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UW Women Open Final Regular Season Road Trip At No. 15 Stanford
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Feb. 21, 2006

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Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006
Washington (18-7, 11-5 Pac-10) at #15/#15 Stanford (19-6, 13-3 Pac-10)
Maples Pavilion • Palo Alto, Calif. • 7 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006
Washington (18-7, 11-5 Pac-10) at California (16-10, 8-8 Pac-10)
Haas Pavilion • Berkeley, Calif. • 3 p.m. PT
Radio - KKNW AM 1150

Up Next:
Washington women's basketball (18-7, 11-5 Pac-10) embarks on its final regular season road trip this week, traveling to the Bay Area to face No. 15 Stanford (19-6, 13-3), Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. and California (16-10, 8-8), Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. Much will be on the line for all three teams this weekend. First-place Stanford is in the hunt for its sixth-straight regular season Pac-10 title with the Huskies close behind in third and not completely out of the title race. Currently in sixth-place, California has its sights set on moving up in the standings to improve its seed for next week's Pac-10 Tournament. The Huskies have won two straight and five of their last seven games. Washington is looking for a season sweep over both Stanford and Cal after defeating both opponents in Seattle earlier this year. This week marks the first of back-to-back road trips to the Bay Area for UW, as the Huskies will travel to San Jose next week for the Pac-10 Tournament held at the HP Pavilion, March 3-6.

Radio Coverage:
All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150. Steve Sandmeyer, in his seventh season as the voice of UW women's hoops, calls the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fans can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass.

Pac-10 Race:
The Pac-10 title is still up for grabs heading into this week. First-place Stanford is in the driver's seat, holding just a half-game lead over second-place Arizona State. The Cardinal controls its own destiny - two wins this week would claim the title outright. Arizona State could share the title if the Cardinal splits and the Sun Devils win their rivalry game with Arizona. Washington could even squeeze into the mix. In order for that to happen, the Huskies would need to sweep in the Bay Area, and have both Stanford and ASU lose their games to share the regular season title. Arizona State could claim the title outright, if it defeats Arizona and Stanford falls to both Washington and Washington State.

Pac-10 Tournament:
The seeds for next weekend's Pac-10 Tournament are based on the final regular season standings. In the event of any ties, a tie-breaking procedure will take place. The tournament's Friday night play-in games will feature the No. 7 seed vs. No. 10 and No. 8 vs. No. 9. Saturday will see the No. 3 seed vs. No. 6, game one winner vs. No. 2, game two winner vs. No. 1 and the No. 4 seed vs. the No. 5 seed. The Pac-10 Tournament winner receives the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting Stanford (19-6, 13-3 Pac-10):
Five-time defending Pac-10 champion Stanford enters the week leading the conference standings with a half-game lead over second-place Arizona State, a team that handed the Cardinal its third Pac-10 loss of the season, Feb. 16, 62-59. Stanford is coming off a split in its last weekend series, bouncing back from the Sun Devil loss to defeat Arizona in Tucson, 87-76. Stanford has won 13 of its last 15 games, its other loss in that span coming on the road at UCLA (90-80). The Cardinal is 10-1 at home this year, 7-0 in conference matchups. Leading the way has been last year's Pac-10 Player and Freshman of the Year, Candice Wiggins. Wiggins averages 21.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Brooke Smith is Stanford's other top weapon, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds.

All-Time Series Versus Stanford:
Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington 29-14 and has won four of the last five meetings. But the Huskies defeated the Cardinal earlier this season - 77-72 - in Seattle, Dec. 22 and are looking for their first season sweep over Stanford in program history. It won't be an easy task, though, as Washington has won at Maples Pavilion just four times - its most recent coming seven years ago. The last time the Huskies defeated the Cardinal in Palo Alto was Feb. 18, 1999 - 74-62. Since then, the Huskies have lost the last six straight meetings versus Stanford on the road. Washington's other three wins at Stanford have been Feb. 9, 1991 (69-68), Feb. 14, 1987 (67-57) and Dec. 13, 1980 (84-78 in overtime).

Last Time Versus Stanford:
Cameo Hicks scored 23 points and Washington answered Stanford's 14-0 scoring run in the second half with one of their own to eventually upset 10th-ranked Stanford 77-72, Dec. 22. Brooke Smith scored a career-high 24 points for Stanford but missed a free-throw with 9.8 seconds left that would have cut Washington's lead to three. The Huskies' Andrea Plouffe then made two free throws to seal the win. Stanford, winner of the last five Pac-10 regular season championships, had beaten Washington four straight times. The teams traded turnovers on successive possessions in the final 1:08 with Washington leading 72-70. Then Hicks tied up Stanford's Clare Bodensteiner to force a held ball and Stanford's 23 turnover with 29.1 seconds left. Kristen O'Neill then make three of four free-throws to set up a Husky celebration at the final buzzer. Washington rallied from 11 down in the first half to take its first lead of the game with 16:16 left on Hicks' full-court drive and layin. However, Stanford answered immediately. The Cardinal scored the next 14 points to take its biggest lead of the game. Krista Rappahahn made her third and fourth three-point baskets of the game during the spurt. Washington went over three minutes without scoring during the run and trailed 51-38. Yet the Huskies rallied again. Emily Florence scored five points and assisted on four more during Washington's 14-0 run that forged its second lead, 55-53, on Hicks' basket with 7:44 left.

Stanford-UW Connections:
UW head coach June Daugherty served as an assistant coach to Tara Vanderveer at Stanford from 1985-89. Daugherty helped guide the 1989 Cardinal to an overall record of 28-3, an undefeated Pac-10 season and a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional Final.

Welcome Home:
Three Husky players, as well as assistant coach Kellie Lewis-Jay, are Northern California natives. Cameo Hicks hails from Tracy, while Cheri Craddock is from Oakland and Dominique Banks is from Stockton. Lewis-Jay grew up in Auburn, a city 30 miles northeast of Sacramento.

Dawg Bites:
• The Huskies have tallied at least 18 wins five times in the last six seasons. Washington's 11 Pac-10 wins are the most since winning 13 conference games in 2002-03.

• One of the Huskies' two wins over ranked opponents this year came versus Stanford at home, Dec. 22 (77-72).

• The Huskies closed out another strong season at home, finishing the year with a 12-2 record at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies' 12 home wins is the most since UW went 14-0 at home in 2002-03. Dating back to last season, Washington has won 16 of its last 18 home games.

• The Huskies have yet to lose consecutive Pac-10 games this year. Only once has UW lost back-to-back games this season, coming at then-No. 5 Baylor and at Texas A&M.

• Washington has won 13 of its last 18 games and is 23-9 in its last 32 games dating back to last year.

• The Huskies are 6-5 on the road this year, 4-3 while playing at Pac-10 opponents.

• Going into this week, Washington leads the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds (17.92) , turnover margin (+4.84) and steals (10.80). UW also ranked in the conference Top-5 in scoring offense (3rd, 71.8), scoring margin (3rd, +6.6), rebounding offense (2nd, 40.7), three-point field goal defense (5th, .316), rebounding margin (5th, +3.3), assists (5th, 14.76), and three-point FG made (3rd, 6.04).

• Junior All-America candidate Cameo Hicks is the team's leader in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.5), and is second in assists (2.6). Hicks, selected the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25, has reached double-figure scoring 20 times in 24 games including six 20-point efforts. In the Pac-10, Hicks ranks ninth in scoring, seventh in free-throw percentage (.775), ninth in offensive rebounds (2.42) (.370), and 10th in steals (1.75).

• Sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is not far behind Hicks when it comes to offensive numbers. On the season, Plouffe averages 10.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in scoring 13 times in the last 17 games. Plouffe is averaging 12.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in Washington's 15 Pac-10 games thus far.

• UW set a school record with its perfect 14-for-14 (1.000) clip from the free-throw line at Baylor, Dec. 2. The Huskies surpassed the previous school record of a 93.8 percentage (15-for-16) set in 1978 versus Sacramento State and in 1985 versus Oregon.

Daugherty Nearing 300-Win Mark:
Tenth-year head coach June Daugherty needs just five more victories to reach 300 in her career. Her all-time record currently stands at 295-196. Only two other current Pac-10 coaches have reached the 300-career win mark: Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (653-176) and Arizona's Joan Bonvincini (590-251). Daugherty already reached a coaching milestone earlier this season, earning her 100th Pac-10 victory in UW's overtime win at USC, Feb. 9. Daugherty's record at Washington is 172-122.

Last Time Out:
Subbing for an ailing Cameo Hicks, senior Kristen O'Neill scored 17 points in her final home game, carrying the Huskies to a 66-51 win over Oregon State, Feb. 18. The win, combined with a 77-73 USC win over UCLA, moved Washington past the Bruins into sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 with two games remaining. Hicks was forced to miss her first game of the season, when struck with the stomach flu the previous night. In her place was O'Neill, starting for the final time at home after having come off the bench in UW's previous 17 games. The senior from Edmonds, Wash., started every game of the 2004-05 season and the first seven games this season. Washington held the Beavers without a field goal for more than four minutes while opening an early 8-0 lead. A 13-2 run later in the half - including six points from O'Neill - made it 26-10 in Washington's favor, and the Huskies led 34-17 at the break. Oregon State shot just 25 percent before halftime, with its 15 turnovers nearly doubling its eight field goals made. Six more points by O'Neill in the opening minutes of the second half helped Washington open a 20-point lead, 45-25, with 14:17 to play, before the Beavers began to claw back. OSU forward Kim Butler - who finished with a game-high 20 points - scored 14 of the Beavers' next 18 points, leading the visitors on an 18-7 run that cut the Huskies' lead to just nine points, at 52-43, with 6:56 remaining. Washington put the clamps down, however, holding the Beavers to just three more field goals the rest of the way and feeding the ball to posts Breanne Watson and Andrea Plouffe who combined for eight of UW's final 14 points. Watson finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two steals while sophomore Dominique Banks scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Ranked Opponents:
Washington is 2-3 against ranked opponents, defeating then-No. 23 Utah (Nov. 23) and then-No. 10 Stanford (Dec. 22) while falling to then-No. 5 Baylor (Dec. 2) and twice to Arizona State (Dec. 29, Jan. 28). Washington is 39-99 overall versus Top-25 opponents, including a 28-40 mark at home. UW is 2-1 at home against ranked opponents this season, and 0-2 on the road.

D-D-D-Defense:
As the defense goes, so go the Huskies. UW is holding its opponents to an average of 65.2 points per game and is 14-2 when holding its opponents to less than 70 points. The Huskies held their last two opponents - Oregon (55) and Oregon State (51) - to no more than 55 points. Washington is also forcing its opponents to commit an average of 22.0 turnovers per game, including season-highs of 29 by Eastern Washington (Dec. 12) and USC (Feb. 9). The Huskies began the week leading the Pac-10 in steals, led by Kristen O'Neill with a team-high 45. Both O'Neill and Cameo Hicks rank in the individual Top-10 in steals, with O'Neill in eighth with 1.80 per game and Hicks in 10th with 1.75 per game.

Crashing The Boards:
Washington's increased inside presence has been reflected by its improved rebounding numbers. The Huskies are averaging 40.7 rebounds per game, up from last year's average of 37.6. In fact, the Huskies are 13-1 when outrebounding their opponent. UW grabbed a season-high 64 rebounds versus USC, Feb. 9, including an incredible 32 offensive boards. The offensive glass is where UW has especially excelled this season. The Huskies have led the Pac-10 in offensive rebounds the majority of the season (17.92).

Most Improved Plouffe:
If her early season numbers are any indication, sophomore forward Andrea Plouffe is on track to win her second-straight Most Improved Player honors when team awards are handed out. After averaging 4.6 minutes on the floor as a freshman, with 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, Plouffe has emerged as one of the top Huskies this year and added a boost to the team's inside presence. Having started every game this year, Plouffe is second on the squad with 10.6 points per game to go along with a rebounding average of 4.4. She has reached double figures in scoring 16 times, including back-to-back then-career high efforts versus San Diego and Rice in the Husky Classic, a performance that earned her tournament MVP honors. She established a new career-high for scoring with 19 points at Oregon State, Jan. 19. Plouffe's first career double-double came at a good time, her 17 points and 10 rebounds leading UW over Rice in the Husky Classic Championship game. Her second double-double was a 10-point, 10-rebound performance in the Pac-10 opener vs. Cal. She also had team-highs in both points (14) and rebounds (8) in UW's win at Arizona (Dec. 31) and scored a team-high 16 points in both contests versus Washington State (Jan. 7 in Pullman; Feb. 5 in Seattle).

Hot Hicks:
Junior guard Cameo Hicks has emerged as the Huskies' much-needed go-to player, as no Husky averaged double-figures in scoring last year. This year, Hicks leads the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (5.5). Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in 14 of 25 games and the team's top rebounder in 10 (ties included). Hicks' numbers have been nothing but impressive. The Tracy, Calif., native opened the season scoring in double-figures in four-straight including three-straight 21-point games (21 vs. Florida State, 21 vs. Utah and 26 vs. San Diego). Only four times has Hicks failed to score at least 10 points, with eight versus Rice (Nov. 27), seven at Texas A&M (Dec. 4), eight at Arizona (Dec. 31) and nine versus USC (Jan. 14). Her 15.0 scoring average is a huge improvement upon her average of 9.5 ppg during her sophomore campaign. Hicks has two double-doubles this season (three in her career) with 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds versus Utah (Nov. 23) and 17 points and 10 rebounds versus UCLA (Jan. 12). Hicks was the key to the Huskies two-point win over Florida State (Nov. 20), scoring a game-high 21 points including seven of the last 14 for UW. She had the gamewinning layin with 6.9 seconds on the clock and was 6-for-7 from the line. Hicks also led UW with 13 points and nine rebounds at Alabama (Nov. 18) and had team-highs in points (15) and assists (four) at Baylor (Dec. 2). On her 21st birthday, she also scored a team-high 16 points versus Eastern Washington (Dec. 12). Her 23-point performance versus No. 10 Stanford earned her Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 19-25. Most recently, Hicks notched her fifth and sixth 20-point games this year with a team-high 25 in UW's double overtime thriller with USC, Feb. 9, and 21 points at UCLA, Feb. 11.

Oh Canada:
Washington's starting frontline of forwards Breanne Watson and Andrea Plouffe both hail from Canada. Watson, a junior, is a native of Richmond, British Columbia and Plouffe, a sophomore, is from Edmonton, Alberta. Both players have spent time on Canadian national teams. Watson played for the Canadian National Women's Development Team at two World University Games - in Turkey in 2005 and in Korea in 2003. And before coming to Washington, Plouffe played for the Canadian Junior Development Team during the summer of 2003.

Kayla Burt Announces Retirement:
Washington senior Kayla Burt announced Jan. 16 that her playing career with the Husky women's basketball team has come to an end. The decision was reached through a mutual agreement between Burt, her doctors and the UW athletic department following information obtained regarding the cause for the activation of her internal heart defibrillator during Washington's game against UCLA, Jan. 12. After being admitted to the University of Washington Medical Center Thursday night and undergoing a variety of tests through Friday, it was determined that the defibrillator shocked Burt's heart due to an arrhythmia and was not caused by a malfunction or damage to the device. The defibrillator performed just as it was designed - to emit an electrical shock to the heart when an abnormality was detected. Doctors did not find any damage to Burt's heart but the dangerous rhythm she experienced raised concern due to the fact the cardiac arrest she suffered almost exactly three years ago was now not an isolated incident. Burt had the defibrillator implanted in the right side of her chest following a cardiac arrest she suffered on New Year's Eve, 2002. She was initially diagnosed with Long Q-T Syndrome but additional testing found it was unlikely she had the condition. She was then diagnosed with idiopathic ventricular fibrillation meaning doctors could not determine the cause of her arrest. With that new information, Burt expressed her desire to return to playing basketball and officially rejoined the team in August, 2004. Burt was honored for her courageous comeback, earning the 2005 V Foundation Comeback Award and being a nominee for the 2005 ESPY for Comeback of the Year. This year, Burt came off the bench in 15 games, averaging 6.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. She still leads the team with 20 three-pointers made. She reached double-figures in scoring three times, including a season-high 14 points in the Husky Classic Championship versus Rice. For her career, Burt averaged 7.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Home Sweet Home:
Washington has a long standing tradition of a stellar home record. UW is 286-70 all-time on its home court (80.3 winning pct.) at Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Last season marked the first time that UW lost more than five games at home. The Huskies were 8-7 at home last year, their lowest home winning percentage (53.3) in school history, but did end the season winning their last four at Bank of America Arena. UW is 12-2 on its home court in 2005-06.

UW Completes Impressive Non-Conference Slate:
Washington emerged from its non-conference slate with a 7-2 overall record, an impressive mark considering the Huskies faced four NCAA Tournament teams (including defending champion Baylor) and one WNIT team from last season. The Huskies' record is their best since also going 7-2 against non-conference teams two years ago (2003-04). Only two other June Daugherty coached teams have had better records. The 1997-98 team went 9-0 in the preseason, while the 2002-03 team went 8-1.

Ranked Opponents:
Five teams on Washington's schedule are ranked in either of the latest Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Polls: Baylor (No. 10 AP/No. 10 WBCA), Stanford (No. 15 AP/No. 15 WBCA), Arizona State (No. 11 AP/No. 13 WBCA), Texas A&M (No. 25 AP/rv WBCA) and Utah (No. 19 AP/No. 24 WBCA).

Bell Climbing Career Blocks List:
Junior forward Jill Bell has steadily climbed up Washington's career list for blocked shots. After beginning the season ranked eighth on the list, Bell holds sole possession of seventh with a total of 74.

O'Neill Moving Up Career Three-Pointers List:
Senior guard Kristen O'Neill isn't the only Husky etching her name in the Washington record books. O'Neill continues to move up both career lists for three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted. She is holds sole possession of seventh place in three-pointers made (131) and is fifth in three-pointers attempted (398).

The Schedule:
Washington's 2005-06 schedule features nine opponents that appeared in last year's NCAA Tournament including the defending NCAA champion Baylor Lady Bears. Baylor highlights a formidable preseason slate that includes the likes of Florida State, Utah and Rice, while Pac-10 steams Stanford (Elite Eight), Arizona State (Sweet 16), USC, Oregon and Arizona are also squads that participated in postseason play last year.

Reaching 600:
Washington's win over Utah (Nov. 23) was also the 600th in program history. UW's all-time record is 615-311, its inaugural season being 1974-75.

Head Coach June Daugherty:
June Daugherty is in her 10th season as the head coach of the Husky women's basketball team, having led Washington to the postseason seven times. She has guided UW to four NCAA Tournaments, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2000-01, and three trips to the WNIT. She was also one of 25 finalists for the prestigious Naismith Coach of the Year award in 2002-03. Twice has a Daugherty squad reached the 22-win plateau. Daugherty has compiled a UW record of 172-122, and a career record of 295-196. She coached seven seasons at Boise State before coming to Seattle. Her husband, Mike, is the Huskies' Associate Head Coach, while Janet Soderberg and Kellie Lewis-Jay are the two assistants. Mike Daugherty is in his 10th year with the team, while Soderberg begins her second season and Lewis-Jay enters her third year.

Burt Receives National Recognition For Comeback:
Following the end of last season, senior guard Kayla Burt received a pair of national honors for her comeback to basketball after suffering a cardiac arrest episode on New Year's Eve, 2002. In her first year back on the court, Burt led the Huskies in scoring (9.6 ppg), assists (2.9 apg), free-throw percentage (75.8) and free-throws made (69). In March she was named the 2005 recipient of the prestigious V Foundation Comeback Award and during the summer made a trip to Hollywood for the 2005 ESPY Awards as one of four nominees for Best Comeback. Burt was presented the V Foundation Trophy prior to the Feb. 5 game with Washington State. At the local level, Burt was also named the Everett Herald's Woman of the Year in Sports.

Watson Gains International Experience:
Junior forward Breanne Watson represented her native country as a member of the Canadian National Development Team that competed at the 2005 World University Games held in Turkey in August. A starter on the squad, Watson averaged 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in six games. She missed the seventh game after injuring her elbow. The Canadian team finished 11th overall with a 4-3 record. It was the second time Watson competed in the World University Games, as she was a member of the Canadian National Development Team that competed in Korea during the summer of 2003.

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