Sarah Morton will play in her final two home games this weekend.
Feb. 15, 2011
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The Huskies (10-12, 5-8) return home for the final weekend series at Alaska Airlines Arena, beginning with a visit from Arizona State. This pair of games is of incredible importance for Washington, which can return to .500 and take advantage of the cluster of teams in the middle of the Pac-10 race.
Last weekend, the Sun Devils (14-8, 6-6) allowed a close game to unravel in the second half of the Territorial Cup against rival Arizona, and come to Seattle in need of a win to maintain their standing in the Top-4 of the league.
The game against ASU will be a WBCA "Pink Zone" event.
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.
The game will also be broadcast on UWTV, Channel 27 on Comcast stations in the Seattle-metro region. Dan Giuliani and former UW basketball letterwinner Sara Mosiman will be on the call.
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 18 of 22 games the Huskies have played this season. The junior still leads the Dawgs in scoring with 16.3 points per game, a mark that is fifth in the Pac-10 Conference. With eight 3-pointers against the Bay Area schools, Kingma entered the Huskies' all-time Top-10 list with 109 career makes.
The Huskies' bench has outscored the opponent's bench in their last four contests.
Sarah Morton is tied for second in the Pac-10 in assists (5.1) and second in free throw percentage at .814. The senior point guard is averaging 5.7 dimes a game in conference play, tops in the Pac-10. She combined for 26 points and 13 assists at the Bay Area schools.
Washington is second in the Pac-10 Conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 36 percent from the field. UW defends the arc just as well, allowing just 27 percent in 3-point FGs.
About Arizona State
Arizona State joined the Pac-10 in 1978 and is located in Tempe, Ariz. The Sun Devils are 14-8, 6-6 this year under head coach Charli Turner Thorne, who is in the middle of her 15th season at ASU. The Wildcats sport a deep roster this season that likes to pressure the ball up and down the court. Arizona State, though, is a vastly different team away from Wells Fargo Arena, and are just 1-4 on the road in conference play.
Dymond Simon leads the Sun Devils in scoring at 14.5 points a game. Simon returned this season after missing all of the 2009-10 season with a knee injury. The 5-5 RS senior is the only Arizona State player averaging in double-digits, but the Sun Devils have a roster of athletes who can step up on any given night.
Arizona State averages 61.7 points per game, a mark that is eighth in the Pac-10. The brand of this ASU team is a defense that forces nearly 20 turnovers a game. While the Sun Devils play that frantic style, they do allow opponents to shoot 42 percent from the field.
The Sun Devils are not a team that does their damage from the outside. ASU shoots just 26 percent from beyond the arc, which is last in the Pac-10.
Arizona State has split its last eight Pac-10 games. Its lone road win came at USC, when the Sun Devils escaped the Galen Center with a 62-61 victory.
Series Record: Arizona State and Washington have never been able to separate from one another throughout the course of each program's histories. UW leads the overall series, 27-25, and has been the dominant team in games played in Seattle, holding an 18-7 lead. The Huskies fell earlier in the season in Tempe, 52-49.
Noteworthy: Senior forward Kali Bennett originally signed at Washington, but transferred after her freshman season to ASU. The 6-5 post from Ventura, Calif., averages just 4.0 points per game ... Charli Turner Thorne spent the early portion of her career at Washington, where she earned her Masters degree in Education.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies are on the road for the rest of the regular season. Next up is the all-important rivalry game against the Cougars. This time, the Huskies travel across the state to the Palouse, where they'll look to keep their long-running streak over WSU going at Beasley Coliseum.