HUSKIES LOSE: UW lost its 14th consecutive game against Stanford, 71-36 before 1,911 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Card used an early 23-2 run to decide the outcome before halftime. Williams was impressive inside, finishing with team highs in points (10) and rebounds (13). It made you wonder what would have happened if the Huskies had Walton to help in the paint. But, there’s next season when even more enforcements in the post arrive. Or Walton could get her chance in the Pac-12 tournament. McGuff tried crowding Ogwumike defensively, admitting his team isn’t quick enough to guard against the All-American and stop Stanford’s three-point outburst. But Ogwumike has seen it all and remained impressive. She totaled her 23rd double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. VanDerveer was upset at the suspensions and her team not getting much production out of anyone outside of Orrange and Ogwumike. Samuelson helped put the game away early with her four three-pointers then was 1 of 11 from the range to end the game. Kingma described Stanford’s defense as deceptively physical and she was knocked around a bit. She was 1 of 15 from the field. Wetmore also didn’t shoot well (1-for-11) but her and the team have been off offensively lately. The three players who don’t normally see minutes collectively didn’t contribute much. Gilling had the best game to show her steady progress this season. She finished with six points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes. Davis, Walton and Meeks will be back in the lineup and in their usual places for Saturday’s season finale against No. 6 Cal. I’m not ashamed to share my love of the Golden Bears, but they’re looking a little cuddly. Oregon State lost by a bucket to Cal last week and Washington State managed a respectable 13-point defeat against California at home on Thursday. With the suspended players getting a sneaky rest, who knows? UW (19-9, 11-6 Pac-12) drops to fifth in conference standings. Stanford (27-2, 16-1) remains tied with Cal for the regular-season conference title and travels to play at WSU on Saturday. Seeding for the Pac-12 tournament will be announced Sunday. For the first time it’ll be held in Seattle at KeyArena from March 7-10.
FIRST BREAK: It’s the first timeout of the second half and Washington is down 44-18 with 16:25 remaining in the game. I’m out to figure out all of the dubious records that may be broken and write the newspaper version. UW is shooting 14 percent, which would be a season-low. They are down 5-0 to open the second half. I didn’t mention it earlier but starters Jazmine Davis and Talia Walton and reserve Deborah Meeks are the players suspended for violating team rules. They are seated on the bench in dress clothes with slumped body language.
HALFTIME: The UW cheer and dance team performed. Wetmore hit a bucket with two seconds remaining in regulation to make the deficit 39-18 headed into the break. Ogwumike had 10 points in the half while Samuelson and Tinkle had 12 points apiece. There were 31 combined three-pointers attempted in the opening half, 21 by Stanford. Williams had eight rebounds to Ogwumike’s nine. Only G Kassia Fortier and Gilling played under 10 minutes.
A-WILL: Williams is playing her game. She has eight boards, five on the offensive end. UW only cashed those into four points. The players have to keep shooting because of the lack of options. They’ve had some open looks — freshman Mathilde Gilling in the paint and Wetmore on a step-through — but the team is 4 of 26 from the field (15.4 percent).
THE PAINT: Ogwumike isn’t building a legacy in the UW paint, yet. She’s 1-for-2 from the field. But does have five rebounds, all on the defensive end so it’s not like she’s creating shots for her team. (The Card is also shooting 61.5 percent from the field). UW is doubling her, which is working early. It’s those three-pointers that UW can’t really do anything about. Card leads 23-11 with 10:58 on the clock.
FOR THREE: Well, Kingma’s Pac-12-record three-pointers made in a game is about to drop. All reserve G Bonnie Samuelson does is shoot three-pointers for Stanford and she has three easy ones now. The Card has five in the game and there’s 12:50 remaining in the opening half. Stanford is up 18-11.
FREEZE FRAME: The Huskies punched first and built a 9-3 lead after Williams disregarded Tinkle blocking her shot twice before the forward could work it into the net. Why Tinkle didn’t also grab the rebound was Williams’ fight and positioning. UW also forced Ogwumike into a turnover and forced Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer to sub early because James wasn’t defending Kingma well. But Ogwumike did get her first and-one with 15:37 on the clock. She made the FT out of the timeout and the game is tied at nine points apiece.
I’m late, but really what can be said? Washington is out two starters and a deep reserve. No. 4 Stanford beat No. 1 Baylor in its season opener and has Chiney Ogwumike. ‘Nuff said.
In fact, getting to press row was comical. Folks in purple guessed wins between 30 and 40 points for the Cardinal. A person on Stanford’s staff was just befuddled looking at the UW bench.
“I’ve never seen that many people on the bench that aren’t players!” she said. “There’s no room for them. How many is that, seven?”
Yeah, that’s how we roll up here in the Northwest. It’s UW coach Kevin McGuff’s second season and he wants to set parameters for the future no matter what powerhouse is staring is program in his face wearing black uniforms and primed to attack because it’s fight to hold onto a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and regular-season Pac-12 title.
So here are your starters:
F Mikaela Ruef
F Chiney Ogwumike
C Joslyn Tinkle
G Amber Orrange
G Sara James
F Kristi Kingma
F Aminah Williams
C Jeneva Anderson
G Mercedes Wetmore
G Heather Corral
Tonight’s officials are Brenda Pantoja, Kent Johnson, Cheryl Flores.