LAS VEGAS – Jazmine Davis scored 30 points to lead Washington over Louisiana-Monroe 81-77 Thursday at the Duel in the Desert tournament.
Washington (5-3) plays DePaul on Friday and Pittsburgh on Saturday.
The Huskies built a 43-30 lead at halftime against Louisiana-Monroe (4-6) despite dealing with foul issues. Davis connected on three three-pointers but was forced to the bench after picking up her third foul.
UW was forced into a short bench with Chantel Osahor (foot) and Heather Corral (knee) out and Mathilde Gilling (flu) unable to play.
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Washington continued to extend the lead in the second half, going up 64-48 with 11:28 to play. However, foul trouble returned when Katie Collier picked up two quick ones and Davis was slapped with her fourth.
After a Warhawks run cut the lead to eight, Washington again extended it to 13 with 7:13 to play after Aminah Williams scored in the paint.
From there, the Warhawks reeled off a 12-0 run to get within a point. The Huskies regained a four-point edge after a three-point play from Kelsey Plum.
Louisiana-Monroe would cut the lead to two, but Davis knocked down her sixth and final three-pointer and followed that up with a breakaway layup after a Plum steal. In the final seconds, Davis drained two free throws to seal the victory.
Plum finished with 18 points and Williams and Talia Walton had 10 each.
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