Washington women overcome cold shooting to topple Oregon State
Quick rally at the end does the trick for the Huskies
Seattle Times staff reporter
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CORVALLIS, Ore. — The quick flight after the game was preplanned for the Washington women's basketball team.
You would have thought otherwise based on the Huskies' game against Oregon State. The Huskies packed their bags swiftly, stealing away with a 49-44 victory at Gill Coliseum on Monday despite shooting just 23.3 percent from the field.
In a game of misses, UW sophomore Aminah Williams' three-pointer with 1:37 remaining finally put the Huskies ahead for good at 46-44. But even that three-pointer wasn't released with much confidence.
"Right before that shot, Aminah told me, 'I'm not hitting the three today Jaz, I'm sorry,' " sophomore point guard Jazmine Davis said. "I told her not to worry and to keep shooting. Then she makes the most critical three of the game."
Davis then followed with a pair of free throws.
Oregon State coach Scott Rueck called a timeout with 11 seconds left, designing a play for Jaime Weisner, a freshman out of Clarkston High. She was trapped in UW's double team and teammate Alyssa Martin missed a layin on the broken play.
Washington redshirt freshman Talia Walton grabbed the defensive rebound and then senior guard Kristi Kingma wrapped up the scoring with a free throw.
"It was a huge shot by Aminah Williams, I don't know what else to say," UW coach Kevin McGuff said of Williams' only three-pointer of the game. She had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Oregon State (9-17, 3-11 Pac-12) lost its eighth consecutive game, a streak that began with a defeat against Washington (19-6, 11-3) in January.
Washington struggled offensively in that game, too, when OSU's scrappy defense held UW to 27.6 percent in the second half. The Huskies needed 15 free throws by Kingma and overtime to win 81-77.
Beating the Beavers again without any offense was a hard trick for UW to repeat.
Kingma, who was named the Pac-12's player of the week Monday after making a conference-record 11 three-pointers in a victory at Oregon on Friday, made only two field goals Monday.
Walton, the team's second-leading scorer, was 1-for-11 shooting from the field against OSU's bigger posts.
"Everybody was missing shots," said Davis, who scored 20 points. "I wouldn't say we doubted (ourselves), it was just more of questioning when. When are we going to find the energy?"
OSU's biggest lead was eight with 15:49 left in the game. UW pecked at that until a jumper and three-pointer by Davis in back-to-back possessions gave it a 35-34 lead with 8:52 left.
Weisner scored seven of her team-high 22 points in the closing eight minutes, but couldn't match Washington's late 6-0 run.
Washington was down 22-18 at halftime, a season-low for points scored in a half.
"We didn't play our best game," McGuff said. "But give Oregon State credit for some of that. They played really hard. A lot of times on the road it's just about finding a way to win."
And getting out of town before anyone questions it.
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