SEATTLE – After a long layoff, Washington showed some early rust, but then cruised to a 67-50 victory over Hawai’i in the first round of the WNIT. The Dawgs (18-13) got 24 points from Kelsey Plum and 22 from Jazmine Davis to advance past the Rainbow Wahine (17-14).
Washington will now advance to face Oregon (16-15) on Monday night in Eugene for the second round matchup.
The Huskies struggled from the floor to start the game, but still had the lead by creating turnovers and holding Hawai’i to poor shooting on the other end. UW jumped to a 9-2 lead, but the Rainbow Wahine came back to tie it at 10-10.
From the there, Washington regained a lead and would not trail again. UW led 34-25 at the half as Plum led the Dawgs with 11 points, while Aminah Williams chipped in eight points and nine rebounds.
After the break, Washington extended the lead to double-digits as Davis got it going. After beginning the game 0-7, the Husky junior scored 14 points after the half, including 3-3 from 3-point range. Plum also kept up the scoring, converting three 3-point plays in the second half.
The high-scoring guard combo was aided by Williams who finished with a double-double, 10 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Washington shot just 33 percent for the game, but held Hawai’i to just 26 percent.
Talia Walton struggled with her shot, but chipped in nine rebounds and four blocks, just one shy of tying her career high.
Hawai’i finished with 21 turnovers, tying the most for a Husky opponent this season. Davis finished with five steals, which was a career high.
There were plenty of milestones reached on Friday night led by Mercedes Wetmore who played in her 123rd game in purple in gold. The Husky senior will now tie the all-time UW record for games played (124 by Giuliana Mendiola) on Monday in Eugene. Davis also moved into fifth place on the Husky all-time scoring list moving past Leteia Hughley. Davis now has 1,710 points for her career, while Plum is at 649 for the season, just 12 shy of the single-season Husky record also by Mendiola.
Washington will now have a quick turnaround as they travel to Eugene Sunday for the game Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena. The Dawgs are 1-1 against Oregon this season, losing the first matchup in Eugene and then evening the score at Alaska Airlines Arena in late February. The winner of the Huskies and Ducks will move on to face the winner of Montana and San Diego in the third round of the WNIT.