EUGENE, Ore. – Washington used a big second half to defeat Oregon, 93-85, and advance to the Sweet 16 of the WNIT. Trailing by 12 at the break, the Dawgs (19-13) outscored the Ducks (16-16) 59-39 in the second half to move on and host San Diego in the third round on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Plum led Washington with 31 points, including 14-16 from the foul line as she iced the game over the final minutes. It was a milestone night for the Husky freshman as she now has 680 points on the season to break the Husky single-season record of 661 set by Giuliana Mendiola back in 2004.
Walton added a season-best 24 points to go with 14 rebounds, while Davis scored 22. Mercedes Wetmore tied a career high with nine assists on the night she tied a Mendiola record for playing in her 124th game as a Husky. With the Dawgs advancing, Wetmore is in line to break that record on Wednesday night.
While things ended well, it did not look quite so promising at the half. Oregon had used its signature fast tempo to build a 46-34 lead. The Ducks were all over the glass in the first half, getting second chance opportunities off their misses.
Washington came out a new team after the break, clamping down on the defensive end and showing renewed effort on the glass. In addition to Walton’s 14 boards, Aminah Williams had eight rebounds and Chantel Osahor had seven in just 13 minutes.
By holding the Ducks to one shot, Washington had plenty of chances on the offensive end and they cashed in to the tune of 59 second-half points. The Dawgs finished with a season-best 24 assists as they shared the ball and found the open shooter.
Washington shot 50 percent in the second half and made 18 of 20 from the foul line.
In addition to Plum taking over as the single-season UW scoring leader, Davis went over 600 points for the season, becoming just the third Husky to do so.
The Dawgs will now have a quick turnaround as they return to Seattle to face the Torerros on Wednesday at 7 p.m. USD brings a 24-8 record to Alaska Airlines Arena for a game that will be webcast only on gohuskies.com.