March 9, 2010
No. 7 Washington To Take On No. 10 Oregon State In Pac-10 Tournament
The Washington women's basketball team (12-16, 7-11) travels to Los Angeles for the opening round of the Pac-10 Tournament at USC's Galen Center. The Huskies are the No. 7 seed in the tournament, which means they'll play No. 10 Oregon State in the play-in game on Thursday night at 8:15 p.m. Washington swept the season series against the Beavers this season. The winner of that contest will play No. 2 UCLA on Friday evening at 7:15 p.m.
Washington is 1-0 against Oregon State in Pac-10 Tournament play. Both teams met in 2005 in a 7-10 seed matchup.
Live Game Coverage
The semifinals and championship game of the Pac-10 Tournament will be televised nationally by FSN.
Every Husky game is broadcast live on radio in the Seattle area on KKNW 1150 AM. Steve Sandmeyer will handle all play-by-play duties while Elise Woodward will provide color analysis.
Live streaming for all six games in the tournament will be available at www.pac-10.org.
The radio broadcast and a statistical GameTracker will also be provided live on the Internet via GoHuskies.com.
Coach Tia Jackson's weekly press conference will be replayed on UWTV (Husky Hoops Talk) this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Last Time Out For Washington
Regina Rogers scored 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds as the Huskies topped the Ducks, 62-53, on Senior Day at Bank of America Arena. Kristi Kingma added 11 points for the Huskies, who ended the season on a three-game winning streak. Taylor Lilley scored a team-high 14 points for Oregon, who has now lost six straight going into the Pac-10 Tournament.
In the opening game of the weekend series, Sami Whitcomb scored 14 points as the Huskies rebounded from a one-point halftime deficit to thump Oregon State, 67-49. The home sweep of the Oregon schools was the second in three years for Coach Tia Jackson.
A Quick Season Recap
Washington enters the Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 7 seed and having won its last three games. To start the 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.
Huskies Versus Oregon State
Oregon State is coached by LaVonda Wagner, who is in her fifth year with the program. The Beavers are 10-19 on the year, and just 2-16 in the Pac-10 Conference. OSU lost 16 consecutive games in conference play before snapping the slide with a win over Washington State in their regular-season finale. Wagner's roots trace back through Duke and Illinois, where she had coaching stints in the past.
The Beavers started the Pac-10 season with a win over Washington State, and closed out the season with a 50-45 win over the Cougars in Pullman. In between, Oregon State lost 16 consecutive games.
Talisa Rhea leads the Beavers with a 15.8 ppg average, but the junior is shooting just 33 percent from the field and 26 percent from distance. El Sara Greer leads the Pac-10 Conference in offensive rebounds, averaging nearly four per game.
Oregon State is allowing its opponents to shoot 42 percent from the field, a mark that ranks 302nd in the nation and ninth in the conference.
The Beavers went 20-12 last season, 9-9 in the Pac-10. OSU then advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) before losing to New Mexico in Albuquerque, 61-56.
Series Record: Washington owns a 49-27 lead over Oregon State in its history, and has won three of the last five games, including two straight this season. The Huskies have met the Beavers once in the Pac-10 Tournament, pulling away for a 81-68 win as the No. 7 seed in 2005. Overall the Huskies are 3-3 in games against the Beavers at neutral sites.
Noteworthy: Tia Jackson owns a 3-3 record against the Beavers since taking over before the 2007-08 season ... Current Washington assistant Judy Spoelstra was the longtime coach at OSU, where she was the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2000 ... Jackson took over LaVonda Wagner's assistant coach position at Duke University ... The Beavers have three players from Washington State, including one Seattle-area product in senior Julie Futch (Auburn) ... Rhea attended the same Alaska high school as NBA star Carlos Boozer (Juneau-Douglas) ... Both the men's and women's teams are playing the same opponent (Oregon St.) in their opening games this season.
Up Next For The Huskies
Should the Huskies win, they will play No. 2 seed UCLA on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. Washington was 0-2 against the Bruins this season.
Pac-10 Stat Rankings
Through March 8, the Huskies are ranked in the top four of several categories within the Pac-10 Conference. The team is fourth in the league in blocks with 3.6 per game and fifth in steals with 8.7 per contest. On defense, the Huskies are allowing their opponents to shoot just 39 percent from the field, which ranks sixth in the Pac-10. Individually, Sami Whitcomb ranks 14th in the Pac-10 in scoring with a 13.0 per game average. She's also 13th in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game. Regina Rogers makes the most of her opportunities from the field, as evidenced by her 54 percent field goal percentage, which is second in the league.
Washington In The Pac-10 Tournament
The Huskies own a 4-8 mark in the Pac-10 tournament, which began in 2002 in Eugene, Ore. Last year, Washington became the first No. 10 seed to advance out of the opening round with a win over Oregon.
UW has never advanced past the semifinals in the Pac-10 Tournament. Their best finish came in 2003, when the Huskies beat No. 7 USC before falling to No. 3 Arizona in the semis.