Jan. 27, 2013
SEATTLE -- The slogan for the Husky women's basketball team this week was to find a way. Playing without star guard, Jazmine Davis, the Dawgs escaped with a win over Oregon State on Friday and Sunday used a dominating second half to defeat Oregon, 66-53.
"We found a way," said Mercedes Wetmore who admirably filled in for Davis at the point with nine assists and no turnovers.
The Dawgs jumped out to an early lead as Aminah Williams score five straight points.
Oregon battled back, but the Dawgs still took a 32-24 lead to the break. Washington shot just 31 percent for the half, but held Oregon to 25 percent and forced eight Duck turnovers.
In the second half, Washington looked like a new team, exploding out of the gate and building a big lead. The Huskies went on a 15-3 run and led by 20 just 3:31 into the half. Talia Walton got it going after struggling in the first half and finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Two nights after scoring 29 and making 15-15 from the foul line, Kristi Kingma had another 20-point game, this time scoring 20 and extending her consecutive free throws made streak to 22. Kingma made four more 3-pointers to add to her Pac-12 lead, which is now at 53.
Oregon hung around, but could never bring the deficit to single digits as the Huskies answered every mini-run the Ducks could manage.
"I am proud of our effort today," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "I thought our kids played really hard and I thought we were especially good on the defensive end."
Washington shot 33 percent for the game, but managed to battle a much bigger Oregon team to a draw on the glass. Both teams finished with 49 rebounds as both Walton and Williams had double-double for the Huskies.
Washington forced 16 Oregon turnovers and had 13 steals, including four from Kingma.
The Dawgs will now head out on the road for a tip to the Valley of the Sun. Washington faces Arizona on Friday, February 1, at 6 p.m., followed by Arizona State on Sunday, February 3, at 10 a.m.