Huskies held down by Colorado in 70-59 loss
Washington shot 28 percent in the loss.
Seattle Times staff reporter
This one was personal.
Washington's women's basketball team wanted to face No. 19 Colorado again. The Huskies felt the first and only game during the regular season — a seven-point loss in Boulder — should have been theirs.
Seeded fifth in the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena on Friday, Washington had the game it wanted. It was a better environment, playing before a slew of fans draped in purple.
It just wasn't the right offensive night.
UW was 17 of 61 from the field (27.9 percent), losing 70-59 to fourth-seeded Colorado.
"It's hard when you have the opportunity," an emotional Jazmine Davis said. "I feel like we could have got a win and that's what kills me... when you let something like that slip away. It's hard."
CU (25-5) advanced to a semifinal game against top-seeded Stanford on Saturday at KeyArena. The Cardinal (29-2) defeated Washington State 79-60 on Friday.
UW redshirt freshman Talia Walton nailed a three-pointer with 1:08 remaining in the game to close the deficit to 63-59, but CU senior guard Chucky Jeffery caught a quick inbound pass over the top of UW's defense and charged down the court for a fast-break layin to stop the Huskies' momentum.
Jeffery made three free throws and grabbed a key defensive rebound in the waning seconds to keep Washington from pulling off a frantic comeback win. She finished with 19 points, four assists and five rebounds.
"They really were aggressive on the boards and that was the difference in the game," UW coach Kevin McGuff said of the 58-36 rebounding disparity. "They had a little bit more toughness around the basket. They got a lot of big-time offensive rebounds and there's not a lot of defense for that."
Colorado reached halftime leading 29-26. The Buffaloes opened the second half on an 8-0 run that was supposed to be the beginning of putting the plucky Huskies away.
But Walton made a three-pointer with 17:21 remaining, part of a 8-0 Washington run that closed the game to 37-34 with just over 16 minutes on the clock.
The matchup turned into each team stringing together highlight plays.
Davis sent a no-look pass to an open Heather Corral behind the three-point line, and Corral buried a long-distance jumper.
Later, Davis sent a perfect bounce pass in the paint to an open Mathilde Gilling for an easy layin.
The bucket closed Washington within 45-41 with 11:43 remaining in the game.
Minutes after that, Davis, who finished with 17 points, nailed a three-pointer to close within 49-47 with 6:46 left.
The Buffs countered to stay ahead, but Washington stayed within range.
"We wanted to show that we could compete with the top teams," said Walton, who finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.
Washington's season likely isn't over. The Huskies (20-11) will likely earn a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. UW advanced to the quarterfinals last season of that tournament.
"We still have a lot to play for," Huskies senior Kristi Kingma said. "It's frustrating because we had higher hopes coming in."
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