HUSKIES WIN: “Find a Way” was the mantra at practice this week and UW did just that. Well, it foud Kingma at the free throw line to snag a 81-77 win in overtime. The Huskies were down three points with four seconds left in regulation when Gibson fouled Kingma on a three-point attempt. Kingma made the ensuing three FTs and the first bucket in extra play to help secure the win. Kingma finished with a game-high 29 points, going 15 of 15 from the FT line overall. It ties the UW record for best FT percentage in a game and sets a record for most consecutive FTs made in a game. Amy Mickelson (1989), Giuliana Mendiola (2004) and Kayla Burt (2005) each made 10 of 10 free throws to share the previous record. The FTs were key, but all of UW’s players had to contribute their standard game to seal the win. Walton had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Williams had 11 rebounds, finishing the game in a No. 45 jersey due to blood on her normal No. 23. Wetmore had 12 points and five assists while Corral finished with a season-high 14 points. It countered five players finishing in double-digit scoring for OSU, Bright leading with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The game matched a wild night around the Pac-12. Oregon, Washington’s opponent on Sunday, beat WSU 70-68 in Pullman. Arizona State upset USC 60-53 and No. 7 Cal narrowly defeated No. 20 Colorado 59-56 . It all vaulted UW (13-5, 5-2) into a tie with No. 19 UCLA (14-4, 5-2) for third in the Pac-12. The Huskies have 11 conference games remaining, playing No. 6 Stanford, Cal, Colorado and Utah once this season.
FIGHT?: Anderson is the last player you’d guess to pick a fight on the court, but she didn’t back down when Edwards-Teasley bumped into her and starting mouthing off. Walton pulled Anderson aside to calm her down with 7:46 left in the game. Edwards-Teasley was tagged with a personal foul and technical for a total of three fouls in the game. Anderson was given a technical foul. There’s a timeout and UW is down 55-51. The Huskies are having trouble slowing the Beavers’ offensive and getting rebounds. UW is now shooting 34.8 percent from the field and getting outrebounded 31-24. Anderson and Edwards-Teasley are out of the game and I’m out to focus on the newspaper version of the story. Walton has a game-high 15 points with 11 rebounds. Gibson has 13 for OSU.
CORNER POCKET: Bright has made two baskets from the corner to to keep OSU ahead 53-46. UW isn’t getting any offensive rebounds and leaving holes open on defense. The Beavers have also contained Corral. Since her flashy three three-pointers in the opening half, she’s only attempted one shot.
OSU LEADS: A quick pass inside to Weisner, who made the ensuing short jumper, coupled with her own follow-up three-pointer has given OSU a 47-44 lead with 13:11 remaining in the game. It’s the Beavers first lead since scoring the opening bucket of the game.
DRAWING FOULS: McGuff wants Walton, who’s 6-foot-2, to drive to the hoop more to draw fouls instead of shooting pretty jumpers. Walton took her first forceful trip baseline against Hunter and was rewarded with the bucket and foul. It’s 41-40 UW with 17:35 remaining in the game. OSU is outscoring UW 9-3 to start the second half.
TIME: Gibson may shoot the three-pointer but Martin loves the shot. She was left open outside and did what she does best to help pull OSU within 38-36 with 18:36 left in the game. McGuff promptly hopped off the bench to call time. Martin is fourth all-time in three-pointers made at Oregon State.
LAST SECOND: UW nearly went the final 5:40 of the half without scoring a field goal. Wetmore nixed that thought with a jumper off a screen from Williams just before the buzzer sounded. The Huskies enter the break with a 38-31 lead. The Beavers worked for their shots but there were some rebounds and missed assignments that could have kept the UW margin in double digits. OSU scored five of its points in the final four minutes off UW turnovers. Gibson leads her team with 11 points while Weisner only has two on 1-for-4 shooting from the field. Kingma and Corral have nine points apiece for the Huskies. Walton has eight points and eight rebounds. The halftime show was a youth martial arts group and yes, game ops couldn’t stop itself from playing “Kung Fu Fighting.” Too bad Davis isn’t playing, she’s a black belt.
MINI RUN: A small 7-2 run is closing the gap for OSU. UW leads 34-25 with 3:20 left in the opening half. Some poor shot selections have led to the Huskies not being able to expand its lead.
FREE THREES: The three-ball is dropping like rain. Walton and Kingma have joined Corral in making the shot. Thing is, Gibson is a noted three-point shooter and OSU freshman F Samantha Siegner found a path through UW’s zone to keep the Beavers deficit manageable to overcome. Washington’s up 32-20, shooting 6-for-7 from three-point range. There’s 6:17 on the clock.
BLANKED: The Huskies are playing zone against the Beavers early and the coverage is helping to keep the ball out of Freshman Jamie Weisner’s hands. She’s OSU’s leading scorer (12.3) but hasn’t attempted a shot, yet. Oh, Corral hit another three-pointer. It’s 20-9 UW with 12:21 left in the half. Hold up. Corral nailed another three-pointer. It’s now 24-9 with 11:54 remaining in the half. OSU coach Scott Rueck wisely called for a timeout.
STILL HOT: Something is up with the scoreboard that keeps the officials stopping the game early. That hasn’t slowed Corral’s hot hand. She was 3-for-4 from the three-point to help UW win on Sunday and made another three-pointer with her first shot attempt Friday. It’s 8-5 UW with 17:07 remaining in the opening half.
Washington G Kristi Kingma joked Sunday that rival Washington State “plays more players than we have on our team.” Well, that’s going to be another truism Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena. Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis, the team’s leading scorer (20.6 points), is out with a concussion. She suffered the injury midway through the second half of the win against Wazzu (5-12, 1-5 Pac-12).
Freshman G Heather Corral played in place of Davis on Sunday and gets the start on Friday. It’s Corral’s ninth game of the season, missing the nonconference schedule with a broken right hand. Davis being out doesn’t leave coach Kevin McGuff with a bench in the backcourt. Guards Jeneva Anderson, a senior, and Kassia Fortier, a junior, have played minimal minutes while redshirt freshman G Deborah Meeks hasn’t made her college debut.
Oregon State (9-9, 3-3) has depth but its only quality win is against Arizona State (10-8, 2-4). The Beavers did defeat the Huskies (12-5, 4-2) twice last season before losing to them in the WNIT. That was with full rosters. Will UW’s light bench be a factor Friday? The team has worked past it before.
Let’s get it going with your starting lineups:
F Alyssa Martin
F Deven Hunter
C ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley
G Ali Gibson
G Jamie Weisner
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Mercedes Wetmore
G Heather Corral
Tonight’s officials are Anita Ortega, Michol Murray, and Karen Lasuik.