Nov. 8, 2009
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington women's basketball team has one final dress rehearsal before the 2009-10 season kicks off.
The Huskies will host Corban College on Monday night at Bank of America Arena for the second of two exhibition games. The NAIA school from Salem, Ore., is all that stands between Washington and their official season opener on Nov. 14 at Portland State.
Not that the Huskies mind the opportunity to ease into the season. Their 69-61 exhibition victory over Seattle Pacific University last Thursday gave them plenty to focus on during this weekend's practices, and Monday's tipoff against the Warriors will be a valuable chance to fine tune before the season kicks into high gear.
"You have to love exhibition games," head coach Tia Jackson said. "They reveal a lot about the things we need to work on to get ready for a pretty competitive preseason and even more competitive conference play."
The Huskies saw solid play from their defense against Seattle Pacific, and some impressive shooting off the bench from forward Laura McLellan, who led Washington with 18 points.
Senior guard Sara Mosiman added 14 points and six rebounds in a starting role and senior guard Sami Whitcomb chipped in 15 points and six boards against the Falcons. Guard Kristi Kingma led the team with nine rebounds and had nine points as well.
Washington will look to continue to control the pace of the game against Corban College, as well as get some more looks for redshirt sophomore center Regina Rogers, who got into foul trouble early against SPU but seemed to work out some first-game jitters by the end of the contest.
The Huskies also played Corban, a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference, as their final exhibition tuneup of the 2008-09 season. Kingma led all Huskies with 22 points in that game, while Whitcomb added 12. The Warriors were 12-17 last season, finishing 6th in the conference with an 8-12 record.
Corban does return to all-CCC players in junior guard Jennesa Miller (Mica, Wash.) and sophomore forward Katie Steigleman, who led the Warriors in scoring last season with 16.7 points per game.