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Guards, Bench Lead UW Past Colorado, 87-80

Feb 14, 2014

Box Score

BOULDER, Colo. – Washington (14-10, 7-6 Pac-12) earned another big road conference win, defeating Colorado (14-10, 4-9 Pac-12), 87-80. The Dawgs got big nights from the high-scoring backcourt duo of Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis, but it might have been the bench that made the difference.

Plum scored 25 and Davis had 24, but it was 19 points and 12 rebounds from the Husky bench that helped Washington overcome foul trouble.

The game was called tight all night with the teams combining for 52 fouls, including four disqualifications. However, the Husky bench was up to the task as Chantel Osahor had eight points, four rebounds and two assists in just 15 minutes, while Katie Collier added seven points, five rebounds to go with some great post defense that included two steals and a block. Alexus Atchley added four points in just seven minutes, playing against her former school.

The Dawgs shot 46.7 percent for the game, including 7-15 from 3-point range. Plum and Davis combined to go 18-33 from the field as the nation’s second-highest scoring backcourt lived up to their billing. Plum also added a career-best eight rebounds as the Dawgs battled to an even rebounding margin in the second half after giving up too many offensive rebounds early on.

The Dawgs got off to a bit of a sluggish start and after two careless turnovers, head coach Mike Neighbors called an early timeout. Trailing, 9-4, the Dawgs then came alive, reeling off a 12-2 run to take a five point lead. It would be their largest lead of the half, however, as Colorado fought back and the teams went back and forth until the break. The Buffaloes led 40-39 at the half as an apparent Mathilde Gilling layup for the lead was waved off for being just after the buzzer.

Davis led all scorers at the break with 14 points, but eight different Huskies made it into the scorebook. The Dawgs shot 48.4 percent (15-31) in the half, but struggled on the glass, allowing 11 offensive rebounds and being outrebounded 23-16 overall.

In the second half, Washington extended the lead to as many as 11 as Plum got hot. She scored 18 of her 25 after the break, making 7-10 from the field and 4-4 from the foul line.

Despite building double-digit leads on multiple occasions, the Buffaloes always fought back. Mercedes Wetmore hit a big 3-pointer and Osahor had a 3-point play that provided the Dawgs answer when Colorado made their runs.

Colorado would get as close as three with 1:03 left, but a big offensive rebound from Wetmore and two clutch free throws from Aminah Williams sealed one the Washington’s most complete team wins of the year.

The Dawgs will finish their trip to the Rocky Mountains on Sunday when they travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah. The Utes (10-14, 3-10) fell to Washington State on Friday night and will be looking to avoid an empty weekend. Sunday’s game time is set for 2 p.m., PT and will be webcast live HERE.