The Huskies will be tested at the Arizona schools, which are a combined 15-0 at home this season
Jan. 18, 2011
Tuesday Press Conferences: Tia Jackson
The Huskies (7-8, 2-4) locked down the Cal Golden Bears to cap a weekend split of the Bay Area schools at home, propelling the team to the desert with plenty of momentum.
The challenge ahead is a tough Arizona (11-5, 2-3) team that is coming off a 75-43 loss of its own to rival Arizona State. Washington has split its last two Pac-10 weekends. Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with a game-high 15 points against the Golden Bears, including a trio of 3-pointers that spurred her team in the second half.
The league's longest road trip has been historically tricky for the Huskies, who suffered their biggest loss of the season last year at the McKale Center to the Wildcats.
Steve Sandmeyer will handle all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM. For home games, Sandmeyer is joined by color analyst (and former UW letterwinner) Elise Woodward.
Dan Giuliani and Sara Mosiman will pair up to provide play-by-play and color commentary for UWTV (Channel 27) during home games. The university-owned television station will broadcast eight games this season.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an interactive chat during the game as part of a GoHuskies.com feature
About the Huskies
Kristi Kingma has scored in double digits in 13 of 15 games the Huskies have played this season. The junior from Mill Creek, Wash., still leads the Dawgs in scoring with 16.1 points per game, a mark that is fifth in the Pac-10 Conference.
Washington is 2-4 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies recently snapped a four-game losing streak at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.
Defense has been the hallmark of the 2010-11 Huskies. Washington is allowing just 56.9 points per game, fourth-best in the Pac-10. The Huskies have yet to allow an opponent to shoot 50 percent from the field or better this season.
Nine different players scored for the Huskies against Cal, the most balanced the team has witnessed all season.
The University of Arizona is located in Tucson and coached by Niya Butts, who is in the middle of her third season with UA. The Wildcats are 11-5, 2-3 this season with an experienced roster that returned a cadre of potent offensive threats. Arizona is a perfect 7-0 at the McKale Center, including two wins over the Oregon schools to start the Pac-10 season.
Davellyn Whyte leads the Wildcats in scoring at almost 15 points a game. She teams with Ify Ibekwe to give Arizona a pair of scorers who combine for nearly 30 points a game. Both players haven't been as effective in conference play, with their point totals dropping to 13.6 and 11.0 points respectively.
Arizona averages 75.4 points per game, a mark that is third in the Pac-10. While the Wildcats know how to score, stopping opponents has been somewhat of a challenge this season, evidenced by the team allowing almost 70 points a game.
One particular area where Arizona has struggled is defending the perimeter. The Wildcats allow opponents to shoot 36 percent from beyond the arc.
Junior Shanita Arnold is second in the Pac-10, and 17th nationally, in assists with 5.8 per game, which ranks second to Oregon's Nia Jackson. Arizona as a team is second in the league in assists with 16.4 per game.
Series Record: The series with Arizona has been historically split (13-12 in favor of UA) at the McKale Center. Washington last escaped Tucson with a win since Feb. 21, 2008, during Tia Jackson's first season. The two teams split last season, with each winning at their respective buildings.
Noteworthy: Senior forward Soana Lucet hails from New Caledonia, a tiny, French-speaking island off the coast of Australia in the South Pacific ... Davellyn Whyte's father, Devon, played Major League Baseball for 17 years. He was a three-time All Star and a seven-time Gold Glove winner ... Assistant coach Sue Darling held the same position with the ABL's Seattle Reign from 1996-97.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies are back at home, where they'll meet their top rival in Washington State. Washington swept the Cougars last season to run its win streak over WSU to 30 in a row.