There was 20 minutes of pure basketball bliss, followed by 20 minutes of miss, miss, miss, miss. Washington's 74-58 loss to Baylor last night felt and looked like two completely...
There was 20 minutes of pure basketball bliss, followed by 20 minutes of miss, miss, miss, miss.
Washington’s 74-58 loss to Baylor last night felt and looked like two completely different games:
A clean, crisp first half that UW women’s basketball coach June Daugherty lauded as “some of the best basketball we’ve played in a long time here.”
Followed by a second half that felt and looked too familiar, leaving Daugherty to scratch her head and search for answers after the Huskies suffered their fourth loss in five games.
That it came from Baylor, the country’s sixth-ranked team, served as no consolation. Only the final outcome, in front of a small but rowdy 2,611, mattered to the Huskies last night.
“We have to solve the riddle of the second half,” Daugherty said. “As a coach, I have to find the answers. I’m going to find the answers. It was like the second-half switch went on.”
Or off, depending on how you look at it.
Because the Huskies (4-5) were, well, lights out in the first half. They weren’t supposed to barnstorm through this game’s first nine minutes, weren’t supposed to run off a 13-2 stretch, weren’t supposed to lead 23-12 in front of a national television audience.
They matched Baylor just like they matched No. 7 Notre Dame on Saturday. Which is to say, they matched Baylor for a half, but not a second longer.
At the end of the first half, the Huskies were shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from long range, earning a 42-all tie at the break.
“We just lost our intensity,” said guard Cameo Hicks, who led the Huskies with 15 points. “We are tired from finals and traveling, but that’s no excuse for not playing hard for 40 minutes.”
The Huskies shot 20.7 percent from the floor, dished but one second-half assist and missed all five of their shots from long range. In the game’s final 9:52, UW scored two points on 1-of-15 shooting.
“It seemed like eternity out there,” Daugherty said.
Baylor’s inside combination of Sophia Young (22 points) and Steffanie Blackmon (15) doomed the Huskies, as did 15 points on five triples for Emily Niemann.
With the loss, UW joined Oregon State as the only teams in the Pac-10 with a losing nonconference record.
“We have to put two halves together,” said Kayla Burt, who scored 14 points all in the first half. “If we played like we did in the first half, we win this game. But we didn’t do it. We can’t expect to win when we come out flat.”
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Attendance: 2,611. Officials: Gator Parrish, Bob Scofield, Wanda Szeremeta.