Washington 69 - Oregon 62
SEATTLE – In the first half of Oregon and Washington’s first-round game Thursday night at KeyArena, the Ducks were spectacular. Oregon shot 60 percent (9-15) from beyond the three and held a lead as large as 22 points over the fifth-seeded Huskies.
Then Oregon crashed back to earth.
Buoyed by a raucous home crowd, Washington roared all the way back and beat the Ducks 69-62 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12’s second-leading scorer, put up 28 points for the Huskies, including 19 in the second half. Talia Walton (19 points, nine rebounds) and Aminah Williams (11 points, 17 rebounds) also made significant contributions.
UW’s first lead of the game came at 8:26 in the second period when Kristi Kingma drained her second of two free throws to make it 53-52. The 22-point comeback shattered the Pac-12 Women’s Tournament record for largest deficit overcome, set in 2004 at 16 points.
Perhaps the real story is that Oregon stayed with the Huskies till the final two minutes, something few would expect from a team with just four wins all year. Washington took the lead for the final time at 4:17 when a Walton jumper made it 61-60.
"I don’t think anybody saw that coming," UW's Davis said. "You know what, Oregon is a really good team. If any team gets on fire, it’s Oregon, and they can stay on fire for a long period of time. It seemed like they weren’t missing anything. But we came back. We stayed together and we came back."
Washington beat Oregon in the first round of last year’s tournament as well. Had Oregon won tonight it would have been the second consecutive year that the bottom seed had knocked off its first-round opponent, and the fourth time in the last five years.
Washington faces four-seed Colorado Friday at 8:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks. When these two teams played on Feb. 24, Colorado edged out the Huskies 68-61 in Boulder. But Davis knows what Washington needs to do to get the win.
"We had a bad game when we played them the first time, so coming out and having a good start against them is important,” the all-Pac-12 sophomore said. "Colorado is really high in energy. They get going and they go fast. So we need to match that or have more than that to start the game, and play that for the whole 40 minutes. I think tomorrow’s going to be a game that a lot of people will want to watch. It’s going to be good."