PULLMAN - Washington has produced its share of stellar women's basketball teams over the years.
This season’s Huskies are not one of those teams. When it comes to beating Washington State, however, the current Huskies are every bit as good as the 15 teams that preceded them.
The Huskies stretched their 16-year winning streak over the Cougars to 32 games with a convincing 65-48 triumph Saturday night at Friel Court.
Washington (11-14 overall, 6-10 Pacific-10 Conference) scored at will inside and outscored WSU 36-14 in the paint. Washington State (8-20, 6-10) gift-wrapped the win by making 17 turnovers and shooting 30 percent from the field, 22 percent on 3-pointers and 44 percent at the free-throw line.
“We just didn’t show up,” WSU guard Jazmine Perkins said.
“Our shooting and our offensive execution was about as cold as it was outside,” WSU coach June Daugherty said.
The Huskies, who nailed 7 of 15 3-pointers in their 64-52 win over Washington State last month, made a concerted effort to go inside in the rematch.
Washington’s inside trio of Mackenzie Argens (18 points and eight rebounds), Regina Rogers (13 and six) and Marjorie Heard (nine and nine) overwhelmed the Cougars.
“In the first game, we were jittery,” Rogers said. “It’s a rivalry game. I felt like as posts we were trying to do too much. We were moving too fast.”
“I agree,” Argens said. “We were getting it (the ball) into the post (Saturday). The guards were seeing us down low.”
Carly Noyes, a 6-foot-5 center, led Washington State with eight points before a season-high home crowd of 1,147. Noyes had only three rebounds, but WSU was outrebounded by just five.
The Huskies, who had 16 turnovers, shot 43 percent from the field, 14 percent on 3s (1-for-7) and 75 percent at the line.
Kristi Kingma, making a solid run at the Pac-10 scoring title, was one of three Huskies starters held scoreless in the first half. Kingma, who nailed five 3-pointers and scored 29 points against WSU last month, missed all five of her 3-point attempts and finished with a season-low five points to drop her scoring average to 16.1.
The Huskies snapped a three-game losing streak and extended the losing streak of the Cougars to three. Both teams finish league play later this week at USC and 11th-ranked UCLA.
Daugherty, who posted a 22-0 record against WSU in 11 years as Washington’s coach, fell to 0-8 against the Huskies since being hired by the Cougars after she was let go by the Huskies in 2007.
Perkins and teammate Katie Madison said the Cougars made little mention of their skid against the Huskies during the week.
“It’s not a focus of ours,” Madison said.
“It doesn’t matter to us,” Perkins said. “It’s never mattered to us.”
“We don’t necessarily hammer it too much,” Washington coach Tia Jackson said, “but the media prints it so often that it’s there, so they (UW players) know.”
What no one seems to know is the all-time series record between the Huskies and Cougars. WSU says the Huskies lead 62-17; Washington claims the difference is 62-10, since the Huskies exclude some early 1970s games when they didn’t recognize women’s basketball as an official varsity sport.