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Huskies Fall In Tight Game Against Oregon State

Jan 23, 2022

SEATTLE -- In a game that saw some elite stretches of defense and a lead in the fourth quarter, the Washington women's basketball team ultimately dropped a Sunday afternoon contest to Oregon State by a score of 47-41. 
In the first quarter, Haley Van Dyke opened the scoring with a jumper, and it was the start of a balanced offensive effort by the Huskies. Of the team's five made baskets, each of them was scored by a different player. The Beavers were red-hot shooting, however, making all three of their three-pointers to take a 19-11 lead after the first 10 minutes of play.
Washington brought up the intensity on defense in the second quarter, forcing OSU turnovers and making things difficult on the Beavers. A three-pointer by Lauren Schwartz and layup by Alexis Whitfield cut the OSU lead to 6 at 25-19.
The Husky defense ultimately held the Beavers to just 6 points in the entire quarter, less than a third of what they had in the first, and trailed by just six at the half.
Washington continued to chip away in the third quarter. The defense continued to play well and at one point drew back-to-back offensive fouls on OSU.
On the offensive end, layups by Nancy Mulkey and Missy Peterson brought the Huskies within one possession at 36-34 going into the final quarter of play.

Haley Van Dyke drew the game even with a jumper on the first possession of the fourth quarter. A free throw by Jayda Noble would give UW its first lead since 2-0. The Beavers would storm back, however, going on an 8-0 run to take a 44-37 lead and would ultimately pull away for the 47-41 win.
The loss comes despite a big-time defensive effort by Washington, who held Oregon State to a season-low 33.3% mark from the field.
Nancy Mulkey finished in double-figures for the third straight game for the Huskies, putting in 12 points with six rebounds and three blocks.

As a team, Washington also tied a season-best mark in turnovers committed with just 13.
UW is back in action on Friday night in Pullman, taking on Washington State in the Boeing Apple Cup series.