Dec. 16, 2012
SEATTLE -- Playing its second game in a 24-hour period, Washington (7-2) responded with a 62-48 win over Idaho (3-7) on Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena. Despite another poor shooting game, the Dawgs won with hustle and determination, crashing the glass and creating turnovers that led to extra possessions.
"I thought overall, we had much better concentration and energy for today's game," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "We still have a long way to go, but our defense was better, our rebounding was better. We started with a lot more focus, which gave us a better chance to figure out how we wanted to play the game from the get go."
Washington shot just 28 percent for the game, but held Idaho to 27 percent and created 22 turnover, while giving it up just 11 times. The Dawgs also crashed the boards hard, outrebounding its opponent 53-49. Kristi Kingma and Aminah Williams each had 14 rebounds, which was a career high for Kingma and the seventh-straight game in double figures for Williams.
Williams also chipped in 12 points for her fourth double-double of the season and grabbed a career-best six steals.
"Aminah played with a lot of energy," said McGuff. "She was really good on the defensive end and great on the glass with 14 rebounds. Kristi was also awesome on the glass with 14 rebounds. She put forth great, great effort. Overall our effort was really good, those two in particular."
Washington looked to avoid a slow start that has troubled the team so far, but despite two quick threes from Kingma and Talia Walton, fell behind early. After the 3-pointers gave UW a 6-0 lead, the Vandals went on a 13-2 run to build a five-point lead.
The Dawgs responded, however, clawing its way back and finishing the half on a 9-0 before the break. Washington led 29-22 at halftime as the Jazmine Davis finished a layup just before the buzzer.
Davis led all scorers with 19, while Walton joined Williams in double figures with 12.
In the second half, Washington pushed its lead to double digits and despite some brief runs from Idaho never looked in danger of giving up the lead. The Huskies made enough free throws down to the stretch to not give in to an Idaho team that fought until the end.
The Huskies picked up a big win, just one day after losing at home for the first time to UC Santa Barbara. The game was the final home non-conference contest as Washington now travels to Georgia Tech and UC Davis over the holidays, before returning home for Pac-12 play in 2013.
The Dawgs face a tough Georgia Tech team on Friday, Dec. 21 at 9 a.m., PT. The game will be broadcast online by ESPN3 as the Huskies face an ACC team that made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.