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January 3, 2009 at 12:54 PM

Washington versus Washington State game thread

HUSKIES WIN: UW snapped a two-game losing streak with a 71-58 win against WSU. The game started off rocky for the players in purple, but thanks to some good bench play and the starters getting jazzed late, the Huskies pulled it off. Whitcomb finished with a game-high-tying 17 points to help Washington continue its streak to 27 games. Next up is a tough trip to the Bay Area where the Huskies will play ranked conference opponents California and Stanford.
ARGENS DRESSED: Should mention that red-shirt freshman Argens is dressed and not wearing her Washington warm-ups. It doesn’t really look like she’ll enter the game, keeping a brace and fiddling with her surgically repaired left knee, but it is a possibility. Washington leads 67-49 with 2:48 remaining.
HOT AUGUST: Seriously, Augustavo is winning this game for UW. OK, she had a couple of awful long-ball passes where she must have forgot that Kobe Bryant or even John Brockman aren’t in her lineup. But other than those bloopers, she opened the second half by helping to setup a layin for McLellan (Young on the assist), made a nice long pass to Young for a bucket (where she was also fouled, making a three-point play), and blocked a Coug attempt on defense to get the Huskies the ball back. Her energy forced Daugherty to call a timeout. Only out of it, the Cougs had a turnover that UW converted into a Whitcomb three-pointer. UW leads 47-28 behind a 10-0 to start the second half. There’s 17 minutes left in the game.
LINEUP CHANGE: With Kingma out, Augustavo is starting the second half.
HALFTIME: UW is getting outworked on the offensive glass, but it’s really those lost FTs that booted WSU out of the matchup, entering the break down 37-28. Big ups to Augustavo, whose two three-pointers and perfect showing at the line (4-for-4) snapped the Huskies out of their early funk. She leads the team with 10 points in 15 minutes. In fact, she’s played the most as Jackson has rotated seven players pretty evenly and nine players for six minutes or more. Perkins leads the Cougs with eight points while Ebonee Coates has five boards. Kingma went to the locker room on crutches.
NO FREEBIES: Bet the Cougars will be spending a lot of time working on free throws when they return to Pullman. WSU is 7-for-18 from the line, just giving the Huskies the lead by missing the freebies. Some aren’t misses. There were lane violations, too. UW leads 33-26 with 1:28 remaining in the half.
PLAYER SHUFFLE: Press row was just noting how well Jackson is using her players to get back into this game. In past matchups she’s pulled people too quick for mistakes, but with Kingma and Whitcomb obviously limited and Mosiman and Argens out, Jackson is doing well juggling her deep reserves with struggling starters. Others are stepping up, like Augustavo and freshman Mollie Williams. They’ve helped the Huskies take a 26-24 lead with 3:31 remaining before the break. Williams needs to work on her FT shooting, though. She just missed two that could have helped UW.
TREY-MAGNIFIQUE: A three–pointer by senior Michelle Augustavo tied the score briefly at 20 points apiece. UW didn’t hold on defense, however, committing a foul and giving up an inside bucket to fall back behind 23-20.
KINGMA OUT?: The sharpshooter has been stretched out on the bench with her left ankle wrapped in ice since leaving the game earlier. Whitcomb is back on the bike, but doesn’t appear to be out. Their absence is probably why the Cougs are able to take a five-point lead. UW could use their scoring and experience.
HISSY FIT: Molzen was called for a technical foul with 8:15 remaining for stomping on the court after being called for a defensive foul. Daugherty and the Coug fans could have been called for one, too, like I said, it’s ain’t nothing nice out there. UW is chipping their way back into the matchup, but it’s still a little too close for a Husky program that should be further along than WSU. The Cougs lead it 18-15 with 7:58 left.
NASTY DOES IT: Coug coach June Daugherty said her team’s theme this season would be “Cougars play nasty” and she wasn’t lying. There is a real rivalry on the floor as WSU scraps at UW. The Huskies seemed a little startled at first or perhaps they were trying too hard. But at least now they have as many points as they do turnovers (7). After a smooth Liz Lay bounce pass to McLellan inside, UW only trails 13-9 with 10:57 on the clock.
STARTER-GO-ROUND: McLellan is back in the game, but Kingma went down on a defensive play and is having her left ankle re-taped. Whitcomb has mounted a stationary bike and is out of the game. The Huskies were healthy entering the matchup — well, as healthy as can be. Whitcomb does have her left leg wrapped. She re-entered the game and is running the offense with 15:12 left before halftime. WSU is up 11-3 as the Huskies have only taken four FG attempts to the Cougs’ 4 of 7 showing from the field.
MCLELLAN HURT: On her team’s fourth turnover, McLellan went down with what appeared like a twisted knee. She’s been looked at on the bench now. She collided with Molzen going after a loose ball. Going after loose balls is all both teams did to open the first three minutes of the game. There were seven combined turnovers in a 1-0 score before the Cougs started to click. They lead 6-3 with 16:39 remaining in the opening half.
The Huskies have taken the court for what could be the most interesting matchup between these two schools in nearly two decades. Washington is still down two key reserves in Sara Mosiman (ankle) and MacKenzie Argens (knee), who probably won’t make their Pac-10 debut until the Bay Area swing next week due to injuries.
Hec Ed is spilt with Cougar and Husky fans all over the place. It’s another double header of sorts with many Coug fans planning to hit the sports bars afterward to watch the men on FSN face the Huskies at 3 p.m. They’re hoping for a sweep, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Washington could have played better numerous times during the non-conference sked, but they’re slightly older and better than the still developing WSU. UW coach Tia Jackson seems to have a good starting lineup and the players are comfortable enough with the system to get this first conference win. Plus there’s rebounding help in freshman Liz Lay being able to play some minutes after spring knee surgery. We’ll see if this true this afternoon.
Here’s the starting lineup:
F Kristi Kingma
F Lydia Young
C Laura McLellan
G Sami Whitcomb
G Christina Rozier
F Jazmine Perkins
F Rosie Tarnowski
C Heather Molzen
G Katie Appleton
G April Cook
Tonight’s officials are: Scott Yarbrough, Darla Foutz, and Darren Krzesnik.



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