HUSKIES LOSE: Woodrow scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-15 shooting to help her team to another WNIT win. This time 58-47 against Washington at Edmundson Pavilion on Sunday. Argens and Mollie Williams entered the press room with tears in their eyes as they prepared to speak about the season. It’s a disappointing way to finish because UW shot 25.9 percent from the field and played poorly on defense. But the senior class accomplished a lot in getting the Huskies back on the winning path. The postseason experience will be invaluable for players like A-Dub and Davis. A-Dub had six points and nine boards while Davis struggled behind 2-for-14 shooting from field, looking as if she was forcing too much. Rogers led her team with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Mo-Will added five points and six rebounds. “We didn’t come out like ourselves, we didn’t come out strong,” Argens said. “We weren’t attacking as hard as we usually do. We needed to come out stronger and ready to play.” McGuff pulled Rogers and Mo-Will at the 30-second mark so the crowd of 1,140 could give them a standing ovation. USD jumped and screamed on the court to celebrate the win, playing Oklahoma State in the WNIT semifinal this week. The champion will be crowned March 31. “It started to hit me the last 30 seconds that it would be my last game playing ever for the Huskies,” Rogers said. “I’m not an emotional person. I’m kind of the person that wants to be like, grr, hard and all that stuff. But at the end of the game it was really emotional just looking at my team and coaching staff and how much I love these guys. How much I’m going to miss playing with them really got to me.”
BREAK TIME: UW is countering three-pointers with fouls — not a good plan. Woodrow nailed another three-pointer and Conners made two FTs to put the deficit at 45-37 with 5:50 remaining in the game. You can feel USD getting more excited about the win getting closer. I’m out to write the newspaper version. Follow me on Twitter (@JaydaEvans) or read the feed to your right for the final score. I’ll be back after interviewing, etc. for a final wrap.
ICE COLD: Conners is well covered by UW, missing her last 15 shots. FTs and one three-pointer swung the lead back to the Toreros. Davis was fouled on a driving layin and UW remains close, down 40-37 with 7:53 left in the game.
STALLED GAME: UW’s defense is getting some good stops, forcing Conners into a double-dribble and a shot clock violation call, yet consecutive fouls on Davis (two) and A-Dub with a turnovers by Rogers has the score knotted at 32 points a piece. Rogers tied it with a strong move to the hoop for a layin against Kameron Knutson. There’s 11:36 remaining in the game.
LITTLE SHIFT: Now its the Toreros shooting 12.5 percent from the field to open the second half of play, letting the Huskies scrap within 32-30 with 15:06 on the clock. Argens got the show started with a flinging reverse layin few thought would reach the net let alone go in.
SCOREBOARD: OSU won its WNIT quarterfinal game against Colorado 78-70 on Sunday afternoon. The Cowgirls drew a reported 2,392 fans, so maybe the game moves to Stillwater on Wednesday. UW would have to win, first, and is down 30-24 with 17:09 left in the game.
HALFTIME: Again, it’s simple for UW. The Huskies are going to have to connect on some shots and get more aggressive on the boards if they want to advance in the WNIT. Davis is 1-for-8 while Rogers is 3-for-7, getting different looks from USD’s defense. The Toreros aren’t shooting lights out as they did to start the game (36.1 percent), but are 3-for-7 from three-point range to keep the edge at the break. USD leads 30-21, hasn’t given up a point off turnovers and has limited UW to five offensive boards in its 27.6 percent shooting from the field. Conners leads with nine points and freshman Sophia Ederaine has six rebounds off the bench. Rogers leads UW with six points and five boards.
0-FOR: After seeminly shooting lights out, Conners missed 10 consecutive shots and is now 4-for-14 from the field. But Woodrow and Katie Kuklok are using the three ball to keep the Toreros ahead.
COULD BE WORSE: UW is down 27-17, getting freezer burn from its 26.9 percent shooting as Woodrow (eight) and Conners (nine) light up for the Toreros. But, hey, it could be worse for the Huskies. In NCAA Sweet 16 tournament play, top-seeded Notre Dame is up 43-13 on fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure.
FOR THREE: Woodrow is getting warm, nailing a three-pointer with 4:35 on the clock to give USD a 25-17 advantage. She’s had a great WNIT run offensively, the Huskies don’t want her getting comfortable.
A-BOARD: McGuff put Aminah Williams in the game and the freshman is helping UW finally grab some offensive rebounds to get the offense going. She’s turned two into four points. But USD is finding holes ine UW’s zone defense and grabbing its own boards to still lead 22-17 with 6:55 left in the half. The Toreros are outrebounding the Dawgs 17-13 overall.
STOCK DOWN: OK, the hot shooting to open the game has fizzled. Both teams are clanking bricks, nullifying the offensive boards and good defense. Davis has created five shots for herself, hitting the front of the rim on each. UW started the game shooting 50 percent and is now down to 33.3. USD was at 71.4 and has dropped to 40. Toreros led, though, 13-10 with 11:41 on the clock and that’s the only that matters in the end.
STROKIN’: The last shot did graze the rim, otherwise Conner is dropping slipping shots through the hoop untouched. Shame because the Huskies are playing good enough defense to get the shot clock worked down to about seven seconds before Conners gets the ball. But when you shoot like she is…she’s 4-for-4 from the field for 11 points to give USD a 11-8 lead with 15:24 remaining in the opening half.
OH CANADA: USD has a Canadian on its roster in Wijenberg, whose family and friends made the trip to Seattle for the game. It a spirited group of fans in powder blue behind the Toreros’ bench. Two even have big head cutouts of Conners and Woodrow.
There are plenty of fascinating PGs playing postseason ball from the NCAA level to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Two will be playing at Edmundson Pavilion on Sunday in Washington’s Jazmine Davis and San Diego’s Dominique Conners.
Normally I’d say this would be a rough outing for Davis, a freshman. But in winning the Pac-12 Conference Freshman of the Year award, she’s gone head-to-head with some tough defenders and still managed to run first-year coach Kevin McGuff’s system effectively. Conners is more experienced in age, but this is her first successful postseason run, the school losing in three NCAA tourney appearances and a WNIT matchup in 2007. It will be interesting to see whose will will influence their team to win.
Like UW (20-13), USD (25-8) is solid team in transition and disciplined on defense. The teams are even similar in the coaches feeling during fall practices that a postseason appearance was possible.
In fact, USD coach Cindy Fisher stopped her team’s practice early one day in October to express how special she felt the season could be. McGuff, whose senior class hadn’t experienced a winning season until this year, was more reserved but still believed.
“It’s going to be a battle,” Fisher said of the game. “Both guard (Davis and Conners) play with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion, so it’ll be fun for the fans to watch this matchup.”
On the line is a trip to the WNIT semifinals against either Colorado or Oklahoma State, which also plays Sunday in Stillwater, Okla. If the Huskies win, word is the semifinal game will be played at Hec Ed on Wednesday.
Fans have already tripped out at UW playing so late into March, not expecting it after the downturn the past few years. Will the ride continue? Let’s get you ready with this afternoon’s starting lineups:
F Izzy Chilcott
F Amy Kame
C Felicia Wijenberg
G Dominique Conners
G Morgan Woodrow
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
This afternoon’s official are Wanda Szeremata, Darren Krzesnik, and Karen Lasuik.