I’m a day late from the official announcement, but Washington G Kelsey Plum was named the Pac-12′s Freshman of the Week on Monday. It’s her second honor of the season, highlighting the Huskies’ positive vibes headed into winter break.
UW finished 2-1 in the “Duel in the Desert” hosted by UNLV last weekend. The Huskies (6-4) missed a chance to get another win complimentary to their victory against Wisconsin, dropping a 73-66 decision to DePaul. But considering what the team went through just to finish the tournament, the trip was a signature win regardless.
“It’s an NCAA-tournament type team,” first-year Washington coach Mike Neighbors said of DePaul. “We had just enough spurts that we weren’t very good that we couldn’t overcome…but overall, considering all of the crazy things that happened to us with the sicknesses and injuries, they fought so hard. They played smart. ”
The Huskies left wing Heather Corral in Seattle to get microscopic surgery on her surgically repaired knees. She’s expected to return mid-January. Corral, a reserve, wasn’t the sole loss, however.
Neighbors quasi teased with officials about rules on using a four-player lineup to balance foul trouble with a seven-player rotation. Of course the response was no, so Neighbors worked with losing C Mathilde Gilling (sickness) and Katie Collier (hamstring). Technically F Talia Walton was out with what Neighbors suspects was really food poisoning, yet she played 25 minutes in the loss to DePaul and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.More