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November 10, 2008 at 6:58 PM

Warriors game thread

HUSKIES WIN: Redd said in exhibition play “you should win by 50” and Washington came close. The Huskies never let up their pressure closing out exhibition play with a 92-57 win. Kingma led her team with 22 points and McNeill had 12 boards. Unlike last week, the team displayed consistent athleticism with strong scoring. We’ll see if any of that carries into the regular season, which begins Sunday against Gonzaga.
WHAT LINE?: A lot is being made of the men’s college basketball three-point line being moved back a foot. The Huskies have ignored it all together, stepping back a couple feet from the new men’s line to drain threes. The Huskies, a poor three-point shooting team last season, is 8 of 20 from that range tonight. After Romeo’s three, Washington leads 83-50.
HAVE A SEAT: Warriors coach Terry Williams does a little different setup during his timeouts, he plops down for a seat on the court while his players crowd around him on the bench. Maybe I’m used to the pros, but they can’t spring for a mini chair? Washington is ahead 74-52 with 7:42 remaining.
GOT BUCKETS?: Washington is bringing the pain out of the break. The Warriors have only attempted one shot three minutes into the final half while the Huskies have moved ahead 60-28. In one stretch, Washington forced three consecutive turnovers. Interestingly, Jackson hasn’t played everyone. Young has sat on the bench fiddling with her mouthpiece and keeping a heating pad on her left thigh. Last week she started.
HALFTIME: Keep an eye on rebounding stats this season. While the Huskies are more athletic and have a few more scorers, they still seriously lack height in the paint. Pac-10 play could be brutal if the Huskies don’t learn how to rebound the ball better. Corban College can’t take advantage, but they’re close in rebounding at 24-19. Washington has limited Corban to five offensive boards which helped the Huskies take a 50-28 lead into the break.
Oi! Oi! Oi!: Australian pickup Nicole Romeo just nailed a three-pointer to the delight of the crowd. They screamed the Aussie chant, “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!” following the score. Young was comical in media day interviews about Romeo. The Detroit native has a good sense of humor, yet she’s still getting used to everyone being so nice in Seattle and getting acclimated to her teammates. When I asked what that meant, she said, “You have different people, like from Australia.” I had to laugh after covering Storm forward Lauren Jackson for so many years. Then again, she’s a little different, too. Washington is ahead 42-20 with 3:09 left before halftime.
FEELING STRONG: Argens started her own highlight reel, grabbing a turnover and juking a defender at halfcourt to dribble the ball all the way in for a layin. Press row doesn’t think we’ll see that again, but you can beat the left knee injury is in the past. The basket put Washington up 28-11. The Warriors have 14 turnovers and one assist on 16 shot attempts. There’s 7:23 remaining in the half.
STRONG START: The Huskies are defending well and making their shots to lead 19-5 with 11:26 remaining in the half. Kingma leads with eight points.
SPARSE CROWD: True, it’s just exhibition games, but I thought last week’s 700-plus crowd was due to the election/celebration for the presidency. Last season, about 1,200 turned out to see the Huskies defeat Love & Basketball. Nothing is happening tonight locally and the crowd is thin, again. Jackson introduced her team to the volleyball crowd on Friday where about 2,200 people attended. In the crowd tonight, however, is Former Husky Jamie Redd, who’s coaching at Pacific Lutheran University.
QUICK SWITCH: Don’t be shocked if juco transfer Christina Rozier is in the starting lineup before season’s end. Jackson rotated the PG in for Morton and the offense has broken out of last week’s stagnant performance. Rozier added a little dazzle with a breakaway layin with 16:19 remaining while Kingma is hitting tonight, making 3 of 5 buckets for an early seven points. Huskies are ahead 11-5.
Before you ask, Corban College is in Salem, Ore. The Warriors are in town for Washington’s final exhibition game before opening up a competitive regular season schedule against Gonzaga on Sunday. Coach Tia Jackson said she was going to use the same starting line as last week — senior Heidi McNeill in the post with junior Lydia Young and guards Sami Whitcomb, and Kristi Kingma flanking PG Sarah Morton.
But a swap was made, moving post Mackenzie Argens in the lineup ahead of Young. It’ll be interesting to see if this switch gets the Huskies going a little faster. After a burst of energy against Love & Basketball in the exhibition opener, Washington went cold and dropped to 11.5 percent shooting. Generating consistent offense has been a long struggle with the Huskies.
Well, here are the starting lineups:
Washington
F Heidi McNeill
F Kristi Kingma
C Mackenzie Argens
G Sami Whitcomb
G Sarah Morton
Corban College
F Katie Steigleman
F Jennesa Miller
C Monique Tribble
G Ashley Jensen
G Kailey Bostwick
Tonight’s officials are Lisa Jones, Lucy Banuelos, and Laura Sudheim.

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