SEATTLE – Washington (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12) got a career-high 30 points from Kelsey Plum, but it was not enough as Washington State (10-6, 4-0 Pac-12) knocked off the Dawgs, 85-76. The visitors finished on a 12-3 run over the final 2:15 after the game had been tied.
Plum was sensational for the Dawgs, scoring 30 on 10-22 shooting, including 4-8 from 3-point range and 6-8 from the foul line. She scored 17 points after halftime where Washington was in the game until the final seconds.
The Dawgs led 71-69 with 4:12 to play after Jazmine Davis scored two of her 22 points, but would not again. The Cougars tied and then took the lead on a pair of free throws. Mercedes Wetmore scored at the 2:35 mark to tie it back up, but WSU then made a 3-pointer and two more free throws to build a 5-point lead.
Plum kept Washington close with a layup and a free throw, but a miss from the line kept the Dawgs from getting within three with 50 seconds left. Instead of being able to play out the possession and try to get a stop, Washington was forced to foul. The Cougars made their free throws and ended up with a margin of victory that made the game’s margin more than the game indicated.
Washington played a clean game, turning the ball over just eight times. The Dawgs also outrebounded the Cougars, 44-43. Aminah Williams ripped down 15 rebounds to go with eight points on 3-6 shooting. Talia Walton added 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
The Dawgs shot just 6-25 from 3-point range, while the Cougars were 7-16 from deep. Foul shooting was an issue again with Washington just 14-22 from the charity stripe.
The Cougars jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the first half, but Washington responded and retook the lead. Davis was outstanding in the first half, scoring 16 points before the break.
Washington will remain home as it welcomes Utah and Colorado to Alaska Airlines Arena next weekend. The Dawgs host the Utes on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., followed by the No. 19 Buffaloes on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m.