HUSKIES WIN: Here’s a prediction. By the time Galdeira and Cooks are seniors, WSU will have defeated UW at least once. Sunday wasn’t it, losing 79-72 in a highly entertaining game. Hovering within two buckets of a lead late, Galdeira missed three FTs after being fouled by Corral on a three-pointer. Galdeira also teamed with Presley and Cooks to miss five field goals overall in the final minute to kill any chances of snapping the 36-game losing streak to UW. Kingma saved the win by making five of six FTs late. Davis exited the game with 10:49 remaining and the Huskies down four due to a blow to the head. After the game she said she was fine, but McGuff is going to have her evaluated for a possible concussion. “I’m especially proud of how we battled back, especially after Jaz went down,” said Kingma, who scored 13 of her final with 16 points in the second half. She also had six rebounds and four assists. “And just being low in numbers in general and having people step up who might not have stepped up before,” Kingma continued. “It was huge.” Corral was particularly a game-saver for UW. She played six minutes in the first half, not attempting a shot. Her first in place of Davis was a three-pointer. She finished with nine points, making 3-of-4 three-pointers in a season-high 17 minutes. “Heather is really good, she’s really talented and I’ve almost been waiting for a game like this where she really breaks out,” McGuff said. “As they say, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. I had to keep her out there and I think that was a really good thing for her and for us.” Corral said the extra playing time was good to get adjusted to the college game, but she also had the bandaging from her broken right hand removed, freeing her stroke. “It’s hard when your floor leader is not out there,” Corral said. “But I felt that Kristi and Cedes (Mercedes) and Talia all had great energy and made me feel comfortable even though it was a close game.” Davis led the team with 18 points. Williams perked up her game to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Presley scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half. Cooks and Galdeira combined for 26 points and 11 rebounds. UW (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) gets a rest and will host Oregon State (9-9, 3-3) on Friday. WSU (5-12, 1-5) hosts Oregon (2-16, 0-6) next.
BREAK: I’m out to focus on the newspaper version. Time is ticking on UW getting control of this game. The Huskies are down 61-59, letting out-of-state freshmen Cooks (California) and Galdeira (Hawaii) run a muck. Cooks has nine points off the bench. UW is shooting 39 percent in the second half. with 14 assists on 23 field goals overall. Davis is on the bench, not even getting up to join huddles during timeouts. I’ll have more later.
BLOCKED: Noyes nullified a UW steal by freshman G Heather Corral, blocking Kingma’s layin attempt. UW is down 57-53. WSU is still making three-pointers to stay in the game. Bobbles on offense and overplaying help defense has the Huskies in a scramble. Romberg has 13 points for WSU. UW has three players in double digit scoring, led by 18 points from Davis. Daugherty is getting 21 points from the bench in her 12-player rotation. McGuff is sticking to his normal seven-player rotation, Corral only contributing a three-pointer so far.
BACK AGAIN: WSU stopped the same storyline from occurring by drawing fouls and taking better care of the basketball after going scoreless the first five minutes of the second half. A couple of three-pointers mixed with other solid offensive plays and WSU is up 52-50 with 12:14 remaining in the game.
MINI RUN: UW is up 40-43 after Davis hit a jumper with 17:27 remaining in the game. The Huskies are on a modest 7-0 run to reclaim the lead. Williams hit four of those points, playing with more energy out of the timeout. Hmm. Could that be because of a speech from a certain coach?
FANCY: Wetmore picked off an easy pass and got the ball to Williams, who made a pretty floater from 15-feet out — not her usual shooting range. WSU enters the half up 40-36. Galdeira leads with 10 points and four assists. Davis leads UW with a game-high 14 points, making 4-of-8 three-pointers. Williams has 10 points. The halftime show is one of those get dressed and make a bucket things. I was hoping the WSU Crimson Girls would perform. The dance team won the 2012 United Spirit Association collegiate championship.
TESTY: UW is starting to get testy as WSU starts flexing for the first time since…the 90s against UW? The Cougs are up 40-32 with 1:07 remaining in the half. WSU is still making its three-pointers and has limited UW to five second-chance points on five offensive rebounds, outrebounding UW 19-15 overall. Both teams are shooting 50 percent from three-point range.
ROUND OF THREE: Thankfully the three-ball is dropping on both sides unlike Tuesday. Presley and Galdeira nailed two and their Cougs are up 28-24. McGuff called another timeout to talk to the team. UW is actually playing a little slower than normal and Williams isn’t playing strong in the paint as normal. The teams are more lively than Tuesday, their respective third game in five days. Obviously the new schedule to fit in television and an earlier tournament played a part on games and the student-athletes’ studies. Daugherty said her team was home late enough Tuesday to make class on Wednesday. Yay. The league-wide schedule mimics the WNBA, only they’re paid for the strain of travel.
TRE BIEN: Two consecutive three-pointers by Walton and the fun in the stands is tempered. It’s 22-20 UW with 8:48 left in the half.
THAT’S IT: You could feel McGuff getting heated as G Brandi Thomas hit a three-pointer in front of the UW bench to tie the game at 16 points apiece. It capped an 8-0 run by the Cougs. Daugherty made a three-player lineup change that helped the surge. Freshman G Mariah Cooks was the main catalyst, nailing a three-pointer and get the ball inside for a short jumper. There’s 11:31 on the clock.
FLOPPER: In the WNBA, Amojo drawing a charge against Walton would be a fine for flopping. Other than the shady call, the teams are playing a lot better that Tuesday. UW is taking its time and making the extra pass to get a solid shot attempt, shooting 50 percent early. WSU’s offense is starting off well unlike Tuesday. It’s 9-8 UW with 15:16 remaining in the half.
Aside from fun talking about a possible state-wide tournament or round-robin between Washington’s five Division I schools, the only talker at Beasley Coliseum is whether this is the day Washington’s 36-game win streak against Washington State ends.
Last season the games between the schools were decided by a total of 13 points. On Tuesday at Alaska Airlines Arena, UW won 60-56 despite only make four field goals in the second half. Both UW coach Kevin McGuff and WSU coach June Daugherty said it was a testament to great defense by both sides. As an onlooker, there were many open shots the teams whiffed on making.
The Cougars (5-11, 1-4) held the Huskies below its season average in points scored (65.5) and its season field goal percentage, the Huskies shooting 30. 2 percent on Tuesday compared to an overall 36.1 this season. Conversely, UW held WSU to 29.2 percent shooting, Wazzu falling into the enticing three-pointer trap. WSU, which is already a weak three-point shooting team (26.7 percent), was 5-for-32 from the range in Tuesday loss.
Regardless of how the stats rack up, UW needs a sweep to continue to hover around the Pac-12′s better teams. There’s a four-way tie for the top of the conference after No. 6 Stanford (15-2, 4-1) defeated No. 14 UCLA (13-2, 4-1) on Friday. Washington (11-5, 3-2) joins No. 21 Colorado (14-2, 3-2) and Arizona (11-5, 3-2) as teams with two losses in the conference.
WSU senior C Carly Noyes will be honored prior to tip-off for becoming the program’s all-time leader in blocks at 148. She topped Holly Zapell’s record of 147 set during her 1981-85 seasons.
Fans are starting to trickle in from the crisp outdoors. It’s a picturesque day with blue skies, paved streets and snow everywhere else. But the 30-degree waethermakes it perfect for a basketball game. Let’s see if WSU and UW can display another show beginning with your starting lineups.
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
F Ireti Amojo
F Sage Romberg
C Carly Noyes
G Tia Presley
G Lia Galderia
Tonight’s officials are Melissa Barlow, Charles Gonzales, and Brian Woods.