BERKELEY, Calif. – Washington continued its late season push, earning a big road win over a ranked team, defeating No. 18 California, 70-65. The Dawgs (17-12, 10-8) led by as many as 10 in the second half, before weathering a comeback attempt from the Golden Bears (21-8, 13-5).
The win gives the Dawgs a chance to move up in the standings pending the results of USC and Washington State this weekend. The Dawgs could finish as high as fifth if both teams lose, sixth if just one were to fall.
After falling behind 9-3 early, the Dawgs became the aggressor, reeling off a 14-1 run to take a seven-point lead with 13:34 to play. Washington would extend to the first half-lead to as many as eight and went to the break up, 36-32.
Plum had 11 points and four assists in the first half as the Dawgs shot 15-34 from the floor.
After the half, the Dawgs extend the lead to 10 at the 13:58 mark when Davis knocked down one of her two 3-pointers. The Bears would battle back, however, cutting the lead to one at the 8:40 mark and then tying at 56-56 with 5:31 to play.
After giving up the lead, Washington responded as Walton hit one of her 3’s to immediately get the Dawgs back on top. Aminah Williams added a jumper and Davis made her other 3-pointer as an 8-0 run got the Huskies a comfortable cushion.
Cal would pull within three late in the game, but Plum went 4-4 from the foul line to ice the game. The win gave Washington its third win against a ranked team this season, the first time it has accomplished that feat since 2001.
In addition to her 22 points, Plum had six assists and six rebounds. Williams led the Huskies with eight boards, while Walton had three steals and a block.
Washington became the first Pac-12 team to defeat both Stanford and California in the same season since UCLA in 2006. They also joined No. 1 Connecticut as the only team to beat both of the Bay Area schools this year.
Next up for Washington is the Pac-12 Tournament beginning March 6 at KeyArena. The Dawgs seed, opponent and game time is yet to be determined.