Nov. 5, 2009
SEATTLE -- The 2009-10 Huskies made their debut at Bank of America Arena on Thursday, to the tune of a 69-61 exhibition victory over Seattle Pacific University.
Sami Whitcomb scored 15 points for Washington, who raced out to a 10-point halftime lead and was rarely threatened by the Division II Falcons. The Queen Anne school was led by guard Daesha Henderson, a Snohomish native who scored a game-high 26 points, including going 5-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Seattle Pacific was no average D-II school, having reached the regional finals of their NCAA Tournament last season. The Falcons came into the matchup sporting a No. 16 ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Division II preseason poll.
But given the nature of the exhibition contest, the Huskies substituted frequently, testing different lineup combinations against the Falcons. They started with a "four-and-one" look, which featured Whitcomb, Sara Mosiman, Kristi Kingma and Sarah Morton to go along with center Regina Rogers, who made her highly anticipated debut. Mosiman, making a start earned through excellent play in the preseason, scored 14 points. The hustle play from the senior earned her a share of the post-game superlatives from teammates.
"She showed why she earned that spot," Whitcomb said. "She's been super consistent all summer, and all preseason, and I think she definitely showed that."
Laura McLellan scored 18 points off the bench to lead all Huskies. Taking advantage of the opposition's undersized frontcourt, McLellan twisted her way through the lane for a variety of layups, but she even showed off some range by splashing a late 3-pointer. Whitcomb notched five assists to go along with her double-digit output, a part of her game she's been focusing on this summer. Kingma came close to a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.
Exhibitions are a time for teams to work out the kinks before season play starts, and the Huskies plan to do just that. They get another opportunity on Monday, Nov. 9 against Corban College, an NAIA school from Salem, Ore. Then the regular season tips off with a Nov. 14 road game at Portland State.