HUSKIES WIN: No one was giddy after this one. The stats explain it all. SU had 25 turnovers but if it utilized its 59-36 rebounding advantage, it could have pulled the upset. Instead UW was able to use 26 points off SU miscues and 5-for-6 shooting in extra play to win 77-75 in overtime. Washington improves to 2-0, winning both games by a combined four points. SU’s two loses were decided by three points combined. The Huskies were visibly irritated at the rebounding disparity, including 24-12 on the offensive boards. True, SU had more height in Sowell (6-2), Taelor Ross (6-2) and Renee Dillard-Brown (6-1), but two hardly played and Wetmore (5-8) managed to grab a UW-high seven boards. “It definitely proves a point,” Davis said of the jitterbug Wetmore. “You don’t have to be big to get a rebound. You just have to be fundamentally sound when it comes to rebounding.” The Huskies have been outrebounded a combined 119-70 in its first two games, giving up 47 offensive boards overall. Not something that’s going to get them wins in Pac-12 play. “That’s rough,” Kingma said of the rebounding disparity. “I don’t know if it was a fatigue thing or not going super hard after the boards, but I think it definitely falls on the guards. It’s disappointing to hear it was that big we’ve got to improve on that for sure.” Shephard, a sophomore, impressed at the PG position. She finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals in 42 minutes of play. Sowell had 22 points and 14 boards. Kingma, who returned from ACL surgery in September 2011, played 44 minutes and tallied a team-high 22 points. Davis added 21 with five assists. “I like it, I still have some things to work on,” Shephard said of the new position. “As the season goes on, I’ll know what to do (more)…It’s early in the season, so we all have some things to work on. Once we execute what we need to work on we should start winning some games.” UW (2-0) hits the road to play at Long Beach State (1-1) on Sunday. SU (0-2) will play at Colorado State (1-1) on Saturday.
WETMORE HURT?: Wetmore suffered from a right leg cramp, not playing in overtime. Anderson played the bulk of her minutes. Wetmore finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds and six steals in 40 minutes.
BREAK TIME: I’m out to write the newspaper version. I’ll return for a recap later. Check the Twitter feed to the right for the final score. There’s 7:56 remaining in the game.
LOUD: There aren’t many at The Key, but the mix of cheerleaders and a true student section complete with guys with painted bare chests is making it pretty loud. I see some purple, but not much. It’s 51-48 UW.
FASTER: Both teams are really picking up the pace and aggression as time winds down. It may not be a rivalry, but it’s the most entertaining down the stretch in the past few years. UW leads 49-46 with 10:41 left. Sowell is getting some looks, easily taking advantage of UW freshman Matilde Gilling inside. But there’s still Davis for SU to worry about. She brushed by Adhiambo for a layin that kissed off the glass.
BACK IN IT: The tree ball is falling all over the place. Ward nailed one at the top of the key to give the Redhawks a 42-41 lead with 14:23 remaining in the game. Bonvicini swapped her starting lineup for the second half, putting G Makenna Clark in the first-five. The run was a slight 14-9 for SU. McGuff is getting hyped about calls.
THE BREAK: UW battled back from an eight-point deficit to lead 32-27 at the break. SU has 17 turnovers, which isn’t helping its efforts at all. UW has scored 13 points off those miscues. The Redhawks winning the boards 26-16 isn’t making a difference, only getting two second-chance shots. Both used nice bounce passes inside the paint to get some scores against good double teams. The schools have scored 14 points a piece in the paint. Davis leads the Huskies with 13 points while Wetmore has five rebounds. Sowell and Shephard have eight points apiece and Sowell leads the team with seven rebounds.
NO ENTRY: The Redhawks have 17 turnovers and most are attempts to get the ball inside to Sowell. UW is doing a solid job blocking the passes and tipping the ball away to gain the offensive possession. Sowell, this week’s Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, is 3-for-5 from the field.
BOARD GAMES: UW may lead but not in rebounds. The Huskies are getting outworked 22-13.
PINPOINT: Walton had a pinpoint bounce pass to an open Williams under the hoop and UW is up 27-23 with 4:04 left in the half. The Huskies are starting to get some buckets to drop and SU had two turnovers with two missed FTs by Shephard. UW’s run was 10-0.
QUICKIE: UW had a brief 17-16 lead after a smooth round-house layin by Wetmore. SU quickly responded, err, Shephard quickly responded with a three-pointer and a steal for a fast-break layin to push it back up 21-17. There’s 7:51 left in the half and Doppler is kicking some Rudy red tail in a dance off during the media timeout.
THREE LOVE: The long ball is dropping even though the defense is suspect, so UW is within 14-12 with 11:34 remaining in the opening half. Bonvicini has rotated Daidra Brown and Shephard at point while McGuff has placed Jeneva Anderson inside at times to help defend against Sowell. SU is outrebounding UW 11-7. The Huskies are shooting 25 percent (4-for-16) compared to the Redhawks’ 45.5 (5-for-11).
TIME!: Washington coach Kevin McGuff quickly called time after Sowell made a turnaround jumper with Kingma guarding her. SU is up 12-6 and UW is not playing the type of defense that’s going to draw them closer.
STRONG START: Sowell is anticipating her next move with the ball before actually clasping it, so she’s not getting involved in the game. Otherwise the Redhawks have a small 10-6 lead with 15:22 on the clock. SU is shooting 50 percent from the field while UW has missed three of four three-point attempts. UW is drawing the fouls, Kingma making one of two.
HELLO AGAIN: Storm coach Brian Agler, assistant Nancy Darsch and president/CEO Karen Bryant are in the house. Bryant is on the clock, working with Pac-12 tournament officials on details for the upcoming event. SU has its own court, so majority of the Storm decor is gone. Neither team is using the team’s locker room, either. The Storm’s visitors’ locker room is actually SU’s home locker during the college basketball season. UW is in a locker room under a tunnel below Section 103. Another tidbit for the tournament, the Pac-12 plans to keep the upper deck curtains. That means the make capacity will be 9,686 in the KeyArena lower bowl. TMI? That’s my middle name.
BIG 1K: Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini is coaching her career 1,000th game. She began at Long Beach State in 1979, winning 10 conference championships and making 10 consecutive berths to the NCAA tournament with two Final Four appearances. She made a stop at Arizona, advancing to the NCAA tourney seven times. She’s currently 34-59 at SU. The Redhawks lost 71-70 to Pacific on Friday at Connolly Center.
Don’t call it a rivalry. But maybe a comeback? Washington PG Jazmine Davis stated prior to Wednesday’s matchup against Seattle U at KeyArena that the Redhawks would have to defeat the Huskies in order to make this game anything other than a meeting between crosstown schools.
The urge is to say SU has its best chance to get its first win since a 71-68 decision at UW in 1981 when SU wasn’t even Division I accredited. The Huskies are 14-3 all-time against the Redhawks, winning the past three as SU transitioned back to DI status.
Last season UW beat SU 72-53 with posts Regina Rogers, Mackenzie Argens, and Mollie Williams clogging the paint and G Charmaine Barlow causing trouble defensively outside. The Huskies lost height this season and are depending on the three-point shot, which can be finicky. The room inside could bode well for Redhawks junior F Kacie Sowell, who averages a double-double. SU also has the more veteran squad and depth, but…
It’s the only game at KeyArena for SU this season. While the men play at the facility full-time, the women play the bulk of its season at Connolly Center. UW will return to KeyArena in March for the Pac-12 tournament, the first of a three-year deal with the conference and The Key.
Let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
F Ashley Ward
F Brenda Adihambo
C Kacie Sowell
G Sylvia Shephard
G Maggie McCarthy
Tonight’s officials are Lisa Jones, Bart Baldwin, and Bethany Graves