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November 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Game thread: Concordia at Washington

HUSKIES WIN: No free tacos for those at Hec Ed, McGuff waiving Davis off from any attempts to break the 100-point barrier in the waning seconds. He kept it classy, collecting a 99-40 win against Concordia on Tuesday. (Do you even get free tacos for scoring 100-points anymore?). Argens was the late terror, scoring 11 of her final 17 points in the closing three minutes. But the focus after the game was UW’s lackluster start. McGuff was spirited at halftime to get the team going, Argens stating it was just jitters that had UW playing a little timid. “He lit us up, but it was in a good way,” said Rogers, who led everyone with 28 points and 13 boards. “He told us not to stop…It (the speech) helped us a lot.” The UW defense improved after the break, a good reason why the Cavilers, a Division II school based in Portland, were outscored 54-12 in the second half. It began with a 18-3 run, capped by a jumper from junior Jeneva Anderson with 12:50 on the clock. McGuff played all 10 players available and only Heard and senior Kassia Fortier didn’t score. “We’ve still got a lot of improvement,” Argens said. “It’s just going to take some time and we’re going to get there. But I thought we played strong.” McGuff is uncertain about his starting lineup for Friday, liking the way Tuesday’s lineup played. He added that Williams should practice on Wednesday but is questionable to play Friday.
OLD SCHOOL: The three-point shot doesn’t look to be an asset of the Huskies this season. Kingma was the best shooter last season and Sara Morton second, but both are gone. McCann-Smith attempted seven, but UW was 3 for 18 from that range overall, 16.7 percent.
YIKES: Concordia is shooting 3.8 percent in the second half (1 for 26). And UW doesn’t appear as if it’s going to let up, although McGuff did sit Rogers for the night. After a pair of Argens FTs, Washington is up 94-38 with 1:37 left in the game.
EVERYBODY SCORE: Rogers is dominating (26 points), but Barlow (six) has found her offensive stroke in the second half along with Wetmore (10). The Huskies lead 81-37 with 6:36 on the clock. Concordia’s Everett (Vancouver, Wa) has fouled out.
HALFTIME: Inside play and points off turnovers definitely helped cover any issues Washington had in the opening half against Concordia, leading 45-28 at the break. The Huskies scored 23 points off 19 Cavilers miscues. Rogers scored 13 of UW’s 24 points in the paint while Davis had 10 points, often finding herself in the pocket of Concordia’s frequent zone to hit a jumper. It’s early, but Washington needs work on offensive execution and overall handling the ball, sometimes letting rebounds slip through its grasp. The Dawgs have 10 turnovers themselves. Padilla leads Concordia with seven points.
CALLED IT?: UW’s offense is moving a little better out of a timeout. Argens scored on a reverse and Davis picked off a dribble, taking it down for a bank shot to put the Huskies up 31-20 with 7:00 left in the half. Washington has scored 17 points off Concordia turnovers.
FRESH FROSH: Newbie Aminah Williams popped off the bench with some defensive energy and nice offensive moves that got the crowd into the game. She’s 2 for 3 from the field for an early team-leading six points. UW is up 16-13 with 11:38 remaining in the half.
SLOPPY D: Washington got some easy and expected buckets inside, using its obvious height advantage. But falling a sleep on screens and getting tagged for unneeded fouls has Concordia closer than it should be. A pair of FTs by May has the Cavilers down only 10-9 with 14:01 remaining in the opening half.
The new Washington era begins Tuesday with an exhibition against Concordia at Edmundson Pavilion. A good lower-bowl crowd is filing in, making its way around the construction at Husky Stadium, which has altered parking for everyone.
On the court, the Huskies look as if it’s under repair, too. The sideline is decorated with injured players in their Sunday best. Out for the exhibition are regulars Kristi Kingma, Talia Walton, Ashley Moore, Beatrice Carta, and Deborah Meeks – all out with knee injuries. Only Kingma, last season’s leading scorer (15.6), isn’t expected to return. Joining that group is Mollie Williams, who remains out with a concussion. She could play in Friday’s opener against UC Davis at Hec Ed.
First-year coach Kevin McGuff has set an interesting starting lineup, moving senior C Regina Rogers back into the opening rotation. But McGuff warned that it doesn’t mean that’s the way it’ll carry throughout the season. He does expect seniors Charmaine Barlow, Makenzie Argens, and Rogers to garner majority of the minutes this year.
Let’s get you ready for the debut with your starting lineups:
F Eva Everett
F Megan Padilla
C Grace Cappleman
G Courtney May
G Rachel Scarpelli
F Charmaine Barlow
F Marjorie Head
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Tonight’s officials are Penny Davis, Mazetta Garrett, and Bart Baldwin.



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