March 19, 2010
Washington travels to the Lone Star State to take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the quarterfinals of the inaugural WBI
The Washington women's basketball team (13-17, 7-11) will attempt to continue their postseason run when they head to Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday for the quarterfinals of the inaugural Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). The No. 3 seeded Huskies will face the No. 2 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23-10) at 2:00 p.m. at the Dugan Wellness Center.
Should the Huskies top the Islanders, they would face either No. 4 seed Wichita State or No. 1 see Memphis in the WBI semifinals. That game would be played either at home vs. Wichita State or on the road in Memphis against the Tigers.
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vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Sun., March 21 2:00 p.m. (PST)
Dugan Wellness Center (1,200)
Radio: KKNW 1150AM
Last Time Out For Washington
Washington started its foray into the postseason with a splash. In the opening round of the inaugural WBI, the Huskies showcased a dynamic offense from the opening tip to steamroll visiting Portland in a 75-44 demolition on Wednesday night at Bank of America Arena.
It was the first time all season five Huskies had scored in double-digits, led by 15 from leading scorer Sami Whitcomb. Unlike a lot of Huskies' games this season, Whitcomb didn't have to shoulder the scoring load. Instead, the Huskies showcased an efficient, clockwork-like offense as teammates found each other for open jumpers and layups.
Sophomore Kristi Kingma had the most complete game by a Husky, tallying 11 points in addition to seven rebounds (tying a career-high), five assists and five steals. But the Huskies were most pleased with the performance of Mackenzie Argens, who had struggled down the Pac-10 stretch. Argens chipped in with 12 points, and at one point scored five straight baskets in a flurry of second-half activity.
A Quick Season Recap
UW kicked off their postseason with a bang, trouncing the visiting Portland Pilots 75-44 to advance to the second round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. The Huskies rebounded from a tough Pac-10 Tournament which they entered as the No. 7 seed having won their last three games, but suffered a 52-42 loss to Oregon State in the opening round of the tournament.
To start the three-game win streak, the Huskies snapped a six-game losing skid with a 70-54 rout of rival Washington State at home, which came after a sweep at the Los Angeles schools. This trip came after an OT loss to Cal and a 58-36 defeat at the hands of No. 2 Stanford at Bank of America Arena. Prior to the homestand, the Huskies were swept away in Arizona, where a tough OT loss to ASU preceded an 80-50 decision in Tucson to Arizona.
Washington's last win came at WSU in OT on Jan. 29, which took the sting off a pair of losses by the same 69-65 score to UCLA and USC at home, despite the Huskies holding halftime leads in both games. The pair of defeats added up to a four-game skid 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. 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 then-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. A trip to Florida earned the squad a split against USF and UCF, and then Washington returned to the Northwest to grit out a 58-53 win over city rival Seattle University.
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 then 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.
About Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
The Islanders are coached by Robert Robinson, head coach since 2006. They are 23-10 on the season after a 97-89 overtime win over Cal State-Bakersfield in the first round of the WBI. They have already tied the school record for wins at 23 in one year, set during the 2004-05 season when they made an appearance in the WNIT. TAMU-CC is the No. 2 seed in the WBI West Region.
TAMU-CC finished the regular season with an 86-59 loss to Lamar in the Southland Conference Tournament finals. It was the first time in history the Islanders had reached the conference championship game.
Junior guard Jade Davis is the top scorer for the Islanders, averaging 15.2 points per game. Junior forward Adrienne Scott averages 10.4 ppg, and senior center Elisa Beagle leads the team with an average 8.7 rebounds per game.
The Islanders boast only one player who does not hail from the state of Texas - senior LaToya Thomas, from Jamaica.
Series Record: Washington has never faced Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Noteworthy: The win over Portland marked the program's first postseason victory since March 18, 2006 ... The last postseason game the Huskies played in Texas came on March 20, 1993 in Lubbock against Texas Tech ... This is the second postseason appearance for the Islanders, who had previously appeared in the WNIT in 2005 ... The Huskies are taking a non-traditional flight to Texas. Because of the quick turnaround, UW will fly to Vancouver, B.C., before catching a connection to Houston. There the Huskies will take a charter bus to Corpus Christi. But no worries for Washington, which has already played non-conference games in faraway locales such as Florida and Michigan.
Up Next For The Huskies
Should the Huskies win, they would either host No. 4 seed Wichita State in Seattle or travel to Memphis to play the No. 1 seed Tigers, depending on who wins the other quarterfinal in the West Region.