HUSKIES WIN: WSU made another mad scramble for the win and nearly got it after Rogers had the ball swiped by Cook with 18 seconds left. But the Coug missed an open three-pointer and Perkins bricked a layin, Rogers grabbing the rebound to secure possession for UW. Although Rogers missed some late free throws, UW won 60-56. Turns out Rogers was sick, vomiting early in the game, but continued on to finish with 21 points and nine rebounds. As the crowd of 3,961 cheered, she was presented with the game ball for scoring her 1,000th point last week by McGuff after the game. “I’ve grown up as a Husky and this rivalry means a lot to me,” Rogers said. “To win it and to get my ball on the same day? I’ll never forget this. It’s memorable.” (As a sidebar, it was also McGuff’s wife’s birthday) Outside of the play of Rogers, Davis finished with 21 points and six rebounds while Williams added nine points and seven rebounds off the bench. The other key senior was Barlow, who played solid defense on Perkins. The latter, a senior Coug, was 0-for-9 from the field for three points and six rebounds. “Guarding her, it’s always frustrating when she doesn’t get what she wants,” Barlow said. “Me and her, we’re both emotional. Guarding her, I know exactly what to do and I know how to get in her head because she’s so easily emotional and into the game. Not beating us for four years, who wouldn’t feel that way? She’s a good player, but we want that win so we’re going to go after it.” It’s 34 in a row for UW against WSU, but McGuff conceded that the streak would end one day — just hopefully not a day while he’s coaching. Daugherty also said the streak will end, “I started the streak (as Washington coach from 1996-2007) and hopefully some day we’ll finish it.” Until then, UW clinched its first winning season since she was coach, improving to 15-11overall and 7-9 in the Pac-12 with two games remaining. WSU, which is on a seven-game losing streak, drops to 10-18, 4-12. Thomas led the Cougs with 15 points and her team outrebounded UW 45-39 over all. Next up for both schools are hosting the Los Angeles schools on their respective home courts.
BREAK TIME: Leaving the blog to write the newspaper version. I’ll return after to wrap it all up. UW leads 51-45 with 5:15 left.
GONE SILENT: Noyes fouled out with 6:27 remaining in the game. It was a valiant effort trying to guard Rogers, but too often WSU went with single coverage which Rogers will exploit all day among Pac-12 opponents. Noyes finished with six points and one rebound. UW is up 49-43 after a shot by Thomas. There’s 5:44 left in the game.
4 KAY: Taking advantage of the national television exposure on ROOT Sports (FSN), UW is wearing its “4 Kay” uniforms, again. It’s the WBCA’s foundation in support of legendary coach Kay Yow, who died of breast cancer.
ROBBED?: Barlow went for what looked like a clean block on Cook off a fast break play, but was called for a foul. Barlow walked away from the officials with her arms raised and shaking her head, demonstrating her positioning on the play but the refs tagged her with a technical foul, too. The crowd booed. Later McGuff ratted Daugherty out for harping at the officials, her getting called for a technical foul. Argens missed the free shot, though. UW is now up 46-37 with 8:50 left in the game.
COUG STAR: Senior F Rosie Tarnowski was the most disappointed in the Cougs’ effort in January. She’s been an example of fight on Sunday, grabbing some good rebounds and scoring some key baskets. Tarnowski has eight points overall.
MISSED CHANCES: WSU created two chances to pull within five points of UW’s lead and simply missed the shots. One was a two-pointer by Cook and the other was a three-point attempt by Katie Grad. The game is getting scrappy and tension is building, but the Huskies lead 41-33 with 11:38 on the clock.
GET JAZZY: Davis has scored the opening five points of the second half — a three-pointer and traditional speedy drive to the hoop. All is right with the Dawg world, again. Daugherty calls time to discuss. UW is up 35-21 with 18:38 left in the game.
HALFTIME: Washington pranced all of its former players and their families on the court to be recognized by the best crowd I’ve ever witnessed at Hec Ed. Note that I’ve only been covering games the past four seasons. There’s no official count, yet, but folks are filling both levels almost like a men’s game and Sunday’s matchup is on television — a good sign. UW leads 30-21 at the break, relying on the play of Rogers (10 points) and Williams (seven) inside while everyone is getting involved in the rebounding. Neither team is shooting above 17 percent from outside, WSU hurting its chances to take a lead due to 29.6 percent shooting from the field. The Cougs have neutralized Davis, UW’s second-leading scorer (15.9). Davis is 0-for-6 from the field, getting all four of her points from the line. She needs to get going offensively and UW needs to grab more boards to keep WSU at bay. If they don’t, the Cougs will have the confidence and opportunity to pull another late surge that could result in an upset. Noyes leads WSU with six points. Both teams have 19 rebounds apiece. UW is shooting 40 percent from the field.
A FIRST: Rogers made a heck of a three-point shooting debut. With five seconds remaining in the half and the crowd counting down the seconds, she had the ball and dribbled down, shoving a defender out of the way to attempt a halfcourt shot. And it nearly went in — what a sight.
RUNNIN’ COUGS: WSU is on a modest 8-1 run to pull within 24-19 with 5:07 remaining in the first half. UW coach Kevin McGuff called a timeout after a an ill-advised Barlow three-pointer missed and Noyes converted the possession into a layin for WSU. A mix of outside shots and free throw shooting has helped the Cougs build offensive momentum.
MO BOARDS: F Mollie Williams is playing strong to close out her college career. She’s had back-to-back rebound putbacks that frustrated Daugherty to call a 30-second timeout to discuss. WSU was really good on the boards against Arizona State last week, outrebounding the Sun Devils 38-33, to help WSU wiggle position to get a upset that didn’t happen. It’s not carrying over Sunday as UW has six second-chance points to WSU zero. Huskies are up 20-9 with 7:46 left in the opening half.
WHIFF: And just like that, WSU’s shooting percentage has dropped to 14.3 percent. The Cougs are unable to knock down a few outside shots to counter UW’s zone defense. On the other end, Agrens is piecing together another solid game. She gives the standard quotes when talking about the game (every one is important, blah, blah, blah), but actions speak to her loving to bury WSU. She hit a pretty jumper at the elbow to give UW a 12-5 lead with 11:59 left in the first half.
COOK IN: Cook checked into the game as Davis was at the line shooting FTs. UW is up 10-5 after the made shots with 14:18 on the clock.
ACTION FILLED: Part of WSU’s problem in the first meeting this season were long offensive droughts, including a nine-minute one at the end of the first half. Well, it’s flowing a little better on Sunday. Adzasu made a nice dish inside to Noyes for a short jumper inside and the Cougs are shooting 33.3 percent early. They’re down 6-5 with 15:56 remaining in the opening half, Argens and Rogers getting going off feeds from the perimeter. The best was Barlow’s dish in the paint to Rogers for UW’s first bucket of the game.
WHO’S THAT COUG?: Cook didn’t think she was playing Sunday due to the back injury, so a uniform wasn’t packed for her. Feeling good, though, she was cleared to play and is borrowing uniform No. 13. Cook normally wears jersey No. 1.
Heard I missed a good one when it came to the Washington alumni game. Glancing over the roster, I can see why. Thirty-four players returned to play, including recent graduates Sarah Mosiman and Laura McLellan to Loree Payne, Megan Franza and old school stars Tara Davis, Cheryl Sorenson and Gene Pelz.
Divided into “Purple” and “Gold” teams this season, the Gold won by four (no one remembered the actual score, though). Davis was perturbed to not be on the winning side this go-round, sharing that she “didn’t play very well. But we’ve got two years, we’ll get ’em.”
After the morning matchup, the court was cleared for the 74th edition of the UW-Washington State hoops version of the Apple Cup. The Huskies hold a 33-game win streak, only losing once on its home court to the Cougs. That was a 75-72 overtime decision in 1993. Otherwise it’s basically been all Washington through the years, including January’s nine-point win where UW may have been the underdog given a hamstring injury to leading scorer Regina Rogers and loss of F Marjorie Heard for the season (torn ACL).
But the seniors school California native Jazmine Davis on the rivalry and the freshman scored 25 points in helping secure the 33rd win.
Rogers, a 6-foot-3 center, is back for the Sunday matinee and averaging 16 points this season. She’s been a menace as UW has won three of its past five games, scoring 22 points in a win at Arizona last week. Teammates work with her to counter double teams and Rogers makes man-on-man coverage laughable.
Still, despising a team makes crazy things happen. WSU coach June Daugherty is the former UW coach, always adding extra spice to the game. Her team has been hurt by injuries since the last meeting, but is hopeful senior G April Cook can give some good minutes after missing her past three games with back spasms. She warmed up with the team, but will not start.
Will the Huskies make it win No. 34? Or can WSU make the seemingly improbable happen? It all gets started with your starting lineups:
F Jazmine Perkins
F Sage Romberg
C Carly Noyes
G Rosetta Adzasu
G Brandi Thomas
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Today’s officials are Anita Ortega, Cathi Cornell, and Brian Woods.