SEATTLE – Washington fell to 0-2, dropping the home opener to hot-shooting Portland (2-1), 91-77. The Pilots shot 50 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc to earn their first win over Washington in program history.
The story of the night was the incredible 3-point shooting of Portland. The Pilots finished 14-23 from 3-point range, including six in-a-row over a key stretch in the second half to grab a big lead.
The Huskies went on a 13-0 run after trailing 19-6 to tie it on a two Jazmine Davis free throws. Despite getting back in the game, Washington would never lead in the half. The Pilots came back to retake the lead and extended it to six by halftime. Portland led 39-33 at the break after shooting 47 percent, including 5-11 from 3-point range.
Washington picked things up coming out of halftime, taking their first lead of the game at the 14:36 mark. Davis drove to the hoop and scored two of her 16 points for what would prove to be the only lead of the game for the Huskies.
Portland shot 54 percent from the floor in the second half, including a remarkable 10-13 from beyond the arc and pulled away over the final eight minutes. Cassandra Brown came off the bench to make 6-8 from 3-point range, finishing with 28 points and 12 rebounds.
On the other end, Washington shot 43 percent for the game and 7-22 from 3-point range. Walton made four 3’s in her first game back from a broken hand. Aminah Williams finished with 12 rebounds as the Dawgs were only slightly beat on the glass, 39-35.
The Huskies also struggled with fouls as Mercedes Wetmore was saddled with foul trouble, playing only 14 minutes and eventually being disqualified after picking up her fifth. Walton and Davis also went to the bench in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.
The Dawgs will be back at it on Tuesday night when they welcome cross-town rival Seattle U. to the Alaska Airlines Arena. Game time is set for 7 p.m. as the Dawgs look to pick up their first win of the season over Seattle U., a team the beat last year in overtime.