Short-handed Huskies are no match for No. 4 Stanford women
Washington, playing without three suspended players, fell to Stanford, 71-36, in a women's basketball game Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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Washington was undermanned. Its women's basketball team was facing No. 4 Stanford, a Pac-12 power that's made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four.
And at 6-foot, UW sophomore forward Aminah Williams was defending against a towering All-American in 6-4 Cardinal junior Chiney Ogwumike.
But all Williams needed was a motto.
"The theme this week was it's not about the jerseys," Williams said with pride despite a 71-36 defeat before 1,911 spectators Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Williams likes the mottos created by Washington coach Kevin McGuff to help his team focus.
There was "Muscle" against Washington State, and Williams scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. McGuff declared the Arizona trip "Roadkill," having the team count dead animals en route to defeating the desert schools, and Williams again played well. And "ABC: Always Be Closing" for the Oregon trip, when Williams had another double-double.
So, it was no surprise Williams didn't care that her shot was blocked twice by Stanford's Josyln Tinkle before she finally made the putback. It gave UW a 9-3 lead with 16:33 left in the first half and, at that point, showed the outmanned, less-talented Huskies weren't going to be intimated.
Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer then inserted sophomore forward Bonnie Samuelson. She made three three-pointers in a two-minute span and the game was decided in the 23-2 Stanford run. The Cardinal posted its 14th consecutive victory against Washington, a streak extending to 2005.
Washington sophomore point guard Jazmine Davis, the team's leading scorer at 19.2 points a game, and redshirt freshmen Talia Walton and Deborah Meeks were suspended one game for violating team rules. Down two starters — Davis and Walton, the team's third-leading scorer — McGuff inserted senior Jeneva Anderson and freshman Heather Corral into the opening lineup. Junior Mercedes Wetmore ran the point in place of Davis.
Overall, McGuff had six scholarship players and one walk-on available. The three suspended players will return Saturday when the Huskies play California at home.
Williams showed the most grit against the talented Stanford players, grabbing 13 rebounds and leading the team with 10 points.
The Huskies didn't reach any deflating records some predicted before the game. Stanford scored its normal amount of points, shooting 40.5 percent from the field. And UW committed only nine turnovers but shot a season-low 16.9 percent from the field, going 12 for 71.
Senior guard Kristi Kingma, the team's second-leading scorer at 13.9 a game, was held to 1-for-11 shooting. Wetmore was 1 for 15.
Ogwumike was the expected star. She finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds for her 23rd double-double of the season.
Washington (19-9, 11-6 Pac-12) drops to fifth place in the conference. Stanford (27-2, 16-1) remains tied with No. 6 California.
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Attendance: 1,911. Officials: Brenda Pantoja, Kent Johnson, Cheryl Flores. Technical fouls: Stanford-None. Washington-None.