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February 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Game thread: No. 2 Stanford at Washington

HUSKIES LOSE: Hurts to admit that this game was boring. There was no flow. Stanford was in foul trouble and while Washington did play well defensively, its lack of shooting was hard to watch. Washington did shoot 43.5 percent in the second half, yet allowed Stanford to shoot 61.9 percent after the break. Appel was a force. She shot with both hands and grabbed rebounds. The only time she really worked was against Rogers, but the Cardinal’s footwork and agility was far better, so she could still get her shot in the bucket even with Rogers in her face. Appel finished with 18 points and 13 boards. Rogers led her team with 10 points and one rebound. Up next is California on Sunday. Wear pink for breast health awareness.
POSITIVES?: If you’re looking for something good to say about Washington, I guess you could ride the fact that the Huskies are holding the Cardinal below their season scoring average (78.2). Ahem, Washington is nearing its lowest point-total ever (30) and against Stanford (35). Huskies down 54-30 with 2:52 remaining in the game.
MCLELLAN OK: McLellan is back on the court but the Huskies’ offense isn’t. They’re 4-for-30 from the field with 23.6 seconds remaining before halftime.
MCLELLAN HURT?: Going for a rebound, McLellan took a hard spill and needed help off the court. She did a good job getting a shot clock violation on Stanford for a turnover. Huskies still down by 11 with 5:16 on the clock.
SWEET SHOT: Whitcomb had a steal and converted it into a three-pointer to get UW into double digits, trailing 21-10 with 7:33 remaining in the first half. The Huskies aren’t shooting well as a collective group, so highlights — like freshman Jeneva Anderson’s block on Appel — are nullified. Stanford appears to be on cruise control already.
REDWOOD: Appel is like a forest tonight. Mollie Williams tried to take shots to the hoop against her and even stop Appel inside, but crumbled at the slightest bump. Rogers is back in, but UW still trails 18-5 with 11:22 remaining in the opening half. Washington is 2-for-14 from the field and getting outrebounded 12-5 — not the recipe for an upset.
ROGERS OUT: Like clockwork, Rogers was substituted out with 17:00 remaining. The more exciting end of the ball is Ogwumike’s pretty offense. She has six points in a 8-2 Cardinal lead. Washington’s only basket came in a hi-low pass from Whitcomb to Rogers with 18:48 remaining in the first half.
Washington coach Tia Jackson has a plan if the Huskies can pull an upset Friday against No. 2 Stanford. “I know I’m rushing the floor — heels in hand,” she said. “I’m throwing those puppies off.”
Just one problem. UW hasn’t defeated Stanford at home since 2005. Then, the Cardinal was ranked 10th and the Huskies won the December nail bitter 77-72. It was a rare night in the series, which is led by Stanford 36-14 overall.
Washington showed moxie against the Pac-10 power in Palo Alto in January, losing by 15 points. An improvement from the conference-record 77-point debacle last year. Yet, Stanford was without backcourt cohorts PG JJ Hones (knee) and G Jeanette Pohlen (ankle).
They have returned and Stanford is defeating opponents by an average 21.3 points in its 12-game win streak since losing to No. 1 Connecticut in December. With March peering around the corner, the Cardinal are starting to play with more focus. Scary.
Washington does have the frontcourt size to battle with Stanford. C Regina Rogers (6-foot-3), who’s returning to the lineup after suffering a bruised bone, even defeated Stanford when she played for UCLA as a freshman.
The Huskies just aren’t ridding the type of high that would make you really believe they could pull an upset. In need a signature win that shows the program truly is building in the right direction, UW has lost six of its past eight games by 12.6 points. That includes an overtime defeat to Arizona State (67-61) and 30-point loss to Arizona last weekend.
Jackson said the team looked lethargic against the Wildcats. Not a good sign at this point in the season.
That shouldn’t be the case tonight, so let’s get to it with your starting lineup:
CARDINAL
F Nnemkadi Ogwumike
F Kayla Pedersen
C Jayne Appel
G Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
G Jeanette Pohlen
HUSKIES
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sara Morton
G Kristi Kingma
Tonight’s officials are Randy Campbell, Brian Hall, and Cathi Cornell.

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