Pac-12 Networks will re-air Washington’s 70-65 upset of No. 18 Cal on Monday at 12:30pm (PT) in Washington. Freshman G Kelsey Plum scored 22 points, including four key shots from the foul line in the waning minute, to seal the win. The Bears, however, played without floor-leader Brittany Boyd (knee). The…More
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Here’s a little bit of this and that with Washington’s star backcourt Jazmine Davis, Kelsey Plum and Mercedes Wetmore. You might think the giddiness is due to the 108-100 win against Oregon on Friday. It’s not. The trio, and entire team, are normally engaging after games — win or lose. It’s part…More
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 Pocatello’s more eastern location. NORTHWEST 11 WEEK 6 (Rank/Last Week/ School/Record: Comment) 1. (4) Washington (13-10, 6-6…More
The mentioning of Seattle Times preps reporter Sandy Ringer’s name immediately had Washington teammates Talia Walton and Mercedes Wetmore flooded with memories of good times back in the day. Even though that day was really about four years ago. Ringer covered the duo — and millions (?) more — through their high school hoops career….More
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.More
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.More
Washington lost 52-44 at Georgia Tech on Friday. Lack of offensive rebounds to cover up a stagnate offense was the issue.
The Huskies’ overall play looked good against the Yellow Jackets, who’ve become a perennial NCAA tournament team. Only the shots UW (7-3) created and fouls it drew resulted in misses. Washington was 14 of 54 from the field (25.9 percent) and outrebounded 63-37, 29-10 on the offensive glass.
Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis led the Huskies with 21 points (7 of 17). Freshman wing Aaliyah Whiteside (19 points) and junior G Tyaunna Marshall (15 rebounds) led Georgia Tech (5-5).
Heralded freshman Heather Corral (Prairie HS) made her college debut for Washington, entering the game early in the first half. She wore teammate Deborah Meeks’ jersey (No. 24), however, because Corral didn’t expect to play on the trip and didn’t pack her gear. She was expected to return for Washington’s Dec. 28 game at UC Davis (3-4).
Corral is recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in practice and wore a black brace.
Despite Washington gaining a player, it lost two in junior G Mercedes Wetmore and freshman post Mathlide Gilling getting sick on the trip. Gilling, a signee from Denmark, only averages 6.4 minutes as she adjusts to the American style of play . Wetmore, a starter, was replaced play junior G Kassia Fortier in the lineup. Wetmore is third-highest in the Pac-12 for minutes played (38.3) and averages 9.1 points and 4.0 boards.More
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.More