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December 29, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Game thread: Washington at Oregon State

HUSKIES LOSE: After trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, Washington battled back to a 58-55 deficit behind a three-pointer from Wetmore with 38 seconds left. But, in a panic, Davis turned over an in-bound pass. UW fouled in an attempt to regain possession, Indendi making the ensuing FTs to retain the win. The scrambled at the end was a change from last year when OSU didn’t win nail-bitters. “Now we can close out these games,” Indendi said. “It’s so exciting. Everybody is laughing and smiling and feeling good about ourselves. But it was a tough game.” Davis was upbeat, too, despite committing six turnovers and shooting 1-for-9 from three-point range. Teammates said they continued to talk to her through the game. “She struggled tonight,” McGuff said of Davis. “She’s had a great year so far. She’s a terrific player with a bright future and I think she was a little anxious to get off to a great start in Pac-12 play. She’s just got to settle down and play within herself a little bit more than what she did tonight.” UW also had mental errors like missing six FTs, getting outrebounded by four, giving up 19 points on 15 turnovers and only getting two points from the bench. Rogers led the team with 19 points and 14 boards while Argens added 14 with 14 boards. Yet, both were easily smothered since the perimeter game wasn’t clicking until Wetmore’s play late. “We didn’t get the balance we needed,” said McGuff, whose team’s five-game win streak is snapped. The Huskies (8-3, 0-1 Pac-12) play at Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks (8-5, 0-1) lost 75-47 to Washington State (7-6, 1-0) on Thursday. OSU (10-2, 1-0) hosts WSU in a Saturday matinee.
ATTENDANCE WATCH: Nope, UW men still outdrew the women. About 9,000 at Hec Ed and 1,332 counted at Gill Coliseum.
SCOREBOARD: An upset may be brewing in LA. No. 4 Stanford is tied at 41 points apiece with Southern California with 11:37 remaining in the game. Washington is still boggling the mind at Gill Coliseum, trailing 51-42 with 7:45 left.
GOOD HECKLERS: Maybe it’s the spirit of Gary Payton still lingering in the rafters, but OSU has some of the best hecklers in the conference. Of course I haven’t heard Utah and Colorado’s fans, but the Beavers fans have dug up McGuff’s A-10 background, ways to help the officials count three-seconds in the paint and belts of “shoot” that nearly rattled UW. Good listening. On the court, Bright swooped in for a layin to put the Beavers up 46-35 with 14:53 left in the game.
HALFTIME: Argens is pacing the Huskies for a third consecutive game, scoring a team-high 12 points with nine boards at the break. But UW is down 34-27 because season-leaders Rogers (4-for-11) and Davis (0-for-5) are struggling. The UW backcourt has also committed five of the team’s eight turnovers, which OSU converted into 10 points. Gibson leads the Beavers with 10 points while Marchbanks has three steals. Washington needs to find its shot and some defensive punch in order to avoid a second consecutive loss to the Beavers. OSU defeated UW 51-46 at Hec Ed last season.
NICE SIZE: OSU has five transfer players, two being 6-foot-4 post Patricia Bright and Brazilian Thais Pinto, who’s 6-7 and played at Western Nebraska CC prior to joining the Beavers. The pair have helped muzzle UW’s senior-lade front-line as the OSU perimeter players pop outside shots during a 20-2 run. Oregon State is up 30-20 with 3:09 left in the half.
OH SNAP: The football Huskies are tied at 21 points apiece with Baylor. Definitely wasn’t expecting that.
SAGE SHOT: Indenti knocked down a killer three-pointer to put OSU back up 20-18 with 7:50 remaining in the opening half. UW if fumbling the ball in the paint on offensive possessions and letting the ball slip from their grasp on rebound attempts. That’s allowing the Beavers to get their running game going, Indenti’s shot happening when UW’s defense wasn’t set.
HOT FROSH: Her shot is a little unorthodox, but OSU freshman Ali Gibson scored on a runner and three-pointer to pull the Beavers within 18-13 with 10:57 left in the half. She leads OSU with seven while Rogers has six for the Huskies.
ROLLING: UW coach Kevin McGuff made his first substitution at the 15:50 mark, putting F Mollie Williams in for Rogers, but the Huskies remain on a 10-0 run after a turnaround jumper by Argens. Make that another bucket by Argens to put UW up 12-4 with 15:12 remaining in the opening half. There was a moment of concern when the Beavers went backdoor on the Huskies for an early score, but the visitors have settled into the matchup and are grabbing rebounds and hitting shots to stay ahead.
In the shadow of the Alamo Bowl, I bring you Washington’s inaugural Pac-12 matchup against Oregon State. Thanks for joining in between breaks from the UW football game. I bet this is one of the few times this season where the Washington women outdraw the men in hoops since the men are at Hec Ed.
UW is in rainy Corvallis, where Oregon State is meshing six new players with four mainstays from coach Scott Ruecks’ first season last year. The Beavers finished the nonconference season with an impressive 9-2. But the closer was a 81-61 thud to St. Mary’s at home. OSU gave up 14 three-pointers in the game.
The Huskies (8-2) aren’t as talented from long-range, but transfer Kelli McCann-Smith and sophomore Mercedes Wetmore are starting to hit the shot more along with freshman PG Jazmine Davis. UW is ridding a five-game win streak mainly because of its inside play. But their issue is playing like the talented team it has shown to be for a full 40 minutes, especially defensively.
So, will the Huskies continue their new winning trend or allow the Beavers to collect their first conference-opening win in two years? Let’s get you started with the starting lineups:
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina ROgers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
F Ali Gibson
F Earlysia Marchbanks
C Patricia Bright
G Sage Indendi
G Alyssa Martin
Tonight’s officials are Melissa Barlow, SHelley Nakasone, and Alejandro Moreno.



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