Nov. 9, 2009
SEATTLE - Sami Whitcomb scored 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of Washington women's basketball team to a 106-34 rout of Corban College at Bank of America Arena on Monday night.
The exhibition was the final dress rehearsal for the Huskies, who begin the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Big Sky Conference opponent Portland State.
Washington went 2-0 in its exhibitions, beating Seattle Pacific in their opener. All 12 players scored for the Huskies, who never trailed against their NAIA Div. II foe from Salem, Ore.
Washington opened the game with a 7-0 run and never looked back, stretching their sizeable advantage to 58-10 at the half. "I think it was just fun to get everyone out on the floor," said Coach Tia Jackson.
The Warriors had trouble moving the ball against the Huskies defense, which closed out on shooters and clogged passing lanes. Corban made just 1-of-20 shots against the Huskies in the first half.
"We really pride ourselves on our aggression defensively," Jackson said. "We're really trying to slow teams up from transitioning on us. It was good to see that our defensive pressure was causing some problems."
Washington, on the other hand, seemingly did not miss on the offensive end, shooting 62 percent for the game. A 19-2 run midway through the first half broke the game open. Point guard Sarah Morton, who earned the top job in the preseason, threaded several seeing-eye passes on the fast break, leading to easy points for her teammates. Morton had eight assists on the night, compared to just one turnover.
Regina Rogers, making her second start for UW, shook off her opening night jitters to power her way to 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Katie Steigleman led the Warriors with 16 points in 29 minutes. Jenessa Miller, a Washington native from Mica, added 10 points. No other Warrior scored more than two points. Overall, Corban shot 18 percent for the game.
"It was important that we take a lot of lessons from the games that we're playing from preseason," Jackson said. "We played a lot of our zone defense tonight just to see what we are and areas we need to improve upon."
These same two teams met in an exhibition last year, with the Huskies racing away with a 92-57 win.