HUSKIES WIN: Wetmore and Walton let the media in on a little secret about Davis. “She enjoyed getting dressed up this weekend,” Wetmore said of the point guard having to miss two games due to a concussion. “She even told us she had it all planned out.” Walton, who was exasperated after keeping up with the fast Ducks laughed, then added, “She really enjoyed it.” Struting the sideline in a sharp pantsuit (Friday) and red skirt (Sunday) was easier for Davis considering her team being able to find wins without her. On Sunday, Wetmore had a season-high nine assists and zero turnovers, playing the entire 40 minutes of a 66-53 win at the PG slot. Walton added 18 points and 13 rebounds, Kingma had a game-high 20 points with four steals while Williams tallied 10 points and 12 boards. “I thought she (Wetmore) was terrific,” McGuff said. “Talia had a great second half, she was little off with her shooting in the first half, but she played really well in the second half. (Kingma) had a great weekend. Kass had some really great minutes today. When Jaz goes out, it is not easy, but it is kind of the mentality of next person in and we had some people step up and do some good things. I am proud of our effort this weekend.” Washington (14-5, 6-2 Pac-12) won its fourth consecutive game and remains tied for third in conference standings. Davis will be reevaluated, again, on Monday but McGuff still questions her chances to return to the lineup at Arizona (11-8, 3-5) this week. Thomas led UO with 14 points while Alleyne had 14 rebounds and seven points. The Ducks (3-17, 1-7) gave up 23 points on turnovers and shot 31.3 percent from the field. It returns to Eugene to host No. 6 Stanford (18-2, 7-1) and No. 7 (17-2, 7-1) Cal next week.
TIME: There’s a break in the action with 9:59 left. Walton is re-entering the game. The Ducks have gone a small 10-5 run to pull within 52-39 after UW’s hot 15-5 start to the half. UO has found pockets inside and out to get some points on the board. The Huskies are still in control and should pull this out for its fourth consecutive win. I’m out to focus on the newspaper version.
SUB!: Walton did the signature tug at the shirt to ask McGuff for a sub. She did disappear for a bit early in the opening half, so perhaps she’s a little under the weather. We’ll see after the game. Williams was sent to the score’s table to replace her but a timeout was called first. It’s 52-34 with 11:57 remaining in the game.
RUNNING AWAY: Solid crowd dancing around, happy about UW’s 15-3 run to lead 47-29 since the break. There’s 16:29 left in the game.
WALLY WORLD: Walton is back to her game. She hit a three-pointer and scored on a putback to get the Huskies rolling to start the second half. UW is up 44-27 with 16:32 remaining in the game. Walton is 5 of 6 from the field since starting the game 0-for-8. She has 12 points and 11 rebounds.
SCOREBOARD: It’s halftime around the conference. A few upsets could be brewing in No. 19 UCLA only leading Arizona state 23-21 at the break. Confusing Arizona is down 43-22 to USC. No. 7 Cal is, again, testing the heart with a close 32-28 lead versus visiting Utah. The one final is WSU’s 76-73 overtime win against Oregon State. If you’re keeping count, that’s two consecutive losses in OT for the Beavers, a highly talented team. Cougs freshman Lia Galdeira scored a game-high 22 points.
STROKING: Walton may be back in the groove. She dropped a three-pointer in the bucket off an assist from Kingma with 1:24 on the clock. Then nailed a jumper with 30 seconds left. Thing is, UO has decided to make its three-pointers in the final minute and will enter halftime down 32-24. Kingma leads the Huskies with 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field. Williams has nine rebounds and Walton has seven boards. Alleyne is busy doing what she does best, getting 11 rebounds with five points. Thomas and Delgado used three-pointers to finish the half with nine and six points, respectively. Oregon is shooting 25.7 percent from the field overall, however. UW isn’t much better at 31.4 percent. The Huskies are using 10 points off Ducks turnovers to stay ahead. The halftime entertainment, jump roping Hotdogs USA, is awing the crowd with its double-dutch tricks. I’ve seen the act before and the squad has upped its game. This one dude was unreal, hopping his butt over the rope in circle on the ground. Bravo.
BENCH PLAY: Reserves Kassia Fortier, a junior, and Jeneva Anderson, a senior, don’t average more than 10 minutes combined. The pair is giving McGuff some quality play while he figures out what’s up with Walton and gives his expended starters needed rest. Anderson has three rebounds and two points while Fortier as a board and two points off a fast break layin. Combined, UW’s bench is outscoring UO’s 4-3. Kingma nailed a jumper to give UW a 24-16 lead with 2:24 left in the half.
OFF NIGHT: OK, so maybe if given enough chances, you still can’t score. That was Walton. In one possession, she had three chances to hit from three different angles and couldn’t. She’s 0-for-8 from the field overall but does have seven rebounds. UW is up 20-14 with 5:55 remaining in the opening half.
OUT OF CHARACTER: Excuse me, Amanda Delgado squared up for a deep three-pointer in front of UW’s bench with 8:36 left in the half. Coupled with a layin by Thomas and the latter stuffing Wetmore’s shot attempt and UO is a tad closer at 18-14. McGuff immediately called a timeout to regather the team.
IN FORM: Oregon isn’t a strong three-point shooting team (28 percent) and the Ducks are staying in character Sunday. UO is 0-for-10 from the field to start the game.
HEAR ME: A missed assignment got McGuff hyped and walking straight to Walton to let her hear about it. The flub led to an Alleyne basket underneath and Oregon is down 18-9 with 10:41 left in the first half.
FOR THREE: Get used to hearing “Heather Corral for three!” belted in Hec Ed. The freshman has taken 35 shots this season and 26 of them have been three-pointers. She knocked down a pair to open UW’s scoring and her team is up 6-2 at the first timeout with 15:36 left in the game.
Washington sophomore PG Jazmine Davis remains on the sideline due to a concussion suffered in a win at Washington State last week. UW coach Kevin McGuff said she was reevaluated on Saturday and speculated she could play as the team prepares to host Oregon but he’d keep her out until the road trip to play the desert schools next week.
“It’s about the long term, too,” he said after UW’s overtime win against Oregon State on Friday.
Oregon just won its first conference game on Friday, beating WSU 70-68 in Pullman. It ended an eight-game losing streak for the Ducks (3-16, 1-6 Pac-12). Coach Paul Westhead has an entertaining freshman in Jillian Alleyne, who ranks third in the nation in rebounding (14.5). But the roster has been decimated by injuries, including Seattle Christian’s Lexi Peterson, who tore her ACL at some point during the nonconference season and only played one game.
UW (13-5, 5-2) has a quality rebounder to counter Alleyne in sophomore F Aminah Williams, who averages 11.2 and has 12 double-doubles this season. She felt the heat of the coaching staff prior to the WSU game for not fighting hard enough under the hoop. She responded with 11 boards against the Cougs and 11 against the Beavers. And it’ll be important on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena. UO’s scoring may be down from previous seasons (65.8 points), but if you give anybody second and third chances to hit a shot, they’re bound to hit it.
Redshirt senior Kristi Kingma warned her team likely wouldn’t outrebounded many opponents because of UW’s lack of size. Still, returning to the opening of the season where the Huskies allowed 72 offensive boards in a stretch of two games isn’t an option.
Let’s see who gets it done with your starting lineups:
F Jillian Alleyne
F Danielle Love
C Liz Brenner
G Ariel Thomas
G Jordan Loera
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Mercedes Wetmore
G Heather Corral
Tonight’s officials are Clarke Stevens, Darren Krzesnik, and Kent Johnson.