HUSKIES LOSE: In her fourth season, Jackson still won’t coach the Huskies to a winning record after losing 74-66 to the Wildcats. UW allowed Arizona to shoot 50 percent from the game, the Wildcats also making 21 of 25 shots from the line. Kingma scored all 21 of her points in the second half, but the Huskies needed more attacks to the basket by Morton or anyone else earlier in the game. UW finishes the season with three road games, beginning Saturday in Pullman. Ibekwe led the Wildcats with 24 points and six boards, but the star was the 11 points from Jackson, who played well while teammates were in foul trouble.
MORTY SHOW: Morton took the ball to the rack twice, Rogers added a putback off her own miss and Kingma nailed a jumper to make the score 63-56. Jackson called time with 4:23 remaining.
SCOREBOARD WATCH: Washington State leads Arizona State 23-18 at the break. The Cougs defeated the Sun Devils on the road in January but haven’t swept ASU since 1996-97. Meanwhile Washington is down 49-39 at Hec Ed with 10:58 on the clock.
TIME!: Butts went wild, trying to get officials to see she wanted a timeout after another wide open look was cashed in for a three-pointer by Kingma. Add a defensive stop by Williams and UW is on an impressive 8-0 run to start the second half. There’s 16:05 left in the game.
KINGMA HITS: UW’s leading scorer, Kingma nailed her first shot with 18:42 left in the game. It was a net-snapping three-pointer to bring the Huskies within 38-26.
HALFTIME: The unicycle halftime show is more entertaining than the game, if you’re cheering for Washington. Arizona slammed with a fast 10-2 run late in the first half, getting five points apiece from Arnold and G Brooke Jackson in a three-minute span. The duo scored three-pointers and made nice layins. Arizona fouled during the span, but the free shots hardly mattered. Rogers is leading the Huskies with nine points and four rebounds. But Kingma is 0-for-7 from the field. Ibekwe has 12 points and three boards while Jackson has nine. UW is down 37-24 at the break.
BAD TRADE: Arizona coach Niya Butts put an all-reserve lineup in the game, aside from Arnold, and proceeded to trade three-pointers with FTs with Washington. The strategy, needed because of foul trouble with the other starters, worked as Rogers was only able to hit two of her past four from the line. The Wildcats are up 33-22 with 2:18 left.
SPOTTED: Former Huskies C Laura McLellan has watched the past two home games while former Arizona star Adia Barnes is seated courtside. UW athletic director Scott Woodward was also seated courtside, but rotated to another spot. UW is within 23-20 with 5:16 on the clock. Storm assistant coach Jenny Boucek and her mother are also in attendance and Kayla Burt is seated baseline.
UGLY GAME: If not a bevy of fouls, it’s a bevy of missed shots and turnovers that’s leading to a 18-15 lead for Arizona with 7:49 left in the half. Rogers is often triple-teamed, going 1-for-4 from the field. The rest of the team is a combined 4-for-13, Heard leading with six points. Arizona isn’t shooting any better at 35.7 percent. But Whyte’s two three-pointers early and the Wildcats’ 6-for-6 shooing at the line helped build the advantage. The teams have combined for 15 turnovers and 13 fouls.
OFF NIGHT: It’s not Argens’ game. Jackson put the post back in and Argens quick minute on the court consisted of a turnover and two fouls. UW is down 14-9 with 13:40 remaining in the half.
QUICK SUB: Jackson pulled Argens after a few early mistakes on the court. Lucet drove past Argens for a score and the Huskies had a turnover on their offensive possession. Freshman Marjorie Heard was inserted and made an immediate impact, scoring UW’s first points and drawing a foul. Arizona is up 7-4 with 17:33 remaining in the first half.
Washington senior Sarah Morton is on the roster placards being handed out at Edmundson Pavilion and her family and friends are starting to funnel into the arena for the player’s final home game as a Husky.
Coach Tia Jackson likes to share a tale about her first meeting with Morton that still makes the PG blush. Seems at one point before deciding to double major in sociology and communications, perhaps returning to school to become a nutritionist, Morton wanted to be a housewife.
“Tia always brings this up,” Morton said with a laugh when asked if it was true. “She came on a house visit and it was all my family and (former assistant) Loree Payne and they asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I had no idea at the time, I was a senior in high school and I was just loving life, playing basketball – that’s all I knew. So, she’s like, ‘What do you want to do when you grow up?’ I was like, ‘Honestly, I would be happy just being a housewife.’ She (Tia) starts cracking up and I’m being serious. I think my mom is awesome. She thought it was the funniest thing ever and she tells it to this day at camps. And I’m bright red.”
Well, according to teammate Mackenzie Argens, who has lived with Morton the past three years, neither can cook much beyond popcorn, so it’s good that Morton has skills on the basketball court. She’ll need them for Senior Night on Saturday as Washington (10-13, 5-9 Pac-10) continues to attempt to make something of the season.
The team was disappointed in their effort on Thursday in a loss to Arizona State. UW plays Arizona on Saturday, a potent offensive team also looking to finish strong. The Wildcats (15-9, 6-7) have won back-to-back road games after suffering a four-game losing streak. Senior Ify Ibekwe has helped, tallying five double-doubles in her past seven games. She is averaging 15.3 points and 10 boards overall.
UA defeated UW 61-58 in January. Wildcats sophomore Davellyn Whyte was the leading scorer with 15. But a questionable foul called against Regina Rogers in favor of F Sonana Lucet in the waning seconds had the Huskies steamed.
We’ll see if Morton and UW can cook up any revenge Saturday. First you’ll need the starting lineups:
F Shanita Arnold
F Ify Ibekwe
C Soana Lucet
G Reiko Thomas
G Davellyn Whyte
F Charmaine Barlow
F Mollie Williams
C Mackenzie Argens
G Sarah Morton
G Kristi Kingma
Tonight’s officials are Lisa Jones, Bob Scofield, and Kent Johnson.