Washington suffered its fourth defeat in the past five games and extended its 10-year road losing streak against the Bruins.
LOS ANGELES — A chance to overcome a decade of women’s basketball frustration evaporated for Washington at the most inopportune time Thursday night.
The Huskies recovered from a 10-point deficit in the first half, built an eight-point advantage with 1:43 to play, then succumbed in overtime to UCLA, 79-73, at the John Wooden Center on campus.
“I feel bad for our kids,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said. “They really laid it on the line, and I would have loved to see them get a big road win.”
UW (11-9, 3-7 Pac-12) suffered its fourth defeat in the past five games and extended its road losing streak against the Bruins (11-10, 6-4) to 10 years. UW has not beaten UCLA in Los Angeles since Feb. 3, 2002.
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Moreover, Washington has not won a road game in Los Angeles since 2006 and has lost 15 of 16 at UCLA since 1996.
“We have a lot of games where this is happening,” UW center Regina Rogers said after the Huskies’ late-game collapse. “We have to be more dialed in on defense and finish plays on offense.”
Rogers, who played at UCLA as a freshman, finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jazmine Davis led the Huskies with 23 points.
After trailing 25-15 late in the first half, UW rallied to lead 59-51 with 1:43 left in regulation. Rogers scored 17 in the second half and Davis added 14.
“Regina played really well in the second half, and I thought that was the difference for us,” McGuff said. “In the first half, UCLA was clearly the aggressor, and we had to make sure that we were the aggressors in the second half.”
But after UCLA narrowed its deficit to 65-62 with 20.4 seconds left in regulation, the Bruins’ Rebekah Gardner made a pivotal defensive play.
Two Bruins trapped Davis in the backcourt when she attempted a pass. UCLA’s Markel Walker deflected the ball to Gardner, who drove the key for a layin that cut Washington’s lead to 65-64 with 14.4 seconds left.
“That was a very crucial turnover that’s playing in the back of my mind like a broken record,” Davis said. “It’s a lesson for me to cherish every possession.”
Mackenzie Argens had a chance to secure the victory for the Huskies when she went to the foul line with 12.3 seconds remaining. But Argens made only the first of two free throws.
Gardner grabbed the rebound of the miss and drove the lane for another layin that tied it, 66-66, with two seconds left in regulation.
In overtime, Rogers fouled out after only 27 seconds and UCLA scored the first three points before an Argens jumper cut the Bruins’ lead to 69-68 with 3:17 left.
But UCLA’s Mariah Williams made a running jumper, then hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:43 left to give the Bruins a 74-68 lead. UCLA led by as many as nine in overtime.
“We’re competing, we’re playing really hard and our effort is exactly where we need it to be,” McGuff said. “But UCLA made more plays than we did at the end.”
Mercedes Wetmore had seven assists and eight points for UW.
Gardner led five Bruins in double figures with 17 points and contributed nine rebounds. Walker had 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists, and Corinne Costa tied a school record with seven blocks for UCLA.
|WASHINGTON 11-9 (3-7)|
Percentages: FG .460, FT .667. Three-point goals: 3-12, (Wetmore 0-3, Davis 1-7, McCann-Smith 1-1, Williams 1-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 0, (). Turnovers: 17, (Argens 2, Rogers, Wetmore 3, Davis 7, Williams 3). Steals: 7, (Barlow, Argens, Rogers 2, Davis 2, Williams).
|UCLA 11-10 (6-4)|
Percentages: FG .435, FT .667. Three-point goals: 7-19, (Walker 1-2, Gardner 0-4, Lemberger 3-10, Williams 3-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 7, (Costa 7). Turnovers: 17, (Walker 8, Gardner 3, Costa, Lemberger 2, Williams 2, Gardner). Steals: 10, (Walker 2, Gardner, Lemberger 4, Williams 2, Gardner).
Attendance: 702. Officials: Brenda Pantoja, Eric Larson, Darren Krzesnik.Technical fouls: Washington-None. UCLA-None. A — 702.