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February 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Washington versus Stanford game

HUSKIES LOSE: So many bad things could have been called in the final 14 seconds, but the officials swallowed their whistles and let this one end. UW lost 76-54, its school-record 10th consecutive defeat. Now they hit the road to play the Oregon schools next week.
SHOOTING STOPPED: The Huskies are 5-for-23 from the field in this half. They trail 68-47 and show no chance of winning. The Cardinal is shooting 51.1 percent and outrebounding the Huskies 38-26. There’s 4:20 left in the game.
FEELING YOUNG: Young has the Huskies only two baskets of the second half, hitting her second off a high-low pass from McLellan. The latter showed some frustration until she was taken off the court, shooting 2-for-11 from the field. She was 3-for-9 against No. 3 Cal’s superior frontcourt. UW is down 52-35 with 12:40 remaining.
STARTERS RETURN: Jackson substituted the entire lineup, putting the starters back on the court. Stanford is up 50-33 with 14:28 left.
STARTERS BENCHED: Apparently not getting what she wants, Jackson took all of her starters off the court. Appel is having a private party in the paint regardless of who defends her, anyway, hitting the last two Stanford baskets to increase the deficit to 47-33. UW’s only FG was an inside basket by Young to open the half. There’s 15:37 remaining in the game.
HALFTIME: Well, Washington had a better half than it did in the Bay Area, closing within seven versus the 65-15 start on Jan. 8. Appel, the Cardinal leader, is struggling a bit. She has backup in Pohlen, who has made all three of her FGs for 12 points and three rebounds. Defense is keeping the Huskies closer than expected. UW is being outrebounded 19-14, but has forced 11 turnovers and isn’t getting smashed in the paint (12-12). Stanford leads 38-31 and it’ll be interesting to see if UW can keep its intensity up.
IN-AND-OUT: It ain’t just a burger joint in Cali. It also describes Whitcomb’s shooting after scoring a career-high 29 points against ASU last week. She’s 0-for-8 from three-point range so far, missing all four of her attempts in the opening half against Stanford including one that rimmed out at the buzzer. UW is down 38-31at the break.
SWEET PLAY: You don’t often see guards make these kind of moves. Against the 6-foot-4 Pedersen, G Sarah Morton (5-8) leapt to block a shot and then recovered the ball. If Whitcomb could have made the jumper on the other end, it surely would have been an ESPN highlight. OK, enough to electrify Hec Ed. Instead UW is down 36-29, facing a more competitive team than last month for sure.
PLAYING D: With Young, Rozier, Whitcomb, McLellan, and Sara Mosiman on the court, the Huskies forced the Cardinal into turnovers and pulled within 26-23 with 6:20 remaining in the half. Whitcomb and Mosiman added the offense. An offensive turnover involving miscommunication between Rozier and Whitcomb ended the rally. Jackson also substituted to put Heidi McNeill and Mollie Williams in the game.
GETTING HEATED: Jackson was forced to call a timeout with 10:46 remaining in the half after lax play by UW allowed Stanford to snowball them 24-14. She’s chewing her team out in the huddle. The Huskies were within four points after two nice baskets by Rozier. The Huskies are shooting an improved 41.2 percent from the field.
PACKING IT IN: No, I’m not talking about the Huskies defense. They’re giving up 75 percent shooting from the field and are down 14-8 after a bucket by Kingma with 14:39 remaining in the first half. But No. 7 Stanford did bring out a nice crowd at Hec Ed. Folks were late-arriving (like me), but are filling out the place from courtside to the upper deck.
Off to a late start today, which is probably best since not much is changing with Washington, which is on a nine-game losing streak. Stanford is in town and the aim is basically not to get beat again by a Pac-10 record 77-points like the Huskies did in Palo Alto last month.
The Cardinal only defeated Washington State by 30 points on Friday, so maybe there’s hope for UW. Coach Tia Jackson is going with the same starting lineup and everyone from both camps is reportedly healthy. Let’s get to it.
Here are your starting lineups:
F Sami Whitcomb
F Lydia Young
C Laura McLellan
G Kristi Kingma
G Christina Rozier
F Kayla Pedersen
F Nnemkadi Ogwumike
C Jayne Appel
G Jillian Harmon
G Jeanette Pohlen
Tonight’s officials are Clarke Stevens, Scotty Hermann, and Rick Showers.



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