Nov. 21, 2012
MADISON, Wisc. -- Washington picked up its biggest win of the season so far, traveling to Wisconsin and beating the Badgers, 60-55. The Dawgs played its most complete game, defeating a qualify Big-10 opponent to move to 3-1.
"We beat a really good Wisconsin team," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "If you look at what they did versus Gonzaga and Washington State on the road, they were playing really well. I think this is a really good road win for us."
Washington beat Wisconsin at its own game, owning the glass and getting defensive stops in a slow, physical game. The Huskies outrebounded Wisconsin 41-38 and allowed just 26 points in the second half.
The Dawgs trailed by double digits in the first half, but clawed its way back using 22 points from Jazmine Davis. At one point midway through the second half, UW used a 20-4 run to build a seven points lead, capped by a big three from Davis.
Wisconsin got off to a hot start, beginning the game on a 15-5 run, including three 3-pointers in the first five minutes.
Washington came right back and started a run of its own to take the lead. Mercedes Wetmore began the 11-0 run with a nice dribble drive and Talia Walton capped it with a blocked shot and jumper at the other end to give UW a 16-15 lead.
From there, the game settled into a Big-10 style defensive battle. Wisconsin took a 29-26 lead to the break as neither team had a player score in double figures for the half.
In the second half, UW slowly began to seize control after struggling to score on an aggressive Badgers defense. Kristi Kingma opened up the lane with some drives to the hoop, while the shooting of Davis was the key on the scoreboard.
The Huskies did not regain the lead until 5:51 to play when Aminah Williams scored two of her eight points to put the Huskies up 52-50. Williams was everywhere on the glass, finishing with 13 rebounds and now has 28 in the past two games as she continues to play with great energy.
Down the stretch it was the Husky defense that won the game as Wisconsin did not score from the 7:42 mark in the half all the way until just 59 seconds to go. At that point, Washington had built an eight point lead and the game was all but over.
"I think in general, especially in the second half, we got our defense together," said McGuff. "I thought we had an effective mix of man and zone that kept them off balance. We had not been playing as well defensively as I thought we should in the previous games, so I was really happy to see us put it together on that end of the floor."
Joining Davis in double figures were Walton with 12 and Kingma with 10. Walton also had five steals and two blocks.
The Huskies will now return home to celebrate Thanksgiving in Seattle. Its next game will be back at Alaska Airlines Arena when Pepperdine comes to town on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m.