Here’s a clip of Washington starters Kristi Kingma and Aminah Williams after Tuesday’s 70-51 win against Pepperdine (2-4) at Alaska Airlines Arena. Kingma scored her 1,000th career point in the game, finishing with 17 against the Waves for 1,006 overall.
Williams, an undersized sophomore post, returned to that rebounder we saw last year in the postseason. Remember when she grabbed 16 for the Huskies (4-1) in the Pac-12 tournament? Anyway, she has three consecutive double-digit rebounding games and Tuesday was her second double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 15 boards.
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WAVES SUPPORT: Pepperdine coach Julie Rousseau, a former Los Angeles Sparks coach, has been in contact with Tulsa Shock F Jennifer Lacy since the player was targeted by former girlfriend Chamique Holdslaw in an aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and reckless conduct incident earlier this month.
Lacy wasn’t hurt but her car windows were bashed and Holdsclaw allegedly fired gun shots into Lacy’s Land Rover. Holdsclaw was reportedly released from jail on $10,000 bail with an ankle monitor. The court date is Friday.
A sixth-year pro, Lacy was the first West Coast Conference player to make a WNBA roster. She led the Waves in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (8.1) as a senior.
“We are in full support of Jen,” Rousseau said after her team lost to UW on Tuesday. “I talked to Jen and she’s doing well. That’s all I’m concerned about is that she is healthy and safe. The Pepperdine family is supporting her and loving her through this tough time.”
RANK ‘EM: The national polls are out. And so is an interesting critique about us pollsters. Not surprised at all that author Clay Kallam is irked, it’s the norm. This time he also raises some valid points.
But I believe Kallam is leaving out injuries and talent based on some of us actually viewing the games to consider our rankings. Thank goodness my employer pays for my data use on my mobile phone because replay on ESPN3.com has become my BFF. And to Kallam’s other points, I personally am waiting for teams to actually play someone (Iowa State) before I jump on the bandwagon. I’d also like to see UConn’s Stefanie Dolson play a real post before I buy into the Huskies being anywhere near better than Baylor. I don’t care what hot freshman you put out there.
So, here’s my latest version of the rankings…
MY WEEK 3 NATIONAL RANKINGS
1 Stanford (6-0)
2 Baylor (5-1)
3 Duke (4-0)
4 Connecticut (5-0)
5 Notre Dame (4-0)
6 Penn State (5-0)
7 Kentucky (4-1)
8 Maryland (3-1)
9 Louisville (6-0)
10 Georgia (7-0)
11 California (5-0)
12 Kansas (5-0)
13 Ohio State (4-1)
14 North Carolina (6-0)
15 Texas (4-0)
16 Tennessee (4-1)
17 Nebraska (5-1)
18 Purdue (5-1)
19 Dayton (6-0)
20 Oklahoma (5-1)
21 UCLA (3-1)
22 Florida State (5-0)
23 Virginia (4-1)
24 Gonzaga (6-1)
25 Delaware (2-2)
TV ALERT: Well, Kallam could see plenty of educated movement in the polls after this week’s lineup. I’m most excited to see No.15 Ohio State (4-1) at No. 22 North Carolina (6-0) on Wednesday at 4pm (PST) on ESPN3.com.
Then there’s No. 11 Maryland (3-1) at No. 21 Nebraska (5-1) on Wednesday at 5pm (PST) on the Big Ten Network. Plenty of good angles in this game, watching Nebraska’s PG Lindsey Moore (Kentwood HS) and assistant coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, who did the same at Washington (2000-03), are two.
No. 10 California (5-0) has a great team this season and it’ll be tested on Sunday at No. 4 Duke (4-0) at 11am (PST). I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears pulled out a win. But it’ll have to have solid play in the backcourt.
The last game I’m keeping an eye on is Gonzaga (6-1) hosting No. 1 Stanford (6-0) on Sunday at 2pm (PST). Zags coach Kelly Graves told me tickets to the game sold out in about five minutes, so the 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center will be rocking. Stanford is stronger at every position, but Gonzaga is known for pulling upsets at home and nearly got the Cardinal in the past.
On actual television, No. 9 Kentucky (4-1) is playing at No. 7 Louisville 97-0) on ESPNU at 3pm (PST) on Sunday.