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January 14, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Game thread: No 4 Stanford at Washington

HUSKIES LOSE: The Cardinal burst out the locker room like the team you’d expect to see. They kept the Huskies’ post players in foul trouble and once Rogers left the game with five with 6:03 remaining, a 17-5 run resulted in the ugly 80-51 loss before 2,746 at Hec Ed. Jackson proclaimed the team isn’t 29-points worse than Stanford. Although I love their heart and know they’ve battled a lot of adversity, I’d only shave a few points of that deficit to get the real difference between the schools. It was impressive to see Argens take it to the rack in the midst of four Stanford forwards and definitely cool to see Barlow scoring a team-high-tying nine points. But Washington isn’t doing much more. Not this season. Williams played 19 minutes, her most since suffering a concussion on Dec. 23, but she doesn’t look like the aggressor who started the season. Rogers appeared to have the most fire, but couldn’t grab a rebound. UW was outrebounded 42-23 overall and outscored 32-18 in the paint. Stanford had five players score in double figures, led by Nnemkadi’s 16 points and 11 boards. Washington has lost six of its past eight games and it doesn’t get easier. California is next and the Bears just lost to Washington State, giving the Cougs their first back-to-back conference wins in a decade. Think Cal won’t be extra motivated?
FOUL TROUBLE: Jones made a really late call after what appeared to be a Rogers block. Instead the ref tagged the player with her third foul. She’ll sit until at least the second half. The Cardinal is taking advantage, leading 21-10 with 6:40 on the clock. Rogers only made one FG and didn’t have any rebounds, but slowed Stanford down and forced them into other options.
DAWG FIGHT: Well, Washington is outscoring Stanford 7-2. But UW remains down 13-7 with 9:30 remaining in the opening half. The Huskies are forcing turnovers and getting rebounds, but still struggling to with most offensive sets. It’s a sloppy game neither coach seems happy about.
WILLIAMS IN: Williams checked into the game with 15:09 remaining. C Regina Rogers is also in, immediately making an impact with a layin under the hoop and a steal. She’s screaming for the ball and playing as if she’s better than the self-proclaimed 40 percent from the hamstring injury. VanDerveer said Rogers is the biggest threat on the court. Her Cardinal is skilled and tall, but not as strong and wide as Rogers. UW is down 11-2.
QUICK WORK: Washington coach Tia Jackson called time with 16:20 remaining in the opening half and her Huskies down 11-0, getting killed 5-1 on the boards. UW has missed four shot attempts while five Stanford players have scored.
SPOTTED: Connecticut Sun coach Mike Thibault and newly named Storm assistant Jenny Boucek are watching the game. It’s a decent crowd, but plenty of seats available in the 10,000-seat facility.
No. 4 Stanford is in town and Washington is getting some help to what it expects to be a physical night with F Mollie Williams back in the lineup. She’s only played seven minutes since suffering a concussion in a loss to Georgia Tech on Dec. 23.
Williams, who started the season strong with her rebounding, hasn’t practice much this week, feeling reoccurring symptoms of the concussion after the Saturday loss to Oregon.
“We just want to be smart,” UW coach Tia Jackson said of the precaution.
Williams was listed as day-to-day and it’s uncertain how many minutes she’ll play against the Cardinal, who have been defeating Pac-10 opponents by an average of 37.7 points. The Huskies haven’t defeated the Cardinal since 2005, losing nine consecutive games.
Washington also is 5-35 against ranked teams at Hec Ed. But can pull from the fact that it outrebounded Stanford last year in a 58-36 loss. Stanford senior G Jeannette Pohlen, who coach Tara VanDerveer said is having an All-American season,said boxing out was a focus in practice.
“Yeah, she mentioned that,” Pohlen said.
Washington also was able to get all-everything junior Nnemkadi Ogwumike into foul trouble, leaving current WNBA standout Jayne Appel to do a lot of the work inside. This time, however, she has her sister Chiney in the mix.
Let’s see what difference it makes, beginning with your starting lineups:
CARDINAL
F Chiney Ogwumike
F Kayla Pedersen
C Nnemkadi Ogwumike
G Jeanette Pohlen
G Lindy La Rocque
HUSKIES
F Charmaine Barlow
F Marjorie Heard
C Mackenzie Argens
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma

Tonight’s officials are
Lisa Jones, Clarke Stevens, and Bret Gervasoni.

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