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February 17, 2009 at 6:04 PM

Washington finally nearing end of miserable season

BreastCancer.jpgThe UW women will pull out their pink-accented uniforms again as part of the “Pink Zone” initiative where fans are being encouraged to wear pink to help raise breast cancer awareness. The first 500 fans at Friday and Sunday’s game will receive a “Real Dawgs wear Purple & Pink” T-shirt.
The games against UCLA and Southern California, respectively, are also the final two home games of the season. The Huskies, ridding a 12-game losing streak, need four wins in their final five games to avoid setting another record for fewest Pac-10 wins since the conference was solidified at 10 teams in 1986-87. In 1999-2000 under June Daugherty, the Huskies finished Pac-10 play at 4-14 and were 8-22 overall. As part of the Coast Division of the NWBL, the Huskies were winless (0-4) in 1981-82 and 4-8 in the league in 1978-79.
Washington, which is 5-18 overall and will finish with just the fourth losing record since the program began in 1974-75, does have a chance to win at home. The Huskies lost to each of the California schools by eight points on the road earlier this season, making mental errors that prevented them from pulling out the win. Freshman Kristi Kingma matched up well against the Bruins and Trojans, however, averaging 22 points by relying on the three-pointer.
Sunday’s game being senior night also is expected to pump the team up to get a win for co-captain Michelle Augustavo and post Heidi McNeill.
“It’s going to be pretty sad to see it all over,” McNeill said before practice today. “This year has kind of been not exactly what me and Michelle expected for the team, but I would never trade anything. I love my team and I love my coaches.”

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