Nov. 18, 2012
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Washington (2-1) mounted a big second-half comeback, but in the end fell just short, falling 71-62 to Long Beach State (2-2). The Dawgs had a sluggish start and could not overcome a big early deficit to drop its first game of the season.
Long Beach State jumped out a quick lead, shooting the three and using pressure defense to frustrate the Husky guards. The 49ers led 11-4 just four minutes into the game, making three 3's to build its lead.
Washington was never able to amount any type of serious run in the half and trailed by 14 at the break. The 49ers spent a lot of effort denying the ball to star guard Jazmine Davis, which seemed to frustrate the Husky offense.
Washington struggled with its shooting in the half, making just 32.3 percent from the floor and 2-10 from three. Meanwhile, Long Beach State had the hot hand, shooting 43.2 percent, including 8-16 from downtown.
The second half began with more of the same as the Dawgs were slow out gate. Washington fall behind by as many as 20 and it appeared that it would never be a game. However, when the 49er lead reached 20 with 14:16 to play, the Huskies began its comeback.
Initially, it was Talia Walton who scored nine straight Husky points. The redshirt freshman had a team-high 19 points, including three 3's. Aminah Williams also got in the act, working tirelessly on the boards and finding openings in the lane. Williams had 14 points and 15 rebounds, just one shy of her career high.
The Dawgs began to get defensive stop and turn those into opportunities in transition. Washington used a 24-6 run over a stretch of 10 minutes to come within two points of the lead. Kristi Kingma hit a three to cap the run and the Huskies trailed just, 57-55.
However, the run seemed to use all of the Huskies' energy and LBSU came right back with a run of its own. The 49ers scored seven straight points and the lead was back to nine with under two minutes to play. Long Beach made its free throws from there and closed out the win, moments after it appeared the Huskies were about to pull off an epic comeback.
It was an odd game for the Huskies who outrebounded an opponent for the first time, 45-40, but lost at its own game. Washington turned the ball over 18 times to just 15 by Long Beach State. The 49ers also made 10 three to just six for the Huskies.
Washington will now regroup for a quick turnaround before traveling to Wisconsin to face the Badgers on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Wisconsin will also be flying out from Washington after splitting with Gonzaga and Washington State over the weekend.