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HUSKIES
No. 13 California routs Washington 62-34

      
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The Washington women's basketball team
is probably glad to get out of the Bay Area after a road trip that
saw them lose two games in particularly ugly fashion.

The Huskies lost to 13th-ranked California yesterday, 62-34. And
two days earlier, they lost to No. 11 Stanford by a record 77
points.

Washington had a total of just 69 points in the two games
combined.

Liz Lay scored 11 points last night to lead Washington, which
saw its record drop to 5-8, including 1-2 against Pac-10 teams.

The Huskies committed 18 turnovers, were outrebounded 45-26 and
fell behind big in a hurry and couldn't recover. Washington went
7:30 between its first and second field goals in the opening half
and trailed 32-9 at the break.

It was the lowest-scoring first half in school history, beating
the 12 points the Huskies scored in the first half of a 77-42 loss
at Stanford last season. They shot 3-for-24 and went 0-of-12 from
3-point range.

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After Thursday's 112-35 loss to Stanford - the largest margin of
defeat in Washington's program and Pac-10 history - Huskies coach
Tia Jackson went with a completely new starting lineup yesterday.
It featured four freshmen making their first career starts and a
sophomore.

It's a far cry from the Washington team that shocked then-No. 9
Cal 74-66 in Seattle last season to conclude the conference
schedule, knocking the Bears out of a possible share of the Pac-10
title.

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Washington's next game will be at home Thursday against the
Oregon Ducks.
      
Recovering after 3 OT loss
      
SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington men's basketball team may still be
catching its breath after losing to California on Saturday in three
overtimes, 88-85.

The Huskies last played three overtimes in 1984.

Justin Dentmon scored 24 points - 15 in the last two overtimes -
and Isaiah Thomas added 22 for Washington, which saw its nine-game
winning streak end. Jon Brockman had 16 points and a career
high-tying 18 rebounds for the Huskies, who are now 11-4, including
2-1 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies have some time to catch their breath: Their next
game is Thursday at Oregon.
     
EASTERN WASHINGTON
Weber State beats Eastern Washington 77-69
      
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Despite a furious rally in the second half,
Eastern Washington lost to Weber State last night, 77-69.

Benny Valentine led Eastern Washington with 20 points off the
bench, as the Eagles saw their record fall to 9-8, including 3-2 in
the Big Sky Conference.

The Eagles were trailing by 17 points midway through the second
half when they mounted their rally. They got to within four points
twice with less than 1:30 remaining, before the Wildcats closed out
the game at the foul line.

Mark Dunn and Adris DeLeon each chipped in 14 points for the
Eagles.

After starting 9-of-15 from the floor, the Eagles shot just
5-of-26 over a nearly 20-minute stretch that saw Weber State open
its big lead.
      
E. Washington retires Rodney Stuckey's jersey number
      
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Eastern Washington has retired the No. 3
jersey of former standout guard Rodney Stuckey.

Stuckey's number was retired in a halftime ceremony during the
Eagles' 77-69 loss to Weber State yesterday.

Stuckey, who played two seasons for Eastern Washington before
becoming a first-round NBA pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2007,
would have been a senior this season.

At Eastern, Stuckey averaged more than 24 points per game,
including a 45-point outburst against Northern Arizona as a
freshman in his first Big Sky Conference game.

Stuckey, averaging 13.5 points and 5.2 assists per game for the
Pistons, has averaged nearly 19 points per game since being
inserted into the starting lineup last month.

He's the first player in school history to have his jersey
retired.
     
COUGARS
Next: Vs. Oregon State

      
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State men's and women's
basketball teams both head to Corvallis for games Thursday against
the Oregon State Beavers.

Over the weekend, the men rallied in the second half on Saturday
to beat Stanford 55-54 and break a three-game losing streak.

The Cougar women were not so lucky. They got pummeled by the
11th-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, 102-53.

Washington State's women have now lost five straight, after
winning five in a row.
     
GONZAGA
Zags beat Portland 67-50 in WCC opener

      
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Gonzaga men's basketball team plays
Thursday at home against Santa Clara.

Josh Heytvelt scored 14 points on Saturday as Gonzaga beat
Portland 67-50 in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.

The Zags are scrapping to get back into the AP Top 25 poll. They
had climbed as high as No. 4 in the poll. But a string of four
losses in five games knocked them from the poll.
      
      
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