I'll start off by giving the ending at the beginning, something I vehemently hated while reading for the first 27 years of my life. Sure, I occasionally read the last chapter of the book, but that was because I found that watching paint dry was much more interesting, and we all read books for the ending anyways.
Enter law school.
My first year I was given so much dense, boring material as to make even the most ardent law nerd, yes ... they exist, contemplate, on more than one occasion, taking a swimming trip in southeast Asia with a full rack of ribs attached to your back, and several hams tied to each leg and arm ... if not that, then at least going on an African Safari, finding the biggest, meanest pack of lions, walking up to the dominant Simba, sticking your head in its mouth, and then having your equally "thrill-starved" law student buddy kick said lion on the backside.
Now when I read, I read for efficiency, desperately searching for the conclusion, which sometimes requires reading from the back forward, and then moving on to the next case. Unfortunately, this carried over into much of my "joy reading," which is now much less then joyful.
Where was I???
Right, softball ... ah, what the heck ... after the jump.
Changed my mind, Women's Basketball first!
The Dawgs split on the road against the Arizona Schools, losing to ASU 47-41, and then posting a nice victory over Arizona 68-59.
Against ASU, neither team could really gain any sort of momentum, due to an apparent agreement on both sides to forget they were playing college basketball. While ASU was having passes zipped across the court and into the stands, the Dawgs couldn't protect the basketball. At the half, ASU had a 5-point lead at 24-19. In the second half, ASU picked up their game and went on an 11-2 run to start. The Dawgs were down by as many as 17 points before they slowly chipped away at the Sun Devil lead. But it was too little, too late as the Dawgs were only able to close within 6 points. Regina Rogers had 13 points and 11 rebounds for her 9th double-double this season, while Jazmine Davis posted 12 points. ASU held the Dawgs to 28.6% on their field-goals.
Against Arizona, the Dawgs improved to 14-11 overall, and 6-9 in league play, putting them in a tie for 8th place, and a half game behind 7th place Utah (13-12 overall, 6-8 Pac-12). Arizona took an early 18-6 lead, but the Dawgs were able to finish out the half strong, going into the locker room down 29-24. Washington took its first lead with 8:43 to go in the game on a huge trey by Mercedes Wetmore, and they never looked back. In the second half, the Dawgs went on a 20-5 run, and then held onto the lead. Jazmine Davis scored 17 points, and continues her run as one of the top 10 scoring freshmen in the country, while Regina Rogers scored 22 points, which put her over 1,000 career points as a Dawg, becoming only the 21st Dawg to do it. The Huskies shot much better this game, 41% from the field and 43% from beyond the arc.
The softball team rocked it once again, finishing off the weekend with a still-perfect record, on this time it's 10-0. Of the five (5) games, only two (2) of them were decided by a margin of three (3) or fewer points: against UCF (University of Central Florida) the Dawgs won a close one, in 10 innings, 1-0; against Boise State, they won 7-4.
Against UCF, aces from both teams got the nod, and both pitched gems. In fact, both pitchers pitched the entire game, and for the Dawg it was Kaitlin Inglesby who allowed no runs, six (6) hits and had six (6) strikeouts. The Huskies only had four (4) hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th by sophomore Marki Creger-Zier. Later, that same day, against home team SDSU, the Huskies came up big in the third inning, when they scored four (4) runs, to take a 5-0 lead. Then Bryana Walker shutout SDSU for the remainder of the game.
The next day the Huskies 8-runned UC Santa Barbara 9-0 in the fifth, the freshman pitcher for the Dawgs pitching a complete came. (She actually hasn't allowed a run yet this season in 2 starts, 9 total innings). The second game of the day came against the then 6-2 Boise State Broncos. The Huskies were winning 6-0 to start the fifth, and then 7-1 to start the 6th, but the Broncos scored three more to put the game at 7-4. Sophomore Bryana Walker earned the save, allowing 1 run in the sixth, and then holding the Broncos scoreless in the seventh. The final game the Huskies played UC Davis, and 8-runned them in the fifth inning.
The softball team is now 10-0 and heads to a tough competition next weak, playing Florida, Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia and Nebraska.