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November 12, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Deja Strother makes it official, signs NLI with Washington

The early signing period opened Wednesday for student-athletes. Ingelmoor HS star Deja Strother made her verbal commitment official, signing a national letter of intent to play for Washington. Strother is a 6-5 post player, ranked as the No. 35 overall by Prospects Nation. She is also the No. 49 prospect by All-Star Girls Basketball Report. She…


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February 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Northwest 11: #DubsUp #ThatIsAll

UW F Talia Walton shoots over Stanford F Chiney OgwumikeLINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES Here’s the Northwest 11 weekly power ranking. The qualifying regional Division I schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to…


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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 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Around the Pac-12: The weekend that was

It’s Monday morning and Washington isn’t dreaming. Last week’s small, but significant, look from reporters as worthy of a top-25 look still exists and UW remains in the upper half of Pac-12 standings.

Washington (17-6, 9-3 Pac-12) entered the weekend tied with then-No. 17 UCLA (19-4, 10-2) for third in the conference and receiving four points in the Associated Press top-25 poll. The Huskies still have four points despite losing to UCLA 65-61 and have solidified the fourth place in standings with a 61-58 win against Southern California (8-15, 5-7) on Sunday.

UW F Talia Walton was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her play inside for the Huskies. It’s her third nod this season.

While one of my peers dropped the Huskies out of consideration, I changed my mind. I consider the final five slots guest appearances for teams making noise who also have a good NCAA RPI ranking. I also try to put West Coast teams out there because, ahem, the East Coast is biased due to not being able to catch as many games as me.

I tried not to vote for Washington. NCAA tournament team? Yes. Top-25? Well, I can’t vote for San Diego State as originally thought because Washington beat them. The Aztecs (17-5, 8-1 Mountain West) also didn’t fare well against other Pac-12 teams in nonconference play. Thought about the Zags (20-5, 10-1 WCC), which does have a slightly higher NCAA RPI ranking, but I honestly think UW would beat them. And…goodness. If I’m searching this hard for a reason not to vote for Washington just vote for them.


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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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November 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Post-game videos of Kristi Kingma and Aminah Williams; NCAA, WNBA notes

Here’s a clip of Washington starters Kristi Kingma and Aminah Williams after Tuesday’s 70-51 win against Pepperdine (2-4) at Alaska Airlines Arena. Kingma scored her 1,000th career point in the game, finishing with 17 against the Waves for 1,006 overall.

Williams, an undersized sophomore post, returned to that rebounder we saw last year in the postseason. Remember when she grabbed 16 for the Huskies (4-1) in the Pac-12 tournament? Anyway, she has three consecutive double-digit rebounding games and Tuesday was her second double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 15 boards.

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WAVES SUPPORT: Pepperdine coach Julie Rousseau, a former Los Angeles Sparks coach, has been in contact with Tulsa Shock F Jennifer Lacy since the player was targeted by former girlfriend Chamique Holdslaw in an aggravated assault, criminal damage to property and reckless conduct incident earlier this month.

Lacy wasn’t hurt but her car windows were bashed and Holdsclaw allegedly fired gun shots into Lacy’s Land Rover. Holdsclaw was reportedly released from jail on $10,000 bail with an ankle monitor. The court date is Friday.


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November 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Washington, Washington State lose on Sunday

Huskies2.jpgWashington won the rebounding battle on Sunday, but poor shooting from its top two players led to a 71-62 road loss at Long Beach State (2-2).

Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis, the team’s leading scorer (23 points), was 1-for-6 from the field for six points and had five turnovers. Senior G Kristi Kingma played 31 minutes like Davis, but Kingma finished with 10 points.

The Huskies (2-1) outrebounded the 49ers 45-40 in the game. It was a first for the season. UW was outworked 119-70 in its opening two games but won both.

Sophomore F Aminah Williams led the change in effort on the boards. She finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds against LBSU, only her team trailed 40-26 at the break.

Junior G Mercedes Wetmore had leg cramps in a win against Seattle U (0-3) on Wednesday. She returned to play 40 minutes Sunday, contributing nine points, six assists, and five boards.


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