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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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Comments | More in Game Thread, Pac-12, Washington | Topics: Kevin McGuff, Kristi Kingma, mercedes wetmore

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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Comments | More in Game Thread, Pac-12, Washington | Topics: Kristi Kingma, Talia Walton

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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Comments | More in Game Thread, Pac-12, Washington | Topics: Aminah Williams, Jazmine Davis, Kevin McGuff

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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Comments | More in Game Thread, Washington | Topics: Kristi Kingma, San Diego State, Talia Walton

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