SEATTLE – Washington improved to 4-3 on the season, dominating Montana State (4-4), 83-60. The Huskies again shared the ball with four players in double figures, playing entertaining basketball in front of 2,359 fans at Alaska Airlines Arena.
“I thought we shared the ball really well,” said head coach Mike Neighbors. “At times we might have even over-passed it. Our defense was also good, holding that team to under 30 percent shooting.”
For the second game of the weekend, Washington spread around the scoring. Kelsey Plum led the Huskies with 19 points, but backcourt mates Jazmine Davis and Mercedes Wetmore had 17 and 10 points, respectively.
Also in double figures was Katie Collier who scored 13 points off the bench on 6-8 shooting. The bench was sensational, adding 26 points. Mathilde Gilling had a season-high eight points in just seven minutes of action, while Heather Corral added three points and Alexus Atchley, two.
Washington shot 48.4 percent for the game (31-64), while holding Montana State to just 29.2 percent (21-72). The Dawgs did their best job of the season defending the 3-point line, where the Bobcats were just 4-25.
The Huskies led 38-26 at the break, playing solid defense to take a double-digit lead despite shooting 2-11 from 3-point range. In the second half, the Dawgs extended the lead by getting out in transition and getting to the foul line where Washington shot 10-11 after the break.
For the game the Dawgs were just 5-20 from 3-point range, but had enough layups to still shoot a high percentage as a team.
“We took good shots for the most part,” said Neighbors. “That has been a point of emphasis for us.”
The Dawgs forced 21 turnovers, scoring 35 points off of Bobcat mistakes. Davis and Wetmore each had three steals, leading to transition hoops. Wetmore had six assists without a turnover, while Davis had five helpers.
Washington will now head to Las Vegas for the Duel in the Desert tournament next week. The Dawgs will play three games in three days, beginning Thursday with Louisiana-Monroe. Washington will also face DePaul and Pittsburgh looking for some big non-conference wins against quality opponents.