Mackenzie Argens has been a force down low for the Huskies of late.
Jan. 7, 2011
Washington & Oregon Game Notes
The Huskies (6-6, 1-2) will be the opponent in the final collegiate basketball game at venerable McArthur Court on Saturday at 2 p.m. In addition, Washington will look for its second Pac-10 win in a row when they take on the Ducks (10-4, 1-2), who are coming off a 77-72 comeback win over Washington State on Thursday evening.
UW showed plenty of resiliency in its victory over Oregon State, which saw the Huskies turn around a 13-point, second-half deficit. Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with 15 points, including a season-high five 3-pointers.
Steve Sandmeyer will handle all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM. For home games, Sandmeyer is joined by color analyst (and former UW letterwinner) Elise Woodward.
Dan Giuliani and Sara Mosiman will pair up to provide play-by-play and color commentary for UWTV (Channel 27) during home games. The university-owned television station will broadcast eight games this season.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an interactive chat during the game as part of a GoHuskies.com feature
About the Huskies
Kristi Kingma has scored in double digits in 11 of 12 games the Huskies have played this season. The junior from Mill Creek, Wash., still leads the Dawgs in scoring with 16.7 points per game, a mark that is third in the Pac-10 Conference.
Washington is 1-2 to begin Pac-10 play. The Huskies are looking for their first sweep at the Oregon schools since the 2006-07 season.
Defense has been the hallmark of the 2010-11 Huskies. Washington is allowing just 54.8 points per game, third-best in the Pac-10.
Regina Rogers made her return to the Huskies' lineup on Thursday night, scoring six points on 3-of-7 shooting.
Sarah Morton set a new personal best with 10 assists against Oregon State. She's averaging 7.0 apg in Pac-10 play.
Oregon is a charter member of the Pac-10 located in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks are 10-4 to start this season under legendary coach Paul Westhead, who has made his run-and-gun style a fan favorite at UO. Westhead is one of the more iconic coaches in all of basketball, having won titles in the NBA (Los Angeles Lakers) and the WNBA (Phoenix Mercury).
Amanda Johnson leads the Ducks in scoring with 18.2 points per game. Nia Jackson adds 15.9 ppg for Oregon, giving the Ducks the the No. 1 and the No. 5 scorers in the Pac-10, respectively.
Oregon lost two of its top scorers from last season - Micaela Cocks and Taylor Lilley. The latter moved on to the WNBA, where she plays for the Phoenix Mercury.
The Ducks and Huskies had one mutual non-conference opponent this season, losing at home to Big West foe UC-Riverside.
It should be no surprise the Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring under Westhead. Oregon is averaging 86.5 points a game. As the season shifted to Pac-10 play, the Ducks' defense has hit a snag. UO is giving up almost 90 points a game to its opponents.
Series Record: The Huskies and Ducks have been evenly split over their career, as the Dawgs' 39-41 record against their rival indicates. UW is just 12-25, though, in Eugene. The two teams split last season, with the Dawgs losing on New Year's Day at Mac Court, 82-71.
Noteworthy: Nia Jackson is a Seattle native and product of the Chief Sealth powerhouse that has produced several talented Pac-10 players, including UW's Regina Rogers and Charmaine Barlow ... Danielle Love (Everett) is the other Washingtonian on the roster ... Oregon junior Amanda Johnson is one of the more academically gifted student-athletes around. The Pac-10's leading scorer has already graduated summa cum laude with a double major and is now working on her masters.
Up Next For The Huskies
The cream of the conference, Stanford, travels up to Seattle for a date with the Huskies. Washington will then turn around to play Cal, the defending WNIT champion.
Last Time Out
The situation sure looked dire. Facing a 13-point deficit with just over five minutes to play at Gill Coliseum on Jan. 6, the Huskies appeared well on their way to a third straight conference loss.
But these Huskies, who have galvanized and hardened in recent weeks while faced with adversity, refused to capitulate.
Washington ended the game on a 16-0 run, a dramatic turn of events that left the Beavers stun and the Huskies jubilant as they secured their first Pac-10 win with a 55-52 victory. Kristi Kingma led the way with 15 points (and a career-best five 3-pointer), but it was a collective effort that allowed the Huskies to pull off an improbable escape.
The junior also recorded a career-best 11 rebounds, notching her first double-double in the process.
But the Huskies made note after the game the real catalyst was Charmaine Barlow. Her fiery words at halftime spurred the team, and despite the deep second-half deficit, the Huskies drew upon her leadership.