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March 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM

WNIT Game Thread: Washington v Utah

HUSKIES WIN: It was a defensive matchup and UW won 52-39 on Sunday before 1,022 fan at Hec Ed. The Utes closed with eight midway through the second half, but a bucket by Mo-Will and sophomore guard Kellie McCann-Smith’s first FT since December put the Huskies back in control. It gives UW a 5-4 all-time record against Utah and first 19-win season since 2006. Rogers scored eight of her final 13 points in the second half to lead. Mo-Will added 12 points with 12 boards. Plouffe led her team with 16 points and 14 boards. “Mollie was terrific tonight, she really gave us great energy off the bench,” McGuff said. “She’s been that way here in the latter parts of the year, she’s been a really important part of our success. She was certainly big tonight.” UW (19-13) travels to play at Oregon State (20-12) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the third-round of the WNIT.
BREAK TIME: Wetmore snagged a steal and scored of two FTs to put UW up 43-27 with 6:38 left. I’m taking a break to write the newspaper version. Mo-Will is the star of the game with 12 points and 11 boards. It’s her third double-double of the season.
WHERE’S THE D?: There’s some questionable defense being played by UW, keeping Utah in the game. Rogers’ late reaction to a penetrating Plouffe gave away a wide-open bucket. UW is up 37-27 with 11:21 on the clock.
NEW LIFE: The Utes opened the second half making two buckets and it looks like we might have a ball game, again at Hec Ed. Rogers put UW on the board with a play inside. Yet, the Utes have confidence, down 30-21 with 15:42 left in the matchup.
HALFTIME: The Huskies outscored the Utes 21-10 to close the half with a comfortable 28-17 lead. The offense stalled slightly at the end for Washington, but UW still forced Utah into some bad shots and outrebounded the visitors 22-19 in the half. Utah is shooting 20.8 percent, its bench getting outscored 10-0. The Huskies are shooting 31.3 percent from the field, getting a major boost from Mo-Will as Rogers struggles to get an offense going against Wicijowski, who isn’t as big but just as strong. Argens has seven points and Mo-Williams has eight to lead UW. Plouffe, who looks just like her sister Andrea, a former UW great, has seven points and eight rebounds to lead the Utes.


MO-TIVATION: Guess who’s picking the right time to peak? Mo-Will said she wanted extra play to get more looks for a possible pro contract and this half is a personal highlight reel. She has eight points on 4-for-7 shooting from the field, five boards, one steal and one block to help UW take a 24-13 lead.
MO’ PAYBACK?: Winner of this afternoon’s game faces Oregon State this week. Site is dependent on bidding and WNIT decision, so no word on location/time. The Huskies were swept by the Beavers during the Pac-12 conference season.
MINI RUN: UW is limiting Utah to one shot and getting a little run going to build a 13-7 advantage. Rogers went to work inside with a spin move while being fouled and the Huskies are up 16-9 with 7:35 left in the half.
BACK UP: Mollie Williams and her non-related, related rebounding sister Aminah Williams are in the game and doing damage. Mo-Will had a block and a jumper to help the Huskies get a spark going. It’s not much, however, as the score is tied at seven points apiece with 11:37 remaining in the opening half. UW is outrebounding Utah 11-9.
REDO: The teams have combined for 2 of 15 shooting from the field. Yeah, it’s looking a lot like the first meeting when UW shot 25 percent from the field in the game. Utes posts Plouffe and Wicijowski are doing a solid job not giving Rogers any good looks and Argens has rimmed out some nice plays. The one she did make has UW up 3-2 with 14:52 on the clock.
Don’t call it revenge. At least that’s not what Washington (18-13) says is on its mind as it hosts Pac-12 rival Utah (16-15) on Sunday afternoon at Edmundson Pavilion. Instead the Huskies are focused on continuing their season in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Senior C Regina Rogers said as a leader, she feels its her responsibility to help the underclassmen gain as much postseason experience as possible. She also wants another stab at the Utes, leaving the first match in January early due to a hamstring injury.
UW lost in overtime 49-36, getting outscored 17-4 in extra play. Even though the defeat played a part in final conference seedings, again, the Huskies aren’t seeking revenge.
Utah is without senior PG Janita Badon, who’s missed the past six games with a knee sprain. That’s giving more time to Seattleite Cheyenne Wilson (Cleveland High), and a different look that UW hasn’t defended before.
Will the Huskies be ready for it and get payback, err, its first win against Utah? Let’s get you started with the opening lineups:
UTES
F Iwalani Rodrigues
F Michelle Plouffe
C Taryn Wicijowski
G Cheyenne Wilson
G Rachel Messer
HUSKIES
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
This afternoon’s officials are Michol Murray, Jay Schumaker, Tyler Trimble.

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