HUSKIES WIN: Rousseau made a pair of lineup changes in hopes of getting some rebounding and a spark going. Instead Washington was the team gaining momentum as the game progressed to win 70-51 before 2,218 fans. Three UW players finished with 17 points apiece but it was William’s rebounding the really helped Washington clinch the victory. UW outrebounded Pepperdine 43-24 overall, Williams totaling 15. It’s her third consecutive double-digit rebounding game and second double-double of the season. “Aminah is the glue to our team right now,” said Kingma, who finished with 17 points along with Davis and Williams. For Kingma, she now has 1,006 career points. “You’re not going to necessarily look at the stat sheet and see a lot of rebounds or some nights there will be a lot of points. Right now, Aminah is the player that’s getting the loose balls, the tough rebounds, tips and extra possessions. Ultimately that helps win games.” After a torrid start that McGuff admitted is a confusing theme considering three of the starters saw big minutes last year and Kingma is a senior, the Huskies shot 64 percent in the second half. The three-point shooting still needs work, finishing 4-for-19 from that range. It’s UW’s second win against a West Coast Conference team. The Huskies play a third in Portland (1-5) on the road Thursday. Pepperdine (2-4) plays at Arkansas (5-1) on Sunday. F Kelsey Patrick (Kamiak HS) didn’t start for the first time this season. Rousseau said it wasn’t disciplinary, just a shake up. Patrick, a senior F, finished with six points in 17 minutes.
INJURY UPDATE: Meeks arrived late to the game because of an academic conflict. Corral is progressing, according to McGuff, but no date has been set for her return. In regards to McCann-Smith, “still up in the air,” McGuff said. “that (her comment about returning after the holidays) could be the case.”
BREAK: I’m out to write the newspaper version. Check back for a postgame wrap.
DOUBLE UP: Williams has a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. The record for rebounds in a UW game is 25 set by Margie Nielson in 1976. Nielson recorded nine 20-plus rebounding games that season. It’s 60-44 Washington with 4:17 remaining.
RUN CONTINUES: Rousseau is letting her team play…even as it gets buried in a 17-10 run to open the second half. Not a big run, but the way UW is now getting comfortable and preventing second-chance shots, you’d think Rosseau would want to at least temper the Huskies. And as I write, she calls for a 20-second timeout and puts four subs on the court. It’s 52-35 UW with 10:27 left in the game.
Waves players have three rebounds apiece.
MS HUSTLE: True Davis and Kingma put the flashy points on the board, but Williams is just as entertaining with her hustle and rebounding moxie. Her muscle move was a one-handed pass to Davis while falling out-of-bounds on defense. Davis zipped down court for a layup to make the score 33-23 at the break. UW put on a 21-4 run to end the first half. Kingma has 14 points while Williams has 11 boards. Walton has six points, four rebounds and two blocks. Shay Conney-Williams started the past five games but the senior played off the bench Tuesday. She leads the Waves with seven points to help her team’s reserves outscore the Huskies 17-0. Three
RUNNING DAWGS: History repeats itself. Kingma’s two three-pointers punctuated a 18-2 run to put the Huskies up 30-21 with 2:42 left. UW is now outrebounding Pepperdine 20-13, only committed one turnover during the run and has bumped its FG percentage to 38.5. Kingma leads all scorers with 14 points.
FOR THREE: Kingma faced up and nailed a deep three-pointer with 6:20 on the clock. Waves coach Julie Rousseau promptly called for a 20-second time. In past games this season, after Kingma hits a three, the Huskies get rolling. We’re tied at 19 points apiece.
TIME: UW is shooting 29.4 percent from the field. It’s getting looks with 17 attempts, they’re simply missing. Passes in the paint continue to get tipped, nullifying easier shots. The Huskies are 0-for-7 from three-points range. Pepperdine is shooting 42.9 percent from the field and leads 19-12 with 7:54 remaining in the opening half.
STEAL THIS: Pepperdine is starting to flex its game. Stripping Davis at the top of the key and converting it into a jumper by Mayberry was enough to make McGuff call time. Out of the break, Kingma nailed her own jumper and it’s 10-8 Waves with 11:58 left.
SCORE BREAK: The Huskies were off to another bad start before Davis whipped a pass inside to Williams for a bucket while being fouled. She’ll shot for one after the break. Otherwise the Huskies have five turnovers are 1-for-6 from the field and getting outscored 4-2 inside. Waves are up 4-2 with 15:48 remaining in the first half.
Both Washington basketball teams are suffering from injuries. UW women’s coach Kevin McGuff is managing his roster of seven scholarship players better, however.
The Huskies (3-1) split road games, losing at Long Beach State 71-62 but getting a gritty 60-55 win at Wisconsin last week. UW even outrebounded both teams after giving up 47 offensive boards alone in two close wins to open the season.
Washington hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday. The Waves are 2-3 this season, notably losing 65-56 on the road to USC. Pepperdine is quick, averaging 9.8 steals and forces 22 turnovers. Oh, and they have some size. Stats that don’t bode well for Washington.
Yet, in his second season, McGuff continues to get more than expected out of his team. We’ll see if the same is happened against the Waves.
UW remains without G Kellie McCann-Smith due to personal reasons. She stated in a post barring her image on Instagram that she’d return after the holidays. It appeared she’s at her family home in Eastern Washington. Her father is a 41-year cancer survivor who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997.
Her team has hung on without much depth or size. Here’s the starting lineup that’s much of the same.
F Robie Mayberry
F Kelsey Brockway
C Tessa Emerson
G Ea Shoustari
G Grace Leah Baughn
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Tonight’s officials are Charles Gonzales, Michelle Russi, and Kenneth Nash.