Washington coach Tia Jackson made an interesting comment after her team lost — again — down the stretch. This time 61-50 on the road to South Florida.
She stated that the team needed to work more in practice on late-game decision making.
“We do it a lot in practice, we need to do it a lot more,” Jackson said. “In practice, you’re trying to get kids to practice the right habits. If they try to figure it out too much, then they’re practicing bad habits. My job as coach is to try to teach them to play the game correctly.”
Against Portland State, BYU (a win), Sacramento State, and USF, the Huskies were in positions where they needed to act fast to pull out a win. Instead, UW was mixed up on its schemes against PSU, misfired against Sac State and made bad offensive decisions against USF.
It’ll be interesting to see how Jackson tweaks this part of game because she got what she wanted from the Huskies defensively tonight. UW rebounded and forced 22 turnovers. But even late, star Sami Whitcomb and noted scorers Kristi Kingma and Sara Mosiman couldn’t get open to shoot.
It’s a concern because the competition will only improve, calling for more depth and consistency.
Sophomore forward Mollie Williams is playing well to add more depth in the frontcourt. Jackson said Williams was sick against Sacramento State and couldn’t be used more then. Against USF, Williams had a career-high 12 points (and seven turnovers).
“Molly was exceptional,” Jackson said. “I gave her credit in the locker room. She came out with her ‘A’ game and contributed very, very well. That’s why she stayed in the game. She was making things happen defensively, she was crashing the boards and she was making things happen offensively.”
In other Pacific Northwest games, Gonzaga (6-2) defeated Montana State 87-72 behind a season-high 24 points from senior post Heather Bowman.