Jan. 13, 2003
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 --
UW vs. California / 7:00 p.m. PST
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network
KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle-KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 --
UW vs. Stanford / 4:00 p.m. PST
Fox Sports Net TV
Bank of America Arena (10,000); Seattle, Wash.
Husky Sports Radio Network / KJR (AM 950) in Puget Sound area
The Washington Huskies (6-7, 1-3) seek to snap a two-game losing streak this week when they entertain their Pacific-10 Conference rivals from the Bay Area. The Huskies host California on Thursday, Jan. 16. Tip-off is 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena. The Golden Bears (10-2, 3-0) are one of only two undefeated teams in the Pac-10 standings, joining Arizona. Cal features Pac-10 Player of the Week Joe Shipp who had 35 points in his last outing. Washington hosts Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. That game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. The Cardinal (11-4, 2-1) won the last 10 meetings with UW, their longest winning streak in the series. Last week, UW was swept in the desert for the 13th time in its last 15 visits. They lost 89-57 at Arizona State and 79-61 at No. 2 Arizona. The Huskies are happy to return home where they have a 5-3 record compared to a 1-4 road record.
First-year coach Lorenzo Romar has six coaching victories at Washington. He has a ways to go before matching the 29 wins UW posted during his two seasons as a player. Romar was a two-year starting point guard for the Huskies in 1978-79 (11-16 record) and 1979-80 (18-10 record). His senior squad participated in the NIT.
Thursday's game is not televised. Saturday's UW game against Stanford will be televised live at 4 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. At least 12 Washington men's basketball games will be televised live this season, most of them on Fox Sports Net.
All Husky men's basketball games are broadcast live on the Husky Sports Radio Network. Thursday's game against California will be broadcast on KLFE (AM 1590) in Seattle and KHHO (AM 850) in Tacoma due to a scheduling conflict with KJR. The majority of games will air on Husky flagship station KJR Radio (AM-950) throughout the Puget Sound area. Bob Rondeau provides the play-by-play for the 16th season. He will be joined on home broadcasts by color commentator Jason Hamilton, a UW point guard from 1994-96. Fans may now subscribe to an on-line service that allows them to listen to numerous college basketball broadcasts, including Washington's, over the internet for a monthly subscription fee. For more information go to: www.collegesports.com
Sophomore point guard Will Conroy has emerged as a major offensive threat for Washington after averaging just 2.5 points per game last season. He currently leads the team and ranks 14th among Pac-10 players with a 13.8-point average. Conroy distributed a team-high 56 assists, ranking fifth among Pac-10 players with 4.3 per game. He tallied a career-high 19 points at UNLV (Nov. 30) and improved that figure with a 32-point effort at Gonzaga (Dec. 2) while shooting 13-of-17 from the field. Conroy's previous game-high total was nine points. He already has 180 points this season after totaling 72 points during the entire 2001-02 season. Conroy led all UW scorers in five games this season, a feat he did not accomplish at all last year. He scored in double figures in nine games after failing to register 10 or more points in any outing last season.
UW's Lorenzo Romar needs one more victory to reach 100 for his coaching career. His seven-year record is 99-95 ... The Huskies won three of their last four home games ... Doug Wrenn leads UW in rebounds (6.2) and blocks (18). He is second on the squad in scoring (13.2), and assists (33) ... Washington's assist-turnover ratio in its five victories is 105-99 while the corresponding mark in five losses is 74-123 ... UW has a 5-1 record when its field goal percent is better than its opponents ... Washington is shooting 42 percent (43-103) from 3-point range in its six wins, compared to 28 percent (25-88) in its seven losses ... The Huskies boast a 6-1 record in games when they score more than 70 points and have an 0-6 mark when scoring less than 70 points.
Sophomore David Hudson has 34 points in 40 minutes this season, coming on 11 treys and one free throw. Hudson leads all Pac-10 marksmen in 3-point accuracy. He is shooting 57.9 percent (11-19) from 3-point range where all but one of his attempts have come. Hudson missed his only shot from inside the arc. He had back-to-back games with three 3-pointers, against Florida International (Dec. 21) and Houston (Dec. 23).
Sophomore Jeffrey Day was reinstated academically on Jan. 8 and played in both games last week in Arizona. The 6-foot-9 forward missed three UW games after being declared ineligible on Dec. 27. The Huskies had a 2-1 record in his absence.
The California Series
> Washington owns a slim 68-66 lead in the all-time series despite losing four of the last five meetings with California.
> The Huskies won the most recent meeting 75-60 in Seattle, halting a four-game losing streak against the Golden Bears.
> The teams split last season's meetings, each winning on its home floor. Cal won the first meeting in 2002 by a 62-50 in Berkeley and UW responded with a 75-60 decision in Seattle.
> Washington owns a 44-24 series advantage over Cal during games played in Seattle.
> Seventh-year California Coach Ben Braun has a 7-5 record against the Huskies.
> First-year UW Coach Lorenzo Romar has a 1-1 record against California. Romar's Saint Louis squad lost to the Bears last season after defeating Cal in the 2001 season.
The Last Meeting
UW 75, California 60 (Feb. 16, 2002; Seattle)
C.J. Massingale tied his career-high with 25 points, including six during the decisive four-minute stretch in the second half of Washington's 75-60 upset of second-place California at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies (9-16, 3-12) halted their five-game losing streak and a four-game skid against California (18-6, 9-5). Washington gradually overcame an early 18-10 deficit, taking a 31-29 lead by halftime. The Golden Bears tallied 12 unanswered points to go ahead 45-38 with 14:13 left to play. The lead was 49-44 before the Huskies staged a 13-2 run to claim the lead for good at 57-51 with 8:25 remaining. Massingale had six points during the run that he capped by driving and distributing to David Dixon for a dunk. Grant Leep and Curtis Allen each had 12 points for Washington. Cal held Doug Wrenn to six points, 14 points under his 20.6-point average. Wrenn led all UW scorers in the previous 11 games. Joe Shipp scored 15 points for the Bears who also got 12 from Ryan Forehan-Kelly and 11 from Solomon Hughes. The Huskies missed 13 of their first 15 shots from 3-point range before converting five straight 3-pointers and finishing at 7-of-21 for the game. Cal hit just 1-of-12 treys.
The second century of Washington basketball begins with a prominent player from the first century assuming the head coaching position. Lorenzo Romar, a two-year Husky starting point guard in 1979 and 1980, was hired April 3, 2002 as the 18th coach in the 101-year history of UW basketball. He is the school's first African-American head basketball coach. Romar served three-year head coaching stints at Pepperdine (1997-99) and Saint Louis (2000-02) before returning to Washington. He inherits a young Husky team that finished with an 11-18 record in 2002, placed eighth with a 5-13 conference record and participated in the Pac-10 Tournament. Nine of the 13 players on the UW roster are freshmen (5) or sophomores (4). There is only one senior (Marlon Shelton) on the roster that also lists just three juniors (Curtis Allen, C.J. Massingale, Doug Wrenn). Shelton, Allen and Massingale are the only three team members who have played more than one season in a Husky uniform. Wrenn (19.5) and Allen (12.0) were the team's top two scorers in 2002.
Romar on Radio
The Washington Basketball Coaches' Show with Lorenzo Romar will air weekly either on Monday or Tuesday nights from 7-7:30 p.m. on KJR (AM-950). The show is hosted by play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau along with KJR Radio personality David Locke. The next broadcast is Monday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.
Last Husky Game
Arizona 79, UW 61 (Jan. 11, 2003; Tucson, Ariz.)
Salim Stoudamire scored six of his game-high 23 points during an 18-4 second-half run, helping No. 2 Arizona defeat Washington 79-61 at McKale Center. The Wildcats (11-1, 4-0) beat UW at home for the seventh consecutive time and the 18th time in the last 19 meetings in Tucson. The Huskies (6-7, 1-3) scored the game's opening five points and trailed only 31-28 before Arizona scored six straight points to close the first half with a 37-28 advantage. UW drew within 52-46 on a Nate Robinson jumper with 11:57 left to play. The Huskies were held without a basket for the next 5-1/2 minutes while Arizona went on a 12-2 surge. The run reached 18-4, capped by Stoudamire's two free throws that made it 70-50 with 4:59 remaining. Stoudamire converted all eight of his free throw attempts. He was 3-for-8 from 3-point range while the rest of the Wildcats were 0-for-7. Jason Gardner had 11 points and nine assists for Arizona which also got 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks from Channing Frye. Washington's Doug Wrenn, who scored 35 points at McKale Center last year, managed 11 before fouling out with 7:07 remaining. Nate Robinson also scored 11 for the Huskies.
Washington started four different lineups this season, including the group of Wrenn/Jones/Washington/Conroy/Allen that opened the last outing. Two Huskies have started every game: Doug Wrenn and Will Conroy.
Washington finished the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 5-4 record. That was the second straight winning non-conference campaign for the Huskies who were 6-3 last season. UW posted a 5-7 non-conference record in 1999-2000 and was 6-6 in 2000-01.
Home Sweet Home
The Huskies play all of their home games in recently renovated Bank of America Arena at Edmundson Pavilion. From March of 1999 to November of 2000, the Pavilion's interior was completely redesigned while the building's exterior went unchanged. Despite an increased seating capacity from 7,900 to approximately 10,000, the arena has a more intimate, basketball-only configuration. The Huskies have won 762 games in the Pavilion since it opened on Dec. 27, 1927, more victories than any other school in its current arena.
Nate the Great
Freshman point guard Nate Robinson has had an immediate impact on the hardwood after an impressive campaign on the gridiron. He had eight points in 23 minutes Dec. 2 against UCLA after competing in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31. He grabbed nine rebounds against USC (Jan. 4) and led UW scorers with 11 points at Arizona (Jan. 11). Robinson topped all UW scorers four times. His collegiate basketball debut was a six-minute stint against Wyoming (Dec. 5) in Seattle and he had one rebound and one assist. The 5-8 leaper was spectacular in his second outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara (Dec. 7). He followed that up with another 19-point performance, against Eastern Washington (Dec. 14) and had a team-high 14 against Florida International (Dec. 21). Robinson suited up, but did not play in the Nov. 24 season opener, one day after grabbing a critical interception for the Husky football team that upset No. 3 Washington State 29-26 in Pullman. Robinson was a prep All-American in both football and basketball. He started at cornerback in the final six Husky football games and recorded two interceptions. Robinson averaged 17.2 yards on six kick-off returns. His first practice with the basketball team was on Nov. 26. Robinson is attending UW on a football scholarship. He was the 2002 Washington Class AAA state basketball player of the year after averaging 17.9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals for state champion Rainier Beach of Seattle. His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the UW football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.
Doug Wrenn had one of the most impressive debut seasons in Washington history. The supremely athletic 6-6 junior forward was a 2002 all-conference selection and was the first UW recipient of the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year award. His team-leading 19.5-point scoring average included four 30-point games with a high of 35 points at Arizona (Feb. 7). He tallied 30 points on four occasions, including a streak of three straight 30-point performances that tied the school record held by Louie Nelson (1973) and Bob Houbregs (1953). His 546 points were the 10th-highest figure among UW single-season scorers. Wrenn was the No. 3 scorer in the Pac-10 last season and his 19.5-point average is the No. 2 figure among returning players behind only the 20.4 mark of Arizona's Jason Gardner. He also ranked 13th among Pac-10 rebounders (6.4 rpg). Wrenn registered a 19-point, nine-rebound performance against Bowling Green (Nov. 17) in his inaugural Husky game. He followed that with a 10-point, six-rebound effort against Butler (Nov. 18) and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic. Wrenn hit the game-winning shot in a 75-74 win at New Mexico State (Dec. 8), a jumper in the lane with 0:06 left. Wrenn had three double doubles and ranked second on the team with 57 assists. A 1998 Parade All-American and Washington state prep Player of the Year, Wrenn red-shirted in 2001 after transferring from Connecticut.
Doug Wrenn's 19.5-point scoring average was the 11th-highest ever for a Husky and the best since Chris Welp averaged 20.8 points in 1986-87. Wrenn led all UW scorers in 11 straight games from Jan. 6-Feb. 14, averaging 26.0 points and accounting for 36 percent of UW's scoring during that span. Wrenn reached the 30-point plateau four times with 32 against Oregon (Jan. 24), 34 at Washington State (Jan. 31), 30 at Arizona State (Feb. 9) and a career-high 35 at Arizona (Feb. 7) that marked the highest scoring output by a Husky since Todd MacCulloch had 38 at James Madison on Dec. 7, 1996. Wrenn tallied 30 points in three consecutive games, becoming the third player in UW history to accomplish that feat. He topped all Husky scorers 21 times and posted 24 double-figure games, including 12 outings with 20 points.
Arguably the quickest player in the conference, junior Curtis Allen ranked sixth among Pac-10 point guards with 4.3 assists per game last season. His 126 assists were the seventh-highest total in Husky history. A three-year starter, Allen was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2001. He was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 3, 2001 after averaging 24.0 points and 6.0 assists in a pair of Husky wins. Allen posted career highs with 21 points and eight assists in UW's win over UNLV (Nov. 28). At San Diego (Dec. 1), Allen increased his single-game best to 27 points and added four assists in UW's 98-94 win. Allen was the Huskies' team leader in assists during 21 of 29 games. He distributed 15 assists against Arizona State (Jan. 10), the second-highest total in UW history. Allen, who reached his previous career-best of eight by halftime, fell one shy of the school single-game assist record of 16 established by Rafael Stone in 1970. Allen ranked second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and was No. 2 among Pac-10 free throw shooters at 88.6 percent (101-114).
The Husky roster features two players from Tacoma, Washington; junior guards Curtis Allen (Wilson HS) and C.J. Massingale (Mount Tahoma HS). Having a pair of players from Tacoma is remarkable considering Washington went 21 years without a Tacoma native on the men's basketball roster. The last Tacoma native to play at UW was Steve Matzen (Lincoln HS) a 1977-80 letterman.
Lorenzo Romar was named to head up the program at his alma mater on April 3, 2002. A point guard for the Huskies' 1978-79 and 1979-80 teams, he is the 18th head coach in Washington's 101-year history and the first African-American to lead the program. Romar has compiled a 99-95 record in seven seasons as a head coach, including a 6-7 mark at Washington. In three years at Saint Louis from 1999-2002, he compiled a 51-44 (.537) mark. At both Pepperdine and Saint Louis, Romar helped revive programs to a competitive level. He led the Waves to a three-year record of 42-44 (.488) from 1996-99, including a pair of second-place finishes in the West Coast Conference and an NIT invitation in 1999. During his first season at Saint Louis, the Billikens upset top-ranked Cincinnati in the second round of the Conference USA tournament and went on to win the championship and the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Twice during the past two seasons Romar's Saint Louis teams defeated Washington. Seattle was the site of one of Romar's greatest coaching moments. As an assistant coach, he helped guide UCLA to an 89-78 triumph over Arkansas in the Kingdome to win the 1995 NCAA Championship. Cameron Dollar, now a UW assistant coach, was one of the stars for the Bruins during that national title contest. Romar built a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters while an assistant at UCLA (1992-1996) and was credited with recruiting much of the talent that formed the core of the Bruins' title team. UCLA's record during Romar's four-year assistant coaching tenure was a stunning 97-28 (.776). A native of Compton, Calif., Romar graduated from Pius X High School. He earned his associate degree from Cerritos (Calif.) Community College in 1978 before studying at Washington from 1978-80. He completed his coursework at Cincinnati, receiving his bachelor's degree in criminal justice in 1992. After starting two seasons at UW for legendary coach Marv Harshman, Romar was selected in the seventh round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His five-year NBA career included stints with Golden State (1981-84), Milwaukee (1984) and Detroit (1984-85). Following the 1984-85 season, Romar joined Athletes in Action (AIA), a touring exhibition team on which he served as player-coach from 1989-1992. He replaces Bob Bender who resigned on Mar. 13, 2002. Romar is the second former UW player to return as the head coach, joining Lynn Nance who coached at UW from 1989-93.
Lorenzo Romar's staff is comprised of first-year assistant coaches Ken Bone, Cameron Dollar and Russ Schoene. Bone was the head coach at perennial NCAA Division II championship contender Seattle Pacific during the past 12 seasons. After a stellar playing career at UCLA (1994-97) that included the 1995 NCAA championship, Dollar served the last three years as an assistant coach on Romar's Saint Louis staff. Schoene was a standout collegian at Tennessee Chattanooga (1981-82) who played four seasons in the NBA, including three years (1987-89) with the Seattle Sonics.
The Stanford Series
> Stanford holds a 61-53 edge in the all-time series that began in 1916. The Cardinal swept the last five season series over the Huskies.
> Stanford won the last 10 meetings and 16 of the last 18 against the Huskies. The Cardinal's current 10-game winning streak is its longest in the series against Washington. Stanford's previous best was five straight against UW from 1990-92.
> Stanford has a 42-14 advantage over the Huskies during games played in Palo Alto. The Huskies lost in their last nine visits to Maples Pavilion, last winning at Stanford 68-67 on Jan. 30, 1993.
> The Cardinal routed Washington 105-60 last season at Maples, the third largest loss in UW history and the most lopsided defeat in the series with Stanford.
> 17th-year Cardinal Coach Mike Montgomery has a 25-8 mark against UW.
> In his first year at Washington, Lorenzo Romar has never coached against Stanford.
The Last Meeting
#12 Stanford 91, UW 65 (Feb. 14, 2002; Seattle)
Casey Jacobsen tallied 31 points and Curtis Borchardt contributed 15 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots as 12th-ranked Stanford cruised to a 91-65 win over Washington. The Cardinal (16-6, 9-4) posted its 10th straight win over Washington (8-16, 2-12), the longest streak in the series. Stanford led 42-33 at halftime and opened the second half with a 3-pointer by Tony Giovacchini. The Huskies reeled off eight straight points to draw within 45-41 with 16:05 left to play. The Cardinal responded with a 9-0 surge to push the margin to 54-41 and had another nine-point run near the end of the game. Doug Wrenn, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer behind Jacobsen, was the only Husky to reach double-figures. He netted 24 points and completed his third double-double with 11 rebounds. The Cardinal out-rebounded UW 48-32.
The Last Meeting at Stanford
#19 Stanford 105, UW 60 (Jan. 19, 2002; Palo Alto, Calif.)
Casey Jacobsen scored 21 points and Curtis Borchardt added 19 as 19th-ranked Stanford dealt Washington its third-worst defeat ever, a 105-60 decision at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal (11-4, 4-2) extended their winning streak over Washington (7-11, 1-7) to nine straight, the longest in the series. David Dixon blocked five shots for the Huskies and had his fourth double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Doug Wrenn and Curtis Allen each had 13 points for UW which allowed 100 points for the first time since Feb. 5, 1998. The Huskies led 10-8 five minutes into the game before Stanford took control with a 25-12 run. Julius Barnes scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half as Stanford opened a 49-29 halftime margin. The Cardinal went on a 27-7 run in the opening eight minutes of the second half and led by as many as 48 points. Stanford shot 56 percent (38-68) while limiting the Huskies to 31-percent shooting (23-74) from the field.
2003 Husky Highlights
Washington forced 29 UCLA turnovers (Jan. 2), the highest figure by an opponent since
BYU turned the ball over 30 times on Nov. 26, 1996 ... Curtis Allen had five steals against UCLA on Jan. 2, the most by a Husky since Chris Walcott had five against Oregon on Jan. 16, 1999 ... The Huskies won consecutive games by margins of 35 points (83-48 vs. Florida International) and 24 points (85-61 vs. Houston). Their largest margin of victory last season was 20 points vs. Santa Clara ... The last time Washington had posted back-to-back 20-point wins was Dec. 5 & 8, 1990 ... The Huskies registered 15 steals against Houston (Dec. 23), their most in a game since tying the school record of 20 on Nov. 26, 1996 against Brigham Young ... Washington limited Florida International to only 48 points, the lowest scoring output by an opponent since Dec. 20, 2000 ... The Huskies held three of their opponents under the 60-point plateau, a feat they accomplished only once all last season ... The Huskies hit 32 treys in a three-game stretch from Dec. 13-23, marking their highest three-game 3-point output ever. They had consecutive double-digit 3-point performances (10 vs. Florida International on Dec. 21 & 13 vs. Houston on Dec. 23) for the first time in school history. The 13 treys against Houston were one shy of UW's single-game record ... UW's 2003 schedule features 19 games against 2002 postseason competitors, including 14 versus eight opponents who competed in the NCAA Tournament ... Ten of the 13 players listed on the Husky roster are from the state of Washington, including seven from the Seattle area.
Washington received a letter of intent on Nov. 19, 2002 from junior college wing player Tre Simmons who prepped at Seattle's Garfield High School. "Tre is a very versatile guard. He is long, he can defend, he can really score the ball and pass the ball," says Husky head coach Lorenzo Romar. Simmons is currently a sophomore at Green River (Wash.) CC who will join the Huskies in the fall of 2003. Washington has three scholarships to offer during the late signing period (April 15-May 16).
Tre Simmons, 6-5, 195, guard/forward, Seattle, Wash.
(Garfield HS/Odessa JC, Texas/Green River CC, Wash.)
The No. 3-rated junior college wing forward by Van Coleman's FutureStars Magazine ... A fifth-team JC All-America selection by Street & Smith's and top-10 small forward by The Sporting News ... Averaged 12.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 2002 at Odessa (Texas) JC ... The Wranglers qualified for the 2002 regional tourney with an 18-4 record.
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