Washington gets the better of No. 7 Oregon State's defense in a 76-67 win



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SEATTLE — Oregon State hasn't had to worry about teams shooting well from the field very often this year.

The seventh-ranked Beavers came into Friday night's game against Washington holding opponents to 33.1 percent shooting, the third-best mark in the country. The Huskies turned the tide, shooting better than any team has all year against Oregon State and getting big 3-pointers when they needed them in a 76-67 win.

"They're not easy to guard," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said.

Washington went on an offensive hot streak to build a big second half lead. Jazmine Davis and Aminah Williams combined to hit 3-point shots on four straight possessions, giving the Huskies the first double-digit lead of the game, a lead they wouldn't give up.

Davis led the Huskies with 21 points and Williams added a career-high 20.

Jamie Weisner had 17 points and eight rebounds, Sydney Wiese scored 16 points, and Ruth Hamblin had 12 points and nine rebounds for Oregon State (20-2, 10-1 Pac-12). The Beavers' only other loss this season was at then-No. 8 Tennessee, 74-63 on Dec. 28.

"It's hard to come back when they're shooting that well like that and all the momentum is on their side," Weisner said.

Oregon State mostly kept Kelsey Plum, the Pac-12's leading scorer, in check. Plum had 17 points, although the Beavers' defense made her scoring chances tough to come by as she shot 7 for 19. Chantel Oshahor added a career-high 13 rebounds to help Washington (17-6, 6-5) snap a two-game skid.

It was the second time this season the Huskies beat a top-10 team at home, going along with their 70-49 win against then-No. 5 Texas A&M on Dec. 29.

The game was back and forth in the first half, with both teams using runs to grab six-point leads before falling even again.

In the second half, the Huskies started to pull away. Washington hit four straight 3-pointers — two each from Williams and Davis — to take the first double-digit lead of the game at 59-47 with 12 minutes to play.

Oregon State quickly countered with an 11-2 run, aided by a technical foul on Oshahor during a fight for a rebound.

"I loved our fight. We fought like crazy," Rueck said.

The Huskies never gave up the lead, though, and again pushed ahead by double digits. Plum's step-back 3 with 5 minutes to play gave Washington a 71-60 lead.


TIP-INS

Oregon State: The loss snapped the Beavers' second 10-game winning streak of the season. Oregon State also started the season with 10 wins. The Beavers had an 11-game win streak last season. The school record is 14, set in 1982-83.

Washington: The Huskies have won their last three home games against top-10 teams. Last season Washington beat No. 3 Stanford, 87-82. The Huskies' win against Texas A&M was their only other win in six games against ranked teams this season.

CRUCIAL CALL

Rueck was left wondering what would have happened if a late call against Hamblin had gone a different way. With 3:09 to play and the Beavers down 71-65, Hamblin was called for an offensive foul in the post.

"We had gotten some defensive traction, gotten some stops, and then that offensive foul in the post was a killer of a call," Rueck said.

After the call, the Huskies quickly drew another foul and made a pair of free throws to push the lead back up to eight points.

"That really was the ball game. Honestly, that one call," Rueck said. "I can't say I saw it clear, but all I know is she was getting shoved all day away from the basket and you've got to let her fight back a little bit."

BUZZER BEATER

Plum was in the right spot to give the Huskies a 34-31 lead going into halftime. With the clock ticking down, Davis drove to the hoop but lost her footing. As she fell to the floor, she managed to pass back to Plum, who was all alone at the arc and nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

UP NEXT

Oregon State: At Washington State on Sunday.

Washington: Hosts Oregon on Sunday.

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