Washington Falls To No. 2 Stanford In Gritty Conference Finale
STANFORD, Calif, -- In the last conference game of the season, the Washington women's basketball team put up a strong fight against No. 2 Stanford. The Huskies (7-15, 2-12) were in it until the very end, when the Cardinal (25-3, 16-0) ultimately pulled away winning it 63-56.
The Dawgs came out hot on offense, once again, with shots falling. They led by one after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Washington continued playing lock-down defense, keeping the Cardinal offense out-of-system. Stanford, who leads the conference and is 16th in the nation in field goal average (47.1% in conference), only shot 32.5% in the first half, while Washington's offense remained hot, shooting 50% in the first half. The Huskies led 34-32 going into the break.
To start the second half, both teams continued to shoot well. With 2:30 left in the third quarter, the game was tied at 43 a piece. T.T. Watkins hit a three-pointer in the corner from Lauren Schwartz in the final seconds of the third quarter to cut Stanford's lead by one going into the final 10 minutes of the contest.
In the fourth quarter, neither team could pull ahead. It continued to be back-and-forth until the final seconds. Stanford had a two-point lead with 23 seconds left in the game and ultimately clinched the win.
Even though Stanford is first in the conference and 13th in the nation for defending field goals, the Huskies shot 46.2% from the field, which is above their season and conference average, and well above what Stanford usually allows.
Schwartz had a big game for the Huskies, putting up 16 points. T.T. Watkins contributed 10, a season-high in conference play.
Next, Washington will compete in the Pac-12 Tournament, beginning on Wednesday, March 2 in Las Vegas.