Washington sophomore PG Jazmine Davis was cleared to practice on Wednesday. The team’s leading scorer (20.4 points), Davis suffered a concussion midway through the second half of a win at Washington State. She missed her team’s home wins against Oregon and Oregon State last week.
UW coach Kevin McGuff said he didn’t foresee any restrictions in returning Davis to the lineup when it plays at Arizona (11-8, 3-5 Pac-12) on Friday. Washington (14-5, 6-2) defeated Arizona 76-55 at Alaska Airlines Arena on January 7.
“We’ll kind of ease her back into practice today (Wednesday) since it’s her first day back,” McGuff said prior to the afternoon session. “Obviously she’s an important part of what we do. Although I thought we fared well without her, I’m happy to have her back. We have a chance to be even be better with her coming back.”
Huskies freshman G Heather Corral moved into the starting lineup to replace Davis, but junior G Mercedes Wetmore played the PG position. Wetmore finished the weekend with a combined 14 assists, one turnover and 12 points, not resting a second of Friday’s 45-minute overtime win against OSU or Sunday’s win in regulation against Oregon.
Corral was a combined 7 of 14 from three-point range for a total of 23 points, 11 rebounds and six steals in the wins.
“I feel like I was out forever,” said Davis of her 10-day absence. “Getting to touch a ball finally, that’s what’s exciting me the most.
“I was proud (of my team). It’s almost like I was glad that I was out and I got to see how they were. They all stepped up and it just showed me that they all have it in them.”
Washington is on a four-day win streak and is tied for third in conference standings.
THE LOCALS: Seattle U (11-7, 8-1 WAC) bounced back from its first loss in the WAC to defeat Texas State 70-58 on Saturday. The Redhawks’ seven-game win streak to open conference play tied for 12th longest active consecutive wins in Division I ball. SU will stay on the road, playing at San Jose State (Thursday) and Utah State (Saturday) this weekend, to begin the second half of conference play.
The Zags (16-5, 6-1 WCC) host LMU (Thursday) and Pepperdine (Saturday) at McCarthey Athletic Center. GU is on a four-game win streak, defeating Pepperdine 80-46 in Malibu last week. It’s the first meeting of the season with LMU (8-12, 2-5).
Eastern Washington (11-8, 7-3 Big Sky) is vying for conference positioning with a road trip to play the Montana schools this week. The Eagles are at Montana State (Thursday) and Montana (Saturday), which share the Big Sky conference lead at 8-1.
RANK ‘EM: The national polls are out. Lots of upsets leading to changes but the Pac-12 still has four ranked teams.
My Week 13 National Poll
1 Baylor (18-1)
2 Notre Dame (18-1)
3 Connecticut (18-1)
4 Maryland (17-3)
5 Penn State (17-2)
6 North Carolina (19-2)
7 California (17-2)
8 Stanford (18-2)
9 Tennessee (16-3)
10 Kentucky (19-2)
11 Duke (18-1)
12 UCLA (15-4)
13 Louisville (17-4)
14 South Carolina (18-3)
15 Colorado (15-4)
16 Purdue (17-3)
17 Dayton (17-1)
18 Florida State (17-3)
19 Georgia (17-3)
20 Delaware (15-3)
21 Oklahoma (15-4)
22 Iowa (16-5)
23 Texas A&M;(16-5)
24 Villanova (16-4)
25 Michigan (16-4)
POW: Here are the Players of the Week nods from conferences linked to the state of Washington.
PAC-12: Stanford junior F Chiney Ogwumike.
WCC: San Diego senior F Klara Wischer.
WAC: Idaho junior F Alyssa Charlston (Eastlake HS).
BIG SKY: Northern Colorado senior F Lauren Oosdyke.
GOLDEN APPLE: Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves was named assistant coach to help lead the USA U19 World Championship Team in its quest for a fifth-straight gold medal at the U19 Worlds. Miami coach Kate Maier will head the team and LSU coach Nikki Caldwell will be the other assistant coach. The coaches are serving their second stint for USA Basketball and were selected by the 2009-12 USA Basketball Junior National Team Committee and approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. Here’s the full news release.