Regina Rogers leads all Huskies in points with 14.7 per game.
Nov. 22, 2011
Game Notes: UW At UCSB
Sunshine and surf will greet the Huskies when they travel south to take on the University of California-Santa Barbara on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
This is Washington's third game against a team from the Big West Conference, with the Huskies (2-1) having already faced defending league champion UC-Davis and Cal State Northridge. But this is the Huskies first trip to the Thunderdome, where the Gauchos (2-2) are 2-0 this season, having rebounded from an 0-2 start.
Washington is coming off a gut-check win over the Matadors, rallying from 17 points down to edge past CSUN last Saturday. It was the largest deficit overcome by UW since they erased an 18-point Oregon lead in a win last February.
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 pregame show for UC-Santa Barbara will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday.
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The Huskies scored a season-high 73 points against Cal State Northridge, led by 17 each from Mercedes Wetmore and Regina Rogers.
Washington shot 83 percent from the free-throw line against the Matadors, making 25-of-30 in the win over CSUN.
The Huskies forced Northridge into 29 turnovers.
Wetmore set a new personal best with nine made free throws on 10 attempts. The sophomore is making 92 percent of her foul shots this season.
Eight different Huskies scored against the Matadors, with 17 of those points coming off the bench.
The nine turnovers from Jazmine Davis were the most for a Husky player since Sarah Morton committed 11 against Georgia Tech on Dec. 23, 2010.
Washington made a season-low 22 field goals against Northridge, and was out-rebounded for the first time this season.
The last time the Huskies played at a Big West school they came away with a 73-55 victory at Cal State Northridge.
Other UW Quick Hitters
Forty percent of the Huskies points this season are coming from inside the paint. Regina Rogers leads all Huskies with 14.5 points per game, and is making 76 percent of her shots from the floor.
The Huskies are making nearly 68 percent of their free throws, which is fifth in the Pac-12. The Huskies have four players who are making 80 percent or better form the charity stripe.
About UC Santa Barbara
UC-Santa Barbara is a member of the University of California network, and located in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Gauchos are a member of the Big West Conference, and were picked to finish 2nd in the league this season.
The Gauchos are coached by Carlene Mitchell, who is in her first season at UCSB. Mitchell had previously spent 10 seasons on C. Vivian Stringer's staff at Rutgers.
UCSB went 19-12 last season and were co-Big West champs. The Gauchos lost in the first round of the WNIT, allowing an 11-point second-half lead to slip at USC.
Senior guard Emile Johnson spent the summer playing for Team USA at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Mexico. The 5-6 Loomis, Calif., native is averaging 14.7 points per game, and has eclipsed the 20-point plateau twice already.
The Gauchos return five of the top six scorers from last year's team. Sweet Underwood, a senior forward from Compton, Calif., has already posted three double doubles on the season, and is averaging 11.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest.
Series Record: The Huskies are facing the Gauchos for just the second time in program history. The only previous meeting occurred in 1993, when the Huskies beat UCSB, 75-49, in Seattle.
Noteworthy: Gauchos' forward Kristen Tilleman formerly played at Pac-12 school Oregon State ... UCSB visited Seattle earlier this season, dropping a tight 60-55 contest against Seattle University at the Connolly Center ... former Husky coach Tia Jackson filled the Rutgers assistant coaching vacany created when Mitchell took over at Santa Barbara.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies stay on the road and will spend the Thanksgiving holidays in California. After a brief stop in Manhattan Beach for turkey dinner at the home of manager Amanada Johnson, the team will continue down south to San Diego, where a 3-1 San Diego State team awaits. The Aztecs traditionally are one of the top programs in the Mountain West Conference, although they struggled to a 12-17 record last season. SDSU is coming off a tournament title at the Rainbow Wahine Classic.