STANFORD, Calif. – Washington (16-12, 9-8) hung tough, but couldn’t repeat their upset in Seattle from earlier this month, falling to Stanford (27-2, 16-1), 83-60. The Dawgs kept it close in the first half, but a big Cardinal run to start the second half blew things open.
Kelsey Plum led the Dawgs with 21 points, while Talia Walton added 12 on 4-5 3-point shooting. Defending Pac-12 Player of the Year Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford finished with 32 points on 14-23 shooting.
Stanford shot 47 percent for the game and outrebounded the Dawgs, 50-32. Washington did shoot it well form beyond the arc, making 12 of 25.
The Cardinal came out on fire, making their first three shots from beyond the arc and building a 13-2 lead just 3:44 into the game. Washington proved resilient, however, chipping away at the Stanford lead to cut it to six with 8:21 to go. The Cardinal would then go on a 9-0 run to rebuild their double-digit lead.
The Dawgs kept within striking distance by getting hot from 3-point range. Walton made 4-4 from 3-point range after not starting because of illness. Mercedes Wetmore added 2-2 from beyond the arc, while Plum and Davis each added one as the Cardinal led it 45-32 at the break.
The Dawgs allowed 51.5 perecent shooting in the half and were outrebounded, 22-15. Aminah Williams was active on the glass for the Dawgs, bringing down eight first-half rebounds.
Stanford was again the aggressor to begin the second half, reeling off a 19-4 run to take a 61-36 lead entering the first media timeout. Again, Stanford started 3-3 from 3-point range in the period just like they had in the first half.
Davis put an end to the Stanford run with a 3-pointer and a layup, but that would bring Washington to within only 20. Davis finished with 10 points on 3-13 shooting.
The Cardinal extended the lead again, before Plum got hot over the final minutes to cut back into a big lead. She finished 8-19 from the floor and 3-5 from 3-point range in the losing effort. Williams led the Dawgs on the glass with 12 rebounds, while Wetmore contributed six assists.
Washington will be right back at in on Saturday night against another ranked team. The Dawgs will take on No. 18 California in Berkeley at 5:30 p.m. in another game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.