Tia Jackson (pictured right by AP) won’t be doing any coffee ads anytime soon. The Washington women’s basketball coach was so amped on her signature venti caramel iced coffee that her heartbeat started racing during the team’s six-point overtime win at Washington State on Friday.
Evaluated after the game, doctors advised Jackson to stay off coffee for a while and rest. She was cleared for practice Monday, but spent the weekend drinking fluids and not doing anything work-related late Sunday.
Jackson, who was diagnosed with severe nausea and exhaustion, said she began to feel lightheaded about five minutes into the game and really struggled in the second half when she became overheated. Assistant coaches Judy Spoelstra and Frank Applin had to prop up Jackson on the sideline at times. Normally the head coach stands and shouts direction to her team.
“There were moments that were like a blur,” said Jackson, who hasn’t experience the racing heart before but isn’t worried going forward. “There were probably just a couple moments in the second half that were the worst where my assistants had to catch me. In overtime I felt OK until the end.”
Despite senior Sami Whitcomb scoring a career-high 32 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the field, the Huskies needed senior guard Christina Rozier to score six of UW’s 8-2 run in the final minute to seal the game.
Rozier started in place of sophomore guard Kristi Kingma, who’s the team’s second-leading scorer (9.4). She suffered a mild concussion in a four-point loss to UCLA on Jan. 23.
Kingma was cleared to participate in some drills Monday. It’s too soon to know if she’ll rejoin the starting lineup for this week’s road trip to Arizona and Arizona State, however.
“She’s day to day,” Jackson said. “Hopefully we’ll get some good news (Tuesday).”