Washington Bounces Back, Knocks Off USC
Feb. 10, 2013
SEATTLE -- Washington bounced back from Friday's loss with a 61-58 win over USC on Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs executed down the stretch to earn a come-from-behind victory in the final minutes. The victory improved Washington's record to 17-6 and 9-3 in the Pac-12.
The Dawgs were able to win, despite struggling from behind the 3-point line, something that has been their strength all season. Washington was just 4-25 from long range, but stepped up the defense and drove the ball to the hoop to make up for the poor shooting.
"I was really proud of our effort," said head coach Kevin McGuff. "We played really hard and with us missing a lot of shots, we were going to have to win with our defense and our rebounding. I think especially down the stretch we got some big stops and some big rebounds and that was ultimately the difference."
Washington jumped out to a lead as Jazmine Davis scored early 13 points. Davis, who had a career-best 37 the last time the Dawgs faced USC, was on fire again in the early going.
USC came back to take a lead, but the Huskies finished on a 13-4 run to take a 38-28 lead to the half. Despite making just two threes in the half, Washington built a big lead by aggressively taking the ball to the basket and using pressure defense to create nine Trojan turnovers.
Talia Walton began the second half with a 3-pointer and Washington had its biggest lead of 13 points. However, USC began to crawl back into the game as the Dawgs went cold from 3-point range.
With 7:45 remaining in the game, USC evened things up at 49-49. Moments later took its first lead of the half. The Trojans biggest lead was three, but the Dawg came back to regain the lead with 3:47. To retake the lead Mercedes Wetmore drove to the middle and dropped a nice pass to Aminah Williams for a layup.
USC regained the lead, 58-57, with 3:00 remaining. From there Davis scored on a jumper and UW led 59-58 with 1:24 to play. The one-point lead would end up being enough as the Husky defense stopped the Trojans the rest of the way. Davis made two late free throws to build a three point lead and the USC desperation three in the final seconds didn't drop.
After struggling early in the half, Davis was big down the stretch and finished with 24 points. Walton was also in double figures with 13, while Williams grabbed 11 big rebounds and added three steals.
Washington shot 36.1 percent for the game, but was only outrebounded by one and created 15 turnovers. Wetmore continued her solid play of late, scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out five assists.
The win keeps Washington two games clear of Colorado for fourth place in the Pac-12. A top four finish would secure a first-round bye at the Pac-12 Tournament.
Next up for the Huskies is a trip to Oregon to face Oregon and Oregon State. Washington will face the Ducks on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the Beavers on Monday at 6 p.m. Monday's matchup with Oregon State will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.