Mercedes Wetmore is shooting nearly 90 percent from the free-throw line this season.
Dec. 16, 2011
Washington Game Notes | Houston Game Notes
As the non-conference portion of the schedule winds down, the Huskies are attempting to do something that hasn't been accomplished since the 2006-07 season - win four straight games.
The next chance for Washington comes on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. when the program welcomes Houston to Alaska Airlines Arena. The game is part of a double-header with the Husky men's basketball team, which will open play at noon.
UW is off to its best start since the 2005-06 campaign, and has won six of its last seven games.
The Cougars are coming off the best season in school history, on that saw them win 26 games and make the NCAA Tournament.
Houston is coming off a win against crosstown rival Houston Baptist, which is making the transition to Div. I athletics.
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 Houston will begin at approximately 2:00 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.
Regina Rogers leads the nation in field goal percentage, making just over 70 percent of her shots from the floor. The senior post is averaging 18.9 points per game to go along with 8.5 rebounds.
The Huskies are a perfect 5-0 when they record fewer turnovers than their opponents.
Washington's defense stopped Portland on 15 consecutive possessions in the second half of its 61-49 win last week.
The Huskies set a new season-high with 11 steals against Portland, including a career-best five from frosh Aminah Williams, who leads the team in that category.
The Huskies have prevented their last three opponents from reaching 50 points. Additionally, the program has not allowed a team to break the 40-percent mark from the field since Cal State Northridge shot 44 percent on Nov. 19.
Washington committed a season-low 11 fouls against Portland.
Jazmine Davis, Beatrice Carta and Kellie McCann-Smith all celebrated birthdays this week.
Other UW Quick Hitters
Washington is fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 54.1 points per game. UW is ranked in the same spot for field goal percentage defense, as opponents are connecting on just 33 percent of their attempts.
Regina Rogers maintains a five percentage point lead over Carolyn Davis (Kansas) for the lead in national field goal percentage.
Washington is +8.1 on the boards, which is fifth in the Pac-12 and 25th nationally. The Huskies were out-rebounded in just one game this season, a 38-35 deficit versus San Diego State.
The University of Houston is located in Houston, Texas. The Cougars are a member of Conference USA and play their home games at the Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston is coached by Todd Buchanan, who is in his second season overseeing the Cougars program. Buchanan had a breakout first year on the job, leading UH to a 26-6 record, which was the second most in school history. His team was also a perfect 16-0 in CUSA play. Those accomplishments earned Buchanan CUSA Coach of the Year honors.
Houston is led by Porsche Landry, who is averaging 22 points a game. The 5-5 senior guard has only played three games this season because of injury. Roxanna Button is second in UH scoring at 18.6 ppg.
The Cougars opened the season on a nine-game losing streak before notching an 83-60 win against Houston Baptist.
Houston dishes out just nine assists a game, which ranks 318th in the NCAA. The Cougars have also struggled from the field this year, making just 33 percent of their shots.
Series Record: Washington has won all three matchups in the series, each coming on a neutral floor. Coincidentally, all three meetings have come on Dec. 7 prior to this weekend's game. The Huskies are tentatively scheduled to make a return trip to Houston in the 2013-14 season.
Noteworthy: This is home game for Cougars sophomore forward Mae Woods, who hails from the Vancouver, British Columbia suburb of Maple Ridge ... UH assistant coach Ravon Justice played at Washington State from 2002-03.
Up Next For The Huskies
Washington plays its final non-conference game on Tuesday, Dec. 20 when the program welcomes Southern to Alaska Airlines Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. Southern is a Southwestern Athletic Conference school based out of Baton Rouge, La.
Last Time Out
The Huskies have made their mark as a second-half team this year, and the proof was in the pudding during their game against Portland on Dec. 9. Washington outscored the Pilots by 15 in the final 20 minutes in a 61-49 comeback win. Regina Rogers led all scorers with 26 points and nine rebounds, the fourth time the RS senior has eclipsed the 20-point plateau this season.
Jazmine Davis scored 13 points in support for the Huskies, who have won three straight and six of their last seven ballgames.
Washington held Portland star Natalie Day largely in check, thanks to excellent defense by Aminah Williams and Jeneva Anderson. Day committed nine turnovers in the loss.