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February 27, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Game thread: Washington State at Washington

HUSKIES WIN: UW outscored WSU 32-28 in the paint and Rogers accounted for 23 of those points in helping her team win Part II of the Apple Cup 70-54. Whitcomb added 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds with six steals to boot. But WSU couldn’t stop Rogers, trying to block passes inside to the post. The Dawgs have won 30 consecutive games against the Cougs, improving Jackson’s mark to 6-0 against Daugherty, who started the UW streak in 1996. “Good job to Washington, but it’s kind of ironic just because of the way things worked out with the coaching change and all,” said Daugherty of having newcomer Jackson hang six on her in the rivalry. “But, hey, they’ve still got the streak going. Good for them.”
BREAKTHROUGH: Whitcomb hit a three-pointer and everyone in purple is shooting better now that Rogers opened up the UW lead. The Huskies are up 65-49 with 3:26 on the clock and I’m going to go ahead and say the UW streak is still strong. A win will make it 30 straight.
ROLLING ROGERS: Rogers got a tip to cause a UW steal, then she made the ensuing layup for her season-high 18th point. UW is up 50-43 with 9:17 left. It was a smart move because Cook was starting to hit her three-pointers and closed the gap to 48-43 before Rogers’ play.
FOUL TROUBLE: McLellan is out with four fouls — albeit a shaddy call. UW fouls have allowed WSU to creep back in the game. After a Perkins layin, the Cougs are down 44-38 with 12:00 left in the game. WSU could have been closer if Noyes (free throws) and Perkins (layin) made their shots earlier.
COUGS RETURN?: Hec Ed has its best crowd of the season at more than 5,000 people. But the place is falling a little quiet as the Cougs shrink a halftime deficit to 40-32 with 17:22 remaining in the game. WSU is 3-for-5 to start the second half while UW has only hit one of its three FG attempts.
HALFTIME: The joke on press row is we can bet we know what Jackson is saying to herself, “Thank God Washington State can’t shoot.” The Cougs are 8-of-25 from the field in the first half with 12 turnovers. Not the recipe for winning. But UW is 10-for-28 and if it weren’t for the Huskies making 15 of 18 FTs, this game would be different. Rogers leads with 11 points while Moore and Madison have seven points apiece for the Cougars. The second half should be different. Washington has yet to piece together a complete game during the conference season and WSU plays better after the break.
DROUGHT ENDED: Danielle LeNoir ended WSU’s FG scoring drought, hitting a layin with 2:03 remaining for the team’s first FG since the 7:43 mark. UW up 36-25 with 53.8 left in the half.
ODD MATH: UW is up 32-21, using a 17-0 run to get there. But before you start thinking the Huskies are on a tear — neither team has hit a FG in six minutes. Fourteen of the Huskies points have been off FTs. There’s 2:20 left in the first half.
SPOTTED: Washington coach Tia Jackson made a special trip to the courtside seats pregame to shake hands with Gov. Christine Gregoire. UW up 26-21 with 4:24 remaining.
HUSKIES AHEAD: Morton is having a strong first half, hitting two three-pointers and making a sweet over-head pass to Rogers in the paint for a layin that put UW up 22-21. A steal and two made free throws by Whitcomb made the score 24-21 with 5:40 on the clock.
GO LOW: Rogers made back-to-back plays inside to pull the Huskies within 19-17 with 8:42 remaining in the opening half. Neither team is shooting well, so hopefully they’ll settle down and start to execute their game plan. There’s a lot of nasty street-ball going on now and the Cougs are landing their punches.
Edmundson Pavilion has a buzz Saturday and it’s not just the rivalry game against Washington State that sparked the fire. Washington held its alumni game and silent auction prior to the afternoon matchup while the Storm had its annual “Winter Warm-Up” session with season-ticket holders.
With about 60 alumni in the building and nearly 150 Storm ticket-holders roaming around, Hec Ed was the spot to be for a women’s hoops fan. Many commented that it was the biggest turnout they’ve seen for the bi-annual event and Storm Q&A with owners and coach Brian Agler.
In the game, the “Purple” team, with names like Ana Tuiaea-Rudd (1997-98), Mary Wiegenstein (1967-71) and Michelle Augustavo (2008-09), won 55-53. The game was tied at 50 points apiece with a minute remaining. Then Augustavo hit a three-pointer to put her team ahead. She was 4-for-5 from three-point range in the second half, but couldn’t hit a layup to save her life.
“I know, it was embarrassing,” she joked. Augustavo is currently interning at Seattle University.
The “White” team featured players like Tara Davis (1991-94), who’s still a defensive menace, Andrea Lalum (2001-04), who looks even better than her playing days, and Karen Denman (1975). They were heated they lost the matchup.
“We practiced twice a week and short seasons,” said Wiegenstein, of her days playing AIAW ball, coached by P.E. teaching assistants. “I never got enough basketball, so I’m still playing. I’m a gym rat.”
After the alumni game, the floor quickly cleared for the real show, however.
Washington State is playing more confidently after its road win against Arizona State earlier this month and coach June Daugherty has implemented a 3-2 zone that she used to play when coaching at Washington. The Huskies simply want to end their six-game win streak while finishing strong at home.
We’ll see if either makes a difference. But the real determining factor is going to be which team can make their shots. If the Cougs can, then say good-bye to that 29-game win streak Washington built.
Let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
F Katie Madison
F Jazmine Perkins
C Carly Noyes
G KiKi Moore
G April Cook
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
Tonight’s officials are Gator Parrish, Jeneane Pence, and Darla Foutz.



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