Mackenzie Argens and the Huskies have a physical battle forthcoming at California.
Jan. 17, 2012
Game Notes: UW At Cal | VIDEO: Coach McGuff Press Conference
Coming off a gut-it-out win over Washington State in Pullman, the Huskies (10-5, 2-3) continue life on the road as they travel to Berkeley to face California (13-5, 4-2). Tip-off at Haas Pavilion is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Jan. 19.
The Golden Bears have a new coach in Lindsay Gottlieb. The former assistant returned to Cal following a successful three-year run at UC Santa Barbara. She takes over for Joanne Boyle, who left for Virginia and was instrumental in turning Cal into a Pac-12 powerhouse. Despite a new face at head coach, Cal continues to emphasize a bruising, physical style of play.
Last year, the Huskies were able to extract a win out of Haas, holding off the Golden Bears in a 60-49 win. It was part of a regular-season sweep of Cal for Washington.
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 pregame show with Sandmeyer will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., featuring interviews with coach Kevin McGuff and a select student-athlete.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an interactive chat with injured Huskies star Kristi Kingma during the game on gohuskies.com.
Washington shot a season-high 84 percent from the free-throw line against WSU, making 16-of-19 of its attempts.
Jazmine Davis powered the Huskies with 25 points at Washington State. She continues to lead all Pac-12 frosh in scoring with 13.2 ppg. Davis has picked up her game in conference play, where she's averaged 17.4 points a contest.
The Huskies committed just 15 turnovers at Washington State, which ties for their second-lowest output of the season.
Mackenzie Argens has pulled down nine rebounds a game in league play, coming off a 12-board performance at WSU.
In their last two games, the Huskies have allowed opponents to shoot just 30-of-113 from the field (26.5 percent). In Pac-12 games, UW has held its opposition to .337 shooting.
Davis' 13 three-pointers attempted was one off the UW record of 14, set by Jamie Redd against Stanford on Feb. 19, 1998.
Other UW Quick Hitters
The Huskies lead the Pac-12 in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 33 percent from the floor. That mark ranks eighth nationally.
Regina Rogers re-assumed first place nationally in field goal percentage. Rogers has made 65 percent of her attempts this season.
Washington's 34 percent shooting mark from the 3-point line ranks second in the Pac-12 in terms of overall accuracy.
The University of California is an original member of the Pac-12 Conference and located in Berkeley, Calif. The Golden Bears are coached by Lindsay Gottlieb, a former Cal assistant who took over for Joanne Boyle after she left to be the head coach at Virginia.
Despite a staff shakeup, the Golden Bears have maintained their physical, aggressive style of play. Cal is the best rebounding team in the Pac-12 (and the nation for that matter), outgaining their opponents by 17 on the glass.
Layshia Clarendon leads Cal in scoring with 10.8 points per game. The junior from San Bernadino, Calif., is shooting 39 percent from the floor.
RS Sophomore Gennifer Brandon is in the top-10 nationally in rebounds per game with 11.2, in addition to scoring 10.1 points a game.
Cal is 8-1 playing at Haas Pavilion this season. Its lone loss was a 77-75 loss to No. 11-ranked Ohio State on Dec. 17.
Series Record: Traditionally, the Huskies have always had the upper hand in their matchups with California. But in recent years the balance of power has tilted slightly towards Berkeley, although the Huskies swept the Golden Bears in the regular season last year. Cal won the game that counted, though, with a 58-48 win in the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.
Noteworthy: Kevin Morrison spent four seasons as a Cal assistant coach. He's responsible for recruiting four of the McDonald's All-Americans on Cal's roster ... sophomore guard Ashley Moore grew up on the East Bay in Vallejo, Calif. ... All but one player on Cal's team are from the state of California.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies walk into the cauldron known as Maples Pavilion to face Stanford. The Cardinal enter the weekend ranked fourth in the nation (AP) and leading the Pac-12 with a 15-1 record. To make matters even more daunting, the Cardinal have won their last 71 home games at Maples.