HUSKIES WIN: UW has had a few nights like Monday, shooting poorly in losses against UC Santa Barbara (21.3 percent) and Georgia Tech (25.9 percent). The difference is the Huskies managed to beat the Beavers 49-44 despite shooting 23.3 percent from the field in the game. It was the defensive stops, including a big rebound by Walton late, mixed with a surprising three-pointer by Williams that sealed the game. UW used a 6-0 run to close overall. Davis led with 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the field. Williams had a game-high 11 rebounds. Weisner had a game-high 22 points but couldn’t shake Wetmore’s defense late to get a clean shot and keep OSU close. OSU’s losing streak is now eight games while UW (19-6, 11-3 Pac-12) has won eight of its past nine games. The team is still having trouble putting together a complete game. “A lot of times on the road it’s just about finding a way to win,” McGuff said. Washington left quickly after the win and will be in Seattle for two days before it heads into the toughest stretch of the season. It plays at Utah (14-11, 5-9) on Friday and at No. 20 Colorado (20-5, 9-5) on Sunday. OSU (9-17, 3-11) plays at No. 4 Stanford (24-2, 13-1) on Friday.
WISER: The Washingtonian, Weisner, is getting good looks and drawing fouls to keep the Beavers ahead despite a hot mess of a game. She’s 3-for-8 from the field and 4-of-5 from the foul line for 14 points and a 32-28 Beavers lead. There’s 12:15 left in the game and I’m out to write the newspaper version.
SLOW GO: It’s taking some time, but OSU is up 29-21 with 15:42 left in the game. UW can’t get anything to drop. Davis was even open for a three-point that could have gotten her game going and it missed. Kingma hit a three-pointer for UW’s only basket so far in the half, but even that shot couldn’t spark the offense. There’s a timeout and plenty of pissed faces on the UW bench.
WHO DAT?: Freshman F Mathilde Gilling is giving the Huskies some life off the bench. Against 6-foot-6 Ruth Hamblin, Gilling stopped a shot and collected a steal which converted into a three-pointer by Kingma — after some serious work. Gilling grabbed a rebound but it was deflected. Williams saved it out-of-bounds, flinging it to Kingma at the top of the key for the shot. UW is down 22-18 at the break. UW is shooting 6-of-31 from the field. Oregon State has 14 turnovers and is shooting 24 percent from the field but Washington obviously wants them to win the game. Weisner has seven points for OSU while Hunter has a team-high seven rebounds. Davis has eight points and Williams has a team-leading five rebounds. UW now has 12 points off 14 OSU turnovers and has limited OSU’s points off nine offensive boards to four. But, again, when you shoot 19.4 percent yourself, it pretty much doesn’t matter. UW’s 18 points is a season low. A youth jump rope team is the halftime entertainment.
FOR THREE: Weisner (Clarkston HS) nailed a three-pointer in front of Washington’s bench and OSU is up 19-12 with 3:47 on the clock. Gibson leads the Beavers with six points. Davis leads the Huskies with eight. UW is getting outrebounded 25-11.
TUNED OUT: Folks are probably watching the matchup between No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 UConn on ESPN than this game on the Pac-12 Networks and that’s a good thing. UW is now 2-for-18 from the field and down 13-8 because OSU is 4-of-16 shooting. There are also a combined 16 turnovers in the game, 10 by the Beavers that the Huskies haven’t converted into a single point. There’s a lot of miscommunication — players thinking the other has the rebound or not diving for loose balls. UW can’t play like that if it wants to win tonight or ever. There’s 7:24 left in the half.
ON BOARD: Williams put the Huskies on the board with a jumper and Davis added a three-pointer. UW is doing a good job defensively, limiting the offensive boards its gives up. But there’s still a lack of oomph. Walton made two FTs and we’re tied at seven points apiece with 12:05 remaining in the opening half.
UGLY BALL: Washington has a long way to go if it’s going to be as offensively potent as Friday. The team is 0-for-6 from the field at the first break and down 5-0 with 15:27 on the clock. OSU isn’t lighting it up either. The Beavers are 2-for-8 from the field and have four turnovers. Good times.
Washington received seven points in the latest Associated Press poll and now is getting some national print. Redshirt senior G Kristi Kingma popping off a Pac-12 record 11 three-points in a 97-71 win against Oregon on Friday helps grab exposure. ESPN wrote a good writeup on Sunday while AP ran a story recently on the rise of the program, too.
UW (18-6, 10-3) looks to continue the vibe with a rematch against Oregon State (9-16, 3-10) on Monday. The Huskies defeated the Beavers 81-77 in overtime in January and it appeared to send the Beavers on a downward spiral. OSU is on a seven-game losing streak while UW is 7-1 since the game, losing to No. 17 UCLA by just four points.
The Beavers aren’t to be overlooked. OSU has size and depth on UW no matter how bad it may be struggling. C Patricia Bright is averaging 7.1 rebounds off the bench and had a double-double against UW in the last meeting with 21 points and 10 boards. Kingma countered that by making all 15 of her FT attempts while redshirt freshman F Talia Walton and sophomore F Aminah Williams had 11 rebounds apiece.
Huskies coach Kevin McGuff said prior to the game that rebounding and overall defense would be key to winning. One piece he didn’t like about the UO win was when UW built a big lead, it failed to keep the defensive intensity. The same was true against OSU in January, UW allowing OSU back in the game after building a 16-point lead.
Will UW defend its spot in the limelight and against OSU? Let’s get it rolling with your starting lineups:
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Talia Walton
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
F Alyssa Martin
F Deven Hunter
C ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley
G Ali Gibson
G Jamie Weisner
Tonight’s officials are Michael Price, Cathi Cornell, and Michelle Russi.