Washington Grinds Out Road Win At Oregon State
Feb. 18, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- It wasn't the prettiest game of the season for Washington, but the Dawgs will take any road win it can get. The Huskies battled Oregon State to a grind-it-out, methodical game on Monday, coming from behind to win, 49-44.
Washington overcame a poor shooting night earn it 11th win in conference. The Dawgs shot just 23.3 percent for the game and made just five of 23 from beyond the arc.
Despite struggling on the offensive end, Washington really picked it up on defense, holding Oregon State to just 44 points, which tied the season low for points allowed. The Dawgs forced 22 turnovers and held the Beavers to just 28.0 percent shooting.
The first half was not a memorable one for Washington as it trailed 22-18 at the break. The Dawgs shot just 6-31 from the floor, scoring 18 points for its lowest output for a half this season. Jazmine Davis scored eight points, but as a team the Dawgs were just 2-11 from 3-point range.
Despite the rough offensive half, Washington stayed close thanks to some good defense that created 14 Beaver turnovers.
The second half began with more of the same as Oregon State pushed their lead to as many as eight. Washington continued to struggle shooting the three, but again stayed close with its defense.
Over the final 10 minutes, Washington clawed its way back led by Davis. The sophomore finished with 20 points and aggressively attacked the basket when the 3-point shots weren't falling. Washington finally took its first lead with 8:52 to play when Davis made a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Oregon State responded and the two teams traded baskets down the stretch. Beaver guard Jamie Weisner made a three with 1:56 to play to allow Oregon State to regain a one-point lead.
The shot appeared to swing the momentum to Oregon State, but Washington immediately grabbed it back when Aminah Williams responded with a three of her own. Williams drained the biggest shot of the game with 1:37 to play to give Washington a 46-44 lead. The sophomore had her usual, little bit of everything game, finishing with eight points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
Over the final minute and a half, the Dawgs got two crucial stops and Davis sealed the win with a pair of free throws. The Dawgs finished 16-22 from the foul line, none bigger than the two Davis made with 14 seconds left.
The win moves Washington into third place in the Pac-12 with UCLA getting swept by the Bay Area schools over the weekend.
Next up for Washington is a trip to the Rocky Mountains to face Utah and No. 21 Colorado. The Dawgs begin in Utah to face the Utes on Friday at 6 p.m. Sunday they will be in Boulder to face Colorado at 1 p.m.