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January 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Game thread: Washington at Washington State

MIAMI ICE: Rozier, the Miami native, turned it on for Washington to get them the win. With Kingma out of the lineup, UW needed a secondary outside option. Rozier scored six of UW’s final 8-2 spurt to seal the win and push the Apple Cup streak to 29 games. She finished with eight points and nine rebounds overall. Argens had 12 points and 11 boards. It was a sloppy game with 46 combined turnovers, but really entertaining in the end. Possibly a little too entertaining as Jackson was so exhausted she couldn’t talk to media. She didn’t even look my way as she walked out of the arena to board the team bus. Jackson was evaluated by WSU team doctors and diagnosed with severe nausea and exhaustion. Assistant coach Judy Spoelstra handled the postgame duties and said Jackson’s condition isn’t too alarming.
BUILDING BLOCKS: WSU lost 76-70 in overtime, but you can tell there’s something forming in the Palouse. The attendance was 2,064 — almost double the normal draw. Moore was erratic, but made big plays late to help her team with 15 points, four assists, four steals, and five turnovers. Cook led with 17 points. The Zzu Cru were a fun bunch of hecklers and it’ll take a lot for UW to keep the streak going. “I love this game,” Whitcomb said. “This atmosphere — it’s never been like this before.”
SLAMMIN’ SAMI: Whitcomb, who has played with four fouls since the 12:54 mark, is Washington’s offense tonight. She has a career-high 32. Scored tied at 68 points apiece with 2:00 left.
OT: UW should not be going into overtime with WSU. They are the more veteran team and made those seasoned plays down the stretch, but ultimately McLellan fell asleep inside and freshman Moore whipped a pass to Katie Madison for the tying score. Whitcomb and teammates missed shots in the final 8.6 seconds and we’re in overtime with the score tied at 62 apiece.
WHITCOMB BACK: Whitcomb re-entered the game. WSU is triple teaming her. She made two FTs to pull UW within 60-59 with one minutes remaining.
WHITCOMB HURT?: Whitcomb has left the game and is getting her leg worked on by trainers. UW is down 60-57 with 1:32 remaining. Whitcomb has 25 points and tied Giuliana Mendiola on the career three-point list (162). Whitcomb made two tonight.
COUGS UP: The place is going nuts after Perkins nailed a three-pointer with 2:56 remaining the game to give WSU a 58-57 lead.
SHOTS ANYONE?: We’re in FG scoring drought so I bring you a new drinking game you could either start now or later if you dare replay this game. Take a shot every time a jumpball is called. UW up 49-45 as the drought breaks with 8:50 remaining in the game.
FOUL TROUBLE: Whitcomb collected her fourth foul and is on the bench with UW up 44-41 with 12:43 remaining in the game. WSU could really take advantage and do by collecting a turnover and scoring off a shot by Moore. Cougs increasing the defensive pressure.
COOK FINE: Cook re-entered the game and made a short jumper to give her team a 37-36 lead with 15:31 left in matchup.
JACKET OFF: Jackson is more chilled on the bench than usual. She took the jacket to her pantsuit off and isn’t standing as much.
COOK OUT?: Cook is out of the game after a hard tussle for a loose rebound. There’s a wheelchair in the visitor’s tunnel. No word on any injuries. She’s still on the bench. UW regained the lead on two made FTs by Argens, 36-34 with 17:44 remaining. The buckets capped a 7-0 run.
HALFTIME: Very staccato start to this rivalry. A mini spurt of flashy plays by the Cougs gave WSU a 34-29 lead headed into the break. A three-pointer by Cook and fastbreak layin off a UW steal by Perkins were the highlights. WSU has five steals in the half and is led by Cooks 12 points. UW is shooting a solid 46.2 percent, but has 15 turnovers. Whitcomb, who nailed a three late to keep Washington in the game, leads with 11. Argens and Rogers have six points apiece. Rozier has five boards. There have been seven ties and four lead changes.
TOUCHY?: Guess the officials aren’t taking any junk tonight. They called a technical on Rogers with 1:49 remaining in the half when the player only slightly bounced the ball hard after a jumpball was called. WSU missed the ensuing FT, so it doesn’t matter, yet. Cougs up 27-26 with 1:02 on the clock. UPDATE: Rogers added a little verbiage to that ball tap, so the tech is deserving.
PICK EM’: Gonzaga has an off night, defeating Santa Clara for its 12 consecutive home win. Some of the team drove down to support friends on both rosters, including F Vivian Frieson (Garfield High). She knows the WSU roster the best, but had trouble picking a winner in the rivarly when pressed. “June’s cool, I like her. That’s my deciding factor. I’m picking Washington State because of June.” Score still tied (16) with 7:25 remaining in the opening half.
NO LOVE: This is an aggressive game. Washington is getting outworked, though, as the Cougs grab offensive boards and lure the Dawgs into fouls. For some reason, Jackson took Rogers out of the game. She and along with Argens were the best options in the paint. McLellan appears to be trying to hard to start, picking up fouls and missing close shots. Perkins is pumped beyond belief. I think it works for her game, so go head. Score tied at 14 apiece with 11:30 remaining.
Pride and a 28-game win streak are on the line for Washington tonight. The Huskies are on a four-game losing streak, but it doesn’t matter because the opponent is Washington State.
UW has owned WSU since 1995. There’s plenty of tangled alliances and storylines, like UW coach Tia Jackson replacing WSU coach June Daugherty in 2007. Yet, there’s really nothing you can say about this matchup that hasn’t been covered before.
One twist is Washington will play without second-leading scorer Kristi Kingma (mild concussion). Jackson started senior Christina Rozier in her place.
So, lets get to it with your starting lineups:
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Christina Rozier
F Jazmine Perkins
F Rosie Tarnowski
C Carly Noyes
G KiKi Moore
G April Cook
Tonight’s officials are Melissa Barlow, Cathi Cornell, and Rick Showers.



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