Feb. 19, 2010
Huskies Head Across Los Angeles To Face USC
The University of Washington women's basketball team (9-15, 4-10 Pac-10) is exhibited a Jeckyl-and-Hyde performance against UCLA in the opening game of the road trip, allowing a one-point halftime lead to morph into a 73-55 loss to the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night. To put an end to their five-game losing streak, the Huskies will need a win at USC, a team undergoing some similar struggles to Washington right now. The Trojans have lost five in a row as well, including a surprising 64-52 loss to Washington State on Thursday night at the Galen Center.
For the Huskies, the USC game offers a chance to redeem themselves after the Trojans stormed back from a second-half deficit to escape Bank of America Arena with a 69-65 win.
Broadcast/Media 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.
The USC game will be broadcast on FSN.
Coach Tia Jackson's weekly press conference will be replayed on UWTV (Husky Hoops Talk) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker.
About the Huskies
Sami Whitcomb leads Washington in scoring with 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest. The senior has also compiled a team-high four double-doubles this season.
The Huskies are 5-10 on the road, including 2-6 in Pac-10 Conference games.
Whitcomb tied her career high with six assists against UCLA, giving her 11 in her last two games.
Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with 10 points against the Bruins, marking the second consecutive game she's dipped into double figures.
The Huskies shot a season-low 57 percent from the line against UCLA. The Huskies are fourth in the Pac-10 in FT shooting at 70 percent.
UW is fourth in the Pac-10 in blocks per game, averaging 3.7 over 24 contests.
The Huskies bench was outscored 40-18 by the Bruins, marking the largest disparity for the team this season. Washington remains a plus-6 in points by its reserves this year.
UCLA shot 54 percent against the Huskies, the highest percentage an opponent has connected against the UW this season.
Whitcomb is the Pac-10's best free-throw shooter at 88 percent, just ahead of Arizona's Reiko Thomas.
USC is coached by Michael Cooper, who is in his first year in Los Angeles. Before joining the Trojans, Cooper led the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA for eight seasons, a journey that included five Western Conference Championships. Cooper took over for Mark Trakh, who resigned after last season.
The Trojans are coming off a 17-15 season, which included a 9-9 record in the Pac-10.
USC has lost its last five games, including a 64-52 decision against the Pac-10's worst team - Wash. St.
Southern Cal lost three starters from last year's team, and four letterwinners overall.
Ashley Corral leads the Trojans in scoring with 15.5 points per game. The Vancouver, Wash., is one of the conference's best markswomen, shooting 36 percent from distance, which ranks eighth in the Pac-10. Corral is also holds the Pac-10's lead in assists, where she averages 4.7 per game.
USC is ranked last in the Pac-10 in rebounding. No Trojan averages more than 5.5 rebounds.
The former No. 1 recruit in the country, Jacki Gemelos is back after a spate of ACL injuries wiped out her first three seasons in LA. The Stockton, Calif., native is averaging 10 points a game and 5.3 rebounds.
During their five-game losing streak, the Trojans have lost by an average of 16 points, a number skewed slightly by a 38-point loss to No. 2 Stanford at Maples Pavilion.
Series Record: Washington and USC have played each other tight over the years, but the Huskies do hold a 28-24 advantage. USC holds the edge at home, where they lead 15-9 over UW. The Huskies have lost the last four in the series, including a 69-65 decision earlier this year at Bank of America Arena, part of a home sweep of the Huskies by the LA schools.
In that game, the Huskies let an 11-point lead slip away as Corral scored 19 points, doing most of her damage behind the arc with five 3-pointers. Sami Whitcomb led all scorers with 22 points.
Noteworthy: Ashley Corral and Kristi Kingma were teammates together in Mill Creek growing up before Corral and her family moved to Vancouver, Wash. ... The Trojans overall have three players that hail from the Pacific Northwest ... Outside of Bank of America Arena, the Huskies will play the rest of their games at the Galen Center, which will host the 2010 Pac-10 Tournament for the second year in a row.
Up Next For The Huskies
Rivalry week rears its head again for the Huskies, who will see if they can extend their streak against Washington State to 30 games at Bank of America Arena on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.