Jan. 25, 2010
Huskies Looking To Continue Streak Against In-State Rival Cougars
The University of Washington women's basketball team (8-10, 3-5 Pac-10) has a chance to rebound from a difficult homestand against the LA schools with an opponent it's had a successful run against - Washington State. The Huskies have won 28 consecutive games against the Cougars (5-14, 0-8), but that streak will be put to the test in Pullman on Friday at 5 p.m.
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 Washington State game will also be broadcast regionally 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.
About the Huskies
Sami Whitcomb leads Washington in scoring with 13.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest. The senior has also compiled a team-high four double-doubles this season.
The Huskies are 4-7 on the road, including 1-3 in Pac-10 Conference games.
Washington out-rebounded the Trojans by their largest margin of the season (16) against any opponent.
Kristi Kingma is second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4 points per game. She pumped in 19 points against USC last Thursday, showcasing her consistency with the mid-range jumper. Kingma leads the team with 33 steals.
Christina Rozier scored 11 points in 14 minutes against UCLA, making for an efficient scoring afternoon. The senior guard has scored 26 points in her last three games, including a career-best 13 against Stanford.
UW is third in the Pac-10 in blocks per game, averaging 4.3 over 18 contests.
Mackenzie Argens is ninth in the Pac-10 in blocks with 1.2 per game. Kingma and Whitcomb are eighth and 13th in the league, respectively in steals (1.9 and 1.6).
Whitcomb is second in the conference in free-throw percentage, with 58 made in 65 attempts for a .892 average.
Charting Washington's Results
The Huskies had halftime leads in both games against UCLA and USC, but weren't able to secure the wins at Bank of America Arena. Washington has lost four straight 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. The Huskies shook off a limited Sami Whitcomb (foul trouble) to defeat the Beavers, who were 9-2 going into the game. 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 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.
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 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.
A trip to Florida earned the squad a split against USF and UCF. The Huskies ensured a late win over the Knights when Whitcomb converted a three-point play in the final minute to give her team a 62-59 win. Washington returned to the Northwest to grit out a 58-53 win over city rival Seattle University.
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.
The Cougars have yet to win a Pac-10 game this season, losing all eight of those contests by an average of 11.2 points per. Overall, WSU has lost nine in a row and 10 of their last 11.
Sophomore guard April Cook leads the team with an average of 13.6 ppg in 19 contests. Freshman Kiki Moore is second on the team at 13.1 while sophomore Jazmine Perkins, who made the Pac-10 All-Freshman team last season, has a 10.5 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.
Series Record: UW leads the all-time series 58-10 and has won an impressive 28 straight games against their in-state rivals. The Huskies have traditionally played well in Pullman, having won 28 of 31 games all-time on the Palouse.
Washington has not lost to WSU since a 67-72 defeat in Pullman on Feb. 25, 1995. Last year, the Huskies comfortably won their opening game against the Cougars, 71-58, at Bank of America Arena on Jan 3., but then had to work for a hard-fought 62-55 victory at Beasley Coliseum on March 6. In the latter game, WSU rallied to take a late, 55-54, lead before the Huskies' Kristi Kingma scored some timely points down the stretch.
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)...Current Huskies assistant Loree Payne played four years for Daugherty from 1999-03.