Washington women earn 60-51 victory over Washington State
Jazmine Davis scores 25 points, and the Huskies win for the 33rd consecutive time in the series.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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PULLMAN — It didn't take long to spoil this Cinderella story.
For 16 years — a span of 32 games — Washington State had lost to Washington in women's basketball. The Cougars appeared primed for a win on Saturday, however, with a better record in Pac-12 play and not having to deal with UW center Regina Rogers, who was out with a hamstring injury.
But with the help of early fist-pumping three-pointers, Washington rose quickly to snap WSU's dream.
Shifting its dominance to the backcourt with a focus on rebounding, UW won 60-51 at Beasley Coliseum.
"Coming in, the seniors said, 'This has been a rivalry for a really long time. We cannot lose to this team,' " Washington freshman Jazmine Davis said of her prep for the rivalry. "I felt it (the rivalry) from the fans, the crowd. There was negative energy toward us. It felt a little different than when we played all the other teams. It was really intense ... but I like how we came out of it."
Davis led the Huskies with 25 points.
After students rattled newspapers in their faces and claimed every Washington player "sucked" during introductions, WSU senior wing Rosie Tarnowski nailed two three-pointers to keep the crowd of 1,310 amped. But after trailing 11-8 in the opening half, Davis started a 30-12 run with her own deep three-pointer and Washington rolled to a 38-23 halftime lead.
WSU missed 13 straight field-goal attempts during a nine-minute span in the first half. The Cougars didn't help themselves on the boards, either. The Huskies outrebounded the Cougars 24-15 in the opening half, limiting WSU to three second-chance points.
"We've got to find some answers offensively," said Cougars coach June Daugherty, whose team shot below 30 percent for the second consecutive game. "We felt like we let our crowd down tonight."
Senior Mackenzie Argens grabbed eight of her game-high 12 in the first half. UW outrebounded WSU 48-38 overall.
"Before the game, we talked about how we were No. 1 in the Pac-12 for defense and in the first half we didn't play like it at all," said Tarnowski, who finished with a team-high 14 points. "That was the ballgame."
The Cougars (9-8, 3-2 Pac-12) rallied in the second half to pull to 40-35 with 11:56 remaining in the game. UW (10-5, 2-3) responded again with a 15-5 run highlighted by three-pointers from Davis and reserve Kellie McCann-Smith as Argens handled the defense inside.
McCann-Smith, who attended nearby Clarkston High, had nine points overall.
"With Regina out, we all wanted to pick up the slack and keep it going for when she comes back," said UW senior Mollie Williams, who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in replacing Rogers in the lineup. "Now when she gets back we'll have that extra punch and keeping the mindset of playing tough defense and rebounding."
Rogers, the team's leading scorer (16.2), injured her hamstring during a loss to Utah last week and hasn't practiced. Washington coach Kevin McGuff said she is day to day.
"This is a really good road win for us," said McGuff, whose team travels to the Bay Area this week. "This is a great example of it's never about who you don't have. You have to embrace the players that can play and I thought our team did a really good job of rallying around each other."
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Attendance: 1,310. Officials: Brenda Pantoja, Mark Munoz, Shelley Nakasone.