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December 19, 2008 at 7:55 AM

What do you make of Washington’s historic 58-point loss?

Jackson11.jpgIf ire could melt snow, we’d all make it to work today on just the frustrations of a few Washington women’s basketball fans I heard from since No. 1 Connecticut finalized a 109-51 loss on the Huskies. No matter that No. 4 Oklahoma — with prized twin senior posts Courtney and Ashley Paris — lost 106-78, y’all expected more from the team up north.
I’d have to say I did, too. I think it was weather that kept the radio feed from getting through, so I only saw updates via the net, which were telling in their blunt appearance on the page. UConn opening on a 18-3 run and forward Maya Moore seemingly breezing to a double-double (23 points, 14 boards) at halftime with coach Geno Auriemma calling mercy (since when?) by sitting his star a few minutes into the second half. Then there was the “other” Huskies shooting 62.4 percent in the game!
True, this Husky team should really be classified as coach Tia Jackson’s (pictured right) first to implement her system. The player exodus during the offseason caused a dreaded starting over that you can’t deny. And the team has some injuries. But the mini 7-0 run UW had and the play of Sara Mosiman should have sparked something, if nothing else some defense. And I don’t care how good the competition is, you don’t give up 62.4 percent shooting. It’s hard to shoot that with no one in front of you and your name is Sue Bird.
Not seeing or hearing the game makes it impossible to have a solid opinion, but knowing basketball, Washington seemed scared and that’s an impression I didn’t want. Jackson, with her history, seemed to be the type of coach to put a fearlessness in her players at the very least. Maybe even a brashness where they believed in the “Hoosiers” mantra that anyone could beat anyone. Have you seen the upsets in the women’s game this year?
If the Huskies don’t bounce back today against Florida State, which was once ranked in the top-25, then there may be cause for alarm. The Dawgs are either spending too much time at the beach or will be even worse than their projected No. 7 finish in the Pac-10 Conference.
On a side note, one of those players that left, Jess McCormack, didn’t have anything positive to say about Jackson. She didn’t make the trip (and neither did UW’s Regina Rogers) because of NCAA rules for transfers. You can read all McCormack’s backtalk — questioning whether she’s ready to see Jackson again — here.

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