HUSKIES LOSE: Davis had a late flurry of three three-pointers to help pull UW within 76-73 with eight seconds left in the game. Needing to foul, OSU made the ensuing FTs and Williams turned the ball over on an in-bound play to loose 78-73. The Beavers have won six consecutive games for the first time since 1994-95. Players and McGuff said the defense was the problem and that can partly be linked to missing Barlow. She sprained her left ankle and did not return. Rogers said Barlow is the voice on that end and instead of playing for the fallen teammate, the players missed assignments. That allowed Schwegler to gain confidence, finishing with a team-high-tying 15 points. That equals her total for the entire season. Marchbanks made four free throws in the final 35 seconds, also finishing with 15 points. Davis led UW with 20 points, but the loss could be a pivotal one. Washington is stuck in the lower-half of the Pac, standings-wise while OSU is secured in third. The Huskies (13-10, 5-8 Pac-12) travel to play the Arizona schools next week. OSU (17-7, 8-5) hosts No. 4 Stanford and California.
BREAK TIME: Shutting down to write the newspaper version. Gibson swooped in for a layin and Davis made one of two FTs to keep the score tied (60). There’s 4:30 on the clock. Indendi is back in the game.
INDENDI OUT?: Indendi hurt her right ankle and is getting it taped on the sideline. She has eight points.
TIE GAME, TAKE 8: Schwegler slipped a three-pointer through the net to tie the score at 58 points apiece. There’s 5:38 left in the game.
FOUL TROUBLE: Rogers was called for a fourth foul and McGuff was really sick of it, getting tagged for a technical foul. Assistant coach Mike Neighbors tried to hold the coach back, but McGuff demanded to be heard. Marchbanks made the free shot. UW leads 56-52 with 8:21 remaining in the matchup.
WHOSE HOUSE?: Dawgs starting take over their territory, piecing together a 10-2 to take a 54-50 lead into a timeout with 9:50 left in the game. Rogers worked OSU into a foul — making one of the two FTs. Williams grabbed the offensive board and Rogers muscled that in, screaming to the rafters after the shot. The downer is we’ve seen runs in the this game before. If that stays true, OSU will go on a run and tie the score.
COLD JAZ: OSU is rushing Davis every time she touches the ball and the freshmen is struggling to make the high-arcing jumpers she’s hit in the past. Davis is 2-for-11 from the field for seven points. Her last two FTs did help UW tie the score, again, at 50 points apiece with 11:52 remaining in the game. The Huskies are on a 7-2 run.
FOUL TROUBLE: Bright collected her fourth foul while defending Rogers on a shot under the hoop. Rogers made one of the ensuing FTs to pull the Huskies within 48-44 with 13:40 left in the game. Rueck replaced Bright with 6-foot-7 Brazilian Thais Pinto.
BREAKOUT: The Beavers are on a 13-5 run to take a 47-39 run into a timeout with 15:21 remaining. The last five points were quick, Gibson nailing a three-pointer and Marchbanks stripping Wetmore for an open layin.
BARLOW OUT: Well, a game-changer may be UW’s loss of Barlow. She suffered a sprained left ankle in the opening half, landing awkwardly after being fouled on the lone basket she made. Barlow was playing solid defense on Gibson, helping to hold her to 1-of-3 shooting in the first half. Barlow finished with two points and one rebound in nine minutes. McCann-Smith replaced her in the lineup to start the second half.
HALFTIME: Not much is going on inside the paint, the teams post players cancelling each other out with impressive defense. The teams are also shooting well outside — both making four three-pointers apiece — making the difference in the game what can be done on the glass or at the FT line. UW is outrebounding OSU 20-14 for a 10-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Beavers are 6 of 10 from the FT line compared to UW’s 4 of 7. In the past, it’s been huge rallies for close finishes. This one looks to be tight until the final buzzer. The first team to get their post game going wins. Wetmore leads UW with eight points while Argens has six boards. Martin has seven points to lead OSU and Marchbanks has six rebounds.
HOT STUFF: Argens had a sweet bounce pass inside to F Mollie Williams, who converted on the reverse layin to give UW a brief 34-32 lead with 28 seconds left in the half. Indendi matched the nice move with one of her own — a long jumper at the top of the arc to tie the score headed into the break.
TIE GAME: A Gibson steal turned into a Marchbanks putback tied the score at 32 points apiece with 3:15 left in the opening half. Both teams are shooting better than 45 percent from the field.
4 KAY: UW is wearing full-on pink uniforms in honor of the WBCA’s Play 4 Kay week. Reader more about the movement here.
GOOD D: Barlow and Wetmore are playing good defense on Gibson to keep the top-scoring Beaver from getting an offensive flow. Gibson is 1-for-3 from the field for three points to start. UW is up 26-23 with 7:20 on the clock.
THREE CITY: The Beavers are 4-for-6 from three-point range, Mollee Schwegler nailing the past two off the bench. McGuff is sick of it, calling time. Rogers and Argens were called for traveling in the paint and they aren’t letting OSU get the ball inside, so it’s good the threes are dropping or there wouldn’t really be any scoring in the game.
WANNA RIDE?: Wetmore is jukin’ and drivin’ to help pull UW ahead 16-10 with 12:23 left in the opening half. Her three-pointer moved OSU to call time to discuss the lack of defense.
BLOCK CITY: Bright is at it, again, blocking three of of Washington’s shots inside the paint. Rueck said after the last meeting that his team spent most of the preseason preparing for the matchup with UW’s posts because no other post in the conference has Rogers’ size and capability. (Stanford, Nnemkadi Ogwumike is better, not bigger). Fouls have slowed the pace of the game, OSU leading 10-9 with 14:26 on the clock.
When the Pac-12 season started, four unexpected teams turned heads — then-undefeated Colorado; Washington, which was on a five-game win streak; emerging Washington State and Oregon State, which carried a 9-2 record. While WSU has suffered injuries that has caused the Cougs to tumble, two of those teams are still proving to be on a legit track to respectable seasons.
The Saturday matinee between OSU and UW could separate the pretenders from the real deal. The Beavers are on a five-game win streak — its first since the 2000-2001 season and face the Huskies at Hec Ed. Washington is 9-3 in its own facility this season, but hasn’t won three consecutive conference games, yet.
In Corvallis, Ore., the Huskies made a slew of mistakes to lose 60-55 in December. It was first-year UW coach Kevin McGuff’s first conference matchup, however, and the light nonconference schedule didn’t exactly prepare the Dawgs for the tough Pac-12 opponents.
The rematch will be interesting because of how the teams have developed. It’s the talk in all of the newspaper clippings. OSU coach Scott Rueck is in his second season, winning just two conference games last year. The first was at Hec Ed with OSU carrying an 0-10 conference record at the time.
It gave the Beavers belief winning was possible, again, after a few tumultuous years under former coach LaVonda Wagner. Will OSU make it three-straight against UW en route to mirroring its prominent 1990s years? There’s only one way to tell, here are your starting lineups:
F Earlysia Marchbanks
F Alyssa Martin
C Patricia Bright
G Sage Indendi
G Ali Gibson
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Tonight’s officials are Chuck Gonzalez, Shelley Russi, and Mary Whatford.