Kristi Kingma sets conference record in UW blowout victory
EUGENE, Ore. — It’s not the rims at Matthew Knight Arena, because Washington guard Kristi Kingma has never played a women’s basketball game there until Friday.
But there’s something about Oregon.
Kingma hit a three-pointer to start the Huskies’ scoring against the Ducks and didn’t stop hitting three-pointers all night. She sank five in the opening half and broke the school record of seven midway through the second half.
By the time UW coach Kevin McGuff pulled her from the game with four minutes left, Kingma had 11 three-pointers to break the Pac-12 record of nine in a conference game. She was one three-pointer from tying the NCAA record and had 35 points in the Huskies’ 97-71 victory.
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“Maybe my brother warmed up the nets for me before he left,” joked Kingma of younger brother Brett, who transferred to Washington State after his freshman season at Oregon last year.
Kingma, who’s second in career three-pointers made at Washington with 215, had a personal best of six against Oregon in January 2011 at McArthur Court.
Friday was even more magical for the senior guard.
Kingma entered the game a combined 4 for 19 from three-point range in her past two games. But the coaching staff told the noted scorer to continue shooting, running the first play against Oregon for Kingma.
She took a pass from sophomore point guard Jazmine Davis in the corner and hit nothing but net 14 seconds into the game.
“We walk-through and do that shot thousands of times a day (in practice),” Kingma said. “To be in a position where it’s a comfortable shot early on helps. I also think I made my shots because I was getting open looks. I don’t think any of them were really that contested. I really wasn’t forcing them, people were hitting me and the defense was sagging off. That was a little bit of a luxury and I don’t think that will happen again.”
Oregon coach Paul Westhead wanted to prevent it from happening at all. He called timeouts after several of Kingma’s shots to regroup his team. After she had five three-pointers in the opening half to put the Ducks down 47-30 at the break, perimeter defense was emphasized.
Nothing worked, with the Oregon crowd of 1,500 even giving in to enjoying the historic performance.
The Huskies (18-6, 10-3 Pac-12) led 88-66 when Kingma exited the game with her career high in points. She was 12 of 19 from the field overall, 11 of 17 from three-point range.
“We could have been more aggressive on her,” said Westhead, whose team lost its sixth consecutive game. “There were shots she made that she positioned herself and was open, and made them; shots where we closed out pretty well, and she made them; and shots where they got an offensive rebound and kicked to her.”
And Kingma made them.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody shoot the ball like that,” said McGuff, whose team averages 8.5 threes to lead the Pac-12 and set a conference record with 18 against Oregon (3-22, 1-12).
“I did think we were capable of a night like this with the shooters that we have,” McGuff continued. “We’ve had some really good nights. Certainly this one was extraordinary.”
Brittany Rayburn (Purdue) and Cornelia Gayden (Louisiana State) share the NCAA record at 12 heading into the 2012-13 season. Rayburn achieved hers in 2012 while Gayden established the mark during the 1994-95 season.
Washington plays at Oregon State (9-6, 3-10) on Monday. UW defeated OSU 81-77 in overtime in January. Kingma made a school-record 15 of 15 free throws in that game.
“We just made 18 threes, so they’ll probably try to take that from us,” McGuff quipped.
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Percentages: FG .422, FT .900. Three-point goals: 18-41 (Kingma 11-17, Walton 2-7, Wetmore 0-3, Davis 1-4, Corral 4-10). Team rebounds: 8. Blocked shots: 3 (Walton, Corral, Anderson). Turnovers: 7 (Wetmore, Davis 4, Gilling, Anderson). Steals: 12 (Kingma 2, Williams 2, Walton 2, Davis 2, Corral, Anderson 2, Meeks). Technical fouls: Davis.
Percentages: FG .431, FT .500. Three-point goals: 7-22 (Love 1-4, Loera 1-4, Thomas 1-3, Galland 0-1, Delgado 3-9, Miley 1-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 7 (Love 3, Alleyne, Loera, Thomas, Carpenter). Turnovers: 16 (Love 3, Brenner 3, Alleyne, Loera 3, Thomas 2, Delgado, Carpenter 2, Gruys). Steals: 4 (Alleyne, Loera, Delgado, Gruys). Technical fouls: None.
Attendance: 1,500. Officials: Kyle Bacon, Bart Baldwin, Mary Whatford.