LOS ANGELES -- Washington (12-9, 5-5) earned a road sweep in Los Angeles for the first time since 2002, knocking off USC (14-9, 7-4), 63-55. The Dawgs showed great fight down the stretch, grinding out huge win after USC made a comeback attempt in the second half.
Washington stormed to an early lead, making three early 3-pointers and locking down USC at the defensive end. The Dawgs led 15-3 just over six minutes into the game, highlighted by a great drive and pitchback from Mercedes Wetmore to find an open Kelsey Plum who knocked down the 3.
Washington held USC to just 23.3 percent shooting in the first half, but the Trojans were able to hang around by hitting the offensive glass. USC outrebounded Washington, 22-19, for the half, but eight came on the offensive end.
The Dawgs extended the lead to 14 in the final second of the half as Jazmine Davis took an inbounds under her own hoop with six second to go. The junior guard went coast-to-coast, draining a nifty runner to give the Dawgs a 31-17 lead at the break.
Washington hit a couple of individual milestones in the half as Davis went over 1,500 points for her career, while Aminah Williams surpassed 700 rebounds. Davis is the second-fastest Husky to 1,500, trailing only Jamie Redd who did it in two fewer games.
After the break, the Dawgs extended the lead as many as 16 in the early stages of the second half, but USC would not go quietly. The Trojans used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to just five with 8:34 to play. After a Husky timeout Talia Walton made back-to-back jumpers to push the Husky lead back to nine.
The Trojans would again respond, chipping away at the Husky lead to get within three at the 3:54 mark, 51-48. It was then time for Davis to take over. She earned a huge 3-point play with just over three minutes left to get the Husky lead back to six at 54-48.
Again USC responded with a mini-run, pulling within two with 1:08 to play. But again it was Davis with ice water through her veins, draining a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left on the shot clock. That shot proved to be the backbreaker as the Dawgs would make their free throw over the final seconds as escape with a 63-55.
Davis finished with 25 points after coming into the game averaging 26.3 per game in the Galen Center. Plum chipped in 14 points, while Williams had seven points, 14 rebounds and four steals. Walton added eight big points, all in the second half to go with two blocks.
Davis is now at 1,521 points for her career, which moved into the top-10 at UW and ranks 52nd Pac-12 history. Williams is now 11th at UW with 708 rebounds, which ranks 62nd in Pac-12 history.
After two-straight weeks on the road, the Dawgs return home next weekend to face a pair of ranked teams in No. 21 California and No. 4 Stanford. The Golden Bears come to Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday at 8 p.m. for a game on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal and Dawgs will have a national TV audience for their 12:30 p.m. tilt on Sunday live on ESPNU.