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Huskies Open Season Saturday Afternoon At Portland State
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Nov. 12, 2009

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Washington Opens Season At Portland State

The University of Washington women's basketball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) will officially open the regular season when the Huskies play at Portland State University (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky) on Nov. 14 in the Peter W. Stott Center (capacity 1,500). This is the 14th time the Huskies have opened on the road. Portland State is coached by Sherri Murrel (45-19 overall, 3rd season), who led the program to a 23-10 record last year, securing a berth in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). The Huskies own a 17-4 record against the Vikings, with their last loss coming on Jan. 24, 1980 in Seattle.

Last Time Out For Washington

Sami Whitcomb scored 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of Washington women's basketball team to a 106-34 rout of Corban College at Bank of America Arena on Monday night. Washington went 2-0 in exhibition play, beating Seattle Pacific in its opener. All 12 players scored for the Huskies, who never trailed against their NAIA foe from Salem, Ore. Washington opened the game with a 7-0 run and never looked back, stretching their sizeable advantage to 58-10 at the half while holding Corban to 1-for-20 shooting. On the offensive end, Washington shot 62 percent and had five players score in double figures.

Broadcast/Media

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.

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 Portland State

Portland State is affiliated with the Big Sky Conference and based in Portland, Ore. The Vikings are preseason favorites to win their conference, the fi rst time since 1999 that perennial favorite Montana was not picked to win. PSU is coming off a 23-10 season which saw the team advance to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT), where they lost to Oregon State. It was the first postseason appearance for the Vikings in their Div. I history. Portland State returns two double-digit scorers, most notably Claire Foucher, who was an All-BSC fi rst-team selection last season. The 5-9 guard was also sixth in the nation in assists per game. The Vikings are 0-3 against Pac-10 schools under current coach Sherri Murrel. In their exhibition opener, Portland State topped Western Washington, 80-66. Lexi Bishop, who lead the Vikings in 3-point percentage last year, scored 16 points. The junior guard also finished with 10 rebounds and two steals.

Vikings & Huskies History

Despite the relatively short distance between the two schools on Interstate-5, Washington has not played Portland State since Dec. 20, 1986. The Huskies lead the overall series 17-4, including a perfect 7-0 record in the Rose City. Washington has also won 11 consecutive games against the Vikings.

Portland vs. Washington Noteworthy

Injury Report: Senior forward Lydia Young and sophomore forward Liz Lay are questionable for the game against the Vikings. Both players are battling with knee tendinitis, and are considered day-to-day. Three Vikings coaches have Pac-10 ties. Sherri Murrel coached at Washington State from 2002-07, while assistant Peg Swadener played collegiately at Oregon. Another assistant, Kate Benz, played at Washington State under Murrel. The Vikings are well represented by the state of Washington as well, as eight players on their roster come from the Evergreen State. Every other player hails from Oregon, giving PSU's roster a decidedly Pacific Northwest feel. Washington has no players on its roster from Oregon, although assistant coach Judy Spoelstra played and coached at Oregon State.

Up Next For The Huskies

Washington hosts Mountain West Conference foe Brigham Young in their offi cial home opener at Bank of America Arena on Nov. 18. The Cougars finished the 2008-09 season with an 18-11 record, with a 8-8 record in the MVC. Along the way, BYU beat a pair of Pac-10 schools in USC and Oregon. The Cougars did so with a roster packed with underclassmen (14), which was the second-youngest in the nation to Northwestern State. This year, BYU will return three starters and 12 letterwinners. The Huskies will then return to the road, making 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. Tickets are available at the Bulldog Ticket Office by calling (509) 313-6000.

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