Women: Washington 72, Oregon 56
By Lara Boyko
After building a 14-6 first half lead, the No. 8-seed Washington Huskies (17-12, 8-10 Pac-12) just kept on piling on the points and never looked back as they defeated the No. 9-seed Oregon Ducks (15-16, 7-11 Pac-12) 72-56.
"It was a huge effort today, I thought our defense was terrific and we had a lot of energy on the boards," said Washington head coach Kevin McGuff. "Those two areas of the game were the difference today."
Washington was able to build the lead in the first half as 5-foot-8 freshman guard Jazmine Davis was nearly perfect from three-point land with 3-for-4 shooting. Davis ended up finishing the game with seven three-pointers and a total of 23 points. The Huskies were additionally helped out with solid scoring from their powerful center of Regina Rogers' 21 points. Rounding out the double-digit scoring came from 5-foot-9 sophomore Kellie McCann-Smith with 11 points.
Earlier in the week on the Pac-12 coaches teleconference call, Oregon coach Paul Westhead talked about the inconsistency of his team and how you could flip a coin to determine how his team would play. Unfortunately the coin flipped the wrong way for the Ducks as they struggled in the first half with shooting a mere 26.5 percent from the field. They made an impressive comeback attempt to open up the second half, but with Washington's sizable lead, there was not enough time to come back.
"In the first half, we didn't really come out ready to play," said Oregon senior Nia Jackson. "I felt like after half time as a team we talked about what we needed to do, how we needed to make some adjustments and in the second half we executed a lot better. I thought the effort was a lot better in the second half, but we had dug ourselves in such a deep hole, it was kind of hard to come back."
Oregon was leg by 6-foot senior guard Jazmine Holliday's 17 points. Other double-digit scorers for the Ducks included 6-foot-2 sophomore forward Danielle Love's 11 points and 6-foot-2 senior forward Amanda Johnson's 10.
Washington will now face No. 1-seed Stanford (28-1, 18-0) in tomorrow's opening game.
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