SEATTLE – Sixth-seeded Washington played yet another close game against 11th-seeded Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. After beating the Utes twice by a single point in the regular season, the Dawgs could not make it three in-a-row. Instead, Utah prevailed, 63-50.
Washington kept it close throughout the game, but couldn’t come up with the big shots down the stretch.
Kelsey Plum led Washington with 20 points, while Jazmine Davis added 18. Aminah Williams finished with 15 rebounds, but it was not enough. The Dawgs shot just 25.5 percent for the game and were outrebounded, 48-37.
Utah led by as many as 11 points in the first half, using a 10-0 run midway through the period. The Dawgs made just four of their first 16 shots to fall in an early hole.
Washington slowly chipped away at the lead, cutting the deficit to 31-28 at half. Davis had 11 at the break on 4-7 shooting, while Plum had 10, making 7-8 from the foul line. Williams chipped in eight rebounds, but the Dawgs turned it over seven times to just three from Utah.
In the second half, Utah continued to lead as every time the Huskies made a run, the Utes had an answer. The Dawgs kept up the pressure up, pulling to within two with 9:06 to play. Then a 9-0 Utah run rebuilt the lead to 11 points as Washington would go 6:09 without scoring.
Davis ended the run with two free throws, but the Dawgs couldn’t connect from 3-point range to get it close over the final two minutes. Washington finished just 5-23 from 3-point range for the game, including just 2-12 in the second half
Michelle Plouffe of Utah finished with 30 points in the winning effort.
The loss ends the scheduled season for the Huskies. Washington will now wait until Monday, March 17 for the selections of the postseason tournaments.