Dawgs Drop Squeaker To No. 17 UCLA, 65-61
Feb. 8, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington saw its six-game winning streak come to an end Friday night with a back-and-forth nail-biting loss to No. 17 UCLA. The Bruins held on for a 65-61 victory in a game where neither team led by more than six for the entire 40 minutes.
"I thought we played hard and competed," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "Certainly the result did not have anything to do with our effort. UCLA is a very good team and I thought they played really well. Their defense was good and they played really aggressively on the boards."
The Dawgs picked up right where they left off; playing the style that suits their personnel. Washington reigned 12 threes and created 20 turnovers to just nine of their own.
The Bruins also played their style, using their bruising front line to outrebound the Dawgs, 54-33. UCLA also outscored Washington 30-12 in the paint.
The Dawgs led 32-31 at the half, fighting back to take their first lead in the final minute. After falling behind 5-0, Washington came back to tie the game five times, but did not take a lead until a Jazmine Davis free throw with five second to go.
Out of the half, Washington got hot from 3-point range, making its first five. Talia Walton got it started, before Davis made one, Kingma two and Walton capping it with a second to give the Dawgs their largest lead of five points.
Overall, the Dawgs finished 12-25 from 3-point range with Davis and Walton each making four, Kingma three and Heather Corral coming off the bench to make one. Walton finished with a team-high 18 points, while Davis had 17.
The Bruins retook the lead after an 11-0 run immediately following Washington's biggest lead. Despite falling behind by six, Washington clawed its way back, battling the Bruins and getting some crucial stops. Nobody was more important than Aminah Williams who chased every loose ball and hit the glass for 13 rebounds.
Washington got within one with 33 seconds remaining when Mercedes Wetmore got into the lane and finished a layup. She had another nice night taking care of the ball, finishing with five assists and just a single turnover.
UCLA would make two big free throws and the Dawgs missed their attempt to get closer. A late Walton three gave Washington some hope, but the Bruins iced it with free throws.
It was a frustrating loss for Washington, who played with the No. 17 team in the country the entire night. Washington finished shooting 35.7 percent, while UCLA was at 39.7. The Huskies also shot just 9-17 form the free throw line.
Next up for Washington is a rematch with USC on Sunday at 1 p.m. USC handed Washington it first Pac-12 loss back in January, 81-72.