Dec. 5, 2009
Time: 7:00pm PT
Radio: ISP Sports Network,
Sirius 215, XM 193
Washington And Cal State Northridge History
The Huskies are 3-0 all-time against the Matadors of Cal State Northridge, including an 80-66 victory on Dec. 22, 2007. In that game, Venoy Overton scored 14 points on 5-of-5 from the fi eld, including 4-of-4 from 3pt range. Quincy Pondexter (2pts), Matthew Bryan-Amaning (4 pts) and Justin Holiday (0 pts) also saw action off the bench for Washington in that game. No current Matadors played in that game. Washington also has victories over CS-Nothridge in 2003 (89-80) and 1992 (61-57) -- both home games. Lorenzo Romar went 0-2 against the Matadors while coaching at Pepperdine, so he is 2-2 all-time against the Big West school.
Scouting the Matadors
Cal State Northridge is 4-3 on the season after beating Idaho 95-93 on Thursday behind Kenny Daniel's 39 points, the most by a Matador player since 1967. They rallied from a 14 point defi cit in the second half and have won two-straight after a 2-3 start to the season. They have losses to TCU, Western Kentucky and nationally-ranked Purdue. Leading the way for them is senior guard-forward Daniels who is averaging 19.7 points per game. Willie Gallick, a 6-8, 225-pound senior is adding 11.1 ppg.The Matadors have either won outright or earned a share of the league title the last two seasons, and represented the Big West in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. They are coached by Billy Braswell, who is entering his 14th season at the helm.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter scored a career-high 31 points for Washington, but the Huskies lost 99-92 in overtime to Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, which had fi ve players in double fi gures, outscored the Huskies 19-12 in overtime. John Roberson scored a season-high 25 points and turned a steal into a layup with 44 seconds remaining to seal the undefeated Red Raiders' victory. Elston Turner missed two free throws with 4.8 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 80. Mike Singletary of Texas Tech brought the ball up and appeared to have won the game on a running 3-pointer as time expired but offi cials determined he did not get the shot off before the buzzer. The crowd swarmed the court, thinking the game was over. The fans, and the debris they left behind, had to be cleared from the court before the overtime could begin. Down nine points at halftime, the Huskies used a 10-2 run to tie it at 60 when Darnell Gant hit a jump shot with about 13 minutes remaining. There were nine lead changes over the next 8 minutes.
Record Free Throws
Washington is on pace to better the all-time team records for free throws made and attempted, just one year after setting the high standards. The Huskies are averaging 22 free throws made per game and 30 attempts. Over a 31 game season, the minimum the UW will play this year, Washington is on pace for 682 makes and 930 attempts. The records established last season were 650 makes and 930 attempts. In addition, Quincy Pondexter is averaging 7.3 free throws made per game and Isaiah Thomas 6.3. Over 31 games that equals 227 makes for Q-Pon and 196 for Thomas. The season record for made free throws is 196 by Bob Houbregs in 1953. The record for free throw attempts in a season is 281 by Dean Parsons in 1951, with both Pondexter and Thomas trailing that pace by a wide margin.
Leaders Of The Pac
Not only is Washington the only Pac-10 team ranked in the latest Associated Press poll, there are several statistical categories in which the Huskies lead the conference in the rankings released Nov. 30. The Dawgs are No. 1 in scoring offense per game (86.0), rebounds (40.8), offensive rebounds (16.3), rebounding margin (+10.3), turnover margin (+5.5), assist/turnover ratio (1.2 asst/to). In addition, they are second in the Pac-10 in free throw percentage (.733), 3-point field goal defense (.294) and assists per game (14.08).
Huskies In The National Ranks
Through Friday's action, Quincy Pondexter is tied for 14th nationally in scoring average (22.3 ppg), 31st in rebounds (10.0 rpg) and 15th in free throw percentage (88%, 44-50). Washington is 6th nationally averaging 86.0 points per game.
Quincy's Chance To Dance
Quincy Pondexter will make his stage debut on Wednesday, Dec. 23 in the 7:30 pm showing of the Nutcracker put on annually by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Pondexter will play the role of Grandfather in the party scene during Act I. For the role, Pondexter will undergo a make up process that will age him 40 years. He is the first Husky to ever be asked to play the role. The show will take place at McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center. Tickets for the show may be purchased by contacting the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center.