Jan. 25, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington women's basketball showed a lot of heart on Friday, gutting out an overtime win over Oregon State, 81-77. The Dawgs made a late comeback capped by Kristi Kingma making three pressure free throws to send the game to overtime.
"I was really proud of our effort tonight," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "We knew that playing without Jaz we would need everyone to give their best effort and the team really stepped up."
All-Pac-12 guard Jazmine Davis was held out because of the elbow to the head she took last weekend at Washington State.
Kingma scored 29 points overall, but was pure composure at the line, making 15-15 free throws for the game. The 15 makes without a miss was a school record, but it was the three at the end of regulation that showed her character.
"I was comfortable with Kristi at the line," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "There is nobody I would rather have in that situation than Kristi."
Coming off a screen looking for a tying 3-pointer, the Oregon State defender lunged at Kingma and was called for the foul. Four seconds remained and Kingma knew she would need to make all three just to send the game into overtime. Despite no margin for error, Kingma drained all three, giving the Dawgs five extra minutes and all of the momentum.
Just to get in that situation, Washington had to claw back late in the game. The Huskies trailed by as many as eight in the second half and were down 68-63 with just 1:32 to play. Kingma cut the lead to three with two of her free throws, but missed a 3-pointer to tie the game.
Washington needed Oregon State to miss the front end of a 1 and 1 to get the ball back, allowing Heather Corral to score with 30 seconds left to cut the lead to one. Corral, starting in the place of Davis, had a career-high 14 points, including 4-6 from beyond the arc.
Down one with 30 seconds left, Washington got a steal in backcourt, but Kingma missed a jumper with a chance to take the lead. The Huskies fouled and Oregon State made both setting up the final possession of regulation.
Kingma's three free throws sent the game into overtime where the Huskies took control. After the two teams traded buckets, Aminah Williams was left wide open for 3-pointer, which she buried. Williams had just two 3-pointers on the season coming into the game, but confidently drained this one when Oregon State dared her to take it. She finished with nine points and another double-digit rebounding effort of 11 boards.
The Williams 3-pointer was the key shot of overtime as the Huskies would not trail again. Talia Walton made two free throws to push the lead to five and then Kingma iced the game, making four more free throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
The Huskies shot just 34.4 percent for the game, but 27-30 (90 percent) from the free throw line and made 10 threes. Washington was 6-7 from the 3-point line in the first half when it led by as many as 15.
Walton had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Mercedes Wetmore had 12 points and five assists, playing the entire 45 minutes at point guard in place of Davis.
Next up for Washington will be Oregon on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Ducks will be riding high after winning in Pullman for their first Pac-12 win of the season.