PRETTY PASS: Mosiman, well covered by Moeaki, had a sweet no-look pass inside to Rogers to pull the Huskies within 34-26 of the Cougars. Two free throws by Morton shrunk the deficit to 34-28 with 49 seconds remaining in the half.
COUGAR TRACKS: Two more three-pointers and a fast-break layin off a Washington turnover and BYU is on a 8-0 run to build a 25-18 lead with 5:10 remaining before halftime.
ROSEY TO MURKY: Senior G Christinia Rozier got her team pumped with a defensive tip to collect a steal on a mismatch, but then bobbled the ball for a turnover on offense. She was pulled from the lineup when that miscue was converted into a three-pointer by BYU. The Cougars hit a second with 10:02 remaining in the half and lead 17-16. BYU is 3-of-5 from three-point range, hitting all three at the top of the arch.
PLATOON POST: Jackson said she didn’t really like running her posts in-and-out of the game two at a time. She was forced to do it against Portland State due to Rogers getting into quick foul trouble. But Jackson is doing it again tonight, running McLellan and Argens in the game for a couple minutes, then placing Rogers and Williams in. The coach is relying on her veteran backcourt, Whitcomb leading with six points. UW leads 16-11 with 12:13 remaining after a bucket by Argens.
ZONE UP: Using an aggressive 2-3 zone, the Huskies forced a turnover and lead 8-7 with 15:47 remaining in the opening half. Kingma checked in at the 16:12 mark and was part of the solid defense. The game has been a little stagnant as the teams, who haven’t played each other since the 1990s, try to figure each other out. Rogers and sophomore F Mollie Williams are also in the game.
Washington senior F Lydia Young has turned cheerleader (and part-time team bodyguard), opting to undergo season-ending right knee surgery to resolve her tendinitis. Young is now spotted center court pumping her team up and at times getting the crowd going.
She showed promise last year, but it’s up to the remaining players on court. Including sophomore G Kristi Kingma will make her home debut along with UW after suffering from kidney stones last week. She was hospitalized twice and believed she was healthy until waking Saturday morning light-headed, not playing in the one-point loss to Portland State.
The Dawgs want a better showing at Edmundson Pavilion against BYU, but don’t get much support from peers around campus. According to Kingma, they don’t even ask if her Huskies have won. They immediately start with, “So, did you guys lose, again?”
Kingma just shrugs it off.
“It doesn’t bother us,” Kingma said. “We know what goes on everyday. We’re working hard and we don’t let anything affect us. If we did, we’d be a mess.”
Kingma and teammates don’t understand the ire on the Web, either. Especially the continual “Fire Tia” rants after one game. F Liz Lay said people would probably be surprised to know how close the team actually is and how hard they work.
“It’s not the coach’s fault we’re losing the games,” Kingma said. “It’s a team thing. We have to hit the shots. They’re not out there making the shots or the turnovers. More than anything, we have to hold ourselves accountable and if we do the little things right we should be fine.”
Kingma, who started 26 games last season, will play off the bench tonight. She practiced this week, yet it’s uncertain how much she’ll play.
Coach Tia Jackson altered her lineup for the game, starting senior Laura McLellan in side and sophomore F Mackenzie Argens in place of Kingma. Jackson acknowledged that projected starter Regina Rogers wasn’t where she needs to be condition-wise.
“I don’t really know what to expect of myself,” she said. “I’m just going to give as much as I can and if that’s a lot, it’s a lot. I haven’t shot in a week.”
Here are your starting lineups:
F Mindy Nielson
F Keilani Moeaki
C Kristen Riley
G Haley Hall
G Jazmine Foreman
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Laura McLellan
G Sarah Morton
G Sara Mosiman
Tonight’s officials are Lisa Jones, Bret Gervasoni, and Connie Pardue.