Feb. 25, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington (18-9, 8-7) and Washington State (16-11, 6-9) will renew their cross-state rivalry for the 269th time this Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Bohler Gym. Both teams are coming off spilts versus the Los Anges schools, each winning the second game of the series. Saturday will serve as senior night for WSU.
FSN-NW will televise the game with Tom Glasgow calling the action and Lenny Wilkens providing analysis. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game with Bob Rondeau supplying the play-by-play and Jason Hamilton providing color commentary. Live Gamertracker is available for free and audio is available by paid subscription on the Dawg Channel All-Access on GoHuskies.com.
About Washington State...
The Cougars are coached by Ken Bone, who was an assistant under UW coach Lorenzo Romar for three years, including the 2004-2005 season in which the Huskies earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Bone is in his first year at WSU sporting a 16-11 record, 6-9 in conference play. The Cougars are led on the court by sophomores Klay Thompson, DeAngelo Casto and freshman Reggie Moore. Thompson is averaging 20.1 ppg, but 16.3 in conference action - including just 10 points combined last week vs. UCLA and USC. Moore has been averaging 14.1 ppg in Pac-10 play, 13.4 overall and is fifth in the Pac-10 with 4.1 assists per game. Casto is the Pac-10's leading shot blocker with 2.2 per game and is fifth with 6.9 rebounds per game. He also scores 10.3 points per game. Eight players on the Cougar roster hail from Washington, compared to five for the Huskies.
UW And WSU History...
The hardwood version of the Apple Cup has historically favored the Huskies. Since their first meeting in 1910, Washington holds a 170-98 advantage over their cross-state rivals. WSU enjoyed a string of success last decade though, as they downed UW seven-straight games from 2006-08. Washington has responded by winning the last three games in the series. Lorenzo Romar is 9-8 all time against WSU. Bone is 0-4 all-time against UW, including 0-3 as head coach of Portland State.
Last Time They Met...
Quincy Pondexter had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Isaiah Thomas added 19 points while leading a runaway rally in the second half and Washington blew past cold, benched Klay Thompson and Washington State 92-64. The Cougars led 40-36 at the half despite getting just five points from Thompson, who was benched at the start of the game. The Huskies outscored the Cougars 56-24 after halftime. Thomas made three consecutive 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the first 6:10 of the second half to turn Washington's halftime deficit into a 57-43 lead. Pondexter made 10 of 18 shots and finished two points off his career high set earlier this season. WSU missed its first 13 shots after halftime. That's when Washington went on a decisive 22-4 run - with none of the points from Pondexter.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter turned his final home game at Washington into a personal highlight show, scoring 10 points in the first 5 minutes, finishing with 20 and leading the Huskies to a 97-68 rout of UCLA. With a national television audience watching, Pondexter ripped a 3-pointer from the wing on his first shot and the Huskies steamrolled the Bruins from there. Isaiah Thomas added 13 of his 17 points in the first half. Washington was up by 23 at halftime and the lead ballooned to as many as 33 in the second half. It was Washington's largest margin of victory ever over the Bruins. It was also the worst loss in UCLA coach Ben Howland's seven seasons at the school. Reeves Nelson led UCLA with 14 points and Nikola Dragovic added 13. The Huskies shot 59.3% from the field and nailed a season-high 11 three-point field goals. Washington also shared the ball extremely well - dishing out 21 assists - the most they have recorded in Pac-10 action this season.
The Home Season That Was
Washington wrapped up its regular season home slate before any other Pac-10 school and went 17-2 overall and 7-2 in conference action. UW had 12 wins by 10 or more points and overall had a scoring margin of +17.7 points. The Huskies had seven sellouts at Bank of America Arena while the rest of the Pac-10 has combined for five. UW averaged 9,383 - second best total in the Pac-10 - despite having the third smallest arena in the league. Quincy Pondexter ended his career with a 64-12 record at BOA, equaling the most wins at home over a players four-year career (last years seniors: Brockman, Wallace and Dentmon).
Thomas Almost At 1,000
Isaiah Thomas is averaging 17.0 ppg (6th best in Pac-10) and has scored in double figures in 22 of 26 games this season. Thomas eclipsed the 900 point mark against Arizona, just his 56th career game, and needed just 50 games to eclipse the 800 point plateau, doing so at Arizona on Jan. 10. Thomas enters Saturday's game with 984 career points, the second highest total ever by a UW player in their first two seasons. He just surpassed Steve Hawes (952) and now has Doug Smart (1,021) in his sights. Smart accomplished his feat in 1957 & 1958 and needed just 52 games to do so. Thomas has played in 61 games. He will become the 35th Husky to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.
Tops In The Pac-10
Quincy Pondexter is the career active leader in rebounds with 705, more than 100 more than his next highest competitor, Landry Fields. He has a conference-high 89 offensive rebounds (3.3 per game). That is the only individual statistical category a Husky leads, but there are several team categories Washington finds itself atop. In all games, the Huskies lead the conference in scoring (81.1 ppg), rebounds (38.9 rpg), rebounding margin (+4.8), turnover margin (+4.0), offensive rebounds (14.3 rpg) and are tied for first in scoring margin (+9.9). UW's 81.1 ppg is 7th highest in the nation.