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November 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Game thread: Seattle University at Washington

HUSKIES WIN: Well, Washington’s size finally did matter and when the Redhawks tried to defend it by clogging the paint, Wetmore (16 points) was there for an outside shot, helping the Huskies win 72-53 on Wednesday. You didn’t even notice that Rogers spent most of the time on the bench due to four fouls. Argens and Heard played well together, Argens scoring 12 points off the bench with nine rebounds and two assists. Heard said her eight-point night wasn’t a statement to McGuff for pulling her from the lineup. More like one to herself. “Personally I haven’t felt like I’ve been playing my type of basketball and I felt like tonight was that view of how I played basketball – the physical-ness,” she said. “Starting or not, it’s what I’m able to do.” Bonvicini called timeouts and rotated players around to get the Redhawks to responded to UW’s toughness. But Seattle U. (1-2) couldn’t get the lead to single digits in the second half. It was led by sophomore guard Ashley Ward’s 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field. Rhea was held to 3-for-13 shooting from the field, six points with eight turnovers. And SU didn’t have any depth production, its bench getting outscored 32-9. “We sort of let down defensively a little bit,” said Bonvicini of Washington’s runs while Rogers was on the bench. “And it’s not like we didn’t respect the other players, we just needed to keep the same intensity.” It’s hard to match Heard’s intensity, when she’s playing well. And now she has A-Dub (12 points) teaming with her to play the same type of game. This season Heard’s even adding a three-point shot, which was slightly shunned in the past. “It was something I had to put in my tool-box,” she said of her attempt that missed on Wednesday. She nailed a game-winner at Oregon last season. Argens has added better passing, making a long throw to Heard for a layin with 31 seconds left in the opening half. “I’ve worked on it,” Argens said. “I like to say I make better choices now. I’m more calm, so I’m going to keep working on that.” Washington (1-1) hosts Cal State Northridge on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Hec Ed. SU plays the same day, hosting San Diego at 12:15 p.m. at Connolly Center.
KING HER: OK, so G Kristi Kingma (knee) is gone with her fancy three-point shooting, making a school-record 79 last season. Wetmore is applying for the job. She’s sank 3-of-5 from deep behind the line to help give the Huskies a 66-50 lead with 4:07 remaining. Wetmore has a career-high 16 points. But leads are nothing to SU. It has clawed back in the past, even if it didn’t result in a win, let’s see if Wednesday is any different.
MO BREW: In an effort to raise money to help Erickson’s expenses fighting ALS, she’s hosting a benefit Dec. 11-18 at the Ram in University Village. For every purple beer purchased, $1 will go to her foundation. You can find more information here. UW is up 56-44 with 7:25 left in the game.
FOUL TROUBLE: Argens is playing well for UW, but picked up her third foul on a tacky over-the-back move. McGuff is removing her from the game and inserting senior F Mollie WIlliams, who’s been out most of the preseason with a concussion. She’s been playing better in practice, according to McGuff, earning some minutes. UW leads 48-35 after a three-pointer by Wetmore.
HALFTIME: The Huskies went on a 9-2 run to pull ahead 36-29 at the break. Rhea attempted one of her deep three-pointers to inch a little closer, but it brushed the bottom of the net. She’s getting more touches, like Bonvicini wanted after the leading scorer’s two in the first half on Sunday, but Rhea is 1-of-5 with those looks. Couple that with 11 turnovers and it’s no wonder the Redhawks are down. For UW, the defense picked up a little more with freshman Aminah Williams entering the game and the highlight of the night (so far) was Argens’ block on a Rhea drive, finding Heard downcourt for a layin with 31 seconds left in the opening half. Davis leads with nine points, but the bench has contributed 16 points to buoy the Dawgs. Rogers was 3-for-3 from the field, but sat 10 minutes due to two fouls.
CLASS ACT: Bonvicini kept her team on the floor during halftime in a classy move to help UW honor Husky legend Mellisa Erickson. UW played highlights of Erickson’s career, including helping UW advance to the Elite Eight as a senior in 2001. After a brief coaching and overseas career, she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2006. SU assistant coach Kristin O’Neill, who played at Washington from 2002-2006, is friends with Erickson and Bonvicini coached against her when at Arizona.
PURPLE HAZE: UW is starting to show up for the game, perhaps mentally stuck in traffic. The defense is beginning to cause turnovers for SU and a three-pointer by Wetmore gave the Dawgs a 32-27 lead — its biggest of the game. There’s 2:11 on the clock.
HAVE YOU HEARD?: Sophomore F Marjorie Heard was taken out of the starting lineup after a lackluster debut in a loss to UC Davis on Friday. Her response? How about back-to-back buckets? Heard is 2-for-3 early for four points. Her last basket with 4:04 left in the opening half gave the Huskies a 29-27 lead.
HOT HANDS: Well, if the D can’t work, why not enjoy a little offensive flow? SU is nailing shots it missed in the opening half of a loss to UC Davis on Sunday, taking a 22-19 lead with 8:44 left in the half. Sowell has put in work and it’s showing in a nice touch around the hoop. Ward leads the team, though, with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. Davis leads UW with nine. SU is shooting 56.3 percent from the field while Washington is shooting 42.1 percent.
BETTER D?: The Huskies made the defensive end a focus this week and it didn’t show if you base it on a few early plays. Sowell was left open inside for an easy layin while SU moved the ball around to get an open three-pointer. The result is a 14-12 lead with 13:01 remaining in the open half.
Those who made it through traffic are getting cozy inside Edmundson Pavilion for what could be an interesting cross-town rivalry between Seattle University (1-1) and Washington (1-0). Oops, as first-year UW coach Adia Barnes said, it can’t be called a rivalry because the Huskies are 7-1 against the Redhawks, which aren’t officially Division I.
Actually UW is up 12-3 on Seattle U in the series that dates back to 1977, and, speaking to full house at the Storm’s annual Winter Warm-Up prior to tip-off, Barnes was really teasing. She was coached by current SU coach Joan Bonvicini at Arizona and is as uber competitive, like Bonvicini. A little dig is expected.
The streak is simply one of the story lines floating around the arena. First-year UW coach Kevin McGuff was recruited to play at St. Joseph’s (Ind.) by now current SU athletic director Bill Hogan. (Hogan left after McGuff’s freshman season). UW seniors C Regina Rogers and G Charmaine Barlow played AAU hoops with SU junior G Daidra Brown while SU freshman Makenna Clark played high school hoops with UW sophomore Mercedes Wetmore (Auburn Riverside).
It all means little once the game starts. Both teams need to clean up its acts in both facets of the game to show the respective programs are moving in the right direction. It’s just good the pseudo rivalry is back on.
Oh, and SU will be a D-I school next season, so there’s nothing wrong with a little preview. Especially since the last time the teams met in 2009, the Huskies only won by five at Connolly, former coach Tia Jackson infamously stating “We’ll never play here, again” as the team departed the court.
Only one SU player remains from that roster, but UW still has Rogers, Barlow and senior F Mackenzie Argens anchoring the team. We’ll see if it makes any difference two years later.
Let’s get you started with you starting lineups:
F Talisa Rhea
F Ashley Ward
C Kacie Sowell
G Elle Kerfoot
G Daidra Brown
F Charmaine Barlow
F Jeneva Anderson
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Tonight’s officials are Lisa Jones, Alejandro Moreno, and Richard Waters.



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