Jan. 20, 2013
PULLMAN, Wash. -- It wasn't easy, but Washington extended its streak to 36 in a row with a 79-72 victory over Washington State. The Dawgs came back from a halftime deficit, playing much of the second half without Jazmine Davis to pull out an exciting victory in the Palouse.
Washington improved to 12-5, including 4-2 in Pac-12 play, with hot shooting down the stretch to pull away from an inspired Cougar squad. Heather Corral led the charge for the Huskies, making three huge 3-pointers down the stretch as she played big minutes with Davis on the bench after taking an elbow to the head.
Coral finished 3-4 from 3-point range as the Huskies made 12 threes as a team. Davis made four in the first half, but Corral and Kristi Kingma, who also had three 3's, that made the big shots down the stretch.
Aminah Williams also was a difference maker, matching a career high with 17 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds. She finished 8-10 from the field and notched her 11th double-double of the season.
The Cougars built an early lead, shooting 48.5 percent in the first half. Down as many as eight, Washington closed the half with two big hoops, including a steal by Mercedes Wetmore that led to a Williams floater as time expired. The shot pulled UW to within four, 40-36, at the break.
To begin the second half, Washington went on a 9-0 run to retake the lead and quiet the biased Pullman crowd. Davis got into the lane to score as she finished with 18 points, before and inadvertent elbow put her on the bench.
The Cougars fought back and retaking the lead with a pair of 3's, followed by two free throws midway through the half. Washington State made nine 3-pointers in the game to help stay close.
Washington State led 57-53 with 10:49 to play when Davis went to the bench for good. Her replacement was Corral who immediately hit a three, then another after the Dawgs tied it a 61-61 to give the Huskies a three-point lead that it would not relinquish.
Corral's final three came with 4:44 to play and put the Dawgs up five, 70-65. From there, the Huskies held on, getting stops and making free throws down the stretch. Kingma finished with 16 points as she iced the game with some pressure free throws.
The Dawgs shot 46.7 percent for the game, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range. Wetmore finished with seven assists to match a career high, while also collecting two of the Huskies' nine steals.
The win moves Washington into a tie for third in the Pac-12, just one game behind both Stanford and California atop the league standings.
Next, Washington returns home to face Oregon State and Oregon next weekend at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Beavers will be in town Friday, January 25, at 6 p.m., while the Ducks will be Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. Sunday's game against Oregon will also be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.