SEATTLE – Washington dropped to .500 in conference, falling 78-60 to No. 24 Arizona State on Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Sun Devils came out hot making their first six shots and built an early lead that the Huskies could not overcome.
Washington came into the game having not defeated a ranked team since March 2, 2008, but were unable to take advantage of the opportunity on Sunday.
Arizona State mad eight of its first nine shots and led 24-9 just 7:30 into the game. Washington coach Mike Neighbors emptied his bench early on, not happy with the defensive effort and intensity of his starters. When the starters returned, the intensity improved, but Washington was already in a deep hole.
The size and depth of the Sun Devils hurt Washington throughout. The Arizona State pressure defense forced Washington into 17 turnovers and the Dawgs attempted just 10 3-pointers with the Devils doing a good job of defending out to the 3-point line.
At the other end, Arizona State hurt Washington with the 3-point shot, making 11-21. The overall shooting percentages were comparable, but ASU took far more shots because of a giant rebounding advantage and doing a better job taking care of the ball. Arizona State outrebounded UW, 44-32, for the game.
Jazmine Davis played well for the Huskies, scoring 23 points on 8-13 shooting, including 2-3 from 3-point range (the only two Husky 3-pointers). Kelsey Plum chipped in 16 points, getting to the line and continuing to make foul shots at a high rate (6-7 FT’s).
The Dawgs played with nine healthy bodies for the first time since the Texas road trip in the first week of December. Chantel Osahor returned from her foot injury giving solid minutes off the bench, while Katie Collier scored six points in just eight minutes in her second game back from a hamstring.
Washington will now put its 36-game winning streak on the line against Washington State when they travel to Pullman. The Dawgs and Cougars will renew their rivalry on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. live on the Pac-12 Networks.