Walton Leads Washington Past Arizona, 76-65
Jan. 6, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington (10-3, 2-0 Pac-12) used a big surge to begin the second half, building a lead and eventually defeating Arizona (9-5, 1-1 Pac-12), 76-65. The win moved the Huskies to 2-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time since 2006-07.
The Dawgs got a career-best 20 points and 13 rebounds from Talia Walton as she continued to show she is an emerging star. The redshirt freshman put the ball on the floor and scored on pull-up jump shots, when Arizona ran at her to take away the three.
Meanwhile, Kristi Kingma completed a great weekend shooting the ball, making four more threes and finishing with 18 points.
"Talia was really good on offense," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "I think Kristi had a great weekend overall. She was great on offense and today she was really great on the glass, too. It's great to see that because I think we're the best when we have balance in our scoring."
The Dawgs certainly were balanced as Jazmine Davis finished with 20 points despite battling the flu and getting sick both before the game and at halftime. Mercedes Wetmore added 10 points and Aminah Williams had eight to go with a career-high tying 17 rebounds.
Washington led by six at halftime, but began the second half with a 22-5 run to build a 23-point lead. Kingma started the half with a pair of 3-pointers, two of her four in the game. From there, the Dawgs pushed the ball, breaking the Arizona press and moving the ball to find layups and open threes.
As well as Washington played to build the lead, the Dawgs began to look sloppy and watch things unravel. Arizona continued to press and create turnovers as Washington appeared to lost concentration.
The Wildcats took advantage, closing to within four, before Davis made a jumper and Dawgs clinched the win with free throws. Kingma made six-straight from the charity stripe to seal another big conference win.
"For awhile we handled the press great because we shot wide open layups and open threes," said McGuff. "I think more than anything we lost concentration and to their credit, we had a couple of turnovers and they turned up the energy and really made us pay."
The Dawgs shot 38.8 percent for the game, but outrebounded a bigger Arizona team, 49-40.
Next up for the Huskies will be a trip to Los Angeles to take on USC and UCLA. The Dawgs gets USC on Friday at 6 p.m., before heading to Pauley Pavilion to face the No. 16 Bruins on Sunday at 2 p.m. Both L.A. schools also have started conference play 2-0.