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Category: Game Thread
February 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Live game thread: No. 17 UCLA at Washington

HUSKIES LOSE: A shot here or there and Montlake would be celebrating an upset Friday night. Instead, Washington shot 27.8 percent from the field in the second half of an eventual 65-61 loss to No. 17 UCLA at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies missed 10 consecutive FGs as the Bruins (18-4, 9-2 Pac-12) methodically stitched together an 11-0 run to take control of the game. It didn’t matter that it couldn’t hit a FG in the final four minutes of the game, Lemberger and Nyingifa combined for eight FTs — six in the final 33 seconds — to seal the win. Brewer led the Bruins with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Nyingifa added 15 points and 12 boards. UW’s Walton scored 14 of her final 18 points in the second half and Davis had 17 points. Washington (16-6, 8-6 Pac-12) hosts Southern California (8-14, 5-6) on Sunday. The Trojans lost to Washington State 57-54 on Friday, 57-54. As a side note, the Cougs (9-13, 5-6) are on a four-game win streak. UW’s six-game win streak was snapped and it suffered its second loss at home. But in terms of NCAA tournament outlook, the Huskies showed they can play but could still use a win against one of these quality teams to solidify the pitch. Its offense stunk, but UW did force 20 turnovers in the game and shot more than 50 points against a team that didn’t allow its past three opponents that luxury. “That was like a tournament-level game tonight,” McGuff said. “UCLA has a chance to make a really great run in March and could play on that second weekend. They have the size, athleticism and depth to be a tough out in the NCAA tournament…You can’t put everything into one game for us.”

O-FER: Williams was wide open under the hoop, but Davis didn’t spot her and until the UCLA defense also recovered on the botched assignment. Well covered, Williams missed two attempts under the hoop and UW is 0-for-7 from the field. Brewer is getting easy looks in the paint on the other end, scoring the past six points to help build a 48-47 Bruins lead. There’s 10:58 remaining in the game. I’m out to write the newspaper version of the the story.

FOUL TROUBLE: G Mariah Williams is one of my favorite players to watch in the Pac-12 and I’m not seeing much of her tonight due to foul trouble. She’s back on the bench with four. two consecutive buckets by teammate Brewer have closed the gap to 47-46 UW. There’s 13:25 on the clock.

DAWG PACK: Fans are living and dying with every play, signifying the importance of the game. Right now they’re booing at the officials for an obvious tipped ball out of bounds by UCLA that was instead called the visitor’s way. There’s a season-high 3,204 fans in attendance. A Walton three-pointer brought them to their feet. It’s47-42 UW with 14:17 on the clock.

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January 27, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Live game thread: Oregon at Washington

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.

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January 25, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Live game thread: Oregon State at Washington

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.

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January 20, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Live game thread: Washington State at Washington for basketball’s Apple Cup

HUSKIES WIN: Here’s a prediction. By the time Galdeira and Cooks are seniors, WSU will have defeated UW at least once. Sunday wasn’t it, losing 79-72 in a highly entertaining game. Hovering within two buckets of a lead late, Galdeira missed three FTs after being fouled by Corral on a three-pointer. Galdeira also teamed with Presley and Cooks to miss five field goals overall in the final minute to kill any chances of snapping the 36-game losing streak to UW. Kingma saved the win by making five of six FTs late. Davis exited the game with 10:49 remaining and the Huskies down four due to a blow to the head. After the game she said she was fine, but McGuff is going to have her evaluated for a possible concussion. “I’m especially proud of how we battled back, especially after Jaz went down,” said Kingma, who scored 13 of her final with 16 points in the second half. She also had six rebounds and four assists. “And just being low in numbers in general and having people step up who might not have stepped up before,” Kingma continued. “It was huge.” Corral was particularly a game-saver for UW. She played six minutes in the first half, not attempting a shot. Her first in place of Davis was a three-pointer. She finished with nine points, making  3-of-4 three-pointers in a season-high 17 minutes. “Heather is really good, she’s really talented and I’ve almost been waiting for a game like this where she really breaks out,” McGuff said. “As they say, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. I had to keep her out there and I think that was a really good thing for her and for us.” Corral said the extra playing time was good to get adjusted to the college game, but she also had the bandaging from her broken right hand removed, freeing her stroke. “It’s hard when your floor leader is not out there,” Corral said. “But I felt that Kristi and Cedes (Mercedes) and Talia all had great energy and made me feel comfortable even though it was a close game.” Davis led the team with 18 points. Williams perked up her game to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Presley scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half. Cooks and Galdeira combined for 26 points and 11 rebounds. UW (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) gets a rest and will host Oregon State (9-9, 3-3) on Friday. WSU (5-12, 1-5) hosts Oregon (2-16, 0-6) next.

BREAK: I’m out to focus on the newspaper version. Time is ticking on UW getting control of this game. The Huskies are down 61-59, letting out-of-state freshmen Cooks (California) and Galdeira (Hawaii) run a muck. Cooks has nine points off the bench. UW is shooting 39 percent in the second half. with 14 assists on 23 field goals overall. Davis is on the bench, not even getting up to join huddles during timeouts. I’ll have more later.

BLOCKED: Noyes nullified a UW steal by freshman G Heather Corral, blocking Kingma’s layin attempt. UW is down 57-53. WSU is still making three-pointers to stay in the game. Bobbles on offense and overplaying help defense has the Huskies in a scramble. Romberg has 13 points for WSU. UW has three players in double digit scoring, led by 18 points from Davis. Daugherty is getting 21 points from the bench in her 12-player rotation. McGuff is sticking to his normal seven-player rotation, Corral only contributing a three-pointer so far.

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January 15, 2013 at 5:58 PM

Live game thread: Washington State at Washington for basketball’s Apple Cup

HUSKIES WIN: McGuff wanted to highlight the defense in the game. I’m a big fan of defense, but ugly offense does not equate good defense. And Tuesday was more of an ugly offensive game by both teams. UW simply was lucky it could hit free throws, making 20 of 28 overall to preserve a 60-53 win on Tuesday. The Huskies’ win streak against the Cougs extends to 35 games. Otherwise, if Sage Romberg or Edmondson, or Galdeira made their three-point attempts in the final 90 seconds, UW’s streak might have ended in a thud. But FTs saved the Huskies and serve as a lesson to any team on how important the shot is to the game. Davis was 9-of-12 from the line while Kingma was 6-of-8 to lead the team. Kingma made 5 of 6 FTs in nthe final 55 seconds to preserve the win. The redshirt senior had 14 points and eight rebounds in her final home game against the cross-state rival. Davis led the Huskies with 21 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field. Walton had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Galdeira led the Cougs with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but was forced into six turnovers that slowed her team’s momentum. UW (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12) and WSU (5-11, 1-4) face each other again on Sunday to complete the series for the season. “It is odd,” McGuff said of the schedule. “For both teams, we’ll probably have a good feel for what we’re trying to do. From a preparation standpoint, there’s not (more) film to watch outside of tonight’s game.”

BREAK TIME: I’m out to write the newspaper version. It’s 47-39 UW with 7:51 remaining in the game. Davis has 18 points for the Huskies and teammate Walton has 15 points with 10 rebounds. Cooks has nine points for WSU while Noyes has seven. Galdeira has 12 rebounds for the Cougars.

MAKE NOYES: Noyes is finding her way around the smaller Walton to help WSU cut the lead to 43-39. Williams responded with a short jumper, but the Cougs are building some momentum.

COMEBACK?: Cooks hit a jumper to cut UW’s lead to single digits at 40-31. Her team is also keeping Washington to one shot attempts on offensive possessions. The WSU bench and solid contingent of fans behind it are starting to get into the game.

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January 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Washington makes Pac-12 Networks debut, hosts Arizona on Seahawks Sunday

HUSKIES WIN: UW won 76-65 before 2,o43 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena. Walton and Davis finished with 20 points apiece, Walton adding a season-high 13 rebounds. “She’s starting to get a little bit more of a balance in her game,” McGuff said of Walton. “For a while there she’d settle for exclusively three-point shot. She’s still shooting the three, but now she’s putting the ball on the floor.” Kingma used her leadership and regained shooting touch to lead the Huskies out of its muck in the second half. She had 15 of her 18 points after the break. Kingma made six free throws to close the game. Across the court, UA captain Whyte was trying to do the same for her team. She scored 12 of her final 17 points after the break. She also had 10 rebounds. “Arizona is a team that we knew from the beginning that could put up numbers really quickly,” Kingma said. “Davellyn is a great player and they have some really good shoots. I think that for a while we lost our focus and we let them back. Against teams that are maybe predicted to finish a little bit higher, those lapses can’t happen.” Like, oh, next week against No. 16 UCLA (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12). The Huskies also play USC on the road next. For now, UW is undefeated to start conference play for the first time since 2006-07 when it started 5-0. After the game, Davis and teammate Deborah Meeks joined reporters in the media room to watch part of the conclusion of Hawks playoff win. They were kicked out because they were rooting for the ‘Skins. Davis was recovering from vomiting before and during halftime of Sunday’s game. She said it was from a bad breakfast and is unlikely to miss any practices or games. “It’s always something with our team,” Kingma quipped. “Someone’s sick or someone’s hurt. We’ve just got to be resilient and play through it.”

WETMORE OUT: Wetmore fouled out with 25 second left and UW up 74-65. The Huskies used a small 6-2 run to regain some breathing room in the matchup.

CLAWING BACK: The Wildcats have scratched deep into the Huskies’ lead behind a 17-5 run. Whyte, a senior, has been the floor leader and never playing like the game was over. It’s 63-56 UW with 5:01 remaining. Whyte has 15 points, eight rebounds and dour assists. Washington has missed 10 of its 12 shot attempts since its 58-39 lead to drop to 34.6 percent shooting in the second half.

SCOREBOARD: No. 7 Cal had to fight for a 53-49 at No. 20 Colorado. No. 16 UCLA is down 34-24 at the break at Oregon State while Washington State is leading Arizona State 70-57 with 2:39 left in the second half. In Eugene, USC and Oregon are in a tight one with 3:57 on the clock. Trojans lead 58-57. No. 4 Stanford beat Utah 70-56.

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January 4, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Live game thread: Washington hosts Arizona State in Pac-12 conference opener

HUSKIES WIN: Walton nailed an open three-pointer with 2:40 remaining in the game to give UW a 72-67 lead. It was enough to guard against any ASU surge, winning 77-74 before 2,341 fans. But it wasn’t without nailbiting moments. The Sun Devils (8-5, 0-1 Pac-12) missed three three-pointers in the final 44 seconds to nix opportunities to win. Although Blackwell did hit one at the buzzer that was ultimately meaningless but still a headshaker because she was well defended. She finished with an impressive 29 points on 12 of 17 shooting. ASU’s normal star, Fulcher, had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Walton and Williams provided the needed 1-2 punch inside the paint. Walton had a team-high 19 points with five blocks and three steals. Williams finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Davis (17) and Kingma (14) also finished scoring in double figures. “I like Blackwell a lot,” McGuff said. “Watching the film, I thought she’s really talented. I didn’t anticipate her scoring 29, but I thought she could be really effective.” It’s Washington’s first Pac-12 opening win since it defeated Washington State in the 2008-09 season. The team has talked a lot about getting out to a solid start in conference play and the goal showed on Friday — although in spurts. Positives were UW (9-3, 1-0) totaling 14 steals and six blocks. Washington used the defense to score 21 points off 24 ASU turnovers. But the Sun Devils got the Huskies on the boards (52-30) and dominated the paint, scoring 52 points to the Huskies’ 36 inside. “At the end of the day I felt that we played hard enough down the stretch to make it tough on them around the basket,” McGuff said. “This is a really good win for us.” UW switches from a grinding inside game to face a three-point happy team in Arizona (9-3, 1-0) on Sunday. UA defeated WSU 71-65 in the teams’ conference opener at Beasley Coliseum on Friday.

BREAK TIME: I’m out to write the newspaper version. It’s 58-57 UW with 8:14 on the clock. Kingma has just checked back into the game after probably her first extend in-game break of the season. Previously Washington was so wounded, it barely had subs.

UNLEASHED: Freshman Heather Corral, making her college home debut, flung a long three-pointer into the hoop to give the Huskies a tight 56-54 lead with 9:25 remaining. The play was setup by a hustle steal from Wetmore. The crowd gave the Huskies a standing ovation as it entered a timeout.

BET ON BLACK: Blackwell has made three consecutive shots to put ASU back ahead 52-48. Davis stopped the surge with a three-point play and Washington is down 52-51 with 10:28 on the clock. Blackwell has a game-high 18 points off the bench.

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December 16, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Live game thread: Idaho at Washington

It’s all hands on deck for Idaho as Washington’s Kristi Kingma splits the defenders in the lane in first half action Sunday. Kingma had 8-points and 14 rebounds for Washington in the 62-48 win over Idaho. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

HUSKIES WIN: When UW (7-2) pieces together a complete game, it’s going to be entertaining to watch. For now, the offense has stalled and the team is relying on grit and hustle to win. That combination buoyed a 62-48 win on Sunday where UW and UI shot below 30 percent from the field. Davis led all scorers with 19 points while Williams had 12 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. She added a career-high six steals to her stats. Kingma led by example as far as playing well from the opening tip, finishing with 14 rebounds and eight points. Charlston led the Vandals with 15 points and 14 boards before a rowdy cluster of Idaho family and friends in attendance to show support for the three Washingtonians on the UI roster. UW won’t play another home game until the Pac-12 season opens in January. Up next is a tough matchup Friday at Georgia Tech (4-5), which was ranked 22nd nationally  in preseason polls. Idaho (3-7) plays at Gonzaga (9-2) on Thursday.

FOR THREE: Idaho hit a couple of three-pointer to bring UW’s lead to single digits. The Huskies took some time getting it back up giving their shooting percent. With one minute left, the score is 59-48. UW looks to improve to 7-2 all-time against UI.

SINKING: Both team’s shooting percentage is shrinking. UW is still ahead with a 49-35 lead. UI is shooting 28.9 percent from the field, but does have eight assists on 13 field goals.

TIME: UW only has three assists on 15 made FGs, which can tell you what type of game it has been. Idaho has gone back to missing three-pointers, so Washington remains ahead, 38-29. Reserve G Kassia Fortier is the only UW player to see minutes that hasn’t scored. Davis leads with nine and Kingma has seven with 10 rebounds. There’s 13:52 left in the game.

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December 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Live game thread: UC Santa Barbara at Washington

HUSKIES LOSE: UW lost 54-46. It outscored UCSB 29-27 in the second half, but unlike past games, it wasn’t enough to conceal shooing 18.8 percent from the field to start the game. Kingma (2-for-12) and Davis (6-for-20) continued their stretch of shooting slumps, Davis leading the team with 20 points. Not that the Huskies were implementing their game-plan in the matchup. “They were dictating our offense for a while there,” Wetmore said of the Gauchos forcing the Huskies into their desired spots on the court.  When the Huskies did force themselves on the game, the lead did drop to five points with less than a minute remaining. UCSB made six of seven FTs to close out the win. Underwood was shutdown in the second half, but finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nesbit jumped in to score 12 of her final 14 points in the second half. Williams (10) and Kingma (seven) led UW in rebounding. The theme is starts, however. UW (6-2) plays again Sunday against Idaho (3-6) and while eager to play to erase Saturday’s play, Kingma reiterated a short bench or quick turnaround can’t be used as an excuse for a slow start or sluggish play. “I think it’s not something we think about, we never think we are going to have a bad start,” she said. “Warm ups feel good. I think it’s just something that mentally to get to an elite team level we just got to pick it up and push through those first eight minutes.” UCSB (4-5) plays at BYU (6-4) on Tuesday.

RESPONSE CREW: UCSB responded to UW’s rally with a 9-0 spurt to put the Huskies back down, 43-33. Nesbit (four) and Melissa Zornig (three) did most of the scoring.

SWATTED: Walton had the best block I’ve seen form a Husky woman in a while. As Nesbit drove to the hoop, Walton rose and smacked the orange off the ball. Walton knocked it forward, to keep the ball in play, and later she made a three-pointer to make the deficit 34-33.

DOUBLE DOWN: Some defensive changes in the second half that are working are a full-court press and double-teaming Underwood. She’s only attempted one shot since the break as UW has gone on a 10-0 run to close within 30-27 with 11:56 remaining in the game. Davis and Kingma have combined for all of the second-half points.

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December 5, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Live game thread: San Diego State at Washington

HUSKIES WIN: The Huskies pulled out its biggest win of the season, beating SDSU 59-58 on Walton’s three-pointer with 10 seconds left in the game. The Aztecs were forced into a bad shot at the end that sealed the win. It was one of many solid defensive plays by UW that made the improbable win possible. The comeback from a 19-point deficit is the largest in school history and ties for eighth-largest in NCAA hoops according to scores prior to 2012-13 play. Walton finished with a team-high 17 points. And although Davis and Kingma were hounded into bad nights offensively, Davis finished with six assists and Kingma had nine boards with four assists. Here are the players talking about the game. UW (6-1) is off to its best start since 2002-03. SDSU (4-3) is winless on the road this season and 1-3 against Pac-12 schools. The Aztecs were led by Clements’ 22 points and 13 boards.

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BREAK: I’m out to write the newspaper version. The Huskies are down 50-37 with 7:35 left in the game.

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