PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12) ended its long losing streak against the Dawgs (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12), 82-80, on Tuesday night in the Palouse. The Cougars had lost 36-straight to Washington dating back to 1995, but pulled out a thriller.
After trailing by as many as 13 in the second half, Washington fought all the way back to take a lead. The Cougars did not go quietly, though, regaining the lead with 5:51 to play and hung on from there.
Jazmine Davis scored 27 points for the Dawgs, putting the team on her back in the second half where she scored 20 points, including 5-7 from 3-point range.
In the final minutes, the Dawgs cut the lead to two four separate times, but were never able to tie it or take the lead. Washington State missed the front end of a 1 and 1 with 4.2 seconds to play, but Chantel Osahor’s desperation heave rimmed out. Osahor gave Washington quality minutes off the bench, scoring six points and grabbing six rebounds.
In the first half, both teams struggled from the floor in the early minutes, before Washington State caught fire from 3-point range. After missing their first six from deep, the Cougars made five in a row to extend to a double-digit lead. Washington made a run of its own, cutting the lead to five at the 2:44 mark in the first half with an 8-0 run. Katie Collier kept Washington in the game, scoring 12 points on 5-7 first half shooting.
WSU responded, however, pushing the lead back to double-digits at half. Lia Galdeira made a runner as time expired before the break, giving the Cougars a 42-32 lead.
Washington turned the ball over nine times in the half and lost Aminah Williams with two fouls after just five minutes. The junior forward was off to a hot start with four points and three rebound before picking up her second.
In the second half, Washington came out a new team catching fire from 3-point range. The Dawgs made their first four 3-pointers, including a pair from JDavis to take their first lead at the 15:05 mark. Davis continued to force the issue, driving and drawing contact. The junior All-Pac-12 guard shot 14 free throws for the game, but made just eight. Davis also pulled down a career-high nine rebounds.
In addition to Davis, Mercedes Wetmore got hot from distance making 3-4, including two big ones in the second half. Wetmore finished with 12 points, but an uncharacteristic six turnovers.
For the game, Washington turned it over 15 times, which led to 19 Cougar points. Washington won the battle on the glass, 41-39, while both teams made 10 3-pointers for the game.
The difference may have been the foul shooting as the Dawgs shot 16-27 from the line, including 13-22 from Davis and Kelsey Plum, two of their best free throw shooters.
The two rivals will be right back at it on Saturday when they renew the rivalry in Seattle. The Dawgs will host the Cougars on Saturday at 3 p.m., live on the Pac-12 Networks.