Feb. 24, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. -- Washington (19-8, 11-5) made a big second-half comeback, but fell just short, losing 68-61 to No. 20 Colorado (22-5, 11-5). The Dawgs used suffocating defense and some timely offense to mount an 11-0 run and get back in the game, but could not close it out in the final minutes.
The Dawgs trailed 36-25 at halftime after Colorado closed out the half well. Washington led early and held a 17-16 advantage with 10:46 to play in the half, before Colorado took the lead for good. The Dawgs shot just 31 percent in the first half and were only 4-10 from the foul line.
In the second half, Washington stepped up the defensive intensity and got the stops it needed to get back in the game. Colorado led by as many as 12, but the Huskies used an 11-0 run to get within one. Eight of the 11 points during that run came from Kristi Kingma who finished a game-high 19 points.
Kingma finished 7-17 from the floor, but scored 14 of her points in the second half. She knocked down a three and made three free throws after being fouled on a three during the Husky run.
Back in the game, Washington and Colorado had a heavy-weight fight on their hands the rest of the way. The Buffaloes made another run to get the lead back to nine, but Washington again chipped away.
Mercedes Wetmore had a pair of driving lefty layups to pull the Dawgs to just three down with 4:02 remaining. The junior finished with 10 points and four assists. After Colorado made a free throw, Jazmine Davis scored her first field goal at the 2:42 pull Washington within two, 59-57.
The Dawgs would get no closer, however. Colorado scored a couple baskets at the end of the shot clock when it appeared Washington was about to get a stop. The Buffaloes closed it out, making their free throws and UW could get no closer.
Washington finished by shooting 45.2 percent in the second half, but just 2-14 from 3-point range. The Dawgs also forced 18 Colorado turnovers, including 14 steals. Davis finished with a team-high four, while Aminah Williams had three.
Williams finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Talia Walton had 11 and nine.
The Dawgs will now return home for the final weekend of Pac-12 play. The task will be daunting as UW welcomes No. 4 Stanford and No. 6 California to Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs will take on the Cardinal on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks. Saturday, California will be in town for a 2 p.m. tip.