Huskies get hot from the outside for 67-66 comeback victory at Utah
Kelsey Plum scores 19 points, including three key free throws late in the game
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SALT LAKE CITY — A hot streak from the outside enable the Washington women’s basketball team to erase a seven-point second-half deficit and edge Utah 67-66 Sunday in Pac-12 play.
Kelsey Plum led the Huskies with 19 points and the freshman guard made three of four key free throws in the final 32 seconds to keep Washington (15-10, 8-6 Pac-12) on top.
Finishing with a victory, and a sweep of the mountain schools, didn’t seem all that likely for UW when the Utes (10-15, 3-11) held a 49-42 lead with 11:14 left.
Plum got the Huskies back in gear, hitting the first of four consecutive UW three-pointers. Jazmine Davis had two three-pointers in the string and Chantel Osahor had the other as the Huskies took the lead at 58-57 on two free throw by Osahor with 5:27 left.
“The thing that is really hard is the defensive end of the floor,” said Utah coach Anthony Levrets. “We got up seven and then in back-to-back possessions, we gave Washington’s two best players shots that they like. That was the biggest point of the game.”
Davis added 17 points for Washington, which made 19 of 24 free throws while the Utes were 3 of 5.
“Our kids competed and battled but once again, there was another facet of the game that we struggled with,” Levrets said. “We put (Washington) on the free throw line 24 times and that proved to be the difference.”