Washington fashioned a new look for Thursday’s road game at Portland. Players wore black uniforms for I believe the first time in school history (someone tell me if I’m wrong).
The look is just as bad (as in good) as when the UW football team takes the field in its black uniforms. And like the men, the women aren’t expected to wear them throughout the season. According to redshirt sophomore Talia Walton, the coaching staff and support team determine when the players wear what.
To the right is a photo I took of sophomore PG Jazmine Davis sporting the look that was an instant hit with the team. The debut on Thursday also helped diffuse the purple between the Pilots (1-6) and Huskies, but the visitors remain slow to put together a complete strong game no matter the uniform. Davis’ offense in particular was sketchy in the first half before she finished with a career-high-tying 28 points.
“We were all looking at ourselves in the mirror like, ‘OK, we can do this,'” said Walton of the Huskies prior to the win. “We can’t come out in our first game with our black uniforms and stink up the place. We had to come out tough in our new uniforms.”
CORRAL CHAT: Ashley Corral, a former Storm training camp invitee and USC star, was spotted at Washington’s 20-point win at Portland on Thursday. Corral and her family made the short trip from their Vancouver, WA home to support sister Heather.
The younger sister isn’t playing, however, due to a broken right wrist. Heather Corral, a freshman G at UW, is expected to make her college debut in December.
Here’s a quick chat with the eldest Corral after the matchup. Ashley recently returned from play in China. She was a fill-in for Indiana Fever F Tamika Catchings while the All-Star was busy winning the franchise’s first WNBA championship in October.
NATION’S BEST: Yeah, No. 1 Stanford plays in our Pac-12 conference, so the Northwest isn’t depraved of seeing the best team in the West. Although, the addition of two teams did cause the first home-and-home skip in basketball play last year at Washington and Washington State (2-5).
The Cardinal (6-0) is back and on top of national polls for the first time since March 2005. Stanford plays at Gonzaga (6-1) on Sunday at 2pm (PST). It’s the program’s fourth meeting, Gonzaga losing 84-78 the last meeting at the McCarthey Athletic Center in 2011.
Gonzaga sold out the game as soon as the 2012-13 schedule was released, the school’s 11th sellout in women’s hoops history. A big portion of the crowd will be there to support Tinkle sisters Elle, a Gonzaga freshmen G, and Joslyn, a Stanford senior F.
Elle averages 4.6 points off the bench for the Zags. Joslyn, who played a big part in the Cardinal defeating No.3 Baylor (5-1) last month, averages 18.2 points and 5.2 rebounds.
A Zags spokeswoman reported the entire Tinkle family will be present, sporting specially made T-shirts that read “Stanzaga.” The sisters are enjoying the first-time meeting as opponents, too. Checkout Dishin & Swishin for a fun podcast with both.
The matchup won’t be televised west of the mountains. Those in the Spokane area can watch live on SWX. It can be heard on The Key 1050 AM in Spokane or at GoZags.com. The game will also be live streamed at GoZags.com.
Here’s a video clip of the Zags players and coach Kelly Graves talking about the matchup.
HOLDSCLAW IN COURT: Former WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw appeared in court on Friday for assault and weapons charges. The 35-year-old is accused of smashing the windows and firing a shot into a car belonging to former girlfriend Jennifer Lacy, a F for the Tulsa Shock.
Holdsclaw is out on bond and has been ordered to wear a monitoring device. She was also ordered to not have any contact with Lacy. Below is a television report of the incident.
TV ALERT: Two big hoop games will be aired on the ESPN networks. The 49th “Battle of the Bluegrass” between No. 9 Kentucky (4-1) and No. 7 Louisville (6-0) is Sunday on ESPNU at 3pm (PST).
On Monday, No. 2 UConn (5-0) faces No. 11 Maryland (4-1) at 4pm (PST) on ESPN2. The matchup may not be as competitive as hoped prior to the season. The Terps’ roster has been depleted by recent injuries.
CORRECTION: Remember that statement I made about WSU possibly being on the right track after a win at BYU (3-4), which was picked to win the West Coast Conference? Nix that. The Cougs lost back-to-back road games — a 71-65 decision at UC Riverside (4-2) and a 82-59 loss at Fresno State (2-2). Former Coug PG Ki-Ki Moore had a game-high 27 points and seven assists against her former team.