HALFTIME: Very staccato start to this rivalry. A mini spurt of flashy plays by the Cougs gave WSU a 34-29 lead headed into the break. A three-pointer by Cook and fastbreak layin off a UW steal by Perkins were the highlights. WSU has five steals in the half and is led by Cooks 12 points. UW is shooting a solid 46.2 percent, but has 15 turnovers. Whitcomb, who nailed a three late to keep Washington in the game, leads with 11. Argens and Rogers have six points apiece. Rozier has five boards. There have been seven ties and four lead changes.
TOUCHY?: Guess the officials aren’t taking any junk tonight. They called a technical on Rogers with 1:49 remaining in the half when the player only slightly bounced the ball hard after a jumpball was called. WSU missed the ensuing FT, so it doesn’t matter, yet. Cougs up 27-26 with 1:02 on the clock.
PICK EM’: Gonzaga has an off night, defeating Santa Clara for its 12 consecutive home win. Some of the team drove down to support friends on both rosters, including F Vivian Frieson (Garfield High). She knows the WSU roster the best, but had trouble picking a winner in the rivarly when pressed. “June’s cool, I like her. That’s my deciding factor. I’m picking Washington State because of June.” Score still tied (16) with 7:25 remaining in the opening half.
NO LOVE: This is an aggressive game. Washington is getting outworked, though, as the Cougs grab offensive boards and lure the Dawgs into fouls. For some reason, Jackson took Rogers out of the game. She and along with Argens were the best options in the paint. McLellan appears to be trying to hard to start, picking up fouls and missing close shots. Perkins is pumped beyond belief. I think it works for her game, so go head. Score tied at 14 apiece with 11:30 remaining.
Pride and a 28-game win streak are on the line for Washington tonight. The Huskies are on a four-game losing streak, but it doesn’t matter because the opponent is Washington State.
UW has owned WSU since 1995. There’s plenty of tangled alliances and storylines, like UW coach Tia Jackson replacing WSU coach June Daugherty in 2007. Yet, there’s really nothing you can say about this matchup that hasn’t been covered before.
One twist is Washington will play without second-leading scorer Kristi Kingma (mild concussion). Jackson started senior Christina Rozier in her place.
So, lets get to it with your starting lineups:
F Sami Whitcomb
F Mackenzie Argens
C Regina Rogers
G Sarah Morton
G Christina Rozier
F Jazmine Perkins
F Rosie Tarnowski
C Carly Noyes
G KiKi Moore
G April Cook
Tonight’s officials are Melissa Barlow, Cathi Cornell, and Rick Showers.