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November 9, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Game thread: Corban College at Washington

SWEEP: Washington swept its exhibition games, winning 106-34 against Corban College at Hec Ed. And the Dawgs got some good work in, too. Everyone played and scored, looking aggressive and energized until the final horn. Whitcomb was the star, scoring a game-high 23 points with 11 boards and five assists. Four other players finished in double figures for UW. Next up is Portland State on Saturday at 2 p.m.
UGGH!: Barlow just attempted her first FG and missed, drawing a foul. She made the ensuing FTs to save face. Barlow was the last player to score in the 106-32 win (actually 18 seconds remain). You know I would have clowned if she couldn’t score in a 100-plus point game for Washington.
ANYONE? ANYONE? BUHLER: In a rare successful offensive play, Buhler was able to score on an offensive board. It was the Warrior’s second second-chance bucket in the game. But UW still leads 95-28 with 5:45 remaining. Mollie Williams, Mackenzie Argens, and Christina Rozier now getting play with Kingma and Anderson.
LEAD BUILDING: The good news is Jackson is playing her underclassmen and still getting the same looks as the starters. True freshman Jeneva Anderson has a nice mid-range jumper, making all three of her attempts to score six points. She also has four boards to help the Huskies take a 84-24 lead. Corban College shooting 6-of-33 from the field, led by Steigleman’s 14.
PARTY TIME: The Husky bench erupted when walk-on Amanda Johnson nailed a long jumps shot just before the halftime buzzer to give her team a 58-10 lead. Would comment how a “Mercy Rule” should be installed in college basketball, but I’m reminded that the Huskies once scored under double digits in the opening half of regular-season games twice last year. Seems so far away as Whitcomb leads her team with 13 opening half points and Rogers has 12. Whitcomb also has eight boards as UW is outrebounding Corban College 26-10. The Huskies’ aggressive defense has knocked the Warriors out of their offense and intimated them from shooting. That’s when the Warriors can keep possession of the balls, giving up 16 turnovers which the Huskies converted into 23 points.
MS. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD: Two student fans are topless with “We [heart]” and “Regina” on their chests. Tonight they don’t have to be embarrassed by the body paint as Rogers is dominating the paint, scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The Huskies are shooting 62.9 percent from the field, holding the Warriors to 1-for-17. UW leads 51-8 with 2:19 remaining before the break.
ROUTE ON: I figured this game should be near perfection for Washington because of Corban College’s inability to compete with a healthy, deep, experienced UW squad. The Huskies are lively on defense and already up 30-6 with 10:17 remaining in the opening half. Sophomore reserve Charmaine Barlow is in the game, only playing a few minutes in the SPU win. Jackson is trying different looks and the inside game continues to shine. Washington, which shot about 27 percent from three-point range last year, is 1-for-4 from beyond the arch tonight.
THREE MINUTES: Now that’s the type of opening you expected from Rogers. In about three minutes of play, she got three good looks at the hoop inside and made an assist to Mosiman for a layin to make the score 5-0 UW. Most importantly, she didn’t get tagged for a single foul. McLellan was substituted in and made a fast break layin off a Whitcomb pass to help the Huskies lead 11-2 with 16:02 remaining in the opening half.
Washington forwards Liz Lay and Lydia Young remain out of the lineup due to knee soreness. They’re missing tonight’s exhibition finale against Corban College at Hec Ed.
But based on last year’s blowout, Lay and Young wouldn’t receive much of an advantage playing against the NAIA competition, aside from a good run. Coach Tia Jackson opted to hold the players out in preparation for the regular-season, which begins on Saturday at Portland State.
The hope is redshirt sophomore center Regina Rogers plays better tonight. The Warriors have a small, fast-paced lineup. But at 6-3, Rogers could use her size effectively. Anything would be better than getting tagged for fast fouls to end up on the bench.
Yet, that would give senior post Laura McLellan a chance to show consistency, which she lacked last year. She led the Huskies in the exhibition opener win against Seattle Pacific with 18 points.
The players have taken the court, so let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
F Katie Steigleman
F Becky Buhler
C Monique Tribble
G Ashlee Jensen
G Jenessa Miller
F Sami Whitcomb
F Kristi Kingma
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Sara Mosiman
Tonight’s officials are Mazetta Garret, Darla Foutz, and Rick Showers.



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