Nov. 29, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Washington improved to 5-1, going out on the road to knock off Portland, 64-44. Washington used stifling first-half defense and Jazmine Davis' hot hand in the second half to hold off the Pilots on Thursday night at the Chiles Center.
Davis tied a career high, scorings 28 points, including 19 in the second half to pace the Huskies. Aminah Williams continued to crash the boards, finishing with a career-best 17 rebounds.
Early on, Washington used its defense to build a first-half lead. The Huskies led 13-3 halfway through the period, despite shooting just 25 percent in the early going. Kristi Kingma knocked down a three to give the Dawgs a double-digit lead that it would never relinquish.
The Huskies continued to suffocate the Portland offense, but could not get much going at their own end. The Dawgs led 25-9 at the half, despite just 29.4 percent shooting. Washington held Portland to just 3-25 (12 percent) shooting and forced 14 turnovers in the half. The nine points scored by Portland in the half was a school record for futility.
Portland got the offense going in the second half, scoring 11 points in the first three and a half minutes and eventually pulling back within 10. However, the Pilots would get no closer as Jazmine Davis began to get it going at the offensive end.
Davis used her speed to get into the lane and finish near the basket. The sophomore was 8-14 in the half and also knocked down three 3-pointers. As a team, Washington shot 51.4 percent in the half, leading to a season-best 39 points for a period.
The Huskies closed strong, finishing on a 13-4 run over the final 6:16 to win by 20.
Washington also got nice contributions from its short bench as Jeneva Anderson had a career-best four steals, while Kassia Fortier saw her most extended playing time and finished with two points and three rebounds.
Washington now returns home for three-straight home games over the next couple of weeks. The Dawgs will host San Diego State on December 5, at 7 p.m., before facing UC Santa Barbara and Idaho on back-to-back nights in mid-December.