Nov. 27, 2009
SEATTLE - The Washington women's basketball team rolled to a 64-46 win in the Husky Classic on Friday afternoon at Bank of America Arena, led by 12 points from Regina Rogers.
The win moved the Huskies to .500 at 2-2 on the year. Eastern Washington dropped to 3-2.
It was the third consecutive game Rogers had scored in double figures. The redshirt sophomore hit 5-of-11 from the floor, and pulled down six rebounds despite playing with a dislocated knuckle on her right hand.
Coming into the game, Rogers was second in the Pacific-10 conference in field goal percentage (.684), and the Huskies wanted to make a concerted effort to look for her in the low blocks. Even though she took 11 shots, a season high, Washington coach Tia Jackson wants to get her putting more up.
"I would like her to take more," Jackson said. "Now, she didn't hit her normal 60 percent per game. But they were all layups, ten feet and in."
Mollie Williams added a season-high 10 points for the Huskies. Sami Whitcomb also scored in double-digits, notching 10 as well as tallying five assists.
But the presence of Rogers is what has propelled the Huskies on offense. She commands a constant double-team in the post and frees teammates - notably Whitcomb - from constant double teams on the perimeter.
As the season has progressed, Rogers has also improved her conditioning, which is allowing her to stay out on the floor longer. Against the Eagles, Rogers played 18 minutes.
Washington's pressure defense flustered the Eagles - who shot just 23 percent from the field -forcing EWU into a multitude of bad shots from the floor. Washington raced out to a 30-17 halftime lead, taking advantage of 16 Eagles turnovers to pad their margin. EWU had had 23 turnovers overall, compared 21 for Washington.
But the victory was not perfect. Jackson pointed to the Eagles outrebounding the Huskies 45-36, and said that margin has to improve for the team to be successful down the stretch. Perhaps most glaring were the 23 offensive rebounds Washington allowed to the smaller Eagles.
For the Huskies, though, this was a definite bounce-back win after a difficult loss last week at Gonzaga. Their determination to rebound is a facet of the team Jackson noticed in their makeup prior to the season.
"Before the season started and through all the practices, the team has shown a lot of resilience. And their bounce back has been pretty comparable," Jackson said. "I'm excited for them, I hope we can sustain what we're doing consistently. That way we won't have to worry about bouncing back from too many."
In the opening game, Memphis used a 49-point scoring outburst from guard Brittany Carter to power past Sacramento State, 98-83. Carter broke former Husky Megan Franza's Husky Classic record, and tied the record for most points at Bank of America, set by Bob Houbregs against Idaho in 1953.
The Huskies will play Sacramento State at 2 p.m. in the Husky Classic finale on Sunday. Memphis takes on Eastern Washington in the opener at 12 p.m.