But that's not the only Washington connection in Pullman. The current director of basketball operations, Kate Werner, held the same position at UW ... The Cougars two other assistants, Brian Holsinger and Mo Hines, are natives of King County, coming from Federal Way and Seattle respectively ... Washington State has four in-state players on its roster, but just one from the Puget Sound region (Katie Grad, Lake Tapps).
Up Next For The Huskies
The Husky seniors will hope to go out in style during the final homestand of the season against the Oregon schools. There's plenty at stake as well, with Washington hoping to sneak into the No. 7 seed for the Pac-10 Tournament.
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