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January 3, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Game thread: Washington at Oregon State

HUSKIES WIN: Jackson didn’t bother to spend much time talking to her players after defeating Oregon State 69-64 today. “What do I need to say to them? What I needed to say, I said on the court,” she quipped. Well, it worked to get the Huskies scrapping for rebounds and finally executing an offense to get a win. Kingma was a catalyst early and finished with a team-high 18 points, shooting 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Argens continues to be a force with 10 points and eight boards while Morton got her shot to fall, finishing with 12 points and six assists. Mainstays Whitcomb and Rogers weren’t completely overshowed. The senior wing had five assists while the sophomore center finished with seven points in nine minutes. Rhea tried to get her game going in the second half, finishing with 22 points on 5-for-20 shooting, but as coach LaVonda Wagner said, the Beavers put the Huskies on the free throw line too much and couldn’t keep track of Washington’s shooters. It’s odd, because if you look at the stat sheet, you’d think OSU won. They were better in every category except the one that counts — point total. Wagner said her team is really upset they gave up a season-high 69 points. It’ll be interesting to see what adjustments they make with the high powered Oregon coming in on Saturday. Meanwhile Washington may have a chance to stretch together a few wins with No. 17 Arizona State and Arizona sputtering out of the gate to start conference play. They are the Huskies’ opponents as UW makes its conference home debut this weekend. UW hasn’t played at Hec Ed since November.
PERFECTION: Whitcomb set up Morton beautifully on the perimeter for an opener three pointer to make the score 60-55 with 2:15 remaining in the game. Looks like the Huskies will win this one.
LOOKING BACK: OSU is highlighting former star Felicia Ragland, who played a short stint with the Storm. She was the 28th pick overall in 2002.
T’D UP: The officials made a bad blocking call on Palmer when the freshman was covering Kingma and Wagner let them hear about. But she was called for a technical foul. Kingma missed the shot and the score remains tied at 47 points apiece with 8:58 remaining. Three more points and the Huskies will have scored more than the Beavers’ past four opponents.
FOR RHEA: The Huskies backcourt did a solid job on Rhea in the opening half, but she’s getting more aggressive as the game progresses. She was 1-for-7 in the first half. It’s still all tied — 43 points apiece — as the UW posts manage to answer OSU’s surges. There’s 11:24 remaining in the matchup.
LEAD CHANGE: Tilleman gave the Beavers their first lead in the game after two made free throws. Rogers responded with an old-fashioned three-point play to make the score 31-30 with 18:02 left in the game.
WHAT’S THAT?: A fan belted “What is that?” when OSU went for the baseball pass to in-bound the pass with 1.8 seconds remaining in the first half. Well, Palmer caught, turned and nearly hit the deep three-pointer as time expired causing the fan to say, “Oh, that’s what it is.” The teams are tied at 28 points a piece at the break. Kingma leads all scorers with eight points on 4-of-8. The Huskies are shooting 46.2 percent from the field, but trail the rebounding battle 22-14. The Beavers only have two assists on their 11 made field goals, shooting 37.9 percent from the field.
SIT DOWN: Jackson upset the crowd, standing too far on the court and bumping into a Beavers player. The band started to chant “Sit down Tia,” but she stayed standing. Washington is finding Kingma open outside for buckets to build a 22-18 lead with 6:31 remaining.
BREAKING LOOSE?: Using a solid zone defense, OSU forced a turnover and Palmer picked up the loose ball to score a fast break layin. The Beavers now trail 16-14 and look as if they’re starting to figure the Huskies out. But, entering the game plus-10 rebounding, OSU is giving up a lot of offensive boards.
TENSE START: The Huskies are in a tussle and winning, for the moment. UW leads 10-6 with 13:23 remaining in the opening half. But Whitcomb is out with two fouls. The Dawgs are working the high-low pass with Laura McLellan and Morton is driving to the hoop to add points. The teams are still trying to figure each other out, however.
If you know anything about Washington basketball history, you know the matchup with Oregon State is normally the gimmie game. The Huskies own a 45-22 all-time series record against the Beavers.
But OSU has won three of the past four meetings against UW, sweeping Washington last year.
Under fifth-year coach LaVonda Wagner, the Beavers (9-2, 1-0 Pac-10) highlight freshman Haiden Palmer and junior Talisa Rhea, who had 19 points apiece in defeating Washington State in their Pac-10 opener. OSU has held its past four opponents to 49-points or fewer, a school record.
Washington (5-6, 0-1) is prepared for a defensive battle, proclaiming that end of the floor to be their strength, too. UW will get a break in not having to watch for many three-pointers as it did in its 11-point loss to Oregon on Friday. But the Huskies will have to stay focused in trying to again get their style of game rolling.
“We have to continue to play our low-post game,” Washington coach Tia Jackson said. “It opens up a lot of opportunities for our perimeter. We have to win the war on the boards and we’ve got to control the tempo.”
Center Regina Rogers will be back in the lineup, benched for all but five minutes against the Ducks because the run-and-gun wasn’t “her style of game,” according to Jackson. Also adding a boost is the return of senior guard Sara Mosiman, although she’s out after undergoing shin surgery in December.
Mosiman is back after holiday break, increasing morale. She joined the seniors in talking to the officials and meeting the OSU captains during pregame.
Let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
HUSKIES
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
BEAVERS
F Talisa Rhea
F Kristen Tilleman
C El Sara Greer
G Haiden Palmer
G Julie Futch
Tonight’s officials are Scotty Hermann, Cathi Cornell, and Lucy Banuelos.

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