The team had a great finish to the season, taking three out of their final four games. Over the weekend, the Dawgs split with the LA teams, losing to USC, but coming back and beating UCLA.
Against SC, UW was up by 1, with 3 and a half to go in the game, but then the offense Couged it, and only score one more time the rest of the game. The final score was 62-55. However, the defense pulled off a minor "moral victory": they held the Trojan's best player, Ashley Corral, to 9 points, 4 of which came off free throws. The most story of the night was turnovers. USC forced 19 of them. Not pretty.
UCLA had no answer for the Dawgs. Regina Rogers had a double-doube, 22 points and 11 rebounds, while UW's leading scorer, Jazmine Davis scored 18. Once again, the Dawgs were plagued by turnovers, giving up 19 for the second game in a row. However, they held the Bruins to 33 percent shooting, and won the rebound battle at +11. For the last home game ever, Rogers once again owned the paint.
At the Louisville Slugger Classic over the weekend, the Dawgs came out without a loss, for the third weekend out of four. The teams at Pacific University over the weekend, other than Pacific and UW, were Sacramento State and Delaware.
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vs. Sacramento State Kaitlin Ingelsby picked up her 9th win, 7th complete game, and 3rd shutout of the season. She pulled off a 2-hitter, allowing no walks, and fanning 4. Not to shabby if you ask me. I suppose I could have pitched that well to, but probably not, if my offense whipped out 6 runs in the first inning ... OUCH! The game was over in the 5th inning, after the Dawgs 8-runned the Hornets. Final Score: 9-0.
vs. Delaware, the second game of the day, the Dawgs went out and decided to throw a no-hitter, the first one since Danielle Lawrie threw one against Stanford on May 7, 2010, and 27th in school history. Sophomore, Briana Walker pitched 5 innings of hitless softball, striking out 8 batters in the process. Kaitlin Ingelsby finished the game out. The Dawgs won 12-0, finishing with 17 hits, 12 runs, and 10 RBIs.
vs. Pacific, the Huskies were playing for the #1 seed. Ingelsby got the nod, and she proceeded to pitch another complete game.This one went down to the wire. Pacific scored first, in the second inning. The Dawgs answered back, scoring 2 in the top of the third. In the bottom of the 6th, Pacific scored 1 to tie the game at 4-4. In the top of the 7th, the Dawgs scored 1 run, to take the 5-4 lead, and Ingelsby came in to finish off the game, which she did, and she improved to 10-0 on the season.
Beating Pacific, the Dawgs secured the #1 seed, and played Delaware. Freshman starter, Kasey Stanchek, pitched a complete game, giving only three hits, striking out a career best 12 hitters. The Huskies scored 3 runs in the third inning, and then 2 more in the 5th on a 2-run homer by Nikia Williams, who had 4 RBIs on the day. Final Score: 5-0, Huskies.
In the Championship game, Briana Walker got the start. She pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 runs, 8 hits, and striking out 7. Kaitlin Ingelsby got her 3rd save of the season. Pacific took the lead in the top of the 6th, 4-3. The Dawgs answered with three more of their own, two of which came off errors. Final Score: 6-4, Huskies. The Dawgs finished out the weekend with a 5-0 record, and a 19-1 record overall.
No. 22 Arizona State came into town thinking victory, and left town with their collective pitch forks stuck into their backsides. The Huskies dominated this dual meet from start to finish, at least the women. They scored a season-tying best of 195.725, beating the Sun Devils handily; they scored 193.850. UW led after every single rotation, and they outscored those sorry devils in every single event.
Men's and Women's Tennis
The men's team beat both No. 33 Tulsa and No. 30 Louisville over the weekend in the 3-team, round robin, "Great Northwest Shootout," winning the whole thing. The video below shows redshirt freshman, Nicholas Kamisar, taking the final point, of his three set match, to clinch a win for himself, and the victory for the Dawgs. UW beat Tulsa 4-3. Against Louisville, the Dawgs won 4-0, because they took a 4-0 lead, stopping the final three matches from finishing. The Dawgs are 10-2 on the year, and currently ranked No. 24 in the country.
The women's team fell to No. 11 Stanford 6-1. The score doesn't tell the whole story, however, as three of the matches went three sets.
The No. 4 Dawgs played in the Del Walker Match Play Championship, seeded, #1, but losing to UCLA in the final, 2-3. The Dawgs beat UC Davis in the first round, 4-1, and then beat No. 9 California 4-1. Everybody played well, but Huskies just couldn't quite come back against UCLA. The Dawgs were losing all five match-ups out at the end of the front nine, but were able to squeak in 2 wins, and almost a third. The Dawgs will play in the Brandon Dunes Championship from March 16th to the 18th.
Tack and Field
Freshman pole-vaulter, J.J. Juilfs qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships on his final jump, which he promptly followed up with a backflip on the mat. Coming with the freshman to Boise next week for the indoor championships will be the men's distance medley relay, the women's distance medley relay, and sophomore Megan Goethals, who qualified in both the 3k and the 5k.