Following an oft-stated goal, Sami Whitcomb has now made the transition from star student-athlete to the coaching staff at the University of Washington.
Whitcomb was recently named to the position by Husky head coach Tia Jackson, who coached Whitcomb for three of her four seasons at UW. During her paying career at Washington, Whitcomb scored 1,205 points, a mark that ranks 15th all-time in the program's history. Whitcomb was part of two postseason berths as a Husky, most notably a trip to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. As a senior, Whitcomb led the Huskies in both scoring (13.0 ppg), rebounding (5.6 rpg) and assists (2.5 apg). She was named an All-Pac-10 selection and memorably notched a career-best 32 points in a dramatic overtime win against Washington State in Pullman.
As the team's video coordinator, Whitcomb is responsible for ensuring video exchanges with opponents and filming practices. She'll also be involved in scouting, highlights and other areas of content creation, including the production of the team's season-ending banquet video.
A prodigious scoring threat at UW, Whitcomb also made an impact defensively. She led the Huskies in steals her sophomore and junior seasons, and before she graduated Whitcomb was the active leader in steals in the Pac-10 Conference. Whitcomb graduated from Washington this past June with a degree in History. A standout student during her tenure on Montlake, Whitcomb was thrice named to the Pac-10's All-Academic team.
Following her playing career, Whitcomb initially served as an intern for the women's basketball team. She also had a tryout with the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.
WHITCOMB'S PLAYING BIO AT WASHINGTON
Four-year letterwinner...2010 All-Pac-10 selection...averaged a career-best 13.0 points per game...set a personal high with 175 rebounds...led team in scoring, rebounding and assists during her senior season...named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Dec. 28, 2009, the second time Whitcomb has been selected for that award...finished career ranked 15th all-time in UW scoring history with 1,205 points...ranks fourth in team history in 3-point field goals made (176)...2009 All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selection...two-time Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honorable mention...team MVP as a junior, averaging 12.8 points per game and a Pac-10 leading 2.3 steals per game...averaged at least 11 points the last two seasons...also ranks among UW's all-time season leaders for three-pointers made with 62 as a sophomore (tied for sixth) and 54 as a junior (ninth)...has 55 career double-figure scoring games...co-captain as a junior...three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree including a second-team nod in 2008-09.
SENIOR YEAR (2009-10) -- Started all 31 games...Pac 10 player of the week (Dec 28)...co-captain...leads squad in scoring (13.0 ppg), assists (2.5 apg), rebounds (5.6 rpg), free-throw percentage (.858)...second in steals (46)...19 games scoring in double figures...seven games over 20 points scored...reached 1,000 point milestone versus ASU...set career-highs going 10-13 from the free-throw line and scoring 32 points at Washington State (1/29/10)...hit the game-winning 3-pointer against BYU with four seconds remaining...tallied five double-doubles...opened season with back-to-back 20-plus point efforts...notched a season-high six steals against Washington State on Feb. 27...set a career-high with 13 rebounds in the same game.
JUNIOR YEAR (2008-09) -- Played in all 30 games, starting 29...2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection...tabbed to Pac-10 All-Defensive honorable mention team for second-straight season...Pac-10 All-Academic second-team honoree...team's Most Valuable Player...co-captain...led squad in scoring (12.8 ppg), steals (2.3 spg), three-pointers made (54) and free-throws made (71)...was second in rebounding (3.9 rpg) and third in assists (1.2 apg)...led the Pac-10 in steals and was fifth in the three-pointers per game...tallied 19 double-figure scoring efforts including five 20-point games...was team's scoring leader 13 times and top rebounder five times...set career-highs in six statistical categories...scored career-high 29 points versus Arizona State (1/31/09), hitting five three-pointers while also contributing five rebounds and four steals...her 29 points tied for second-most scored in a Pac-10 game that season...racked up 28 points on a career-high six three-pointers vs. Oregon (3/12/09) in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament, was 11-of-18 from the field...led UW with 26 points at USC (1/22/09), going 8-of-16 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line...tallied 16 points and five steals at Oregon (2/14/09)...led team with 23 points, seven rebounds and four steals at Oregon State (2/12)...set career-highs going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line versus Stanford (2/8/09).
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2007-08) -- Played in all 31 games, starting 30...Pac-10 Defensive honorable mention team selection...Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention team...awarded team's Heart and Hustle and Tyee Sports Council Community Service awards...Husky Classic MVP...second on the team with 11.2 points per game...had a team-high 62 steals and was second with 74 assists...reached double-figures in scoring 16 times...had two 20-point games...turned in UW single-game highs for points (27), rebounds (12) and steals (9)...named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her 24-point scoring output in upset over then-No. 9 Cal (3/2/08)...was 5-of-9 from long-range and hit four-straight treys during decisive 18-7 second-half run that helped UW pull the upset...scored season-high 27 points at UCLA (2/10/08), sinking five three-pointers and setting season-highs from the free-throw line (8-of-9)...also had seven rebounds and three assists...had back-to-back career-high double-figure rebounding efforts with 10 vs. UCLA (1/10/08) and 12 vs. USC (1/13/08)...named Husky Classic MVP after averaging 17.5 points in the two games...tallied 19 points and sank five three-pointers, while grabbing six steals in Husky Classic championship game versus Arkansas State (11/24/07)...had 18 points, six steals and career-high six assists in win over Purdue (12/21/07)...had 10 straight points and 14 overall during an 18-8 second-half run that sparked a UW comeback...nearly tallied a triple-double with a career-high nine steals, seven rebounds and nine points at Washington State (1/4/08)...also dished four assists...nine steals were two away from matching the UW school record...notched first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. UCLA (1/10/08)...had four three-pointers, two steals and was 3-of-4 from the FT line...had career-high 12 rebounds vs. USC (1/13/08).
FRESHMAN YEAR (2006-07) -- Played in 21 games, starting four...got the starting nod in her first three collegiate contests and UW's Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinal game vs. USC (3/3/07)...missed eight games after suffering a broken right hand in a Dec. 2 practice in Columbus, Ohio...led the team with an 81.0 free-throw shooting percentage (17-for-21) and fourth on the squad with 15 three-pointers made...averaged 4.3 points and 1.6 rebounds...tallied one double-figure scoring game...had seven games with six or more points...recorded six points and five rebounds in collegiate debut at Marquette (11/14/06)...scored eight points in Basketball Travelers Husky Classic championship game versus Northern Iowa (11/26/06); also had season-high three assists...was team's scoring leader with season-high 13 points vs. No. 10 Stanford (1/11/07)...equaled season-high with three assists in NCAA Tournament First Round game with Iowa State (3/17/07).
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SAMI WHITCOMB'S YEAR-BY-YEAR STATISTICS