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March 26, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Washington coach Kevin McGuff agrees to a contract extension

HuskiesLogoIn two years, Washington coach Kevin McGuff has experienced success that the program hasn’t seen in decades. No wonder his contract was extended through 2020. Terms of the deal were not immediately released.

McGuff, whose team’s season ended Sunday with a second round loss in the WNIT, had back-to-back 20-wins seasons — a first for Washington since the 1990s. He also recruited the program’s first McDonald’s All-Americans in F Katie Collier and PG Kelsey Plum. Collier didn’t play this season, however, due to a knee injury while Plum was also selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American.

McGuff replaced Tia Jackson in April 2011, after the latter dragged the school through four consecutive losing seasons — a first for UW. He originally signed a five-year contract worth $475,000 annually plus incentives. It makes McGuff the highest-paid coach in UW women’s basketball history. He’s also the program’s first male coach.

Jackson did recruit some eventual star players in PG Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year in 2012. She’s just the second in UW program history to receive the honor. Jackson also recruited underclassmen forwards Talia Walton and Aminah Williams and senior Jeneva Anderson.

But the culture this season was vastly different than under Jackson. The current players that remained through the change from June Daugherty to Jackson in 2007 didn’t have any ill-will, but often admitted McGuff was more casual than Jackson. Senior G Kristi Kingma said the 2012-13 season was her favorite of the five years she spent in the program.

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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 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

UPDATE: My ballot for Pac-12 postseason awards

Stanford Forward Chiney Ogwumike celebrates during a Cardinal win (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Stanford Forward Chiney Ogwumike celebrates during a Cardinal win
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

UPDATE: The Pac-12 released the conference’s media awards. I’m in total disagreement with my peers. No surprise there. Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb was voted Coach of the Year while Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike was the media’s pick for Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Oregon F Jillian Alleyne was named Freshman of the Year. Washington’s Kristi Kingma and Jazmine Davis were part of the All-Pac-12 team and F Talia Walton is an All-Freshman Team member.

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No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Connecticut are deciding the Big East Conference regular-season championship on ESPN2’s Big Monday lineup at 4pm (PT). But the Pac-12 is chilling. With its dual champions in No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 California already crowned, focus has turned to the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena from Thursday to Sunday.

Fifth-seeded Washington (19-10, 11-7 Pac-12) hosts last-placed Oregon at 8:30pm on Thursday. Cross-state rival Washington State (10-19, 6-12) is seeded eighth and plays Arizona State at 6pm. Day 1 action begins with No. 7 seed USC (7-11, 10-19) against No. 10 Oregon State (4-14, 10-20) at  noon.

Postseason awards should be announced this week. My ballot is below. If I could give an award for sportsmanship or most heart, UW G Kristi Kingma would be my first pick. But other more talented players made the list of top-15 ahead of her. Kingma, a redshirt senior, was voted All-Pac-12 as a junior.

I debated Huskies coach Kevin McGuff for Pac-12 Coach of the Year. But, until someone handily beats the Cardinal, it always feels like punishing coach Tara VanDerveer for being a good leader, recruiter and constantly winning if I don’t vote her as conference COY.

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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 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Mailbag: Washington wants fourth place in Pac-12; Gonzaga goes for outright WCC title and other notes

Once again, Washington coach Kevin McGuff will be watching for the “hangover” with his team. UW lost 60-46 at Utah on Friday, a game it needed to win to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive. Washington continued its poor shooting stretch against Utah. The Huskies shot 30.5 percent from the field overall, 8 for 32 in the second half.

“That was as good as we’ve played defensively in a long time,” Utes coach Anthony Levrets told reporters on Friday. Former Cleveland HS standout Cheyenne Wilson had five points in the game.

Washington didn’t have a “hangover,” sulking its collective head in playing USC the following Sunday after the four-point loss to No. 17 UCLA at Alaska Airlines Arena, however. Aside from McGuff’s concerns, UW beat USC 61-58 the following Sunday. Will that be true this Sunday at No. 20 Colorado?

Sure, the Utah loss is a prick in Washington’s NCAA bubble, but UW (19-7, 11-4) still has plenty it needs to accomplish.

The Huskies are tied for third with the Bruins (19-6, 10-4) in Pac-12 standings. UCLA hosts rival USC (8-17, 5-9) on Sunday. A UW win against CU (21-5, 10-5) would clinch at least fourth-place for the Huskies, which includes a bye in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament in March at KeyArena. Third place would mean UW could stay out of No. 4 Stanford’s bracket.

And there’s always the National Invitation Tournament, which has its own seeding process. UW needs a strong finish to seal a good seed there if overlooked for the NCAA tourney.

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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 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 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Around the Pac-12: Washington poised to attack?

Guard Mercedes Wetmore looks to pass
BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Washington (14-5, 6-2) is in a peculiar position at the quasi midway point of the Pac-12 conference season. Win its home games to date? Check. Sweep standard rival WSU? Done. Work way to a slot in the standings with room for error? Well…

With 10 games remaining in conference play, UW is tied with No. 18 UCLA (15-4, 6-2) for third. It appears cushy, until you realize four of the remaining games are against teams ranked nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll. The good news? The UCLA, No. 4 Stanford (18-2, 7-1) and No. 6 Cal (17-2, 7-1) games are at Alaska Airlines Arena. And the Huskies only play the Cardinal and Bears once.

UW coach Kevin McGuff doesn’t like to speculate about the season or whether the Huskies put themselves in position to really make a run at a finish in the Pac-12’s upper half. But some players like to watch the standings, making last weekend’s wins against Oregon (Sunday) and Oregon State (Friday) even sweeter. The team had to play without PG Jaz Davis, who suffered a concussion in a road win against Washington State.

“These are really crucial wins for us,” Washington junior G Mercedes Wetmore said after beating Oregon. “We’re hoping we can take care of a lot of the Arizonas, the Oregons and the Wazzus. That was our goal.”

UW has a chance to sweep the desert schools in its road trip to Arizona (Friday) and Arizona State (Sunday) this week. But sweeping Oregon State won’t be easy. OSU coach Scott Rueck is bitter about the finish in regulation that led to the overtime loss at Hec Ed.

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