Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum argued about who was in the shooter’s “zone” but agreed on one fact — beating Oregon was fun.
Plum opened the game by making three consecutive three-pointers and Davis added her own string of three straight threes in the second half to ensure a 108-100 win at Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday. Plum finished with a career-best 38 points on 11-for-22 shooting from the field, hitting 6 of 12 three-pointers in passing Davis’ mark (36) for most points scored in a game by a freshman in program history.
Only afterward Plum insisted she wasn’t in a “zone” because she missed one of her 11 free-throw attempts and a few jumpers in the paint. Davis rolled her eyes as Plum spoke.
“She scored the first nine points of the game … a freshman doesn’t do that,” said Davis of Plum, who has won Pac-12 freshman of the week a record-tying six times this season. “We saw that she had this look in her eye. When we see that, we want to find her until she misses.”
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Oregon junior Katelyn Loper opened the game trading three-pointers with Plum. Only Plum had teammates who could also hit the deep shot.
Down 27-21 with 11:16 left in the opening half, the Huskies went on a 13-3 run capped by a three-pointer from freshman center Chantel Osahor to give UW its first cushion in the game. Plum’s three-pointer with 26 seconds left in the opening half put UW up 56-45 at the break.
The Ducks closed within 56-52 with 17:24 left in the game. The Huskies missed their first five shots after the break.
But Oregon’s best three-point shooter, Danielle Love, was called for her fourth foul with 16:43 left, putting her on the bench and Plum at the line. She made both foul shots and hit a three-pointer to ignite a 14-3 run for a 70-55 lead.
Oregon (13-13, 4-11 Pac-12) challenged once more late, but Davis’ consecutive three-pointers pushed the lead to 97-85 with 4:45 left. Davis finished with 24 points and seven assists.
Overall, Washington had four players score in double figures to help counter UO sophomore forward Jillian Alleyne’s 30 points and 22 rebounds.
“We were getting flat and all of a sudden, Jaz gets in the zone, so it’s contagious,” said Plum, who also had five assists and zero turnovers in 39 minutes of play. “It’s really fun to play with someone who really wants you to do well and then you want them to do well. A lot of people think we have some type of competitiveness. We want each other to be successful.”
Washington, which stretched its win streak to four games, broke the 100-point barrier for the first time since defeating UCLA 111-77 in 2003.
Huskies coach Mike Neighbors looked to the Oregon game to pinpoint how his team had truly turned the season around since losing 101-85 in Eugene in January. Washington (16-10, 9-6) has won six of its past seven games since.
“We’re a different team,” UW senior guard Mercedes Wetmore said. “We picked up some momentum and you know what that can do for a team, especially for one as talented as we are. So, we’re using that momentum and we’re staying focused because we have a big one (game) Sunday (against third place Oregon State).”
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