RESPECTABLE LOSS?: Kingma was fouled on a three-pointer, missing one FTs to pull the Huskies within 68-65 with 20.1 seconds remaining. Corral, for all of her three-point shooting, missed FTs to allow Washington back in the game. But USC will get the win. UW played a solid game, just missed shots late to lose 69-65.
CORRAL HER: Corral, of Vancouver, Wash., found her shooting touch. She made back-to-back three-pointers and Gilbreath created another turnover to pull the Trojans ahead 57-51 with 5:36 remaining. Washington coach Tia Jackson was forced to call a timeout. Her team once led by 11.
TIE GAME: A beautiful pass under the hoop to LaPlante tied the score at 51 points apiece with 7:30 remaining.
SCRAPPY PLAY: Rozier said one trait about USC is that they never stop fighting and that’s holding true. Both teams have spent a significant time on the floor, scrapping for the ball and tipping around at passes. Bad shooting has held the score at 51-49 with 8:10 remaining.
CATCHING BREATH: Well, USC is getting back into the game behind Gilbreath’s defense, again. She’s forced PG Christina Rozier into a turnover — overpowering Rozier with her size. Then Gilbreath collected a charge on Morton, making the ensuing FT to make the score 45-43 UW. The Huskies now lead 11:34 after a Rogers bucket with 11:34 remaining in the game.
BLOODY EXCHANGE: Rogers is changing jerseys to No. 3 because she had blood on the original. Huskies opened the second half with a 10-5 run and now lead 45-36 with 14:31 remaining in the game.
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WILD FINISH: The ball looked a little like a hot potato as players tossed it around, not sure what play to run or where their shooter — Whitcomb — was. The Huskies missed a chance to increase their lead and the Trojans, securing the defensive rebound, couldn’t connect on the long shot at the buzzer. So, UW is holding onto a 33-30 lead at the break. Whitcomb, who’s struggled in past weeks, leads with 10 points and seven rebounds with three turnovers and two assists. Washington’s backcourt has held USC leading scorers Corral and Gilbreath to a combined 2-for-9 shooting. The Trojans are led by Hughes’ nine points. The major problem for USC is they’re shooting 39.3 percent and getting outrebounded 23-13. Washington has only allowed USC three offensive boards.
MY TURN: Well, UW’s 11-point lead has evaporated behind back-to-back three-pointers. A Rogers turnover and a missed bunny by Argens has given USC another chance to tie the game with 1:22 remaining. UW up 33-30.
ROGERS RETURNS: Rogers has checked back into the game. She was seen talking with the athletic trainers, but appears fine. The Huskies are playing well against the press and outrebounding the Trojans 17-11. UW leads 30-22 with 5:18 remaining in the half.
THREE-POINT CITY: The Huskies have made three three-pointers to pull ahead 28-22 with 7:42 remaining in the opening half.
SOLID WORK: Rogers got the Huskies on the board first and made a good imprint on the game in her opening three minutes, substituted for Laura McLellan. Rogers had four points and two boards with one steal. UW is tied with USC at four points apiece. She was sick this week and appeared to be vomiting in a trashcan.
MEDIA COOP: The running joke on press row is whether we can get USC coach Michael Cooper to curse, again. I have history with him through the WNBA and have come close in the past, but word from the Trojans camp is that Cooper was mortified after his notorious “[Bleep] UCLA” opening statement after defeating the Bruins on Sunday. He was reprimanded by Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott today. To say media is looking forward to postgame rather than the actual game is an understatement. Cooper is currently smiling on the visitors bench in a crisp suit that I’m sure Lisa Leslie would approve.
Running late again so here’s your starting lineups. Back soon with game action.
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
F Hailey Dunham
F Aarika Hughes
C Kari LaPlante
G Ashley Corral
G Briana Gilbreath
Tonight’s officials are Melissa Barlow, Kyle Bacon, and Darla Foutz.