Tia Jackson and Co. are looking to pick up a pair of wins in Alaska
Nov. 21, 2010
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Washington women's basketball team is off to the Great White North as they try to look past a recent loss at BYU and focus on one of the more intriguing preseason tournaments - the 33rd annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Huskies are headed to Anchorage to face Kent State and either San Jose State or host Alaska-Anchorage over the two-day tournament at the Sullivan Arena. Tip off for the game against the Golden Flashes is set for 9 p.m. (PST) Tuesday.
This is the second time in school history the Huskies have played in this tournament.
Steve Sandmeyer will handle all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM. During home games, the 12-year radio man will also be joined by former women's basketball letter-winner Elise (Niemela) Woodward, who will provide color commentary. Dan Giuliani calls home games for GoHuskies.com, part of a joint venture with Comcast On-Demand. This year, Giuliani will team with former women's basketball letter-winner Sara Mosiman.
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
Regina Rogers leads the team in scoring with 18 ppg, but missed the Huskies last contest at BYU with a hamstring ailment. Kristi Kingma is second on the team in scoring with 15 ppg, doing so while playing the point in absence of the injured Sarah Morton (ankle).
All offseason long, the coaching staff wanted Mackenzie Argens to prove her strength on the glass. The junior responded in a huge way at BYU, pulling down a career-high 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play.
The Huskies are shooting just 33 percent (39-118) from the floor for the season , and just 26 percent from beyond the arc. No one other than Kingma has made a three-pointer this season for UW.
Charmaine Barlow was never considered much of an offensive threat her first two years on campus, but the junior is quickly changing that reputation. Barlow poured in a career-high 10 points at BYU, more than doubling her previous best of four.
Washington is 6-1 all-time against opponents from the Mid-American Conference. UW went 1-0 against the MAC in the 2009-10 season, topping Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.
The Huskies last played a tournament in Anchorage, Alaska, during the 1981-82 season, back when it was called the Northern Lights Invitational. Washington went 1-2 during the tournament, playing against Minnesota, San Francisco & Arkansas.
About Kent State
Kent State is located in Kent, Ohio. The Cougars play in the Mid-American Conference and are coached by Bo Lindsay, who is entering his 22nd season at Kent State. Last year, Lindsay directed the Golden Flashes to a 20-11 finish, with an 12-4 mark in the MAC, the second best mark in the conference. Lindsay is just six wins away from the 400-win milestone.
The Golden Flashes played in the first round of the WNIT last season, losing to Michigan 69-34 at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
Kent State was picked to finish second - behind Bowling Green - in the MAC this season according to the league's preseason poll. The Golden Flashes garnered five first-place votes.
The Golden Flashes are a markedly different team than the one that went to the WNIT last season with five first-year players (four freshmen and one sophomore) joining six returners. Senior guard Jamilah Humes leads Kent State in scoring with a 13.5 ppg average, making 57 percent of her shots (12-of-21) in the process. Overall the Golden Flashes have three players averaging in double figures, with Taisja Jones (12.0) and Chenel Harris (11.5) joining Humes.
Kent State is off to a 2-0 start this season after a pair of wins during a swing through the Northeastern part of the country. The Golden Flashes picked up victories at Canisius (60-54) and at Northeastern (71-53).
The Golden Flashes are a pressure defense team, much like Washington, a reputation backed up by the 49 turnovers the team has forced in just two games.
In two games, the Golden Flashes are hitting 46 percent of their shots (48-103). The team does most of their damage inside the arc, as they're just 6-of-23 from distance.
Series Record: The Huskies own a 1-1 mark against the Golden Flashes lifetime. On neutral sites, where the two teams will meet Tuesday at Sullivan Arena, the UW holds a 1-0 advantage. Both teams met early in the 2006 season when the Huskies traveled to Kent, Ohio, and lost to the Golden Flashes 81-78 in overtime.
Noteworthy: One of the most famous Huskies in school history (football coach Don James) got his start at Kent State ... While Kent St. coach Bo Lindsay was an assistant at Holy Cross, he was also the men's lacrosse head coach. Lindsay was a collegiate lacrosse player in college at UMass, and played in the NCAA FInal Four ... the Golden Flashes have one player, Tamzin Barroilhet, who is a native of France. Kassia Fortier of the Huskies grew up in Rennes, France.
Up Next For The Huskies
Depending on how the Huskies fare, they will play the winner or loser of the other side of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout - San Jose State or host Alaska-Anchorage, a D-II program.
Last Time Out
Playing without a pair of starters and on the road against a desperate opponent, the Washington women's basketball team faced stiff odds as they took to the court at the Marriott Center. Despite a valiant effort with Huskies playing out of their roles, the Huskies fell to BYU, 80-55, on Saturday, Nov. 20, in Provo, Utah.
Heading into the game against the Cougars, the Huskies (1-1) had to adjust their lineup after Sarah Morton (ankle) and Regina Rogers (hamstring) were ruled out of the contest. Morton remained in Seattle, while Rogers' absence was a game-time decision. The task at hand was to put away a BYU team that had dropped its first two games of the year. UW's makeshift lineup - at one point, the Huskies had five freshmen on the floor - gave the Cougars all sorts of fits in the first half, but then the vaunted BYU perimeter offense exploded in the second stanza. Overall, the Cougars outscored the Huskies 41-23 in the final 20 minutes.
Kristi Kingma and Mollie Williams each tied for the team lead in points with 12. The Cougars were paced by Stephanie Vermunt, who pumped in 17 points off the bench. Mindy Bonham added 15 for the Cougars, who showcased their prolific range, hitting 11 3-pointers, including a game-high four for Vermunt.