Dec. 26, 2009
SEATTLE -- Washington plays the University of San Francisco at Bank of America Arena on Sunday, Dec. 27 at 12:00 p.m. in its final non-conference tune up before conference action gets under way on New Year's eve. UW is seeking to become the NCAA's 16th team with 1,600 wins. Sunday's game will be televised on FSN-NW with Tom Glasgow calling play-by-play and Francis Williams providing color. The ISP Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game over the radiowaves 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, XM Radio channel 193 or Sirius channel 216.
Washington And San Francisco History
The University of San Francisco is the only West Coast Conference team the Huskies have never played in the program's 107-year history. Likewise, Washington is the last Pac-10 school that USF will face. UW is 57-19 all-time against the WCC and has played each team in the conference at least once this decade. Washington is 29-14 against Gonzaga and 12-2 versus Portland -- the two Northwest WCC schools -- and 17-3 against the five WCC teams located in California. Portland is the only WCC team the Huskies have played this season and they defeated the Pilots 89-54 on Dec. 19. Although Washington has never faced USF, Husky coach Lorenzo Romar is 4-3 all-time against the Dons, last facing them in 1999 as coach of Pepperdine.
Scouting the Dons
San Francisco comes into Hec Edmundson Pavilion with a 4-9 record. The Dons started their season off well with wins over Cal Poly and Dominican to sport a 2-0 mark. However, over the next month they lost 9 of 11 games. The Dons got back into form in their last game against Cal State Bakersfield with a 82-73 win. USF is 4-1 at home, but 0-6 on the road and 0-2 on neutral courts. Senior Dior Lowhorn is a returning WCC all-conference player and leads USF in scoring with 19.2 ppg and rebounds at 5.7 per game. He is 12th on the school's all-time scoring list and has an impressive 44 career games with 20-plus points. Kwame Vaughn is the only other Dons' player averaging double-figure scoring at 13.2 points per game. USF is led by Rex Walters, who is 15-28 overall in just his second season at the helm. The Dons were 11-19 and seventh in the WCC in 2008-09.
Last Time Out For Washington
Quincy Pondexter scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half, and the 22nd-ranked Huskies beat No. 19 Texas A&M 73-64 in a game marred by a gruesome injury to Aggies senior Derrick Roland. Roland crashed hard to the court early in the second half, breaking the tibia and fibula in his lower right leg. Roland's teammates were distraught and Washington went on a decisive, 15-4 run following the 10-minute delay. Venoy Overton added 12 points, including five free throws late, for the Huskies.
UW Closing In On Win #1,600
With Washington's next win, they will become the 16th NCAA Division I team with 1,600 victories. The Huskies are 1,599-1,049 (.604) over their 107-year history. Washington's Dec. 31 opponent Oregon State won its 1,600 game on Dec. 22 to become the 15th team to accomplish that feat.
Huskies By The Numbers...
Washington need 1 win to become the 16th team in NCAA history with 1,600 wins.
Lorenzo Romar is three wins shy of tying Tippy Dye for third most in UW history (156 wins). The Huskies' 12 blocks vs. Texas A&M were the most since a record 14 vs. Santa Clara (11/24/01).
UW is averaging 22.0 turnovers in their two losses and 12.4 in their eight wins.
Thomas and Quincy Pondexter account for 407 of the team's 832 points (48.9%).
Venoy Overton is averaging 11.0 ppg in three games coming off the bench, 5.6 ppg in seven starts
Opponents are shooting 28.0% from 3-pt range, which would be best 3-pt field goal defense in UW history.
Despite just three regular contributors standing 6-foot-7 or taller, UW has outrebounded or tied their opponent in all but one game (L, at Texas Tech).
Pondexter's scoring avg of 21.9 ppg would rank as third highest average ever in UW history and best per game avg since Louie Nelson (23.0) in 1973.
UW is 4-0 when their opponent shoots better from the field.
Thomas has 13 assists over the last two games, after 13 assists during the first eight games.
Quick research of ESPN.com's NCAA stats shows no teammates each average over 20 points per game, but Quincy Pondexter (21.9) and Isaiah Thomas (18.8) are the close to accomplishing the feat. The duo accounts for 407 of the team's 832 points (48.9%). The only previous Husky tandem to finish the season each averaging 20 points or more was Steve Hawes (20.2) and George Irvine (20.0) in 1970. In all, a player has averaged 20+ points over a season just 12 times in UW history.
More Dynamic Duo
Pondexter and Thomas are on pace to acount for the most points by UW teammates in school history. The Huskies will play a minimum of 31 games this season and Pondexter is on pace for 679 points, while Thomas 583. Their total of 1,262 would eclipse the 1,254 points Bob Houbregs (846) and Joe Cipriano (408) scored in 1953. The next highest scoring duo is Chris Welp (729) and Phil Zevenbergen (558), who combined for 1,247 points in 1987.
Huskies In The National Ranks
According to ESPN.com's stats, through Dec. 24 action, Quincy Pondexter is 12th nationally in scoring average (21.9 ppg) and Washington is 16th nationally averaging 83.2 points per game and 13th in rebounds (43.2 rpg).
Vs. Ranked Foes Since 2000
The Huskies are 26-52 against AP ranked opponents since Jan. 1, 2000. UW has won its last four against ranked foes in the confines of Bank of America Arena and are 16-5 over the last 21 contests against ranked foes at home. Overall, Washington is 19-14 all-time at home during the decade. UW had lost its previous 8 decisions against ranked non-conference opponents before ending a three-year drought by beating Texas A&M on Dec. 22.
Quincy's Dance Recital
Quincy Pondexter made his stage debut on Dec. 23 in the Nutcracker put on annually by the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Pondexter played the role of Grandfather in the party scene during Act I. For the role, Pondexter underwent a make up process that aged him 40 years. He is the first Husky to ever be the celebrity guest star in the ballet. Highlights of Pondexter's night at the ballet is available to be viewed on www.youtube.com/UWAthletics.
Q-Pon Climbs Scoring Ladder
Quincy Pondexter ranks 20th all-time on the UW scoring list with 1,310 career points. He passed Andra Griffin (1,294) vs. Texas A&M. Next on the list is George Irvine (19th-1,314) and he is just 26 points shy of moving all the way up to 15th. If he keeps scoring at a clip of 21.9 ppg and plays 31 games, he will end his career No. 4 all-time in scoring (1,761). Pondexter started the season 27th on the all-time UW scoring list with 1,091 points.