The ESPN network will carry Washington’s matchup at Georgia Tech at 9am (PST) on Friday. The broadcast is on its online site, ESPN3.com. You can contact your local provider to see if you qualify for the feed or download the app on your mobile device and follow the steps there. You’ll need your cable billing account number and address to start.
Georgia Tech (4-5) reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last year and began the season ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press poll. But the Yellow Jackets suffered a three-game losing streak before defeating Alcorn State 76-49 on Sunday.
Junior Tyaunna Marshall was named ACC Player of the Week after scoring a career-high-tying 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting to help Tech win. She also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
The GT-UW series began in 2010 under former Washington coach Tia Jackson. Tech, led by Tacoma’s Alex Montgomery, defeated the Huskies 60-27 at Hec Ed. Currently a reserve on the New York Liberty’s roster, Montgomery finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in the game.
UW redshirt senior Kristi Kingma and junior Kassia Fortier are the only players on the current Washington (7-2) roster who played in the game. Fortier appeared in five minutes while Kingma had six points and seven rebounds in 37 minutes. She was 1-for-5 from three-point range and 2-for-8 from the field overall.
“If we can get a win at Georgia Tech, that would be huge,” said Kingma, who ‘s averaging 12 points. Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis leads the Huskies with 18.8 points and 3.2 assists.
“Knowing they’re from a power conference, they’re going to competitive and they’re going to be athletic,” Kingma continued. “For the most part, we know they’re going to get out into the passing lanes and deny us quite a bit. But I think teams have a really hard time guarding us when we do the things we know how to do. That’s in the dribble-drive, make the open window pass. Make the extra pass. Attack hard. Team’s can’t guard us if we choose to do the right thing and it’s just a matter of choosing to do that. Hopefully we can do that on Friday.”
The matchup is both teams’ last before a week-long winter break.
SEATTLE U LOSSES: The one positive about Seattle U (3-6) this season continues to be that the SoCal Mafia has another year together. Otherwise the competitive play to only lose would be even more frustrating. The theme continued on Thursday at BYU. The Redhawks led by 11 in the second half but a 21-6 run helped BYU (8-4) take the lead and eventually win 70-62.
BYU PG Haley Steed was the main culprit. She had 12 of her final 18 points after the break. SU junior G Sylvia Shephard, one-third of the Mafia, had five of her team’s 15 steals and a team-leading 14 points. Senior PG Daidra Brown, who played off the bench, added 13 points.
Seattle U begins its inaugural season in Western Athletic Conference play on Dec. 29 at Idaho (3-7). SU won’t play at Connolly Center until Jan. 3 against Utah State (3-8). BYU, which is on a five-game win streak, hosts Western New Mexico (1-9) in an exhibition matchup on Dec. 29.