HUSKIES WIN: The Huskies pulled out its biggest win of the season, beating SDSU 59-58 on Walton’s three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the game. The Aztecs were forced into a bad shot at the end that sealed the win. It was one of many solid defensive plays by UW that made the improbable win possible. The comeback from a 19-point deficit is the largest in school history and ties for eighth-largest in NCAA hoops according to scores prior to 2012-13 play. Walton finished with a team-high 17 points. And although Davis and Kingma were hounded into bad nights offensively, Davis finished with six assists and Kingma had nine boards with four assists. Here are the players talking about the game. UW (6-1) is off to its best start since 2002-03. SDSU (4-3) is winless on the road this season and 1-3 against Pac-12 schools. The Aztecs were led by Clements’ 22 points and 13 boards.
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BREAK: I’m out to write the newspaper version. The Huskies are down 50-37 with 7:35 left in the game.
GO-GO WILLIAMS: In Davis’ offensive place, Williams is finding herself more open and able to take advantage she sank her second three-pointer of the game for a team-high 12 points. She also has 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.
SCORING BREAK: A three pointer by Davis with 11:38 left in the game injected some life back in Hec Ed. It also tempered a 17-6 run by the Aztecs to open the half. UW is down 48-32. Davis, the Huskies’ leading scorer (19.8), is 2-for-6 from the field.
DOUBLE UP: Clements has hit her average and then some. Another three-pointer gave her 22 points and 11 boards for a 47-29 SDSU lead. There’s 12:31 on the clock.
PULLING AWAY: An 8-4 start in the second half has given the Aztecs a 39-27 lead with 15:37 left in the game. McGuff has gone with a bigger line up, playing Danish post Mathilde Gilling (6-3) with Walton (6-2).
HOT FINISH: Clements emerged to her standard game, finishing the opening half with 15 points to help SDSU take a 31-23 lead into the break. UW is definitely outmatched but a good strategy by Kevin McGuff and his staff coupled with hard work from the team is keeping the Aztecs from relaxing. Wetmore leads the Huskies with nine points and Walton has seven at the break. Williams has seven boards, The Huskies are shooting 34.6 percent from the field and holding the Aztecs to 34.4 percent. UW has scored 11 points off SDSU’s miscues. On an in-arena entertainment note, game-operations pulled out the headliners – talented baton twirler at halftime and my favorite national anthem guest performer, young Caspian Coberly. In a word, Jimi Hendrix inspired with a Justin Bieber look only way cooler.
HUSKIES LEAD: Wetmore is hot tonight. Davis fed her a nice pass for a baseline layin and the junior G followed that play with her own acrobatic layin to give UW its first lead at 20-19 with 3:57 on the clock. Wetmore has a team-high nine points.
STALEMATE: Aztecs coach Beth Burns rotated in her bigger players, but SDSU is still struggling from the field since a good start. They’re 3-for-14 from the field since a 6-2 lead with 15:43 remaining. Aztecs lead 14-13 with 7:31 remaining in the half.
TIE GAME: A three-pointer by Walton tied the score at 12 points with 9:43 left in the half. Another solid defensive stop created a SDSU attempt to brick off the side of the hoop and the Huskies have the ball…turning it over.
FOR THREE: OK, it wasn’t Kingma. Instead Williams hit the uncanny Husky three-pointer near the 10-minute mark (11:16) and UW is stepping up its energy that was already aggressive. The three-pointer for Williams was her first of the season. She has six boards to start. Include a smooth drive to the hoop by Wetmore and the team is down 10-9.
DEFENSE CLICKING: Washington is down 8-4 after a jumper by Walton with 13:13 remaining in the half. But the Huskies are working hard on defense, forcing SDSU into 1-of-6 from the field since its early start. UW has only given up two points in second-shot opportunities and two offensive rebounds.
SIX WHAT?: It’s early, but SDSU’s 6-feet-6 Nahinu isn’t denying the Huskies access in the paint as expected. Williams (6-foot) is playing center on offense while Walton is playing Nahinu on defense. Aztecs lead 6-2 with 15:58 remaining in the first half.
Washington (5-1) returns to Alaska Airlines Arena riding a three-game win streak. But it’s facing a tough NCAA-experienced team in San Diego State. The Aztecs (4-2) advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2010.
The positive when facing a SDSU roster that features seven players over 6-foot is it hasn’t won on the road and those losses were at Pac-12 schools UCLA and Colorado. The Aztecs did defeat the Huskies 63-51 at home last season, the first meeting between the programs.
Lets get it started with your starting lineups:
F Erimma Amarikwa
F Gabrielle Clark
C Malia Nahinu
G Chelsea Hopkins
G Courtney Clements
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Tonight’s officials are Robert Scofield, Kyle Bacon, and Paul Patterson.