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November 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Live game thread: Pepperdine at Washington

HUSKIES WIN: Rousseau made a pair of lineup changes in hopes of getting some rebounding and a spark going. Instead Washington was the team gaining momentum as the game progressed to win 70-51 before 2,218 fans. Three UW players finished with 17 points apiece but it was William’s rebounding the really helped Washington clinch the victory. UW outrebounded Pepperdine 43-24 overall, Williams totaling 15. It’s her third consecutive double-digit rebounding game and second double-double of the season. “Aminah is the glue to our team right now,” said Kingma, who finished with 17 points along with Davis and Williams. For Kingma, she now has 1,006 career points. “You’re not going to necessarily look at the stat sheet and see a lot of rebounds or some nights there will be a lot of points. Right now, Aminah is the player that’s getting the loose balls, the tough rebounds, tips and extra possessions. Ultimately that helps win games.” After a torrid start that McGuff admitted is a confusing theme considering three of the starters saw big minutes last year and Kingma is a senior, the Huskies shot 64 percent in the second half. The three-point shooting still needs work, finishing 4-for-19 from that range. It’s UW’s second win against a West Coast Conference team. The Huskies play a third in Portland (1-5) on the road Thursday. Pepperdine (2-4) plays at Arkansas (5-1) on Sunday. F Kelsey Patrick (Kamiak HS) didn’t start for the first time this season. Rousseau said it wasn’t disciplinary, just a shake up. Patrick, a senior F, finished with six points in 17 minutes.

INJURY UPDATE: Meeks arrived late to the game because of an academic conflict. Corral is progressing, according to McGuff, but no date has been set for her return. In regards to McCann-Smith, “still up in the air,” McGuff said. “that (her comment about returning after the holidays) could be the case.”

BREAK: I’m out to write the newspaper version. Check back for a postgame wrap.

DOUBLE UP: Williams has a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes. The record for rebounds in a UW game is 25 set by Margie Nielson in 1976. Nielson recorded nine 20-plus rebounding games that season. It’s 60-44 Washington with 4:17 remaining.

RUN CONTINUES: Rousseau is letting her team play…even as it gets buried in a 17-10 run to open the second half. Not a big run, but the way UW is now getting comfortable and preventing second-chance shots, you’d think Rosseau would want to at least temper the Huskies. And as I write, she calls for a 20-second timeout and puts four subs on the court. It’s 52-35 UW with 10:27 left in the game.

Waves players have three rebounds apiece.

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