Oct. 30, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington women's basketball got its season underway with an exhibition win over Concordia (OR). The Dawgs demonstrated its fast style of play in the 92-46 rout in front of the home crowd at Alaska Airlines Arena.
"It was a lot of good and a lot of bad," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "I think overall we played with great pace. We got a lot of shots that I will be happy if we get throughout the year. We didn't make them all tonight, but I'd be more upset if we were passing up those shots."
The key to the win for Washington was sheer possession. Although the Dawgs only shot 36.2 percent from the floor, Washington attempted 94 field goals to just 59 for Concordia. To gain all of the extra possession, the Huskies outrebounded its opponent, 63-43 and created 31 turnovers.
Many of those rebounds came on the offensive glass as Washington continuously gave itself second chances. Aminah Williams led the Dawgs with 20 boards, including an incredible 14 on the offensive end. Williams scored 18 points, mostly right in front of the bucket.
"Aminah had a great game," said McGuff. "She played with tremendous energy. Overall, we are not a big team, so we are going to have to be a really good at rebounding as a team. You saw that tonight in spurts. If we are putting forth the right effort I think we will be all right."
Washington raced to an early lead using its speed in transition and never looked back. The Huskies led 45-24 at the half, despite not shooting a high percentage from 3-point range.
In the second half, the threes began to fall, particulary from Kingma who was playing in her first game after a long layoff from a knee injury. At one point, she made three-straight threes as her confidence and feel appeared to grow as the game went along.
I didn't play as well as I thought I might have, but it was just exciting to be back out there," said Kingma. "Even just on the floor in warm-ups I was remembering what it was like. I have dreamt about this day since September 10th when I had surgery and I was excited to get the win."
Malori Dixon led Concordia with 14 points, the only Cavalier in double figures. Concordia struggled with Washington's defense, although McGuff saw room from improvement.
"Defensively I think we need a lot of work," said McGuff. At times we didn't play with a lot of energy at that end of the floor. We have to make great improvements in that area."
The Huskies will now have some time to make adjustments before its first regular season game on Nov. 9 versus Saint Mary's. The Gaels come to town for a 7 p.m. game back at Alaska Airlines Arena.