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November 24, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Kingma’s night spoiled, Washington to rebound Wednesday

Kingma2.jpgWashington G Kristi Kingma (pictured right) scored a career-high 30 points against Kent State late Tuesday in Alaska. But it’ll be her last turnover in the opener of the Great Alaska Shootout that she’ll remember.
Kingma had the ball with the Huskies down 59-58 in the waning seconds and was stripped by the Golden Flashes. UW stopped an easy transition score and KSU missed ensuing free throws on a foul — in fact going 4-of-8 from the line down the stretch — yet the 1.4 seconds that remained on the clock after a final miss wasn’t enough for a Washington miracle.
“Something inside me tried to will my team to a win,” Kingma told reporters after the game. “But it wasn’t enough.”
Due to injuries and posts Marjorie Heard (seven points, seven rebounds) and Mackenzie Argens (10 points, nine boards) fouling out late in the second half, Kingma had to take on even more of the offense. She has played PG the opening three games of the season because senior Sarah Morton is out with a sprained left ankle.
Kingma was 10-for-20 from the field and had four steals with six turnovers against Kent State (3-0).
C Regina Rogers missed her second consecutive game due to a pulled hamstring while F Mollie Williams was limited to 22 minutes because of a sprained left ankle suffered in the 25-point loss to BYU on Saturday.
“It’s unfortunate that we got in foul trouble,” Washington coach Tia Jackson told reporters. “That’s one of the key things when you have a short roster.”
Even though injuries and foul trouble hurt, Washington caused further pain with its continued woes at the free throw line. The Huskies were 14-of-25 against the Golden Flashes, 37-of-77 (48 percent) overall this season.
“It was an ugly game, but we did just enough,” Kent State coach Bob Lindsay told reporters. In 37-years, the Golden Flashes have never started a season at 4-0. “We fought back in an back-and-forth game, and we came up with plays when we needed them.”
UW (1-2) plays San Jose State (0-5) in the consolation game at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. You can purchase a one-day pass for $6.95 and watch here, but there’s no play-by-play. Or you can listen to play-by-play announcer Steve Sandmeyer’s call on KKNW 1150 AM.
There’s also the option of both, but the online feed isn’t synchronized with radio.
Morton, Rogers, and Williams all remain game-time decisions for Wednesday’s game.

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