Dec. 14, 2009
The Road Trip Continues As Huskies Head Back East To Michigan
The University of Washington women's basketball team (4-4, 0-0 Pac-10) continues their road odyssey with a return to the Eastern Time Zone for games against No. 16 Michigan State (7-4) on Dec 19 and Western Michigan (3-6) on Dec. 22 during a six-day trek to the Great Lake State. The total mileage for this month-long excursion will encompass more than 8,600 miles. This includes the six-mile journey to Seattle University and back for last week's intra-city matchup. The trip is a return home for senior forward Lydia Young, who is from Detroit.
Last Time Out For Washington
The Huskies had to fight a gutsy opponent and a sold-out crowd, but eventually prevailed over city rival Seattle, 58-53. Mackenzie Argens notched a season-high 10 points in the win, but it was a flurry of late 3-pointers from Kristi Kingma that gave the Huskies a much-needed boost at the end.
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.
Starting on Dec. 29, Coach Tia Jackson's weekly Tuesday press conference will also be carried live, state-wide, on UWTV at 1:15 p.m.
Charting Washington's Results
A win over Seattle U gave Washington their second consecutive win, along with some much-needed momentum going into their trip to face nationally ranked Michigan State in East Lansing and Mid-American Conference foe Western Michigan in nearby Kalamazoo. The win over SU followed a split in Florida against USF and UCF. The Huskies ensured a late win over the Knights when Sami Whitcomb converted a three-point play in the final minute to give her team a 62-59 win.
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 Sami 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 rebounded 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.
Who Leads The Huskies?
Senior Sami Whitcomb has been the do-everything player for the Huskies this season. The guard/forward is averaging a team-high 13.3 points per game, which currently ranks 13th in the Pacific-10 Conference. Whitcomb is also leading the team in rebounds with 6.3 per game, including a pair of 10-board performances. Redshirt-sophomore Regina Rogers has come on strong lately, having tallied five double-digit scoring outputs in eight games. So far, Rogers is averaging 9.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, which rank second on the squad in both categories. Senior Sara Mosiman is third on the team with an 7.5 ppg average, while sophomore Mollie Williams has steadily increased her production this season. Kristi Kingma has notched 18 points in her last two games, both of which were starts.
About Michigan State
Michigan State is a member of the Big Ten Conference and located in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans are coached by Suzy Merchant, who is in her third season coaching MSU. Prior to joining Michigan State, Merchant coached at Eastern Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State.
The No. 16 Spartans are 7-3 on the season, and have built their reputations on slaying top-10 opponents. So far, MSU is the first team to play three top-10 foes, and is 2-1 in those games. The Spartans recently beat then No. 8 Xavier on their home court. MSU is coming off a 94-71 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Michigan State is led by the 6-9 Allyssa DeHaan, who is second on the team in scoring with 13 points per game. The post already has 35 blocks on the season, and has 437 for her career, good for fourth on the NCAA Division I career list.
Series Record: Washington and Michigan State have met just once in their history, a 79-57 win for the Huskies in East Lansing on Dec. 19, 1987. Traci Thirdgill led the Huskies with 22 points.
Noteworthy: The same season the Huskies last went to East Lansing in 1987, the team also made a trip to Mt. Pleasant to face Central Michigan University. Current MSU coach Suzy Merchant was a member of that Chippewa team that lost to UW, 79-61 ... Washington is 16-19 lifetime against schools from the Big Ten Conference ... The last time UW met a Big Ten opponent was Ohio State in the 2007-08 season at Bank of America Arena.
About Western Michigan
Western Michigan is a member of the Mid American Conference and located in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Broncos are coached by Tasha McDowell, who is in her first year at the school. WMU is 3-6 on the season and is coming off a 69-47 loss at home to the University of Illinois-Chicago. Before the Broncos face the Huskies on Monday, Dec. 22, they will host Saint Louis at University Arena.
Series Record: Washington and Western Michigan have never met.
Noteworthy: Washington is 6-1 all-time against schools from the MAC ... The last time UW played at a MAC school was the 2006-07 season, when the team lost at Kent State ... The program is 8-2 lifetime against all opponents from the state of Michigan ... Western Michigan last played a Pac-10 school in 2003 when they lost 77-65 at Arizona State.
Injury Report: Liz Lay will miss the remainder of the 2009-10 season after it was announced the sophomore would need surgery for a severe case of patella tendinitis. Earlier this season, both Amanda Johnson and Lydia Young had season-ending knee surgeries as well. Sara Mosiman is day-to-day with shin splints.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Pac-10 Conference schedule finally begins, but the Huskies will remain on the road. The critical portion of the season gets underway at the Oregon schools, starting with a New Year's Day matchup against a red-hot Oregon squad in Eugene. The Huskies will then turn around to play Oregon State in Corvallis on Jan. 3.