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Live game thread: Idaho at Washington

posted by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8:15am EST

Jayda Evans covers college and pro women's basketball. While its her first year on the Washington beat, she has covered the Storm since its inception. She'll offer observations, critiques, occasional off-beat tales and answers to select e-mail inquires. Evans also has written a book on the Storm and women's hoops, called "Game On!"

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HUSKIES WIN: When UW (7-2) pieces together a complete game, it's going to be entertaining to watch. For now, the offense has stalled and the team is relying on grit and hustle to win. That combination buoyed a 62-48 win on Sunday where UW and UI shot below 30 percent from the field. Davis led all scorers with 19 points while Williams had 12 points and 14 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. She added a career-high six assists to her stats. Kingma led by example as far as playing well from the opening tip, finishing with 14 rebounds and eight points. Charlston led the Vandals with 15 points and 14 boards before a rowdy cluster of Idaho family and friends in attendance to show support for the three Washingtonians on the UI roster. UW won't play another home game until the Pac-12 season opens in January. Up next is a tough matchup Friday at Georgia Tech (4-5), which was ranked 22nd nationally  in preseason polls. Idaho (3-7) plays at Gonzaga (9-2) on Thursday.

FOR THREE: Idaho hit a couple of three-pointer to bring UW's lead to single digits. The Huskies took some time getting it back up giving their shooting percent. With one minute left, the score is 59-48. UW looks to improve to 7-2 all-time against UI.

SINKING: Both team's shooting percentage is shrinking. UW is still ahead with a 49-35 lead. UI is shooting 28.9 percent from the field, but does have eight assists on 13 field goals.

TIME: UW only has three assists on 15 made FGs, which can tell you what type of game it has been. Idaho has gone back to missing three-pointers, so Washington remains ahead, 38-29. Reserve G Kassia Fortier is the only UW player to see minutes that hasn't scored. Davis leads with nine and Kingma has seven with 10 rebounds. There's 13:52 left in the game.

 

HUFFING: UW players have their hands on their hips and are breathing hard to start the second half. Walton collected a steal and Wetmore scored on a layin to help Washington retain a 34-25 lead with 16:57 remaining in the game. The audience is quiet, though, due to the lack of entertaining, clean plays.

IMPROVEMENT?: UW closed the half on an 8-0 run to take a 29-22 lead into the break. The Huskies are shooting 28.2 percent from the field, which isn't much of a difference, especially since they're allowing the Vandals to shoot 38.5 percent from the field. But it's something. There's better movement on offense and the Huskies are disrupting the Vandals on defense. Davis and Kingma lead UW with seven points on a combined 5-for-18 shooting. Williams has six points, five steals and four boards. Charlston, an Eastlake HS product, leads Idaho with 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting. UW has scored 14 points off Idaho's 14 turnovers and has kept the visitors from getting comfortable from long-range, Idaho shooting 1 of 9 from that distance. Santa Claus made an appearance at halftime, giving candy to the audience. He even left me a piece of my fave Dubble Bubble. At least I hope it was him...

A-WILL A-WAY: Williams has five steals in the game, coach Kevin McGuff playing her up top in the zone defensive set. She missed one breakaway layin off her pass picking, but has a team-high six points overall. Huskies trail 22-21 with 3:49 on the clock. Idaho is shooting 41.7 percent from the field. UW is shooting 26.7 percent.

HIGHLIGHT COMPLETED: Wetmore made a driving layin with 9:33 remaining in the half to finally complete a sweet highlight for UW. The play started with Walton stuffing Idaho reserve G Stacey Barr's drive to the basket, snatching the ball and getting it out for the transition points. Add Davis' first basket of the game, a three-point play, and the score is tied at 16 points apiece.

VANDALIZED: Idaho is on an 11-0 run to build a 13-8 advantage with 12:05 left in the half. Turnovers and a sinking shooting percentage are reasons why. Since building the lead, the Huskies are 0-for-5 from the field.

SCRIPT FLIPPED: Kingma made the first shot of the game, a three-pointer, to get the Huskies off to a better start. Kingma later dished to Walton for a three-pointer and UW was up 6-0 early. Kingma even blocked Charlston's shot. But some bad shot decisions slipped the lead to a 8-7 with 14:46 reaaining in the opening half. UW is shooting 30 percent from the field and outrebounding the Vandals 8-5. Idaho is shooting 1 of 4 from three-point range, its favorite shot.

This one is all about starts. Washington hasn't had a solid one this season despite its 6-2 record. The Huskies aren't using a lack of depth or even Sunday's back-end of a back-to-back set against Idaho (3-6) as an excuse either. It's about playing the first eight minutes strong, according to redshirt senior G Kristi Kingma. She added that veteran-leadership will have to guide the team in making this happen after Saturday's dismal 54-46 loss at Alaska Airlines Arena to UC Santa Barbra whereUW shot 18.8 percent from the field in the opening half.

So let's see if that changes. It'll all starts here with your starting lineups:

 

VANDALS

F Alyssa Charlston

F Jessica Graam

C Connie Ballestero

G Krissy Karr

G Christine Salvatore

 

HUSKIES

F Kristi Kingma

F Aminah Williams

C Talia Walton

G Jazmine Davis

G Mercedes Wetmore

 

Tonight's officials are Lisa Jones, Dareen Krzesnik, and Richard Waters.

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