Regina Rogers tallied her 12th double-double this season against the Beavers to help the Huskies advance.
March 24, 2012
WNIT Notes: Washington | WNIT Notes: San Diego
The Huskies have now entered unchartered territory in the WNIT, advancing to the quarterfinals following a 55-49 win over Oregon State on March 20. The victory also earned the Huskies their first 20-win season since 2003.
In order to reach the Final Four of the tournament, Washington needs to defeat West Coast Conference foe San Diego this Sunday when the two meet at Alaska Airlines Arena for a 12 p.m. tip. The Huskies are 13-5 on Montlake this season.
The Toreros moved on to the quarters after a 60-51 win against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. San Diego was led by senior forward Morgan Woodrow's 17 points against the Red Raiders.
USD is enjoying a career season, which earned Toreros coach her second WCC Coach of the Year honor.
A win would put the Huskies in rarified postseason air, and one step closer to the program's first postseason championship.
For regular season and postseason games, 13-year veteran Steve Sandmeyer handles all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies on KKNW 1150AM. Sandmeyer will be joined by former UW letterwinner Elise (Niemela) Woodward.
The quarterfinal matchup will be streamed on GoHuskies.com, although without an audio feed.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an GoHuskies chat during the game.
Jazmine Davis became the first Husky since Karen Deden in 1988 to win the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award. She was also selected to the All-Pac-12 list with teammate Regina Rogers. Charmaine Barlow was honorable mention All-Defensive Team.
Davis is also Washington's all-time freshman leading scorer with 528 points. She passed Husky legend Loree Payne during the Huskies' WNIT win at Oregon State.
Regina Rogers has recorded double-doubles in two of her last three games.
Washington is No. 35 in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense, limiting foes to 27.3 percent from beyond the arc. In UW's last two games, opponents have made just 4 of 46 from three, a nine-percent rate.
The Huskies have out-rebounded five of their last six opponents. During that span, UW has been +50 on the glass.
Regina Rogers is third in the nation in field goal percentage, making 60 percent of her attempts.
Washington is one win away from notching No. 700 as a program.
The Huskies are 7-3 in Women's National Invitational Tournament Games, having made three appearances (1999, 2002 & 2004) in the postseason event. Washington is one of just two schools (Minnesota being the other) with both men's and women's teams alive in postseason play.
Washington has won three postseason games in one season just once - the Elite Eight run during the 2001 NCAA Tournament.
About San Diego
The University of San Diego is nicknamed the Toreros and plays in the West Coast Conference. USD is 25-8 on the season, and made history this year with their first-ever postseason win, beating Cal State Northridge, 60-58, in the opening round of the WNIT.
The Toreros are coached by Cindy Fisher, who is in her seventh year at San Diego. Fisher is a two-time WCC Coach of the Year awardee, including an honor this season for leading her team to a 12-4 record in conference play. Fisher previously was a head coach at Wyoming (1998-2003) and was later an assistant at Nebraska.
Dominique Conners leads the Toreros in scoring with 16.8 points per game. The 5-8 guard from Oceanside, Calif., is a well-rounded player, averaging five rebounds and almost three assists per game.
San Diego led the WCC in scoring defense, limiting opponents to just 56.2 points per game. The Toreros limit opposing teams to just 35 percent shooting from the field.
USD will have traveled 2,830 miles during this WNIT run. This includes a flight to Lubbock, Texas, a return to San Diego and then the trip up to Seattle.
The Toreros are 10-4 away from the Jenny Craig Pavilion this season.
Series Record: There has been just one meeting between the schools in both programs' histories. That came in 2005, when the Huskies defeated the Toreros, 77-61, in Seattle. Washington is 1-0 against the WCC this year, having defeated Portland, 61-49, on Montlake.
Noteworthy: The USD campus was the training ground home of the Husky football team before the Dawgs win over Nebraska in the 2010 Holiday Bowl ... Husky assistant coach Adia Barnes is a San Diego native ... Torero RS frosh Felicia Wijenberg hails from the Pacific Northwest, a native of Maple Ridge, B.C.
Up Next For The Huskies
If the Huskies were to advance, they would play the winner of Oklahoma State and Colorado on March 28 for the right to advance to the WNIT Championship Game.