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UW To Face Rice In Husky Classic Championship Sunday
Release: 11/26/2005
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Nov. 26, 2005

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This Week: By virtue of its 77-61 victory over San Diego in Saturday's first round, Washington (4-0) will face Rice (2-1) in the championship game of the 19th Annual Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena, Sunday, Nov. 27. The Huskies and Owls will battle for the tournament title at 3 p.m. PT, while Penn and San Diego will face off in the consolation game at 12:30 p.m. PT. Rice earned its spot in the championship with a 59-54 win over Penn in the other first round game. Washington has opened the season 4-0 for the third time in head coach June Daugherty's tenure and will aim for its 12th Husky Classic title. Washington's contest with Rice marks the end of a three-game homestand, as the Huskies head to the state of Texas next weekend to face defending NCAA Champion Baylor (Dec. 2) and Texas A&M (Dec. 4).

Live Video Streaming: Washington's game Sunday versus Rice can be seen live on the internet with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass at GoHuskies.com.

Radio Coverage: All Husky women's basketball games can be heard live on the radio at KKNW AM 1150. Steve Sandmeyer, in his seventh season as the voice of UW women's hoops, calls the play-by-play. Former Husky Elise (Niemela) Woodward joins Sandmeyer as the color commentator for home broadcasts. Fan can also listen to games on the internet at www.gohuskies.com with a Dawg Channel All-Access pass.

Gameday Promotions: On Sunday, yearbooks will be available for the first 500 fans.

Hicks, Plouffe Lead UW Over San Diego: Cameo Hicks scored a career-high 26 points and Andrea Plouffe added a career-high 13 as Washington defeated San Diego, 77-61, in the first round of the Husky Classic at Bank of America Arena. Hicks topped the 20-point mark for the third time this season and the fourth time of her career. Plouffe's 13 points came on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. After seeing its 14-point second-half lead cut to just two, at 57-55, with 7:02 to play, Washington put the game in the hands of a defense that has allowed just 59 points per game entering Saturday. UW's defense responded by holding the Toreros to just one field goal over the next six minutes, 44 seconds, sparking a 20-5 run that buried San Diego in a 77-59 hole before a meaningless two-pointer with 18 seconds to play. The Toreros were led by 18 points from guard Tiara Harris, while center Sabine Loewe grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Ashley Voisinet (11 pts) and Michelle Augustavo (11 pts.) also scored in double-figures for USD. Rice held on to defeat Penn in the other first round game, 59-54. Forward Lauren Neaves led the Owls with a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Kadie Riverin added 13 points and four assists for Rice. Center Jennifer Fleischer led Penn with a double-double on 12 points and 11 rebouncds. Forward Monica Naltner was the Quakers' high-scorer with 19 points.

Husky Classic Facts: For the 19th-consecutive season, Washington plays host to the Husky Classic. The first tournament was held in 1986, with the Huskies defeating Oklahoma in the championship game, 83-64. UW has won a total of 11 Husky Classic titles, with the other champions being Louisiana Tech (1987), Long Beach State (1988), Colorado (1994), Kansas (1998), Oklahoma State (1999), Santa Clara (2001) and most recently Alabama (2004). Last year, Washington defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 70-56, in the first round before falling to Alabama by 20-points (76-56) in the title matchup. Huskies Kristen O'Neill and Cheri Craddock were named to the All-Tournament team. Including Saturday's win over San Diego, Washington improved to 19-0 in Husky Classic first round games. UW is 11-8 in Husky Classic Championship games.

Scouting Rice: The Rice Owls are are also under the direction of a first-year coach, Greg Williams. So far Rice is 2-1, losing at Mississippi, 110-63, but coming back to upset No. 13 Texas Tech at home on Monday, 73-70. The Owls are led by junior center Lauren Neaves who is averaging 18.5 points and 12 rebounds in the first two games. It was Neaves who fueled the team's upset over Texas Tech, scoring 27 points and adding 18 rebounds. Neaves also had 10 points and six rebounds in Rice's loss at Mississippi. Rice is coming off a 2004-05 season in which they compiled a 24-9 overall record and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Hot Hicks: Sophomore guard Cameo Hicks is off to a hot start this year. After four games, she's leading the squad averaging 20.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. In fact, Hicks has been UW's leading scorer in all four games and the team's top rebounder in three (ties included). Hicks' early numbers have been nothing but impressive. The Tracy, Calif., native has scored at least 21 points in the last three straight games, including a career-high 26 versus San Diego Saturday. She has scored in double-figures all four games this season, and 16 times in the last 19 games dating back to last year. For good measure, Hicks has reached double-figures by halftime of each of UW's four games. She scored 10 in the first half at Alabama, and 14 in each of the last three games. Her 20.3 scoring average is a huge improvement upon her average of 9.5 ppg during her sophomore campaign and thus far she has accounted for 33 percent of the team's scoring in 2005-06. Hicks earned her second-career double-double with 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds versus Utah, Wednesday. Hicks was the key to the Huskies two-point win over Florida State (Nov. 20), scoring a game-high 21 points including seven of the last 14 for UW. She had the gamewinning layin with 6.9 seconds on the clock and was 6-for-7 from the line. Hicks also led UW with 13 points and nine rebounds at Alabama (Nov. 18). Hicks looks to be emerging as a much-needed go-to player, as no Husky averaged double-figures in scoring last year.

Dawg Bites: UW's 77-point output versus San Diego, Saturday, was a season-high, as was its 45.8 percent FG shooting percentage...the Huskies are 4-0 despite the fact that they are being outshot 37.5 percent to 40.4 percent...UW is 95-for-253 from the field, while opponents are shooting 88-for-218...Washington, though, is holding opponents to an average of just 59.5 points per game and averaging 66.8 points of its own...the Huskies outrebounded their last two opponents (Utah, San Diego) by a combined total of 28 boards...UW outrebounded Utah by a 54-38 margin and San Diego by a 38-26 margin...the Huskies are averaging 42.5 rebounds per game, up from last year's average of 37.6...UW's 54 rebounds vs. Utah surpassed its season-high from last year (52 at Washington State, Jan. 22, 05).

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