Nov. 25, 2009
Washington To Host Husky Classic
The University of Washington women's basketball team (1-2, 0-0 Pac-10) will spend the holiday weekend at Bank of America Arena, where they will welcome Eastern Washington, Sacramento State and Memphis to Seattle for the annual Husky Classic. Washington will be the final game on Friday when they tip at 2 p.m. against the Eagles (3-1). Then on Sunday, the Huskies will face the Hornets (0-3). Memphis (2-2) will flip-flop opponents with Washington during the tournament, but will not play the Huskies.
Last Time Out For Washington
The Huskies succumbed to an early run from Gonzaga, which culminated in an 81-52 loss to the Bulldogs at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash., in a highly anticipated matchup of in-state rivals. Regina Rogers led UW with 12 points, continuing her development as a go-to post threat. Mackenzie Argens scored nine points while Kristi Kingma came off the bench to chip in with eight. Washington had trouble containing the three-headed duo of Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot, Heather Bowman and Vivian Frieson, who pulled down a season-high 14 rebounds. Ex-Husky Katelan Redmon added 18 points for the Bulldogs, who were the defending champs of the West Coast Conference. Washington's leading scorer Sami Whitcomb was held to five points.
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 Eastern Washington
Eastern Washington University is a member of the Big Sky Conference and based in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles are coached by Wendy Schuller, who is entering her eighth season with the program. Last year, EWU finished near the bottom of the Big Sky, compiling a 10-19 record, with just a 5-11 mark in the conference. The Eagles do bring back all five starters from the 2008-09 team, and eight letter-winners overall. Junior Julie Piper led EWU with 11.1 points per game last year, good for 18th in the Big Sky. Junior Kyla Evans is climbing up the school's career 3-point list. She had 112 to enter the season, which places her fifth for most in Eastern Washington history. Senior Nicole Scott was the only other Eagle to average in double-digit scoring last year (10.1 ppg).
Eagles & Huskies History
Washington and Eastern Washington have met 21 times overall, with the Huskies claiming wins in 20 of those contests, a 95 percent winning percentage. Their last meeting came in Cheney, where the Huskies escaped with a 67-59 win. The season prior, the Huskies defended home court with a 68-57 victory over the Eagles. From the 70s to the mid-1990s, UW and EWU were common opponents for one another. The lone win for Eastern came on Feb. 22, 1980, by a score of 80-68. The Huskies are 0-1 against the Big Sky this season, having dropped a 67-66 game to Portland State in the Rose City to open up the season.
Eastern Washington vs. Washington Noteworthy
Injury Report: Freshman guard Amanda Johnson will undergo surgery this weekend to repair a torn meniscus in her knee. There is no time-table for her return. Liz Lay continues to remain on day-to-day status with knee tendinitis. Lydia Young will not play again this season after doctors recommended she have surgery on her knee to fix a degenerative condition.
Eagles assistant coach Cheryl Sorenson is a name familiar to Husky fans. Sorenson played on the same Washington teams as current Huskies assistant Loree Payne, and was part of the UW group that went to the Elite Eight in 2001.
Seattle and Cheney are seperated by 266 miles, so it's no surprise Eastern Washington has a few Puget Sound residents on their roster. Freshman forward Carrie Ojeda is from Tacoma, while sophomore guard Chene Cooper is from Puyallup. Three other Washingtonians dot the Eagles roster, representing Lynden, Brewster and Yakima.
Up Next For The Huskies
Washington better get used to the home court at Bank of America this weekend, because it's going to be a long time before they play another game on it. The Huskies will be on the road for five weeks and seven consecutive games. Their journey starts with a trip to Florida for games against South Florida, the defending WNIT champion, and Central Florida. And while a trip to Seattle University doesn't necessarily constitute a "home" game, the two schools are separated by just over three miles. The road warrior lifestyle continues with a trip to Michigan, where the Huskies will face No. 25 Michigan State in East Lansing. Then they'll bus across the state for a matchup with Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.