Jan. 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES -- Washington (10-5, 2-2 Pac-12) hung with No. 14 UCLA (13-2, 4-0 Pac-12) for much of the game, but in the end fell short, falling, 85-68. The Dawgs led as late as 9:30 to play, but wore down as a bigger UCLA team dominated the Huskies on the glass.
Washington was outrebounded 50-26 for the game, including allowing 16 offensive rebounds. The Bruins shot 47.5 percent from the floor, but the Huskies still had a chance to win late in the game.
The Dawgs created 24 turnovers, including 16 in the first half to gain the extra possessions it needed to account for the rebounding discrepancy.
Washington led 34-33 at the half, turning defense into offense and getting to the free throw line with aggressive drives to the hoop. Jazmine Davis scored 11 of her 19 points in the first half and made 6-6 from the free throw line as UCLA had trouble keeping her out of the lane.
Talia Walton chipped in eight first-half points, but the key was the Washington defense that went to the break with 11 steals.
UCLA came out of halftime with renewed energy, taking better care of the ball and hitting the offensive glass. The Bruins built a nine-point lead by the 14:48 mark in the half, but the resilient Huskies refused to give in.
Washington mounted a 17-7 run over the next 5:18 to take a 59-58 lead with 9:30 to play. The Dawgs used hot shooting as Walton made two of her four threes during the run, while Kristi Kingma also made a three. Walton finished with 18 points, while Kingma had eight, including two more threes to add to her Pac-12 lead.
Davis also continued to get in the lane and get to the foul line. The sophomore guard finished 12-14 from the line to set a new career best for made free throws in a game.
Following the Husky run, UCLA made a one of its own, outscoring the Dawgs 11-2 over the next three minutes. Although, Washington would cut the lead to five, UCLA finished out the final minutes, making free throws to build a lead that did not represent how close the game really was.
Also finishing in double figures was Aminah Williams with 10 points. The sophomore also chipped in seven rebounds and tied a career high with six assists.
UCLA had five players in double figures and used it size and depth to wear down the Huskies over the final nine minutes.
The Dawgs will have another quick turnaround, playing Washington State on Tuesday for its third game in six days. The Cougars come to town on January 15 at 6 p.m. for a game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cougs were also swept in L.A. this weekend and come to Seattle 1-3 in conference.