Defense has been a hallmark of the Huskies this season.
Jan. 24, 2012
Washington Game Notes | Arizona Game Notes | VIDEO: McGuff Press Conference
Although the Huskies trip to the Bay Area ended with two frustrating results, Washington coach Kevin McGuff lauded his Husky players for their competitive verve in a loss at No. 4 Stanford. Now the team will see if that feistiness will carry over to Thursday night, when the Dawgs host Arizona at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Wildcats blitzed through the non-conference portion of their schedule, but have found the sledding to be rough in the Pac-12, having lost four of their last five games, including a home OT loss to Utah.
For the defensive-minded Huskies, this game offers a complete contrast in styles when both teams tip-off at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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. A live stream of the broadcast is available on GoHuskies for a small fee.
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 recorded just 1 assist, a season-low, at Stanford, compared to 22 turnovers.
The Huskies have won seven home games this season. Last year, UW went just 5-8 in the friendly confines of Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies combined for 94 points at the Bay Area schools. It was the first time since 2009-10 the Huskies have scored identical points (47) in both games of a league weekend.
Mollie Williams has filled in capably in the absence of Marjorie Heard (torn ACL), averaging 25 minutes off the bench in her last three games.
Washington's bench has now been outscored in its last three games. Despite the streak, the Husky reserves are still outscoring their counterparts by 41 points this season.
Jazmine Davis remains the top frosh scorer in the Pac-12 with 13.6 points per game. Her 16.4 ppg in conference play is third among all Pac-12 players.
Kellie McCann-Smith has clearly done most of her damage from deep. Nineteen of her 26 field goals (73 percent) have come from beyond the arc.
Other UW Quick Hitters
The Huskies are 21st nationally in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 34.4 percent from the floor.
Regina Rogers fell to third place nationally in field goal percentage. Rogers has made 62 percent of her attempts this season.
Washington is fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounding, pulling down 42.7 boards per game. The Huskies +5.8 margin on the glass is also fourth in the league.
The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats were one of two teams that helped form the Pac-10 Conference in 1978. The program is coached by Niya Butts, who is in her fourth season at UA. The former Tennessee letter-winner led the Wildcats to a 21-12 record last season, along with a WNIT appearance.
Arizona is led on offense by Davellyn Whyte, a 5-11 junior from Phoenix, who is averaging 19.1 points per game. She's also pulled down 6.5 rebounds per contest, which ranks second ont he Wildcats squad.
Point guard Candice Warthen is one of the more dynamic young players in the Pac-12. The sophomore from Warrenton, Ga., averages 14.2 points per game, and is shooting 43 percent from deep.
Arizona as a team shoots 40 percent from the floor while scoring almost 69 points a game, a mark that ranks fourth in the Pac-12.
Arizona is second in the Pac-12 in the number of made 3's per game, averaging almost 7 per contest.
Series Record: While the Huskies own a slight edge against Arizona all-time, the Dawgs have been particularly dominant at home. That being said, the Wildcats enter Thursday night's matchup having won three straight against Washington, including a 74-66 decision in Seattle last season.
Noteworthy: Husky assistant Adia Barnes is one of the most famous Arizona players in program history. The San Diego native graduated as the Wildcats' all-time leading scorer, having racked up 2,237 points. The Huskies were 5-3 against Barnes when she played at UA ... Davellyn Whyte is the daughter of former Major League Baseball outfielder, Devon White, who played for six teams and won three World Series' rings during a lengthy professional career ... Seventy nine percent of the Wildcats scoring comes from four players (Whyte, Candice Warthen, Shanita Arnold and Erica Barnes).
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies finish the homestand against one of the most physical teams in the conference - Arizona State. The Sun Devils are currently in the midst of a three-game winning streak.