Hungry Dawgs looking for wins

After suffering two heartbreaking overtime losses last week, Washington (8-12, 3-8) looks to snap out of a four-game losing streak on the road and notch their first conference road victory of the season as they swing down to the Bay Area. To do so, they will find themselves matched up with not one, but two nationally ranked teams this week in #24 Stanford (17-6, 8-3) on Thursday, and #23 California (16-2, 9-4) on Saturday.

State of the Huskies

Even though the Huskies dropped both of their contests at home, it was definitely not due to a lack of effort. Going into overtime both games, the Huskies took #2 Arizona (the current #1 team in the nation) and Arizona State to the limits.

Now it is up to the young Huskies to bounce back from these losses and focus on getting a victory on the road, where the Huskies play five of their last seven games of the season.

Doug Wrenn finds himself back in the starting lineup with the injury to freshmen center Anthony Washington. Washington has missed the last two games wit a sprained left foot and is still sidelined indefinitely. In the meantime, Wrenn continues to search for the form that made him an All Pac-10 player just one season ago.

Freshmen forward Bobby Jones has been playing better than expected. The defense specialist has been showing some offensive pop lately by scoring in double digits the last two games. He also grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Arizona.

Nate Robinson also had big games last week by and is becoming more of a scoring threat. Robinson scored 19 points against Arizona, and had a career-high 20 points against Arizona State.

Looking at Stanford

The last time the Cardinal and the Huskies met, the Huskies defeated then-unranked Stanford 73-68 at home. Since then, the Cardinal have gone 5-1, including a victory over #1 Arizona in Tucson. Stanford will be more than happy to return the favor and gain a measure of revenge against Washington in Palo Alto on Thursday.

Sharp-shooting junior guard Matt Lottich (11.3 ppg) was on his way to a hot day in Seattle when foul troubles led him to the bench for a majority of the second half. Josh Childress had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Julius Barnes also contributed 12 points.

Barnes leads Stanford in scoring at 14.9 ppg while Childress leads the team in the rebounding category at 8.0 rpg.

Stanford has a slight edge (61-54) in a series that dates back to 1916 and prior to their loss to the Huskies last month, they took 11 straight from Washington. The last trip the Huskies took to the Maples Pavilion was not very pretty. Stanford routed Washington 105-60 last season, which was the third most lopsided defeat in UW history.

The Huskies will be looking to sweep the Stanford series this season for the first time since 1993.

Looking at Cal

The task does not get any easier Saturday when they cross the bridge and head over to Berkley to face the surprise team of the Pac-10 in Cal.

The last time the two teams met in January, Cal defeated Washington 73-66 at Bank of America Arena as sophomore forward Amit Tamir led the way with 26 points by shooting 4-5 from beyond the arc. Tamir also earned rave reviews from Romar and drew comparisons to the legendary Larry Bird. Tamir is averaging 17.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this season.

Cal also has the Pac-10's leading scorer in Joe Shipp. Shipp is averaging 21.2 ppg and along with teammate Brian Wethers, they are two of just four Pac-10 players to score double digits in all their games this season.

Washington owns a very slim 68-67 edge in the all-time series with Cal despite dropping five of their last six meetings.

Women's Team Returns Home

The men were not the only ones who had a bad week last week. After putting on two spectacular shows at home against USC and UCLA, Washington (17-5, 9-4) headed to the desert nationally ranked in both major polls for the first time this season.

After losing back-to-back games for the first time all season, they return to Seattle unranked in both of the polls, and looking at #6 Stanford (19-2, 11-1), the top team in the Pac-10 on Thursday and Cal (8-13, 4-8) on Saturday.

Washington will be more than happy to be at home, where they have won 11 straight games on their home court. The Huskies are currently in second place in the Pac-10, tied with Arizona and currently two games behind Stanford.

All-America candidate Giuliana Mendiola continues to lead the team in the "triple crown" on statistics. She leads the team with 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. Mendiola has also achieved double-doubles in four of the last five games.

The Huskies also lead the Pac-10 in scoring at 78.2 points per game, with the help of four Huskies scoring in double figures. Loree Payne (15.0), Andrea Lalum (11.0), and Emily Autrey (10.6) all have had solid seasons thus far.

Washington looks to split this season's series with Stanford after falling 77-63 to the Cardinal at Maples Pavilion last month. Stanford is led by junior All-American Nicole Powell, who leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 18.3 points and 9.3 points per game. Other players to watch out for are Kelley Suminski and Azella Perryman.

The Huskies hold a commanding 32-8 all time lead in their series with Cal. Earlier this season, Kirsten O'Neil scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Huskies past the Golden Bears in Berkley by a score of 76-59.

Washington will host Stanford on Thursday, Feb. 13th at 7pm at Bank of America Arena, and then Cal on Saturday, Feb 15th at noon. Only general admission tickets are left for the Stanford game, but plenty of seats still exist. Top Stories