NEW DAWG: Assistant coach Kevin Morrison won’t be at Sunday’s game. His finacee gave birth to the couple’s first child this morning at 9:47 a.m. Jayce Patrick Morrison was is a healthy 9.1 pound boy. His borthday is actually one day after UW coach Kevin McGuff, who turned 42 on Saturday.
OK, so my prediction of this being an easy weekend for the Pac-12 has crumbled. I must admit I forgot about the talent of KiKi Moore, a former Washington State PG who transferred to Fresno State. The native Californian led her new squad to a win against Oregon on Thursday.
The Ducks (6-1) were one of three Pac-12 squads to suffer their first loss of the season this weekend. Arizona (7-1) lost to BYU in a Hawaiian tournament while Oregon State (6-1) was stunned 60-53 by North Texas. That leaves Colorado (7-0) has the conference’s sole undefeated squad. The Buffaloes defeated Idaho 68-59 on Sunday.
It also gives Washington (4-2) a strong opening to finish the nonconference season as one of the Pac-12’s better performers. True, the Huskies had a weaker schedule than most in the league. But it still had to win the games.
On Sunday it hosts Long Beach State (2-5). A win would continue UW on the trek of its best nonconference season since 2006-07 and the possible 5-2 record would be the best to open a season since 2005.
The Huskies return F Marjorie Heard (cold) and Ashley Moore (knee) to the lineup. Heard could help increase UW’s size inside against a smaller, less experienced Beach team. The 49ers lost 78-59 at Seattle University on Friday, getting outworked 48-26 on the boards and outscored 36-12 in the paint.
Moore hasn’t played this season, suffering her injury during practice in October. Her likelihood of playing is slight given lack of practice time.
I’m expecting C Regina Rogers to have a field day against Long Beach State’s posts. The senior enters Sunday’s tip after setting career-highs in points (27) and rebounding (14) in a win at Idaho on Wednesday. But my predictions have been wrong before when dealing with this conference, we’ll see about this one — first getting you ready with your starting lineups:
F Mary Ochiltree
F Alex Sanchez
C Ella Clark
G Hallie Meneses
G Tipesa Moorer
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
Tonight’s officials are Marianne Karp, Mary Whatford, and Lorena Ahumada.