Mercedes Wetmore hit a clutch 3 that nearly rallied the Huskies past Oregon State.
Dec. 30, 2011
Game Notes: UW At Oregon
The road to a win in Eugene no longer goes through McArthur Court, a veritable house of horrors for much of Washington's history. Now the series shifts to glittering Matt Knight Arena, the Huskies inaugural trip to the much-hyped Oregon gym.
Against the Ducks, the Huskies will look to erase a sour taste eminating from their recent 60-55 loss to Oregon State on the first leg of the road trip. Regina Rogers led all scorers with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Oregon has lost four of its last five games, and is coming off a 75-47 defeat to Washington State in its Pac-12 opener. The Ducks were without potent scorers Amanda Johnson and Nia Jackson, both of whom are nursing injuries.
For regular season and postseason games, 13-year veteran Steve Sandmeyer handles all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies - both home and away - on KKNW 1150AM. Sandmeyer is once again joined by color analyst (and former UW letterwinner) Elise Woodward for home games.
The game will also be broadcast locally by Comcast Sports Net Northwest. Oregon radio voice Terry Jonz will be on the call, while Jennie Leander will provide color.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an interactive chat with injured Huskies guard Kristi Kingma during the game on gohuskies.com.
Mackenzie Argens has collected 43 rebounds in her last three games. The senior is also three blocks away from passing Laura McLellan for eighth place on UW's all-time list.
Argens also recorded her third straight double-double against OSU, the sixth of her career and third this season.
Regina Rogers has scored in double figures in nine straight games. With 18 assists, Rogers has also set a new season-high, doing so in just 11 games.
Washington was out-rebounded for the first time since facing San Diego State on Nov. 26.
Jazmine Davis, who came into the game against Oregon State leading the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, missed her first attempt since Dec. 9 against Portland.
Washington scored just two bench points against the Beavers, a season-low.
The Huskies shot a season-low 10 free throws against the Beavers, making just four. The 40 percent shooting was also a season-low.
Other UW Quick Hitters
Washington is third in the conference (and 19th nationally) in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to connect on just 33 percent of their attempts.
Regina Rogers slipped behind Kansas's Carolyn Davis in the national lead in field goal percentage. Rogers is still making almost 68 percent of her attempts.
Washington is +8.4 on the boards. Despite at one point being top-20 in the nation, the Huskies remain fourth in that same category within the Pac-12 Conference.
The University of Oregon, considered one of Washington's primary rivals, is located in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks play their home games at Matt Knight Arena, which is in its second year of existence.
The Ducks are coached by Paul Westhead, one of the most successful coaches in all phases of basketball. His run-and-gun style - which emphasizes a fast pace and quick shooting - is one of the most identifiable in all of basketball.
Amanda Johnson leads the Ducks in scoring with 20.1 points per game. The senior forward has missed four games this season, but has been deadly when in the game, making almost 50 percent of her shots.
Oregon is second in the conference, and sixth in the nation, in scoring at 77.8 points per game. The Ducks, however, are dead last in defense, surrendering an almost identical amount (77.7) to their opponents.
Oregon averages 12.5 steals per game, a byproduct of their trapping/pressing style of defense. That stat leads the conference and is 25th in the nation.
Series Record: Whenever these two rivals meet, the advantage has traditionally favored the home team. Washington is just 12-26 in games played in Eugene, although this is its first game at Matt Knight Arena.
Noteworthy: Oregon senior guard Nia Jackson is a Seattle native. She played high school ball with Regina Rogers and Charmaine Barlow at Chief Sealth in West Seattle ... Jackson is one of two Seattlites (and four Washingtonians) on the roster. The other is Lexi Petersen, who played at Seattle Christian ... Kristi Kingma's older brother Brett is a freshman guard for the Oregon men's basketball team ... Ducks assistant coach Dan Muscatell is a native of Everett, Wash.
Up Next For The Huskies
The Huskies will return home to face the newest members of the Pac-12 Conference - Utah and Colorado. Washington traveled to Salt Lake City last year to face the Utes in the first leg of a home-and-home matchup, meaning the Dawgs had to find a new non-conference opponent when Utah was invited to join the Pac-12.