Nov. 28, 2009
Washington To Face Sacramento St. In Husky Classic Finale
The University of Washington women's basketball team (2-2, 0-0 Pac-10) wraps up their holiday weekend when they entertain Sacramento State (1-4) in the final game of the XXIII Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena. Beforehand, Memphis (3-2) will face Eastern Washington (3-2). On Friday, Tigers guard Brittany Carter broke the Husky Classic record - set by ex-UW player Megan Franza - with 49 points against the Hornets. The mark also tied Huskies legend Bob Houbregs for most points scored at Edmundson Pavilion with 49. Carter also finished with 11 rebounds.
Last Time Out For Washington
The Huskies hardly blinked against their in-state opponent from Cheney, flustering Eastern Washington into just 23 percent shooting from the floor in a 64-46 win in UW's opening game in the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena. Regina Rogers once again led the way for Washington, scoring 12 points and pulling down six boards. Sami Whitcomb added 10 points, while also filling out her stat line with five rebounds and five assists to go along with three steals. Sophomore Mollie Williams added a season-high 10 points for the Huskies.
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.
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 Sacramento State
Sacramento State is a member of the Big Sky Conference and is located in Sacramento, Calif. The Hornets are coached by Jamie Craighead, who at 29 years old is the youngest Division I women's basketball coach in the country. The Elma, Wash., native is in her first season as head of the Hornets program. She played collegiately at Oregon.
Sacramento State is a team capable of exploding offensively, and demonstrated that quality in a 98-83 loss to Memphis in the Husky Classic's opening game on Friday. Charday Hunt and Jasmine Cannady each scored 20 points for the Hornets in a game that featured a lot of back-and-forth action on the hardwood. Hunt, who is from the Pacific Northwest (Portland, Ore.) is averaging a team-high 18 points per game, along with seven rebounds. Overall, the Hornets have four players who are scoring in double-digits.
Last year, the Hornets finished fifth in the conference with a 9-21 record (7-9 in the Big Sky). Hunt was a second-team All Big Sky performer. In total, Sac. St. has four starters returning from that team.
Hornets & Huskies History
Washington and Sacramento State have only met twice in their history, which came in a home-and-home series between the two schools in the late 1970s. The Huskies swept both those games.
Their last meeting came in the California capital as the Huskies escaped with a 63-61 win on Dec. 18, 1978. The season prior, Washington came away with a 69-60 win in Seattle.
Sacramento State is the third Big Sky opponent the UW has faced this season. The Huskies lost to preseason conference favorite Portland State on a late jumper to open the year, and then beat Eastern Washington on Friday in the Husky Classic.
Sacramento State vs. Washington Noteworthy
Injury Report: Freshman guard Amanda Johnson underwent 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, but did not play in the Husky Classic opener against Eastern Washington. Lydia Young will not play again this season after doctors recommended she have surgery on her knee to fix a degenerative condition.
The Hornets have three Washingtonians on their roster. Nneka Payne is from Auburn, while Karri Gallagher calls Lake Stevens home. Senior forward Erika Edwards is from Redmond.
Sacramento State coach Jamie Craighead has significant ties to the Seattle area, having spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Division II powerhouse Seattle Pacific, who the Huskies faced in exhibition play this season.
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.