Dec. 28, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. -- Washington (8-3) played one of its best halves of basketball after the intermission, turning a deficit into an 81-56 blowout of UC Davis (5-5). After the Aggies made six threes in the first half to take a two-point lead to the break it was Jazmine Davis who took over in the second half, making five of her six threes and scoring 20 of her 25 points in the period.
The Huskies scored a season-best 54 points in the second half, turning offense into defense and shooting the lights out, making 19-37 (51.4 percent) in the half.
"I didn't think we did anything that out of the ordinary," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "That is how we can play when we focus and move the ball so that we get great shots."
Washington got off to a sluggish start and trailed by as many as eight, but closed well to pull within two at halftime. The Huskies struggled to defend the 3-point shot as UC Davis made 6-12 from beyond the arc in the period.
The second half was a completely different story as the Huskies raced to a big lead getting stops and making open shots. Davis made five threes in the period and the Huskies were 8-13 from downtown as a team after the break.
Washington also got plenty of shots as it dominated the glass and created 22 turnovers. Both Aminah Williams finished with double-doubles as Washington outrebounded UC Davis, 47-32. It was the fifth double-double of the season for Williams who had 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Walton finished with 15 and 12 for her first double-double.
Of the 22 turnovers forced, 16 were by the way of a steal, including five from Kristi Kingma, four from Williams and three from Davis. Walton added two blocks just below her Pac-12 leading average of 2.3 per game.
Mercedes Wetmore made it four Huskies in double figures with 10 points, while Kingma added nine on three 3-point baskets.
The Huskies played nine players for the first time this season and the depth looked to give Washington extra legs in the second half. Kassia Fortier had two.
The Huskies will now begin Pac-12 play as it hosts Arizona State and Arizona next weekend at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Sun Devils come to town Friday at 7 p.m., while Arizona will be Sunday at 1 p.m. live on the Pac-12 Network.