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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

November 11, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Dawg bites

Husky fans could see the return of junior post Laura McLellan for Sunday’s matinee season-opener against Gonzaga at Edmundson Pavilion. McLellan, who appeared in 23 games last season, had arthroscopic knee surgery last December and suffered from some lingering pain. It caused her to miss Washington’s two exhibition games.
In Monday’s post-game press conference, however, coach Tia Jackson sounded optimistic that McLellan would play her first game against the Zags. The Huskies didn’t practice today due to Veterans’ Day and won’t be back on the court until Thursday, unless the day is spent watching film, so McLellan’s knee will get extra rest in prepping to play.
As for freshman forward Liz Lay, she was fitted for a brace for her right knee and “getting into practice,” according to Jackson. “She’s more week to week as for when she’ll be back and playing,” the coach said.
SENIOR LEADERSHIP: The Huskies anemic three-point shooting (29.5 percent in 2007-08) may be a thing of the past if freshmen Kristi Kingma and Nicole Romeo can compliment junior Sami Whitcomb and senior Michelle Augustavo. Augustavo stated in her media guide blurb that she’d like a line further back worth five-points. She’s been shooting from there anyway, making 7 of 13 (53.8 percent) in two exhibition games. The deep shot could be key due the Huskies lack of real size inside.
LADY IN PINK: By now you’ve probably seen the photo of Jackson in the sequined pink tunic worn last season in honor of breast cancer. The fashion statement led to a comical pre-game exchange with her players and laughs that extended all the way to this season. In the Huskies media guide, McLellan said her best-dressed teammate is “Coach J when she wears her flashy pink shirt!” So far Jackson has stepped up her style this season, hopefully only teasing that the top will make a return.

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