Nov. 27, 2012
SEATTLE -- Washington improved to 4-1, racing past Pepperdine to win 70-51 on Tuesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs used a 21-4 run to end the first half to build a double-digit lead and cruise to victory.
Aminah Williams led the Huskies with a career-high 17 points to go along with 15 rebounds and was the catalyst for the up-tempo, high-energy attack.
"Aminah has really stepped up her effort level and intensity," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "She has played really hard in these last couple games and has gotten her hands on a lot of balls. She has played with great energy and I am really proud of her effort level right now."
Washington got off to a slow start, trailing by as many as seven in the opening minutes. Pepperdine led 19-12 with 8:20 to play in the half as the Huskies struggled on the offensive end early.
"I think to start the game we had really poor concentration," said McGuff. "We had something like four turnovers in our first five possessions. Once we settled in and started taking care of the ball we got some better shots."
After the under 8:00 media timeout, Washington appeared to flip the switch, outworking and outrunning the Waves the rest of the half. Washington would finish on the 21-4 run, by turning offense into defense.
Williams was everywhere - deflecting balls, grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring in the lane. The sophomore now has 43 rebounds (14.3 per) in the last three games.
Davis and Kingma each finished with 17 points, although Kristi's were of the historic variety as she went over 1,000 points for her career. Kingma is the 21st Husky to achieve that total, quite an honor for the senior that missed all of last year with a knee injury. She now has 1,006 points during her stellar career.
In the second half, Washington stayed hot, shooting 64 percent for the period. Davis did most of her damage getting to the hoop for high percentage looks, while Wetmore found her shooting stroke, knocking down a couple of jump shots.
Talia Walton added nine points and five rebounds, but also had four blocks, often acting as the final line of Husky defense. Walton already has 18 blocks on the season (3.6 per game) and is among the Pac-12 leaders in that category.
Washington scored 12 points on the fast break to zero for Pepperdine. The Dawgs also outrebounded Pepperdine, 43-24.
Washington has a quick turnaround as it stays in the West Coast Conference to play Portland on Thursday. The Dawgs travel down I-5 to take on the Pilots at 7 p.m.