EUGENE, Ore. – Washington dropped its second-straight on the road after hanging with the quick tempo of Oregon for most of the game. The Dawgs (10-9, 3-5 Pac-12) just couldn’t finish off the Ducks (11-8, 2-6 Pac-12), who used a run in the final minutes to secure the victory.
Washington was again led by its backcourt as Jazmine Davis scored 30 points for the third time this season, while Kelsey Plum added 23. Senior Mercedes Wetmore chipped in 12 points, seven assists and just one turnover.
It was not enough, however. The pace at which Oregon plays causes more possessions and shots than a normal game. Although Davis and Plum combined for 53 points, 13 over their season average, the duo shot just 16-49 from the floor.
Meanwhile, Oregon standout Jillian Alleyne scored 34 points and had 25 rebounds to lead the Ducks to victory. Oregon did not shoot a high percentage from 3-point range, but Alleyne was excellent inside, picking up 11 offensive rebounds and scoring in the paint. The Ducks finished with 58-47 edge on the glass, despite 13 rebounds from Aminah Williams and a career-best 10 boards from Chantel Osahor.
The Ducks led by as many as 11 in the first half, but the Huskies clawed back in it behind 18 points from Davis. Both teams made seven threes in the first half as Oregon led 46-42 at the break.
In the second half, Washington got some stops to start the half and a 3-pointer from Plum and a layup from Wetmore gave Washington a lead. The teams would trade baskets for much of the half with the Dawgs lead growing to no larger than four.
The Dawgs were within four as late as 5:16 to play, but would get no closer. Oregon went on a 14-3 run over the next 3:11 to push the lead to 15. Washington was unable to mount any kind of desperation comeback as the Ducks finished off the victory.
Washington tied its season high, making 14 3-pointers. It needed one more attempt (38) than the previous season high in a win over UC Irvine. The Ducks were just 9-35 from distance, but made up for it with second-chance points and getting to the foul line. Oregon made 30-37 from the foul line, while Washington was just 13-20.
The Dawgs will continue with their four-game road swing next weekend in Los Angeles. The Dawgs take on UCLA on Friday night at 8 p.m. and USC on Sunday at 11 a.m.