Huskies Fall to Michigan, 75-68
Nov. 22, 2004
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Freshman forward Ta'Shia Walker scored a career-high 22 points and Tabitha Pool added a double-double as Michigan came from 12 points down to defeat Washington, 75-68, at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor.
After coming from behind in each of their wins at last week's WBCA BTI Classic, Washington (2-1) jumped out to 34-22 first-half lead with a 19-4 run. The Huskies' defense throttled Michigan (1-1) early, forcing the Wolverines into 15 first-half turnovers while committing just one in the first 18 minutes of the game.
Michigan, however, forced a pair of UW miscues within the final two minutes of the half, scoring eight points in a span of 1 minute, 47 seconds to cut Washington's lead to 36-30 at the intermission.
The two teams might as well have switched uniforms at halftime, as the Wolverines gave the Huskies a taste of their own medicine with relentless defensive pressure, forcing six quick Husky turnovers to ignite a 28-12 run to open the period, giving Michigan its largest lead of the game, at 58-48 with 9:58 to play.
Despite cutting the lead to four on five separate occasions within the final five minutes, Washington was unable to get any closer, missing their last seven shots in a row.
Michigan's aggressive play inside resulted in 39 free-throw attempts, opposite just eight for the Huskies, while Washington's perimeter play spawned 74 field-goal attempts to just 48 for the Wolverines. Michigan also dominated on the glass, grabbing 48 rebounds to the Huskies' 37, including 12 for Pool and eight for sophomore Kelly Helvey.
Washington will return to the court Friday at Bank of America for opening-round play in the 18th-Annual Seattle Times Husky Classic. The Huskies face UW-Milwaukee at 3 p.m. Friday, following the tourney opener between Alabama and Columbia at 12:30 p.m. The two winning teams will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, with the consolation game to be played at 12:30 p.m.