Jackson Wins First Game As Huskies Defeat Northern Arizona
Nov. 17, 2007
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Led by a team-high 20 points from junior guard Michelle Augustavo, Washington won its first game of the season and the first for Tia Jackson as a collegiate head coach as UW cruised to an 85-68 victory over Northern Arizona in the second day of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic, Saturday.
The Huskies, under the direction of Jackson who was an assistant for coach for 11 years before being named UW head coach this past April, snapped a three-game season-opening losing streak with the win. UW handed Northern Arizona its second loss of the season as the Lumberjacks fell to 2-2.
Augustavo notched her second-straight 20-point scoring game with her output versus NAU, connecting on 7-of-14 attempts from the field and 5-of-10 tries from three-point range. Joining Augustavo in double-figures were freshman forward/center Jess McCormack who had 16 points and nine rebounds, while freshman guard/forward Katelan Redmon added 11 points.Washington overpowered the Lumberjacks on the boards, outrebounding NAU 46-31. In turn, UW shot a season-high 49.1 percent clip from the field to go along with a season-high 85 points.
Unlike the slow starts the Huskies fell victim to in their first three games, UW opened the game strong. After trailing 2-0 after a pair of made free-throws from NAU's Jenna Galloway and McCormack made one of two free-throws to cut the score to 2-1, the Huskies never trailed again.
'I think for the first time this year we came out ready to play,' Jackson said after her young team won their first game of the season, the first for her as a head coach. 'It's one step at a time, one plateau at a time. For us, it's starting the game right and hoping we can sustain it.'
Sparked by Augustavo who scored 14 of her 20 points in the opening 20 minutes including sinking four three-pointers, the Huskies used 30-9 run to build a 21-point cushion with 6:22 left in the first half. NAU came back with a 14-2 run to finish the half and cut their deficit to 10 points (27-37) at the intermission.
NAU guard Laura Dinkins sank a three-pointer just one minute into the second-half to cut the Husky lead to seven (37-30), but UW never trailed by less than that. The Huskies led by as many as 17 points midway through the second-half.
Dinkins led NAU with a game-high 26 points, the only Lumberjack to finish the game in double-figures.
The Huskies will finish up the three-day Waikiki Beach Marriott Classic on Sunday facing UC Davis at 5 p.m. PT/3 p.m. HT.