Jan. 11, 2010
Huskies Look To Extend Winning Streak In Bay Area
The University of Washington women's basketball team (8-6, 3-1 Pac-10) has won three in a row and is looking to carry the momentum down to the Bay Area, where a stern test awaits with Cal (6-8, 0-3) on Thursday night and No. 2 Stanford (13-1, 3-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m. It's always a formidable trip for UW, considering the Huskies have not swept the Bay Area schools on the road since Chris Gobrecht was coach in the 1991 season.
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 Cal game will be televised in the Bay Area on CSN+.
Coach Tia Jackson's weekly press conference will be replayed on UWTV (Husky Hoops Talk) on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
About the Huskies
Sami Whitcomb leads Washington in scoring with 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. The senior also crossed into rare territory when she became the 21st Husky to score 1,000 points or more with a 26-point game against Arizona State.
The Huskies are looking for their fourth straight Pac-10 win, which hasn't occurred since 2007, when UW won five straight conference games (Dec. 21 - Jan. 4).
Kristi Kingma is now second on the team in scoring after she poured in 25 points against Arizona, which tied her career-high. Kingma also hit a personal best 12 free throws. The sophomore guard scored 36 points combined against the Arizona schools.
Washington has won six of its last eight games, the best streak of the Tia Jackson era.
Laura McLellan came off the bench to supply a season-high 15 points in the win over Arizona.
UW is tops in the Pac-10 in blocks with 4.6 per game. The Huskies blocked 10 shots in the wins over the Arizona schools.
Argens is seventh in the Pac-10 in blocks with 1.3 per game. Kingma and Whitcomb are ninth and 12th in the league, respectively in steals (1.9 and 1.6).
Charting Washington's Results
The Huskies have won three Pac-10 games in a row (first time since 2008) after sweeping Arizona and Arizona State over the weekend. This came on the heels of a road split of the Oregon schools, culminating in a 69-64 victory at Oregon State in Corvallis. The Huskies shook off a limited Sami Whitcomb (foul trouble) to defeat the Beavers, who were 9-2 going into the game. 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 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. 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 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.
A trip to Florida earned the squad a split against USF and UCF. The Huskies ensured a late win over the Knights when Whitcomb converted a three-point play in the final minute to give her team a 62-59 win. Washington returned to the Northwest to grit out a 58-53 win over city rival Seattle University.
Cal is coached by Joanne Boyle, who is in her fifth year at the Berkeley school. In her relatively short tenure on the East Bay, Boyle has transformed the Golden Bears into a national power. Last year, the school enjoyed the first Sweet 16 appearance in its history for women's basketball. The national accolades have come for Boyle during her Cal tenure. In 2007-08, she was named the Russell Athletic/WBCA Coach of the Year.
The Golden Bears are coming off a spectacular 27-7 season, which saw them advance to the Sweet 16, where they fell to eventual National Champion UConn.
Cal has yet to win a Pac-10 game this season after being swept at the Los Angeles schools over the weekend.
Cal lost a considerable bulk of its scoring with the departure of Ashley Walker (who now plays for the Seattle Storm) and Devanai Hampton.
Senior Alexis Gray-Lawson leads Cal in scoring with 14.7 ppg. Freshman DeNesha Stallworth (a McDonald's All-American from Richmond, Calif.) is second on the team with 14.4 ppg. The forward is coming off a career-high 30-point outing against USC on Sunday. Fellow freshman Layshia Clarendon averages 10.9 a game for the Bears.
Cal has the third-best team scoring average in the Pac-10 (69.5 ppg)
Series Record: Historically, Washington has been the dominant team whenever the two have met. Lately, the Golden Bears have been the more victorious team, having won six of their last eight meetings with the Huskies. Cal swept all three games against UW last season, including the second round of the Pac-10 tournament in Los Angeles, 61-41.
The Huskies have not won at Haas Pavilion since a 79-76 overtime victory on Feb. 8, 2007.
Noteworthy: The Golden Bears had the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for 2009-10 ... Cal was ranked 13th in the Associated Press poll to begin the season ... Cal coach Joanne Boyle was an assistant at her alma mater, Duke, a few years before Tia Jackson arrived as an assistant ... Senior post Rama N'diaye is a native of Senegal, but played high school ball in Japan.