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March 13, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Checking in on Day 2 of the Pac-10 tournament

Husky.jpgShedding icky memories of a 12-game losing streak, including 77-point losses, Washington advanced to the real action in the Pac-10 tournament, which starts at 11 this morning. The tenth-seeded Huskies, the first last-placed team to advance, will play No. 2 seed California at 1:15 p.m.
The San Francisco Chronicle writes about how reserves are going to be key for Cal, which is ranked 12th overall in the country. Washington already knows the benefit of a good bench, getting solid play from PG Sarah Morton, who had five assists in their win against No. 7 Oregon on Thursday, and post Laura McLellan, who added 15 points and seven boards as a reserve.
But while the Golden Bears have a tendency to play to their opponent’s skill-level, Washington shouldn’t expect them to be as uninterested as the Ducks seemed to radio broadcasters on Thursday. Coach Bev Smith is feeling heat from fans who want her fired and, unlike Husky players, her team doesn’t appear to be rallying around her for an “us-against-the-world” type of fight. (The Ducks also lost one of their top scorers in the game)
Cal is looking for redemption from last season’s early NCAA tourney exit and they have way more talent than Oregon, so this will be an interesting matchup for UW. Remember, it was the Bears who held the Huskies to a school-record-low eight points in the opening half of their 28-point win in Berkley. The Bears then beat the Huskies by 30 at Hec Ed in the rematch.
In other Pac-10 news, Washington State lost to Arizona 79-72 in their play-in game on Thursday. It was a good run for the young Cougs, my pick for scariest returning team next season.

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