Mercedes Wetmore is one of the Pac-12's best in avoiding turnovers.
Jan. 3, 2012
Notes: Colorado At UW | LIVE VIDEO: Coach McGuff Press Conference
Frustrated but undeterred, the Washington women's basketball returns home after a sweep at the hands of the Oregon schools. Up next is the Pac-12 home opener, starting with a visit from the first of two conference newcomers - Colorado.
The Buffaloes, along with fellow Rocky Mountain travel partner Utah, joined the league this summer, part of the Pac-12's expansion process. Colorado has embraced its new home among West Coast rivals, having begun the season with a sizzling 12-0, 1-0
start. The Buffs are coming off a comeback, 58-52, win over Utah in their Pac-12 opener.
UW, meanwhile, will look to right the ship after slipping at both Oregon State and Oregon over the weekend to begin the Pac-12 season, with both losses coming by a combined seven points.
For regular season and postseason games, 13-year veteran Steve Sandmeyer handles all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM.
Sandmeyer is once again joined by color analyst (and former UW letterwinner) Elise Woodward for home games.
The game will also be broadcast live by UWTV. Michael Preston will provide the play-by-play, and former Husky letterwinner Liz Lay will add the color commentary.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an interactive chat during the game on gohuskies.com.
Washington lost its first game where it led at halftime (UW held a 47-36 lead vs. Ore. at the half).
The Huskies had a player (McCann-Smith) hit 6 3-pointers for the first time since Kristi Kingma did so at Oregon last year on Jan. 8, 2011.
Regina Rogers made just 10-of-22 shots at the Oregon schools, a .455 percentage.
Washington's bench recorded a season-high 51 points against Oregon, one game after recording its fewest points by reserves - 2.
Mackenzie Argens is on a four-game streak scoring in double figures.
Washington made a season-high 12 3-point field goals at Oregon.
Oregon's 13 3-point field goals tied for the most the Huskies have surrendered in a game this season, equaling the mark also set by UC Davis in the season-opener.
The 88 points scored by the Huskies was a season-high and also marked the second time the team has reached that plateau this year.
Other UW Quick Hitters
Washington is 26th nationally in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 33.5 percent shooting from the floor.
Regina Rogers remains in 2nd place nationally in field goal percentage, making 67 percent of her shots.
Mercedes Wetmore is 6th-best in the Pac-12 in Assist/Turnover ratio. The sophomore point guard has passed out 38 assists compared to just 23 turnovers, a ratio of 1.65.
The University of Colorado is located just outside Denver in Boulder, Colo. The Buffaloes play their home games at the Coors Event Center on campus.
The Buffs are coached by Linda Lappe, who is in her second season at her alma mater. Lappe was hired by Colorado after a successful three-year run at D-II Metropolitan State College in Denver. At the time of her hiring, Lappe was the third-youngest head coach in Division I basketball at 30 years of age.
Chucky Jeffery leads the Buffs in scoring at 17.1 points per game. The 5-10 junior guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., is also the team's leading rebounder with 8.4 boards per contest.
Colorado is coming off a WNIT appearance last season, its final year in the Big 12 Conference. The Buffs reached the third round of the postseason tournament before falling at home to Southern Cal. CU finished with an 18-16 record last year.
Colorado is second in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, allowing just 51.8 points per game. The Buffs have outscored their opponents by 16.8 this season.
Series Record: Washington and Colorado have only met sporadically throughout both programs' history, with the Buffaloes holding a 6-2 record in all meetings. This is the fourth time CU will visit Seattle, and the Buffs are 2-1 all-time in games at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Noteworthy: Current Husky assistant Mike Neighbors held a similar position at Colorado under former coach Kathy McConnell-Miller. Neighbors coached at CU during the 2005-06 season, having come overwith McConnell-Miller from Tulsa ... the Buffs have two players on their roster with Pacific NW ties: Julie Seabrook (North Vancouver, B.C.) and Jen Reese (Clackamas, Ore.).
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies remain at home to take on the other half of the Pac-12 newcomer tandem - Utah. Washington traveled to Salt Lake City for a non-conference game last season, meaning the Huskies have some familiarity with the Utes squad who will tip-off against them on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m.