HUSKIES WIN: UW can play some defense and that got them out of a bind, whipping out a 16-0 run in the final 5:44 to win 55-52 on Thursday. The Huskies didn’t allow Martin or second-choice Indendi good looks in the waning seconds, forcing Bostick to shoot for the win. She missed the wide-open three-pointer, going 0 for 5 from that range in the game. Credit Barlow for the inspired play. In addition to making her first three-pointer of her career during the winning run, she was the motivator at half. “She was pretty frustrated with how she played in the first half along with the rest of us,” said Kingma, who finished with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. “She definitely gave us a piece of her mind, which didn’t really work right away in the second half, but we got the win…I never heard her really do that and it’s encouraging to see someone give their body on the court and then say they weren’t trying.” Rogers had a similar feeling, returning from her first injury to play 14 minutes. She’s wearing a wrap from her thigh to her stomach and was discouraged at not contributing beyond the six points. But coach Tia Jackson and teammates said the points were timely and Rogers being able to play prevented Argens and Heard from fouling out. “She’s kind of getting the cobwebs out,” Jackson said. “It was so rewarding to have her out there. We were able to rest posts and close out a game. It’s the biggest difference in the world.” Rogers said she feels fine and will be in the rotation for Saturday’s game at Oregon. Her only limitations are conditioning from being out two months. Argens finished with 15 points and 11 boards while Morton had a career-high 10 assists, most to Kingma for the three-pointers. “It was a relief once our shots started to drop,” Argens said. True, now UW (6-6, 1-2) is at least one-game removed from the bottom of the Pac-10. Martin led OSU with a game-high 19 points, four steals and seven turnovers. The Beavers (7-7, 0-3) have lost their past three conference games by a combined eight points.
RESET: The clock was set at 15.1. Rueck said after the game that it may have taken away some momentum since the officials took so long to correct the error. But didn’t use it as an excuse. “Washington does a good job protecting the basket,” he said of the late-game scoring drought. “They may give you a little bit on the perimeter, but they don’t give you many layups. That was the issue. We weren’t able to go down low to a post player or get to the basket and finish
CLOCK MALFUNCTION: There’s an extended timeout because the clock wasn’t stopped at the right time. There’s 22.6 on the clock now and UW is up 53-52. OSU has the ball, though. I think the band will run out of songs to play.
DAWGS BARKING: Guess Washington isn’t going out like that. A series of three-pointers and a second-chance shot has the Huskies knocking at the door of a comeback, down 52-50 with 2:00 on the clock. OSU is young and it’s starting to show down the stretch.
HIT ME: OK, getting physical with the Beavers isn’t working. For the third time, a player was fouled while hit hard by UW and still made the shot. The last was a turnaround jumper by Angela Misa against Argens, who now has four fouls. Martin, a true pick for Pac-10 frosh of the year, made a similar play when hit by Rogers. Add a three-pointer by Jenna Dixon and OSU is up 47-37 with 7:52 left in the game.
FOUL WATCH: It’s good that Argens is playing aggressive because OSU isn’t backing down. But she has three fouls with 11:30 remaining in the game. Not good since she’s the team’s second-most productive player at 10 points. OSU is up 40-37 with 10:57 remaining.
THREE ME: Back-to-back three-pointers by Kingma have UW tied at 31 points apiece in the second half. The teams are trading baskets, playing a more entertaining game than the opening half. OSU is up 36-33 with 13:52 on the clock, following a trey by Indendi.
BREAKING NEWS: A kid wearing a Nike shirt made the shot with less that two minutes left in the halftime contest. Congrats to him, just in time for the NFL playoffs.
HALFTIME: Both teams have accounted for 13 turnovers, the difference is that OSU has converted it into 11 points to take a 23-20 lead into halftime. Shooting low, the Beavers going 8-for-22 from the field with Martin leading at a game-high 12 points. Kingma has only attempted three FGs, making a three-pointer. Nearly every other stat mirrors each other, not good for Washington. Rogers may not be at 100 percent, but the roster is more experienced not only in playing basketball but playing together. The turnovers were passes where the players mistook the opponent for a teammate — that’s after the shot-clock wound down to single digits. True, offense has been a struggle for UW, yet it should be better against OSU.
MY STYLE: Can’t believe rich pizza joint Domino’s is so stingy with the giveaways. Anyway, the company is giving anyone who wants a shot a chance at pizza for a year if they make a halfcourt shot. It’s the halftime entertainment and every student on campus appears to be trying. Good stuff.
TACKLED: Barlow’s athletic ability got away from her as she tried to deny a fast break and instead leaped over a driving Bostick, who still made the layin. It got the crowd hyped and will certainly end up in a highlight video. Barlow was taken out of the game, looking bothered on the bench. OSU went up 23-18 after the ensuing FT.
TIE GAME: Chief Sealth High in the house. A layin by Rogers and two FTs by Barlow helped the Huskies tie the score at 15 points a piece with 4:43 remaining. The duo won a state championship together. Both teams are shooting below 39 percent, Greer collecting three blocks early to stifle UW.
INSIDE BATTLE: Argens and Greer are going at it like this is a football game. Heard is also taking charges and Barlow is fighting for rebounds with Greer. It’s getting more aggressive and nasty as the game goes along, both teams apparently wanting this win and frustrated at the start. Barlow made a bank shot with 7:50 remaining to pull UW within 9-8 with 7:24 on the clock.
ODD START: If the Beavers hold Washington to under 25 points it’s free Domino’s Pizza for everyone and OSU is on it’s way. They’ve scored five points off seven UW turnovers to take a 9-6 lead with 11:38 remaining. The best (or worst) being Martin picking off a pass to Jeneva Anderson and taking all the way down for a layin. Yet, that’s the best flow of the game. OSU has six turnovers for two UW points.
ROGERS IN: Rogers has returned to the lineup, checking in for Heard with 15:49 remaining in the opening half. The addition didn’t help UW get any points on a offensive series, the Beavers starting to run to go up 7-2 with 14:37 on the clock.
BAKERY OPEN: Washington has turned the ball over on its first three possessions. OSU has capitalized, building an early 4-0 lead with 18:20 remaining in the half.
Step onto the Oregon State campus and you wouldn’t figure it a place that went through all the turmoil and tension the past few seasons under coach LaVonda Wagner. She was fired in June after nine players from last year’s roster transferred.
But her imprint on making OSU a big-time program remains. The women’s basketball suite is smooth, complete with huge flat-screen televisions, leather couches, and state-of-the-art equipment.
“The only thing I changed was the paint,” said first-year coach Scott Rueck of his office in the wing inside Gil Coliseum. He painted the once tan walls gray and hung some photos of his family celebrating his 2009 championship at George Fox, but left the furniture in the same spot.
“There just hasn’t been time,” he said of redecorating.
A 1991 graduate of OSU, Rueck said the job was the only he would take, otherwise proclaiming to be a lifer at Fox. He just wanted to at least get on campus for an interview because of his close ties and was blown away by what Wagner did do for the program. The women’s basketball room locker was finished before the 2009-10 season and there’s a strong booster club, started by Wagner.
She even sent a text message to Rueck, congratulating him on the job and wishing him luck this season. It all made the reports of verbal abuse and controlling nature more confusing, prompting Rueck to leave it in the past.
“I don’t know things,” he said. “I haven’t asked. To me, it’s over. Those people are gone. The players have moved on. It’s a new year, new team, new paint. We can’t worry about that, we can just control from here on.”
And that begins with the Pac-10 home opener against Washington at Gil Coliseum on Thursday. The Beavers (7-6, 0-2 Pac-10) lost by a combined five points to the Arizona schools on the road, the freshmen just missing out on chances to tie or win the games.
The Huskies (5-6, 0-2) feel apart late in both games against USC and then-No. 8 UCLA in their conference opener at home last week. Injuries have forced starters to play extended minutes and coach Tia Jackson to use obscure lineups, like five guards.
Washington will still be without post Mollie Williams, who passed an exertion test after suffering a concussion on Dec. 23. She’s missed the past two games.
But C Regina Rogers warmed up with the team this evening and was cleared to play. She hasn’t competed since the season-opener against Portland State in November. Her 6 foot 3 size would not only help depth inside, but could dominate the inexperienced OSU. The Beavers’ tallest player is an add from the volleyball team.
Fans are slowly trickling in from the chilly night. OSU averages 1,074 fans — 100-short of Wagner’s home showing in 14-games last season. The Beavers are 3-1 at home this year, we’ll see if they continue to hold court.
Let’s get started with your starting lineups:
F Charmaine Barlow
F Marjorie Heard
C Mackenzie Argens
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
F Earlysia Marchbanks
F Sage Indendi
C El Sara Greer
G Alexis Bostick
G Alyssa Martin
Tonight’s officials are Lisa Jones, Brenda Pantoja, and Cheryl Flores.