March 24, 2013
SEATTLE -- The Dawgs great season has come to an end. Pacific knocked Washington out of the WNIT on Sunday, 85-78. The game was a microcosm of the season, including the hot start, a tough stretch and a furious finish where UW nearly came from 16 down in the final three minutes.
The Dawgs played some of its best basketball in recent weeks in the first half, shooting 51 percent and taking a 45-37 lead to the break. Kristi Kingma scored 17 points on 6-10 shooting in the half as Washington moved the basketball and got out in transition for its most productive half in over a month.
As well as the first half went for UW, it was Pacific caught fire after the break. The Tigers scored 48 second-half points, shooting 62 percent to build a lead of as many as 16 points. The Tigers shot 6-7 from three in the half, the last which gave Pacific a 81-65 lead with just 2:50 to play.
Although the game may have seemed over, Washington continued to fight just as they have all season. The Dawgs had already overcome a 19-point deficit to San Diego State and a 22-point deficit to Oregon in the Pac-12 Tournament. Sunday, the Dawgs rallied furiously and trailed by just four with possession with 44 seconds to play.
The rally fell just short, however. Kingma missed a jumper with 27 seconds remaining and Washington was forced to foul. Pacific knocked down a pair of free throws and closed out the seven-point win.
Washington had been 12-1 in games decided by seven points or less, but was unable to close things out on Sunday.
Kingma finished with a team-best 21 points on 7-16 shooting, while Aminah Williams added her 12th double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Washington shot 41 percent for the game, but allowed 51 percent shooting from the Tigers.
Pacific advances to play the winner of Utah and San Diego in the WNIT third round, while Washington finishes the season 21-12. It is the first back-to-back 20-win season for UW since 1993-94 and 1994-95.
The Dawgs achieved many individual milestones throughout the season, including Kingma and Davis going over 1,000 points for their careers. Davis now has 1,113 points for her career, which is the most all-time for a Husky through two seasons. Her 578 points this season were also the third most for any single season at UW.
Kingma finishes her career with 1,377 points, which ranks 13th all-time at Washington. She set the single-season record for 3-pointers this year with 86 and ranks second all-time at UW with 225 for her career.
Other milestones came from Williams whose 356 rebounds this season where second all-time at UW and Talia Walton whose 58 blocked shots were also second all-time for a single season.