DAWGS ROLLING: With Gray-Lawson on the bench with three fouls, the Dawgs are taking advantage. They’ve built a 26-22 lead with 3:08 remaining before halftime off a jumper from Rogers and four points from Morton. Argens also blocked Natasha Vital’s driving layup to stop the Bears.
FIRST LEAD: Morton gave the Huskies their first lead off two free throws. Washington is figuring out Cal’s press and shooting 40 percent from the field. The score is 20-19 with 6:00 left before halftime.
HUSKY LEGEND: UW honored Lisa Oriard during a timeout in the opening half as a “Husky Legend.” Oriard scored 1,151 points for the Dawgs during her time as a letter-winner from 1984-1988. Oriard took the court with her partner and two young children. Cal leads 16-15 with 7:28 remaining.
SHOWING FIGHT: Washington started out down 0-6, but has used its scrappy defense to inch back into the game. Highlights were Whitcomb’s baseline sweep for a reverse layin and C Laura McLellan’s turnaround jumper to make the score 13-11 Cal. UW had a chance to tie off a steal from Mollie Williams, but she missed the ensuing midrange shot. After a timeout, Kingma tied the game at 13 with a jumper. There’s 10:24 on the clock.
SPOTTED: Washington coach Lorenzo Romar and wife are watching the game at Hec Ed. UPDATE: Romar was joined by his players. AD Scott Woodward is seated courtside.
MO READY: Watching SG Sara Mosiman is amazing. Seriously. She had surgery in December to have a rod placed in her right shin and she’s back on the court. Mosiman isn’t the player she was pre-surgery, yet. But the jumper she hit in the paint with 17:12 remaining in the opening half is a sign she’s getting closer. Huskies have been swiped twice, however, and trail 8-2 with 15:45 on the clock. In the last meeting, UW had 30 turnovers in the second half of a 60-43 loss.
Looks of pink dot the Edmundson Pavilion stands. Washington asked fans to sport the color in sport of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s Pink Zone initiative. The movement is to help raise breast cancer awareness.
People wore pink hats, sweater vests, and ties in support. The team has pink-accented jerseys, also a good look for the Valentine’s Day matchup against California.
There’s no love lost between these teams. The Bears always seem to head to Hec Ed in need of something and sometimes the Huskies can stop them in their tracks.
Sunday, Cal enters having won seven of its past nine games and needs the win to stay in the hunt as one of the Pac-10’s top teams. With UCLA defeating USC on Saturday, there’s room for Cal to make a move.
That Cal is making noise at all shows the talent in its freshman class. The Bears start four and all are a treat to see (which you can on FSN). Keeping them together is senior G Alexis Gray-Lawson, who needs just 15 points to move into third on Cal’s all-time scoring list, passing Jennifer Bennett. Playing from 1984-87, Bennett tallied 1,766 points.
Speaking of shooting, here’s hoping Washington has aim like cupid and can score Sunday afternoon. In a 22-point loss to No. 2 Stanford on Friday, the Huskies shot 12.9 percent in the opening half, nullifying their hustle on defense.
Another slow start will doom the Huskies against the Bears, which get stronger as the game progresses. Well, let’s get to it with your starting lineups:
F Layshia Clarendon
F Gennifer Brandon
C DeNesha Stallworth
G Eliza Pierre
G Alexis Gray-Lawson
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
Tonight’s officials are Marianne Karp, Gator Parrish, and Darla Foutz.