UW SPURT: The Huskies went on a modest 7-4 run to build a 28-25 lead with 1:07 remaining. UW is getting some defensive stops and good play by Williams, McLellan, and Roizer.
HUSKIES LEAD: Washington grabbed a brief 13-12 lead off a layin from Laura McLellan. Two buckects by UCLA put the Bruins back up 16-13 with 8:20 remaining in the first half.
MO WILL: Sophomore Mollie Williams entered the game and again hit her first shot to help keep the building Washington momentum going. UW is down 12-8 with 11:53 remaining. Both teams are shooting 50 percent, but Washington has six turnovers.
ROGERS OUT: Staying true to form, Rogers was taken out of the game after three minutes of play. The Bruins, who are lined up with a way smaller lineup despite Rogers (6-foot-3) being on the bench, are taking advantage. UCLA leads 8-2 with 16:00 remaining in the opening half.
HONOR ROLL: Former Husky Rhonda Smith will be honored this afternoon. She ranks third all-time in UW scoring, finishing with 1,928 career points playing from 1991-1995. Smith’s Huskies teams were regular finishers in the top half of the Pac-10. Smith, who lives in Seattle with her husband and three young children, played for the defunct ABL and Sacramento Monarchs.
Of all the matchups, this could be the best for Washington as the Huskies host UCLA. The Bruins, currently seeded third in the Pac-10, are faster. But UCLA doesn’t have the size and the defensive philosophies are similar. It’s just a matter of execution.
Washington center Regina Rogers has had walking pneumonia this week, proclaiming herself 80 percent healthy on Friday. She hasn’t been able to consistently practice, but isn’t contagious.
Rogers had a solid game in Thursday’s five-point loss to USC, finishing with eight points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. She said she’s nervous and excited for this afternoon’s game because she’s playing against her former team. Rogers transferred from UCLA last year to be closer to home after the passing of her grandmother.
The former Chief Sealth star still keeps in constant contact with former high school teammate Christina Nzekwe and UCLA roommate Darxia Morris. But there isn’t any trash talking like Kristi Kingma had with USC PG Ashley Corral, a friend since childhood.
“Christina’s not like that,” Rogers said.
Washington will try to prevent a four-game losing streak. The Huskies defeated the Bruins at home last season, 59-49.
Here are your starting lineups:
F Dorenna Campbell
F Rebekah Gardner
C Jasmine Dixon
G Erica Tukiainen
G Mariah Williams
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
Today’s officials are Anita Ortega, Randy Campbell, and Alejandro Moreno.