Jan. 6, 2009
Husky fans hope that trend continues Thursday night when Washington hosts Stanford in its Pacific-10 Conference home opener in a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Bank of America Arena.
Tickets are available by calling the Husky Ticket Office at (206) 543-2200 or by clicking here. The game will be televised live throughout the Pacific Northwest by FSN Northwest and in Northern California by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The contest can also be heard live on the radio and the Internet via the Washington ISP Sports Network with Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton calling the action.
Washington enters Thursday's game with a solid 11-3 overall record and 1-0 conference mark after earning a convincing 68-48 victory at Washington State last weekend in snowy Pullman. Freshman Isaiah Thomas led four Husky scorers in double-figures with 19 points as the UW snapped a rare seven-game losing streak to the Cougars.
Thomas, a native of Tacoma, leads all Pac-10 freshman in scoring and assists and has been Washington's leading scorer in each of its last three games. The 5'-8" playmaker is second on the team in scoring with a 15.1 per game average and is the team's leader in assists (3.2).
Senior forward Jon Brockman leads three Huskies who are scoring in double-figures with a 16.0 per game average and is third in the Pac-10 in rebounding with a 9.7 average. He has led the UW program in each of his first three seasons, led the Pac-10 the last two years and is just 43 rebounds away from Doug Smart's school career record.
Guard Justin Dentmon is third on the team with a 12.8 per game scoring average. The Carbondale, Ill. native played a key role in UW's win at Washington State last weekend, going 6-for-8 from the field and making all four of his three-point attempts. He also registered three steals and 17 points in one of his best overall performances of the season.
Forwards Darnell Gant and Quincy Pondexter have started all 13 games for the Huskies and have been solid performers all season. Gant, a redshirt freshman, averages 4.2 rebounds per game and plays a critical defensive role. Pondexter scored 16 points with seven rebounds at WSU last weekend and is averaging 9.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Huskies average 42.8 rebounds per game and are the nation's leaders in rebound margin, outperforming their opponents on the glass by an 11.8 margin per game.
Stanford enters Thursday's contest with a sparkling 11-1 record after going undefeated in each of its 10 non-conference games. The Cardinal, led by first-year head coach Johnny Dawkins, are enjoying one of the best starts in school history and is the Pac-10 leader in turnover margin and three-point field goal defense.
In addition to its traditionally tough defense, Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in scoring with an average of 77.3 points per game. The Cardinal opened a few eyes when they handed Texas Tech its second-worst defeat in school history with a 111-66 win at Maples Pavilion.
Following Thursday's game against Stanford, Washington remains at home for a Saturday afternoon contest against Mike Montgomery's California Golden Bears. Tickets remain available for the 3 p.m. contest by calling the Husky Ticket Office.
Saturday's game against Cal is presented by Washignton State Employees Credit Union (WSECU).