CORVALLIS, Ore. – After playing five of the first six conference games at home, the Dawgs (10-8, 3-4 Pac-12) began a four-game road swing with a 75-68 loss at Oregon State (11-8, 3-4 Pac-12). The Beavers used a hot-shooting second half to extend a narrow halftime lead.
Both teams shot the ball well from 3-point range, but it was the Beavers that went 6-11 in the second half. Oregon State also won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Huskies, 42-37.
Washington got 27 points from Kelsey Plum and 21 from Jazmine Davis as the high-scoring backcourt continued its excellent play. However, the Beavers overcame the Husky guards with four player in double figures.
The Dawgs got off to a slow start on the offensive end as the Beavers blocked five shots in the early going. Led by 6-6 center Ruth Hamblin, Oregon State is one of the best shot-blocking teams in the country and it showed to open the game.
The Dawgs slowly made the adjustment, shooting midrange jumpers and penetrating and kicking it out for 3’s. Mercedes Wetmore got the scoring going with a drive and kick out for a Kelsey Plum triple. Washington started 4-6 from 3-point range with Plum and Jazmine Davis each making a pair.
The Dawgs pushed the lead to as much as eight with Plum continuing her hot shooting. She finished 4-4 from 3-point range in the half and went to the break with 19 points. However, Oregon State finished on an 11-2 run, including a 3-pointer as time expired to take a 35-34 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Beavers were the aggressor, building a double-digit lead. After trailing by as many as 12, Washington cut the lead to five with 11:18 to play, but then the Oregon State went on a 13-4 run to build its largest lead of 14 points.
The Dawgs struggled to defend Oregon State in the second half as the Beavers shot 51.7 percent after the break.
After scoring 19 in the first half, Plum had just eight after halftime, although she did finish a perfect 6-6 from the 3-point line. Davis led the Huskies with 11 in the second half, but it would not be enough.
The Dawgs will now continue the road trip through the Beaver State on Sunday when they travel to Eugene to take on Oregon. The Huskies and Ducks will square off on at noon live on the Pac-12 Networks.