Jan. 15, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12) made it 35-straight wins over Washington State (5-11, 1-4 Pac-12) with a 60-53 win on Tuesday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs built a big first-half lead and hung on from there, making just four field goals in the second half.
"I didn't think we played all that well in stretches, but I think they would probably say the same thing," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "I think our overall performance was good. We played hard and in the first half and kind of got away from that in the second half."
Washington came out on fire, shooting the lights out to build a double-digit lead just 5:40 into the game. The Dawgs extended its lead from there, making six of initial seven 3-pointers to build a 20-point lead late in the first half.
Talia Walton made three 3's, while Kristi Kingma, Jazmine Davis and Heather Corral also got into the act. However, the shots that were all falling began to misfire and WSU closed to within 15, 36-21 at the break.
Walton and Davis each had 13 in the first half, but it was the UW defense, holding WSU to 8-33 shooting and forcing 10 turnovers that was the difference.
In the second half, Washington State began to claw away at the lead as the Husky offense went stagnant and shots continued to misfire. Washington shot just 4-23 in the half as the Cougars slowly mounted a comeback, coming within four with 8:28 to play.
"I thought we settled for quick shots early in the possession instead of moving the ball around until we got a great shot," said McGuff. "I thought we did a good job of that to start the game, and they were really hard on us defensively so credit to them also. I thought both team played pretty well defensively."
The Huskies responded as Walton found Aminah Williams for a layup and two Davis free throws pushed the lead back to eight. Washington State would cut the lead to six three more times, until finally bringing it back to four with 57 seconds to play.
Kingma responded to that run, making two clutch free throws and the Cougars would not get any closer. The Dawgs made 14-22 free throws in the second half and enough in the final seconds to ice the game.
Davis finished with a game-high 21 points, her 10th 20-point game of the season. Walton chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Kingma had 14 and eight.
Washington forced 16 Cougar turnovers and held WSU to 29.2 percent shooting for the game.
Next up for the Dawgs is a rematch with Washington State in Pullman on Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m. The Huskies will need to make some adjustments if it hopes to defeat WSU again and extend the streak to 36-consecutive victories over its archrival.