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Women's Hoops

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January 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Game thread: UCLA at Washington

HUSKIES LOSE: Washington fought until the last second, but lost 69-65 to UCLA. Miscues and missed shots led to a fourth consecutive defeat. Highlights were UW’s bench, which outscored UCLA’s 31-18. McLellan finished with 14 and Rozier had 11 with three boards. But Dixon, a transfer from Rutgers, and Campbell were too good. They had 25 and 21, respectfully. Rogers only played 10 minutes because she was “emotional,” according to Jackson. UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell said Nzekwe stayed her normal stoic self. Kingma was hit in the jaw, but no update was offered on her. She was evaluated after the game. Next up for Washington is in-state rival Washington State. The Cougars lost to USC 61-51 today.
KINGMA HURT?: Kingma has had trouble with her ankles all season and is down with 46.9 seconds remaining. She was helped off the court by trainers and is being evaluated. It’s unclear what is wrong, however. UCLA ahead 64-58 with 37.7 left.
MM-MM CAMPBELL: A deep three-pointer and three made free throws by Campbell has helped give the Bruins a 61-54 lead with 1:22 remaining in the game. Washington is forced to foul, which is stretching the deficit.
EVEN GAME: It’s hard to get a feel of what’s going to happen in this one. Whitcomb is starting to get some looks at the basket and the Huskies are playing aggressive defense to hold a 52-50 lead. McLellan is really playing well, in the game because Rogers now has three fouls. But as good as UW is playing, UCLA is right there making equally impressive defense stops and scores. It could come down to a last-second shot. There’s 6:50 remaining. The lead has changed hands 11 times and their have been seven ties.
HALFTIME: Williams had a good defensive stop and Rozier made a jumper with 26 seconds remaining in the half to give UW a 30-28 advantage heading into the break. Washington coach Tia Jackson isn’t utilizing the size on her roster, which is being nullified by the play of Williams and Roizer. But it’ll be interesting to see if it holds in the second half. UCLA is starting to figure out Washington and good bring more defensive pressure after the break. Dixon leads the Bruins with nine points and six boards. Rozier has seven for UW.
UW SPURT: The Huskies went on a modest 7-4 run to build a 28-25 lead with 1:07 remaining. UW is getting some defensive stops and good play by Williams, McLellan, and Roizer.
HUSKIES LEAD: Washington grabbed a brief 13-12 lead off a layin from Laura McLellan. Two buckects by UCLA put the Bruins back up 16-13 with 8:20 remaining in the first half.
MO WILL: Sophomore Mollie Williams entered the game and again hit her first shot to help keep the building Washington momentum going. UW is down 12-8 with 11:53 remaining. Both teams are shooting 50 percent, but Washington has six turnovers.
ROGERS OUT: Staying true to form, Rogers was taken out of the game after three minutes of play. The Bruins, who are lined up with a way smaller lineup despite Rogers (6-foot-3) being on the bench, are taking advantage. UCLA leads 8-2 with 16:00 remaining in the opening half.
HONOR ROLL: Former Husky Rhonda Smith will be honored this afternoon. She ranks third all-time in UW scoring, finishing with 1,928 career points playing from 1991-1995. Smith’s Huskies teams were regular finishers in the top half of the Pac-10. Smith, who lives in Seattle with her husband and three young children, played for the defunct ABL and Sacramento Monarchs.
Of all the matchups, this could be the best for Washington as the Huskies host UCLA. The Bruins, currently seeded third in the Pac-10, are faster. But UCLA doesn’t have the size and the defensive philosophies are similar. It’s just a matter of execution.
Washington center Regina Rogers has had walking pneumonia this week, proclaiming herself 80 percent healthy on Friday. She hasn’t been able to consistently practice, but isn’t contagious.
Rogers had a solid game in Thursday’s five-point loss to USC, finishing with eight points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. She said she’s nervous and excited for this afternoon’s game because she’s playing against her former team. Rogers transferred from UCLA last year to be closer to home after the passing of her grandmother.
The former Chief Sealth star still keeps in constant contact with former high school teammate Christina Nzekwe and UCLA roommate Darxia Morris. But there isn’t any trash talking like Kristi Kingma had with USC PG Ashley Corral, a friend since childhood.
“Christina’s not like that,” Rogers said.
Washington will try to prevent a four-game losing streak. The Huskies defeated the Bruins at home last season, 59-49.
Here are your starting lineups:
BRUINS
F Dorenna Campbell
F Rebekah Gardner
C Jasmine Dixon
G Erica Tukiainen
G Mariah Williams
HUSKIES
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
Today’s officials are Anita Ortega, Randy Campbell, and Alejandro Moreno.

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