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November 11, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Game thread: UC Davis at Washington

HUSKIES LOSE: In a thud, Washington lost its home opener 69-68 to UC Davis. Wetmore missed a possible game-winning three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left and UW couldn’t get a score after Barlow corralled the offensive rebound. The Aggies squealed and jumped as if they’d won the Big Wet title, again. It’s a big win for the little school outside Sacramento, but…Washington had plenty of positives, like outrebounding UC Davis 50-29 and getting 18 assists on 25 made field goals. Rogers was a highlight, finishing with a game-high 21 points and 10 boards. But the Huskies couldn’t cover what seemed to be the obvious when the Aggies had the ball. In the end, that’s what caused the loss. UCD was led by Asano’s 12 points. The Aggies play SeattleU on Sunday at Connolly Center, it’ll be interesting to see if they sweep the Seattle schools. Next up for the Huskies is SU on Wednesday at Hec Ed.
MAILBAG: Thanks Growing Up Gaddy. But to keep you reading, Wetmore has eight points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field.
TRIPLE D: Davis is nearing a triple double with nine points, eight boards, and eight assists and it’s only her first college game. The starting PG has the Huskies up 52-44 with 10:23 remaining in the game. UW has only had one triple-double in school history, Margaret Nielsen in 1978. She had 15 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 82-69 win against Washington State on March 4. She also recorded the school’s first double double in 1976.
ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD: Regina has scored on UW’s opening five possessions of the second half, helping the Dawgs build a 43-39 lead. The Dawgs must have been told about the 6-3 post and her ability to own the paint…if given the ball. The Huskies are doing that, one play being an open baseball pass where Rogers sank the easy layin. Freshman Aminah Williams just got into the paint party, also scoring on a layin inside to make the score 45-39 with 15:13 left in the game.
THANKS VETERANS: Washington paid tribute to all servicemen and women in the audience, asking those who served the country to stand and be recognized. It’s Veteran’s Day, UW also airing a video montage of American images.
HALFTIME: Washington needs work on its perimeter defense because it’s allowing a one-dimensional team to hang in a game on one shot — three-pointers. The Aggies are 11 for 27 from the field, eight of those buckets being three-pointers to take a 37-35 halftime lead. Asano leads, going 5-for-5 from the field for a game-high 14 points. UW is having trouble getting passes to a well-covered Rogers, shooting 34.4. percent from the field. Davis leads UW with nine points and four assists Adjustments have to be made on defense, lets see if it happens.
WILLIAMS DEBUT: Mollie Williams is being placed in the game for the final 2.1 seconds. She was attempting a rebound put-back on a missed free throw, I guess McGuff’s plan. It didn’t work and the Huskies go into the half down 37-35.
STEPHENS RETURNS: Stephens is fine after an early collision with Barlow’s elbow. Rogers is back on the bench, though, refs not respecting that she just happens to be strong and big. She was called for her second foul, putting UCD at the line. The Aggies remain close, trailing 35-34 with 1:15 left in the opening half.
MINI RUN: With some unlikely shots and better rebounding, Washington managed to go on a 12-3 run to pull ahead 18-15 with 10:27 on the clock. McCann-Smith showed her three-point ability, banking in a 28-footer that had doubters wonder what the…until it swished through the net. But UC Davis can hit the three, Riecks nailing the team’s fifth on 12 attempts with 9:22 remaining to help the Aggies get back ahead 20-18 with 8:19 left in the half.
MAILBAG: BCDawg04 in the comments section said we should remember No. 11 Erica Schelly, a co-captain from her days playing 2003-05-07. The post also wondered about attendance and it ain’t good. The mid-day tip-off has the expected retirees in the crowd and some students, who have an off day at school. But no one ditched work to attend this matinee like they do in Chicago for the Cubs or even the Storm during the summer nooners. UW is down 12-11 after Rogers swooped in for a lay in, drawing a foul. The Huskies are giving up too many three-pointers and getting rattled by the Aggies’ solid defense. There’s 12:29 on the clock.
COLLISION: Wetmore and Barlow collided as they attempted to grab a rebound on defense, but it was the Aggies’ Stephens that left the game with 17:05 on the clock, holding her head. Stephens was also called for the foul. Score is tied at six.
SPOTTED: Storm All-Star PG Sue Bird is at the game with owner Lisa Brummel’s partner. But Bird refused to stand and clap until the Aggies scored along with the rest of Hec Ed. It didn’t take long, Asano hitting a three-pointer to put UC Davis up 3-2 with 18-40 left in the opening half. UPDATE: Bird said rehab for her hip surgery is going well, working with doctors at UConn. She’s not on the court, yet, but drops by practices. Bird had planned this trip to Seattle, owning property here, but she’s also BFFs with first-year assistant coach Adia Barnes. The pair won a WNBA title together in 2004.
It’s 11.11.11 and Washington is tipping off against UC Davis at Edmundson Pavilion. Let’s pay tribute to former Huskies Jamie Redd, Kali Bennett, and Nicole Romeo, the players I know who wore the jersey number 11 for the Dawgs.
Actually since Bennett transferred to Arizona State and Romeo went back home to Australia, we’ll just pay tribute to Redd, the best player in the program’s history. A new era of possibility is on the court warming up now, however. Including senior F Mollie Williams, who spent most of the preseason nursing a concussion. It’s questionable whether she plays Friday.
The Dawgs hope to debut a fast-tempo, which will produce more than the 56.2 points it averaged under former coach Tia Jackson last season. It ranked ninth in the former Pac-10. UW, now in the Pac-12, lost guaranteed offensive production in leading scorer Kristi Kingma (ACL), but senior C Regina Rogers looks ready to produce if Washington can find someone to get her the ball inside.
UC Davis is a good test as an opener, too. The Aggies, although undersized, advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2011 as winners of the Big West tourney. But UCD did lose longtime coach Sandy Simpson (retirement). The Aggies still have some experience, entering their fifth season as a D-I program.
Washington is 30-7 all-times in home openers. This is the first time it’ll play UC Davis in the school’s history, but let’s see if the tradition continues beginning with your starting lineups.
AGGIES
F Samantha Meggison
F Blair Shinoda
C Kasey Riecks
G Hana Asano
G Hannah Stephens
HUSKIES
F Charmaine Barlow
F Marjorie Heard
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
This afternoon’s officials are Clarke Stevens, Shelley Nakasone, and James Morrell.

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