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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

Category: Game Thread
June 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Live game thread: Phoenix at Seattle for Storm’s 2013 KeyArena opener

BREAK: The Storm is luring the Mercury into its game and it’s working. Quinn drained a three-pointer with 16.4 left in the third and on defense the team forced a turnover to take a 60-56 lead into the final quarter. Seattle is hustling, rebounding and if Sanford wouldn’t have missed two freebies, I’d say they were doing that, too. Hard work can beat anyone kiddies and that’s what the Storm is giving. Wright leads with 15 points. Griner has 16 points but had to take a seat in the third after collecting a fourth foul. I’m out to focus on the newspaper version. Check out the Seattle Times’ Monday paper for a full wrap.

THE LEAD: Shocked? Storm is up 48-42 and you can thank knuckle-headed play by Phoenix as the reasoning. Wright and Bonner did get testy on a stretch of two plays. But the Mercury had Griner respond by giving and obvious chest shove on a screen against Wright. The Flagrant 1 put Wright at the line. She made both and the momentum swung. The Storm is outscoring the Mercury 13-4 in the third.

SANFORD & STRICK: The old-school television, the Storm duo are taking junk and turning into beauty. That wasn’t what the show was about, but that’s what’s happening in the game. Since a Griner layin with 3:55 left in the quarter, Strick has scored eight and Sanford has made a jumper over Griner to pull the Storm within 36-35 with 35.6 remaining in the half. The Key is on its feet.

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May 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Live game thread: Seattle’s WNBA season-opener at Los Angeles

MERCY: The Storm is down 84-53 headed into the final quarter. Shots are short and the defense isn’t getting the stops it saw in the first half. Six players on LA’s squad have scored in double-digits. Little (13) and Wright (10) are the only ones for the Storm. Seattle’s worst overall season-opening loss was 30 points against Houston in 2000, its inaugural game as an expansion team. The Storm is down 86-56 with 5:40 left in the game. I’m out to write the newspaper version. Checkout the Monday story in The Seattle Times for an overall summary.

ROOKIE FIRST II: Bravard caught a pass from Wright on the perimeter for a three-pointer, with 58.2 seconds left in the third. The shot — at the WNBA’s new extended distance no-less, is her first in the WNBA. It’s 84-53 LA.

KICKED BALL: Wright booted the ball up to Row 15 at Staples Center, defending in the perimeter. It’s the only highlight for Seattle this quarter. It’s 79-48 LA with 1:27 remaining in the third.

WHOOSH: The Sparks have been doing anything the want after the break and Seattle is down 73-46 after a 20-5 LA run. Kind of figured the game would change after the break. LA would make adjustments, moving the ball even more, and Seattle would, too. Yet, given the Sparks have played together for a while, it’s easy for those veterans to be fluid in the changes after the break. Seattle is new to each other, even if the vets know what needs to change to stay close. Ogwumike, the 2012 Rookie of the Year out of Stanford, has 15 points along with Toliver. Thompson has Seattle’s two points in the quarter. By the way, LA is still rolling. It’s 77-46 with 2:51 on the clock.

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Comments | More in Game Thread, Storm, WNBA | Topics: Camille Little, Candace Parker, Tanisha Wright

May 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Live game thread: Tulsa at Seattle in Storm exhibition finale

FINAL STRETCH: Seattle is up 39-37 headed into the final quarter. Little and Thompson has eight points apiece. Seattle is shooting and icy 26.9 percent from the field. I’m out to focus on the daily story. Check our Saturday paper for the final wrap.

A FIRST: The Shock were awarded the first defensive three-second violation at KeyArena. Wright made the FT on the technical foul to put Seattle up 38-32. MacKay checked in with 2:46 on the clock, making her first appearance in the game.

NEW LINEUP: The second half is underway with Quinn, Johnson, and Little starting alongside Sanford and Strick. Seattle is up 32-25 with 7:12 on the clock.

SWAG: In her second year, you can see the confident swagger in Strick, the 2012 No. 2 overall pick. She played a season in Turkey, which helped her play. Knowing her teammates has also helped her look good in the exhibition game. She has three points and six boards in 16 minutes. Little and Hawkins have six points apiece to lead the Seattle scoring. Glory Johnson has game-highs in points (10) and rebounds (10). The Storm is up 28-25 at the break.

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Comments | More in Game Thread, Storm, WNBA | Topics: Brian Agler, Camille Little, Skylar Diggins

March 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Live game thread: Pacific at Washington in WNIT second round matchup

FOR THREE: Pacific is busting Washington’s zone by popping three-pointers, a fave shot by the Tigers this season. It’s up 64-55 with 9:33 on the clock. Three players are in double-figure scoring for Pacific. Kingma is stuck on 17 and Williams has 14 points with eight rebounds. I’m out to focus on the newspaper version of the story. Winner of this game faces the winner of the Utah-San Diego matchup slated for Monday.

THAT’S WHY: My bad for forgetting Johnson and Davis know each other from ball in California. Davis is doing a supreme job covering her rival, but Johnson did get past Davis for a layin. Add more buckets from Rodriguez and it’s 57-53 Pacific with 11:38 left. UW is getting crowded by aggressive defense from Pacific and not getting the needed rebounds. The Huskies are shooting 26.7 percent from the field after the break.

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March 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Live game thread: Eastern Washington at Washington in WNIT opener

HUSKIES WIN: As usual, Kingma finds the perfect time to hit a shot. Her only three-pointer of the game with 4:10 left in the second overtime proved to be the final go-ahead bucket UW needed to win 65-60 in double overtime. “The familiarity of the players with each other put it in a situation where nobody was in awe or anything of anyone else,” EWU coach Wendy Schuller said. “It was just two teams with a bunch of girls from Washington jumping out on the floor and getting after each other.” Ain’t that the truth. Huerta’s family from Covington took up an entire front row courtside, someone guy stripping to a bare chest as the game drew closer. UW shot a dismal 22.2 percent from the field in the second half and took 85 attempts in the game overall, rallying the EWU crowd. “This was definitely a better atmosphere than at home,” Hodgins said. “That helped get us going, everybody going crazy.” But outscoring EWU 12-7 in the final OT was enough for UW to advance. Washington (21-11) hosts Pacific (26-7) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the second round of the WNIT. Washington is 3-1 all-time against Pacific, last playing the Tigers in 1996-97. “It’s another great opportunity to play here in front of our home crowd,” McGuff said. “I know they (Pacific) have had a really good year and the program is really solid.” Davis led all scorers with 22 points while Walton and Williams had 14 rebounds apiece. Hodgins led the Eagles with 20, but missed a three-pointer with nine seconds left that could have pushed a third OT. Huerta had 15 points. “It’s not easy,” said Hodgins of the loss. “You come this far, we played 50 minutes, it’s definitely hard. But I have three more years left. I was more disappointed we couldn’t get it done for the seniors on the team.” Washington is undefeated in the pseudo true “Apple Cup,” defeating Washington State twice and EWU and Seattle U once. UW and Gonzaga haven’t resumed its series. Like UW, EWU is expecting some talented recruits and SU returns its core as do the Zags. That bodes well for the future of the women’s programs in this state. “I wouldn’t call this a wake-up call,” Kingma said of Friday’s game. “We knew they (EWU) were going to be good and we knew it was going to be a battle. It definitely puts our mindset in the right place going forward.” And maybe Sunday the shots will drop.

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March 2, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Live game thread: No. 6 California at Washington in the Pac-12 finale

HUSKIES LOSE: UW finished its season on a four-game losing streak after a 78-50 defeat to Cal. Caldwell took over from the beginning and didn’t stop regardless of the score. She finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The Bears outrebounded the Huskies 56-22 overall. Washington was slightly out of character but it offensive problems have tailed the team in nearly every game since the second half of Pac-12 play.  It was easier to simply focus on the seniors. “It’s the best five years of my life,” Kingma said of playing her final game at Hec Ed. She plans to remain around the program and her sister Kelli Kingma committed to the UW and will be part of the 2014-15 class. “They can use that as motivation,” Kingma said of Cal celebrating its title on the Washington court. The Bears (27-2, 17-1 Pac-12) were given gray T-shirts emblazoned with “Pac-12 Champions” on the front. “You never want a team to celebrate on your own court,” Kingma said. “Especially Jaz being from that area and how competitive she is, she’ll take that to heart.” Davis agreed. She finished with a team-high 19 points. “I really wanted to get that win just being from that area,” said Davis, a native of San Jose, Calif. McGuff plans to give the team a two-day break before prepping for the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena. UW (19-10, 11-7) will play Oregon on Thursday in the opening round and possibly rematch against No. 20 Colorado. The Huskies swept the Ducks during the regular season.

BREAK: I’m out to write the newspaper version. Walton is 1 of 12 from the field and Davis is 5 of 15, those are two of your top three scorers. UW is down 57-36 with 8:43 remaining. Cal will win its first Pac-12 championship in program history. Gottlieb is the fifth conference coach to win one within their first two seasons. Stanford coach Tara VanDeerver (1988-89), Washington’s Chris Gobrecht (1987-88), and USC’s Cheryl Miller (1993-94) are the others. Because VanDerveer was on tour to prep the 1996 Olympic team, assistants Amy Tucker and Marianne Stanley shared the 1995-96 regular-season conference championship.

TECH: OK, so smiles don’t work. Caldwell worked hard for a putback, teammates celebrating on the sideline when the ball finally dropped through the hoop. Stevens wanted none of whatever junior reserve Mikayla Lyles was saying, immediately calling a technical foul that silenced the Cal bench. Gottlieb tried to argue, but… It’s 51-36 Bears.

CLOSE: UW closed within seven points (41-34) with some solid ball movement to get Kingma good looks. Cal responded with Caldwell drawing fouls and making tough shots. A made FT by Brandon out of a timeout makes the score 45-34 with 15:36 left in the game.

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February 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Live game thread: No. 4 Stanford at Washington during senior weekend

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.

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February 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Live game thread: Washington at Oregon State

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.

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February 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Live game thread: Washington at Oregon

HUSKIES WIN: The best part of Friday for Kristi Kingma were the final four minutes where she cheered for reserves Heather Corrral, Jeneva Anderson, and Deb Meeks in a 97-71 win at Oregon. What will be talked about is Kingma’s record 11 three-pointers for a career-high 35 points. Kingma’s signature three-pointers set a Pac-12 record, the last mark being nine by Oregon G Taylor Lilley in 2010 and Stanford F Lindsey Yamasaki in 2001. Oregon State G Talisa Rhea had the overall Pac-12 record of 10 in 2008. Kingma is UW’s second all-time career three-point shooter (215) behind G Loree Payne (245). Her 11 was one from tying the NCAA record of 12 set by Brittany Rayburn (Purdue) and Cornelia Gayden (Louisiana State). Rayburn achieved hers in 2012 while Gayden established the mark during the 1994-95 season. “I did think we were capable of a night like this with the shooters that we have,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said. “We’ve had some really good nights. Certainly this one was extraordinary.” Washington was 18-of-41 from three-point range overall, also setting a Pac-12 record for threes made. The team had 25 assists on 35 made field goals, proving there was plenty of offensive action in the game. Corral had 16 points, making four three-pointers. F Aminah Williams had another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Talia Walton and Jazmine Davis also totaled 12 points apiece. Davis added nine assists. “It’s kind of hard to explain,” Kingma said of her shooting rhythm. “You feel you could just chuck it up there and it would go in. When that happens, it’s pretty cool because you don’t get in that zone pretty often.” Naturally Oregon G Ariel Thomas was irked at her team’s failure to close out and force Kingma to drive the ball or do anything but attempt her signature shot. “We just continued to let her sit there and shoot threes,” Thomas said. To nit-pick, the Huskies weren’t as impressive defensively. The Ducks shot conference season-high 43.1 percent from the field, despite not threatening the Huskies’ lead. McGuff was looking to the future when he critiqued the defensive effort, however. UW (18-6, 10-3 Pac-12) plays at Oregon State on Monday. The Beavers (9-16, 3-10) are trying to stop a seven-game losing streak that began with an overtime loss at Hec Ed in January. Kingma made a school record 15-of-15 FTs to seal that win. “Those threes look great when they’re going in and fortunately enough went in tonight,” McGuff said. “I would say that we’re going to have to be much better defensively in our upcoming games if we want to continue to have success.” Walton tweaked her surgically repaired knee and will use the two-day break in between the road games to rehab. McGuff was able to give his starters rest because of the once 28-point lead. Wetmore still kept her assists-to-turnover ratio rolling with six assists on Friday and just one miscue.

SCOREBOARD: No. 6 Cal killed No. 15 UCLA 79-51 on Friday. Golden Bears F Gennifer Brandon had 16 points and eight assists. No. 21 Colorado beat Arizona 55-42 while Utah defeated Arizona State 54-46. Washington State is up 10 on Oregon State. No. 4 Stanford is just getting into its match at USC, which you can watch on Pac-12 Networks now. I’m out to write the newspaper version of this blowout. UW is up 74-47 after a three-pointer by Corral.

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February 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Live game thread: USC at Washington

HUSKIES WIN: Davis knew she missed her defensive assignment late with UW up three points. “Just a little bit,” she said of how much closer she’d like to have been for Crook’s final three-point attempt. McGuff wanted a foul. Neither was disappointed with the final result, baring smiles as UW sealed a 61-58 win Sunday. Crook’s attempt with four seconds left clanked off the rim despite her having a clear look. She wanted another try, stealing the ball from Walton with two seconds left, time expiring instead. “In the first game she had six on us, so the coaches told us we had to be out there,” said Williams of Crook finishing 6-of-10 from three-point range in the win in LA. “Her or Bradley were going to be taking the last shot because they’re both really good three-point shooters.” Call it youth for the team forgetting. Davis, a sophomore PG, finished with 24 points and Walton added 13. Harberts had 16 points to lead USC. Washington, again, experienced offensive struggles. Stellar three-point shooters Walton and Kingma were a combined 2-of-15 from the spot on Sunday. The team was 4-of-25 overall.  But the defense was there. “Our defensive pressure made them take uneasy baskets or forced shots that maybe they aren’t used to taking,” Williams said. The Trojans shot 39 percent in the game and its biggest lead was three. The Huskies (17-6, 9-3) are fourth in Pac-12 standings after a solid weekend against the LA schools. UW heads on the road for its next four games, playing at Oregon (3-21, 1-11) on Friday. USC (8-15, 5-7) hosts No. 4 Stanford (22-2, 11-1) on Friday.

BREAK: There’s timeout on the floor and UW is slipping into an offensive funk. The shots are a little short as if the team is tired. USC is on a sputtering 16-11 run to opening the half and whittled the lead to 49-44 with 11:48 remaining in the half. Davis leads with 16 points and Walton had 13. I’m out to write the newspaper version.

SERIOUSLY?: Harberts raced to Desiree Bradley for a chest bump after a three-point play. The bench roared, too. Cooper must have brought his LA Sparks-type celebration tactics to college hoops. What are the Trojans’ celebrating so hard? They’re still down 45-40 and aren’t on some kind of roll. Back in the day, Coopers’ Sparks would pop confetti from the rafters after wins — mid-summer, regular-season wins.

SCOREBOARD: Arizona is giving No. 6 Cal a run for it, but is down 89-81 in the final seconds. No. 21 Colorado is up on Oregon 73-51 with five minutes left in the second half. No. 17 UCLA beat WSU 80-65, ending the Cougs’ four-game win streak. Utah started its game against Oregon State up 12-0 and won 66-40.

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