HUSKIES LOSE: Doubt Washington will feel like celebrating the New Year after this dud. The Huskies led by 16 with 10:56 remaining and then left the building — mentally, because their bodies were still around to give up 12 made FTs on six fouls in the final 10 minutes of the game. Add Weaver’s game-winning three-pointer on a missed assignment with 16 seconds left and Oregon gets a 88-86 win. The Ducks played hard, trying to erase two consecutive games of shooting below 26 percent from the field. UO shot 38.1 percent on Saturday and was 27-for-34 from the line overall. Jackson was 11-of-12 alone. “You could say we got a little comfortable with the lead, but they were driving it relentlessly at us,” said Wetmore, who finished with 13 points and five boards. Too bad, because UW finally responded to a team smothering its bigs with impressive outside shooting from the guards. McCann-Smith finished with a career-high 26 points, including six of the Huskies’ season-high 12 treys. Argens, who played off the bench due to a strained left quad, found the basket late as Oregon adjusted to covering McCann-Smith. Argens had 18 points and nine boards as UW’s reserves outscored UO’s 51-27. An improvement from the two points the bench had in a five-point loss to Oregon State on Thursday. But it’s still a loss. Washington (8-4, 0-2 Pac-12) drove home after the game. It hosts conference newcomers Colorado (Thursday) and Utah (Jan. 7) at Hec Ed next week. Oregon (9-5, 1-1) travels to play the Bay Area schools next week.
SCOREBOARD: Yeah, Washington State is calling for respect this season. It defeated Oregon State 61-54 in double overtime this afternoon. No. 4 Stanford defeated UCLA 77-50 and Cal is the big mystery, getting dropped 74-54 by Southern California. The Bears are 0-2 to start the season. Lastly, Colorado remains undefeated, beating Utah 58-52.
DAVIS OUT: Davis is out with five fouls, but the bigger story is Jackson laying baseline with an apparent cramp in her left leg. She’s up and walking, but…Wing Lexi Petersen missed both of Jackson’s ensuing FTs. Washington is up 78-76 with 3:51 left.
ROGERS OUT: Rogers couldn’t resist reaching for a long rebound, collecting her fifth foul of the game. She’s always had trouble with the Ducks’ speed, but the last call was a careless mistake. Jackson was the one fouled and she tied the score at 74 points all with a pair of FTs.
DUCK WADDLE: UO is back in the game after a series of bloopers by Washington. McCann-Smith and Davis had turnovers that led to Oregon scores. A layin by Thomas has the Ducks down 73-72 with 6:56 on the clock.
STILL ROLLING: Rogers is getting touches to start the second half and the lead is pushed to 51-38. UO coach Paul Westhead just called a timeout to get after the officiating crew for not calling a foul on McCann-Smith’s defense on Brenner, which resulted in a block for the 5-9 transfer against the 6-1 freshman. I have to agree with the no call. Brenner needs to hit the weight room because she should have made the layin.
RUNNING DAWGS: What a finish. The Huskies pieced together a solid 11-3 run to close the half up 47-36. Three-pointers were dropping all over the place, Davis and Wetmore hitting from outside, while McCann-Smith nailed a short jumper during the run. UW forced turnovers and limited the fouls to keep the Ducks from jumping back in the game. Washington is 8-for-15 from outside — a needed positive because Oregon didn’t budge from running a zone defense in the first half, limiting UW to just eight points in the paint. UW’s bench has outscored UO’s 26-7 already, McCann-Smith with a new career-high 15 points at the break. Still, there should be concern about Rogers not even getting a touch in her six minutes and Mo-Will, Heard and Argens combining for 2-for-6 shooting. If the guards cool off, UW has to be able to find and entry-pass inside. Argens does have seven boards to help the Huskies outrebound the Ducks 22-19. Oregon is shooting 32.3 percent from the field led by Thomas’ 14 points.
BARLOW HURT?: Barlow limped off the court. It’s hard to tell what’s wrong. UPDATE: Looks like Barlow’s right ankle is being re-tapped. And Ducks sophomore Thomas nailed two three-pointers to inch UO within 34-31 with 3:57 remaining in the half.
FOUL GAME: OK, wrote too soon. The Ducks have not found their shooting game. UO is shooting 28.6 percent from the field, but only trails 27-25 with 7:18 left in the half because UO is 11-for-14 from the line. UW is 5-for-9. McCann-Smith is hot, though, nailing a far-out, rainbow three-pointer to put Washington up 30-25. There’s 6:40 remaining in the half. She has 11 points, including three threes.
WHO DAT?: Both teams are starting to settle into the game and put on a good show. Davis is hitting from outside, the Huskies are 4-for-7 from the line and the team has calmed the turnovers to get back into the matchup. Rogers did commit her second foul, still struggling a tad with the speed of the Ducks, so she’s back on the bench. But the reserves are already more productive than Thursday, G Kellie McCann-Smith and freshmen Aminah Williams scoring. UW is up 18-17 with 11:40 on the clock.
SUB IN: Argens is fine and was placed in the game. But another turnover has coach Kevin McGuff irked. UW has three early.
LINEUP CHANGE: F Mollie Williams started in place of Argens, who is currently having her left leg worked on by athletic trainer Jenn Stueckle. On the court, Davis scored the team’s first points off a three-pointer but UO capitalized on a turnover and foul to take a 5-3 lead with 17:58 left in the first half.
SCOREBOARD: My bad for not alerting you, again, to the televised Pac-12 game Saturday. Had a little battle with some pumpkin pancakes. Feeling better now, but Arizona (11-2, 0-1) had its six-game win streak snapped by rival Arizona State (10-2, 1-0) in the conference opener for both. F Kimberly Brandon scored 13 points in ASU’s 60-45 victory. Click here for more.
Oregon senior Nia Jackson just swished a three-pointer through the net, so it looks like the human highlight reel is going to play Saturday afternoon against Washington. The native Seattleite (Chief Sealth HS) missed the Pac-12 opener against Washington State on Thursday due to swelling in her right knee. She was doubtful for the matinee, but who could resist going against old homies?
UW seniors Regina Rogers and Charmaine Barlow played prep hoops with Jackson. They’ve had fun battles in college, but it was mainly Huskies star Kristi Kingma that led the way for Washington. She’s out with a knee injury. While Barlow will probably get the defensive assignment to shutdown Jackson, freshmen Jazmine Davis is up for another harsh welcome. Jackson had five steals in UO’s win at the old MacArthur Court last season, mainly plucking off then-freshmen Marjorie Heard, who finished with eight turnovers overall.
Davis had six miscues in Thursday’s conference-opening loss to Oregon State on Thursday. The worst was in the waning seconds with UW down three points. The Huskies lost 60-55.
But while Jackson may be able to cut up the UW back court, there’s still Rogers and redshirt senior Mackenzie Argens for Oregon to deal with. Both had double-doubles against OSU and if UW perimeter game would have got going, they made have led the Huskies to a win. Instead, they got smothered with all the coverage inside the paint.
Fans are trickling in to the new Matthew Knight Arena, which is as nice as billed. The Huskies are taking the court for the first time in the facility. How will they rebound from Thursday? Let’s see, first with your starting lineups:
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Jazmine Davis
G Mercedes Wetmore
F Deanna Weaver
F Danielle Love
C Jasmin Holliday
G Nia Jackson
G Ariel Thomas
Today’s officials are Lisa Jones, Penny Davis, and Mary Whatford.