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It's been a long and bumpy road for Huskies' Argens

Senior's 5-year career as a Husky coming to an end

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By Scott M. Johnson
Herald Writer
  • Washington's Mackenzie Argens grew up within walking distance of the UW campus.

    Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

    Washington's Mackenzie Argens grew up within walking distance of the UW campus.

SEATTLE -- Nothing about Mackenzie Argens' two-mile journey from her parents' home to the University of Washington seemed even the least bit unconventional. A grandfather and both of her parents went to UW, and she grew up within walking distance -- a jaunt she used to take with her family before Husky football games -- of the school.
And yet ever since her arrival in the fall of 2007, Argens' path has strayed from the conventional A-to-Z trip through college.
The coach who recruited her, June Daugherty, was fired before Argens arrived at UW. A knee injury ended her freshman season after four games. Four members from her six-player recruiting class transferred before her sophomore season began. A fifth, Monroe native Sarah Morton, graduated last year, while numerous assistant coaches have come and gone and coach Tia Jackson was relieved of her job last spring.
By the time Argens plays her final regular-season game this Saturday, she may well hold school records for coaches, teammates ("There should be a reward for that," she joked) and career losses (86, and counting, including her shortened 2007-08 season).
"I think it shows that I'm a strong person, a strong individual," Argens said of the unexpected bumps in the road she encountered at UW. "I can easily adapt to other people, and I like to have fun and connect with people.
"I've had new coaches every year that I've been able to take what they've taught me and move it on to the next year. I've been blessed with a great group of girls each year. They're hilarious. I love to laugh, and they've kept me laughing through the hard times."
Instead of graduating alongside Morton, her former roommate, and the other four members of their recruiting class, Argens is part of a five-member senior class that includes just two players from the 2008 recruiting class who played out their careers: Charmaine Barlow and Mollie Williams. Fellow 2008 class member Liz Lay also will be honored as a senior this Saturday, even though injuries prevented her from playing the past two seasons, while UCLA transfer Regina Rogers fills out this year's senior class.
Argens has bonded with her fellow seniors over the years and can't wait to be alongside them for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon.
"They're great friends of mine, and I'm close to them," the 6-foot-2 post player said. "Yeah, I'm a year older, but it's not weird. It's like I'm one of them."
Argens, who attended Seattle's Roosevelt High School and actually grew up closer to the UW campus than where she now lives as a student, isn't quite sure what to expect from Saturday's ceremony, especially after such an emotional career as a Husky.
"It's definitely going to be a sad night, just because I'm going to miss it so much here," she said. "It's going to be crazy. Seeing my mom cry, I'll cry. It's just crazy how fast the five years have gone. I should've been done last year, but I got an extra year (because of injury)."
Having always considered UW her "dream school," Argens will leave the school with no regrets -- even though she had plenty of reasons to leave and has been through some of the roughest years in program history.
"I'm not the type to give up," she said. "If there's a challenge, I'm going to face it head-on. I think I've done well with that. Yeah, these past three years, to the public, may not have been our best records. But they've made me a stronger person, and I've come out strong. I'm glad I'm finishing at UW."

Today's game
UW women (15-11, 7-9) vs. USC (16-11, 10-6)
Where: Hec Edmundson Pavilion
When: 7 p.m.
TV/radio: UWTV/1150 KKNW AM
Story tags » Huskies Basketball

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