Jan. 15, 2010
No. 2 Stanford Awaits Huskies In Palo Alto
The University of Washington women's basketball team (8-7, 3-2 Pac-10) snapped its three-game winning streak after falling at Cal, 60-43, on Thursday night. The road doesn't get any easier for the Huskies, who must now face No. 2 Stanford (14-1, 4-0) at Maples Pavilion on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.). The Cardinal own a seven-game winning streak over UW, and a 20-4 overall record against the Dawgs at Maples. The Bay Area swing has always a formidable trip for Washington, considering the Huskies have not swept Stanford and Cal 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. 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 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest. The senior recently 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 first victory against Stanford since Dec. 22, 2007.
Regina Rogers paced the Huskies in Berkeley with 13 points, tying a season-high for the post. Rogers also leads the team in overall field-goal percentage (.554), a mark that is fourth-best in the Pac-10 Conference.
Despite the loss to Cal, the Huskies have still won six of their last nine games.
Sarah Morton nearly equaled tying her career-high with 11 points against the Golden Bears. Morton has scored in double-digits three times this season.
Whitcomb and Kristi Kingma combined for just eight points against Cal.
UW slipped back to second in the Pac-10 in blocks with 4.6 per game. The Huskies blocked four shots in the loss to Cal.
Rogers blocked a pair of shots against Cal, which moved her to eighth in the Pac-10 conference. Stanford post Jayne Appel leads the league in blocks with 2.8 per game.
Charting Washington's Results
A loss to Cal snapped the Huskies three-game conference winning streak (first time since 2008), which came after an impressive home sweep of Arizona and Arizona State. Those wins at Bank of America Arena followed a road split of the Oregon schools, which culminated 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.
Stanford is coached by Tara VanDerveer, who is in her 24th year at the Palo Alto school. The two-time NCAA Championship winning coach has showed no signs of slowing down either, having assembled the Pac-10's most impressive team so far. VanDerveer is a member of the women's basketball Hall of Fame and has taken the Cardinal to the last two Final Fours.
Stanford defeated Washington State, 80-43, at Maples Pavilion on Thursday night. Nnemkadi Ogwumike led all scorers with 22 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cardinal are coming off a 35-4 season which saw them fall to eventual champions UConn in the national semifinals in St. Louis.
Stanford has lost just one game this season, an 80-68 defeat at Connecticut in Hartford. Otherwise, the Cardinal has put out a clean sheet. One recent blemish came over the weekend, when Stanford was tested at UCLA before prevailing, 65-61.
Thirteen players return for Stanford, including every key component from their Final Four run last season. This includes Jayne Appel (13.2 ppg and 9.4 rpg), Kayla Pedersen (17.3 ppg and 9.3 rpg) and Ogwumike (19.3 ppg and 9.8 rpg), who has won the Pac-10 Player of the Week honors three times already this season.
Stanford has won each of their 14 games by an average of 22 points, which is tops in the Pac-10. The Cardinal are also outrebounding their opponents by 13.3, also the best mark in the league.
Series Record: Stanford is the toughest trip in the Pac-10, without a doubt. The Huskies have never fared particularly well at Maples, having won just four games (compared to 20 losses) in the building's history. The Cardinal hold a 36-14 overall record against UW and have won the last seven meetings. None were as historic as Stanford's 77-point win over Washington last season at Maples, which was the worst Pac-10 loss for any school. In their last meeting, Stanford defeated UW at Bank of America, 76-54 on Feb. 8, 2009.
Noteworthy: Washington forward Laura McLellan played on the same AAU team as Stanford star Jayne Appel. McLellan is from the Bay Area (Campbell) ... Teams shared one common non-conference opponent - Gonzaga. The Cardinal beat the Bulldogs, 105-74, at Maples on Nov. 29.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies are back at Bank of America, where they sport a 4-1 record this season. This time, they will entertain the Los Angeles schools, starting with USC on Thursday, Jan. 21, and UCLA on Sat., Jan. 23.