Mackenzie Argns is back in the starting lineup for the Dawgs
Dec. 6, 2011
Game Notes: UW vs. Portland | VIDEO: Tuesday Press Conference
The homestand continues for the Huskies at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs are bidding to start another three-game winning streak when they host Portland on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. At 5-2, Washington is off to its best start since the 2005-06 season, which saw the Huskies race out to a 9-2 record in non-conference play.
Despite the relatively close proximity between the two programs, this is only their 10th meeting. UW and UP last met in the first round of the 2010 Women's Basketball Invitational, a 75-44 win by the Huskies.
The Pilots are coming off an 88-78 road loss to Oregon at Matt Knight Arena. It would be hard to pin the loss on UP's offense, considering the team made a season-high 15 three-pointers.
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 Portland will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday.
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 on gohuskies.com.
Frosh Jazmine Davis had her best game as a Husky, scoring 18 points while hitting all four of her attempts from 3-point range.
Washington tallied a season-high 19 assists against Long Beach State. The Huskies also record a season's best 32 field goals and shot 54 percent for the game.
Ten different Husky players scored and recorded at least one rebound against Long Beach State.
The Huskies record a season-high 10 steals against the 49ers, with nine different players notching at least one takeaway.
The Huskies bench outscored the 49ers bench, 34-11. The +23 margin was the highest for the team this season.
The Huskies did not allow Idaho - an up-tempo team - to record a fast-break point. The Huskies allow just 1.7 FBP a game.
Assistant coach Kevin Morrison will return to the bench after his fiancee gave birth to the couple's first child - Jayce Morrison - last week.
Other UW Quick Hitters
Washington is third in the Pac-12 Conference in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to make just 33 percent of their shots. The team holds its opponents to just 54.9 ppg as well.
Regina Rogers is fifth on the Pac-12 scoring list with 17.9 points per game. Her 73 percent field goal percentage is the league's top mark by almost five points.
Both Mercedes Wetmore and Jazmine Davis rank in the top 10 of the Pac-12 in free throw shooting. Wetmore (T-2nd) is making almost 88 percent of her attempts from the charity stripe while Davis (third) is just over 87 percent.
The University of Portland is located in Portland, Ore. The Pilots are a member of the West Coast Conference and play their home games at the Chiles Center.
Portland is coached by Jim Sollars, who is entering his 26th year at the university. During his tenure, Sollars has led the Pilots to seven postseason berths, the last coming in 2009-10 when the team reached the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational. His Pilots teams have won three WCC crowns, the last coming in the 1996-97 season.
Portland is led on offense by Natalie Day, a senior transfer from Howard University. Day is averaging 19 points per game, making over 50 percent of her shots and pulling down eight rebounds a game.
The Pilots are coming off a 2010-11 season that saw the program go 16-15. The team returns over 60 percent of their scoring from that group, including Day.
Series Record: Washington has won all nine matchups in the series, the last coming in the WBI first round in 2009-10 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Over the course of the series, UW has won by an average of 17 points.
Noteworthy: Senior point guard ReZina TecleMariam hails from Puyallup, Wash., and is one of two players on the Pilots roster from the Evergreen State. TecleMariam played AAU basketball with Regina Rogers and Charmaine Barlow for Seattle-based Tree of Hope ... Sollars is a 1966 graduate of nearby Seattle Pacific University, located in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood ... Assistant coach Cheryl Sorenson is a former Washington letterwinner (Class of 2003) ... Husky video coordinator Carly Koebel played for Portland for four seasons, graduating in 2009.
Up Next For The Huskies
Washington has just two non-conference home games remaining before transitioning to Pac-12 Conference play. The Huskies will host Conference USA power Houston on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. The Cougars are coming off a season that saw them win 26 games and make a perfect 16-0 run from CUSA play. UH faced West Virginia as the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, only to fall in the first round.
Last Time Out
The Huskies offense exploded in a return to Alaska Airlines Arena, totaling a season-high 80 points in a win over Long Beach State. In addition, the Dawgs shot 54 percent from the field, dished off 19 assists and recorded 10 steals.
Jazmine Davis had the best game of her young career, scoring 18 points while hitting all four of her attempts from beyond the arc. Davis is in the Top-4 among Pac-12 freshmen in scoring (11.9 ppg). Regina Rogers had an efficient game from the field against the 49ers, making 5-of-6 shots from the floor in scoring 12 points.
Jeneva Anderson reached a career-high with 9 points, making 4-of-6 shots in 13 minutes of action.