Fans will have their first chance to see new UW coach Kevin McGuff in action Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Nov. 7, 2011
Washington Game Notes: Concordia
SEATTLE - When Kevin McGuff was asked what attracted him to the Washington women's basketball program, the ex-Xavier coach cited the Pac-12's resources, the vibrant Seattle market and the opportunities that come with coaching at a BCS-Conference school.
Now the ninth coach in UW history will take the court for the first time when the Huskies (0-0) host their exhibition opener against NAIA Div. II school Concordia (0-0), which is located in Portland, Ore. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Concordia has already played one exhibition game this season, falling 80-36 to PDX rival Portland on Nov. 6.
Please note the exhibition game against Concordia will not be broadcast on radio.
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.
For streaming audio, please visit www.1150kknw.com.
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.
Kristi Kingma will miss the entire 2011-12 season after tearing her ACL during the Huskies' foreign tour of Scandinavia this summer. Kingma was the team's leading scorer last season, averaging 15.6 ppg. She set a UW record for most 3-pointers in a single season with 79.
The Huskies went 1-0 in exhibition games last season, topping D-II power Western Washington 63-46.
Washington was picked 10th in the preseason Pac-12 Women's Basketball Media Poll.
The Huskies have not lost an exhibition game since dropping a 75-67 decision to Seattle Pacific in 2007.
Washington has six newcomers this season: three early signees, one transfer and two late signees.
The Huskies went 5-0 during a summer tour of Europe's Scandinavian countries.
Other UW Quick Hitters
With Kristi Kingma out, the Huskies turn to Regina Rogers, who averaged 10.0 points in 18 games last season. The RS senior post has always been one of the more difficult matchups in Pac-12 play, coming off another season shooting over 50 percent from the floor.
Charmaine Barlow is noted as one of the Pac-12's best on-ball defenders. The senior from Seattle was named to the league's honorable mention All-Defensive team following the regular season, thanks to her ability to limit the scoring output of opposing guards and wings. Despite her reputation for intense man-to-man defense, Barlow did not foul out of any contests last season. In fact, Barlow committed a foul once every 16.24 minutes, the third-best ratio on the team last season.
Concordia is a Division II NAIA school located in Portland, Ore. The Cavaliers play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Last year, Concordia finished 24-10 and made its second-ever appearance at the NAIA D-II National Championships after sharing the regular season title.
Cavaliers coach Aaron Christian is in his sixth season at the Portland school. He's led CU to a pair of appearances in the NAIA D-II tournament.
Concordia graduated its leading scorer in Danielle Clauson, who was the CCC Player of the Year last season after averaging 19.5 points per game. The top returning players are Rachel Scarpelli and Courtney May, both of whom totaled over 11 ppg for the Cavaliers last season. May, a point guard, is the reigning CCC Newcomer of the Year.
May led the Cavaliers with 11 points in their exhibition opener against crosstown rival Portland. No other Concordia player scored in double-figures.
Series Record: This is the first meeting - either exhibition or regular-season - between the two programs.
Noteworthy: The Cavaliers received national attention after the team earned the No. 1 "Play of the Day" on ESPN's SportsCenter last season. The play came when Clauson inbounded the ball off a defender and sank the game-winning shot with less than a second to play to give CU a win in the CCC championship game. Clauson was a high school (King's HS in Edmonds, Wash.) teammate of former Husky letterwinner Sara Mosiman .. the Cavaliers boast four Washingtonians on their roster, including a player (Grace Cappleman) from Seattle's Roosevelt High School, which was attended by UW's Mackenzie Argens.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies open the regular season with a matinee (1 p.m.) Friday tipoff on Nov. 11 against UC Davis. The defending Big West champs don't return the same group that gave Stanford a tough run in the NCAA Tournament last season, but will provide a difficult challenge for McGuff's team to kickoff the year.