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January 29, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Washington versus Arizona game thread

HUSKIES LOSE: UW set another record, losing a record seven consecutive games for the first time in school history. The feat surpasses the six straight set in 2000. The final score was 65-51 as the Wildcats just dribbled out the final ticks on the clock. We’ll have more in Friday’s paper.
KINGMA HURT AGAIN: Kingma limped to the bench after a loud thud, not sure what it was but she’s having the ankle looked at. Arizona is going to win this one, leading 65-51 with 16.1 left. It’ll be the Wildcats’ first Pac-10 win of the season.
YOUNG HURT: Young collided with Frazier, needing to be subbed to be examined on the bench. UW is down 56-51 with 3:25 remaining.
BOARD STORY: Njonkou can be heard of the murmur of the crowd telling her teammates to “box out.” She’s leading by example in this game, grabbing 14 to compliment her 16 points. The Wildcats outrebounding the Wildcats 37-29 is part of the reason why UA is leading. But the Huskies are showing a last glimpse of fight. Rozier and Kingma have made three-pointers to pull UW within 54-51 with 5:13 left.
KINGMA BULLIED: Kingma can’t buy a foul on this court. She’s been bodied pretty well by Arizona — and isn’t shy about going back to the rack — but the officials aren’t calling anything in her favor. One blatant defensive foul was ruled as out-of-bounds on UA and when she thought she took a charge against Ibekwe, there was no call at all. Arizona has used this advantage to piece together a mini 7-2 run to inch ahead 50-42 with 7:50 on the clock.
GETTING SLOPPY: The Wildcats have taken their largest lead of the game, 45-40, behind some sloppy ball control by the Huskies. UW has also missed some open shots. There’s 13:17 remaining in the game.
WILLIAMS FINE: Williams is on the bench and should return. She twisted her neck, but after being evaluated, it’s nothing serious. The Wildcats lead 39-38 with 16:48 remaining in the game.
KINGMA RETURNS: Kingma is back on the court with the original starting five to begin the second half. She had two fouls in the opening half, another reason she may have sat for so long.
HALFTIME: Washington is clinging to a 30-29 lead at the break, finally getting to the free throw line to get some easy points. The Huskies are 6 of 9 from the line. It’s not a pretty game. Arizona has some shooters in its international lineup, but you can see the youth. Washington is hitting its three-pointers (4 of 10), but shows the frustration of a team that battles hard and can’t get a win. The Huskies are taking care of the ball better with just six turnovers. The still need to rebound, getting outworked on the offensive board 15-9 by UA.
WILLIAMS HURT: Freshman Mollie Williams crumbled to the court with an apparent head injury. The team trainer is tending to her and Williams is able to move her lower body. She has sat up on the court, but remains in pain. After a few moments Applin helped her to her feet and Williams is being taken to the training room to be evaluated. The score is tied at 29 points apiece with 27.4 seconds left before halftime.
BLOODY SPORT: Whitcomb took a foul and was banged up on her drive to the hoop, breaking skin on her knee. The officials stopped play to get everyone cleaned up. Rozier had to change jerseys, wearing No. 3 instead of No. 21. Whitcomb is at the free throw line, making two. Wildcats lead 27-24 with 3:49 remaining in the half.
KINGMA OUT?: Kingma is out of the game, getting her left ankle re-taped it appears. She spoke of being in incredible pain last week for the LA losses. Teammates have told her to “push through,” but Kingma said it’s unlike anything she’s ever felt before. She’s 1 of 5 from the field, hitting the one three-pointer. The score is tied at 17 points apiece.
NICE TOUCH II: The three-point shooting is still clicking for the Huskies. Kingma and Whitcomb have hit one each and Rozier has added two quick layins to help the Huskies pull within 11-10 with 15:17 remaining in the opening half. UW is getting turnovers, but shooting 2 of 9 from the rest of the field to keep from controlling the game.
ANOTHER TRICK: Jackson is still trying to find the right combinations and she pulled out a doozey tonight in her starting lineup. Young, who’s 5-foot-11, took the jump ball and Lay, who’s 6-1, played center. The experiment didn’t last long, however. As soon as Lay was tagged for a defensive foul (bad call), she was pulled for C Laura McLellan, who’s 6-2.
NICE TOUCH: One more jersey note, the players’ names on the back have been replaced with “4 Kay” below the number.
To answer your question, no Washington coach Tia Jackson will not be wearing her infamous pink sequined tunic tonight. But the coaching staff is going pink, along with the players, in honor of legendary North Carolina State coach Kay Yow, who died of breast cancer on Saturday. She was 66.
The staff is wearing a salmon-pink polo with “4 Kay” written on the sleeve paired with black pants and pink accented Nike shoes with the breast cancer ribbon stitched on the tongue. Arizona is in their normal scarlet and navy blue jerseys.
“It was real rough getting the call,” said assistant coach Fred Applin of learning of Yow’s death. He proudly wore the pink gear. Applin was close with Yow while working at North Carolina and through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The Huskies’ uniforms have a fuchsia panel flanking the purple trim on their shorts. They also wore pink T-shirts with “Real Dawgs wear purple & pink” printed on the chest.
It’s a real light crowd, probably because the men are playing a huge game against Arizona on TV. Or because this is a matchup of two of the Pac-10’s worst teams. Washington has only defeated Washington State in conference play while Arizona is still looking for their first Pac-10 victory.
Fans have posted on this board that the somewhat surprising miserable play by the Huskies has caused in-arena fans to take it out on players during games. I haven’t heard anything like that, nor have the players mentioned it — they mostly talk about how supportive people remain despite the losses. Still, one fan made a sign to be sure Hec Ed is a peaceful environment for the Huskies to work out their kinks.
It read: “If you’re not here to support your team, we’d be happy to show you the door” — The Hooligans.
OK, well here are your starting lineups:
F Lydia Young
F Sami Whitcomb
C Liz Lay
G Kristi Kingma
G Christina Rozier
F Ify Ibekwe
F Sarah Hayes
C Amina Njonkou
G Faihza Hill
G Ashley Frazier
Tonight’s officials are Gator Parrish, Darla Foutz, and Jay Schumaker.



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