Jan. 3, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - This was no track meet. One game after racing up-and-down the court with Oregon, the Huskies had a much more physical matchup with Oregon State to close out their opening Pac-10 road trip.
Maybe it just fits their style.
Kristi Kingma scored a season-high 18 points as the Huskies escaped the Willamette Valley with a much-needed split after pulling away from Oregon State, 69-64. Coming into the game, the Beavers had set a franchise record in holding teams to below 49 points in three straight games.
In a game more fit to be played across the street at Reser Stadium, both teams tried to impose their physical styles on one another. Bodies were flung to the ground and hard fouls were dished out and there was even a technical issued on Beavers coach LaVonda Wagner for arguing a call.
But the Huskies did their job shutting down Beavers' star Talisa Rhea, who had to work for her 22 points. Rhea shot just 5-20 from the field, and 11-for-11 from the line. Haiden Palmer added 10 for OSU, but no other Beaver scored in double-digits.
The Huskies (6-6, 1-1), meanwhile, had no trouble scoring despite having their star player - Sami Whitcomb - in foul trouble for the entire game. Overall, UW shot 49 percent (24-for-49) from the floor. The easy buckets came at the Huskies continually feeding the ball into the posts, which spaced the floor for the guards.
Junior Sarah Morton tied a career high with 12 points, including a timely 3-pointer from the corner in the final two minutes of the game. Mackenzie Argens continued her hot stretch of play with 10 points and eight rebounds.
"Kristi was fantastic today," Jackson said. "Sami picked up those two quick fouls and wasn't able to get into a rhythm."
With the loss, Oregon State fell to 9-3, 1-1 in the Pac-10.
Kingma hit 5-of-11 from the floor, including four of her first five shots from the field. But she managed to ice the game from the line at the end, giving the Huskies their first Pac-10 win. The sophomore was hoping after the game that this game would "catapult" her after a slow start to the season offensively.
"It's been a rough start with my ankle and obviously with our injuries," Kingma said. "But I'm hoping this will be the one to catapult me to better games."
Now the Huskies will finally return home when they host the Arizona schools after playing seven straight on the road. The home stand tips off with on Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.