Washington won the rebounding battle on Sunday, but poor shooting from its top two players led to a 71-62 road loss at Long Beach State (2-2).
Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis, the team’s leading scorer (23 points), was 1-for-6 from the field for six points and had five turnovers. Senior G Kristi Kingma played 31 minutes like Davis, but Kingma finished with 10 points.
The Huskies (2-1) outrebounded the 49ers 45-40 in the game. It was a first for the season. UW was outworked 119-70 in its opening two games but won both.
Sophomore F Aminah Williams led the change in effort on the boards. She finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds against LBSU, only her team trailed 40-26 at the break.
Junior G Mercedes Wetmore had leg cramps in a win against Seattle U (0-3) on Wednesday. She returned to play 40 minutes Sunday, contributing nine points, six assists, and five boards.
The win was Long Beach States’ first against a Pac-12 school since 2007 when it defeated Washington State 61-55.
“Washington has some really talented kids,” LBSU coach Jody Wynn told reporters following the game. “This is a big win for the program and it brings confidence to our young ladies.”
COUGS LOSE: Wisconsin continued its trek through the state, playing at Washington State after a loss at Gonzaga (3-0) on Friday.
The Badgers won 52-44 Sunday.
The Cougars (1-3) used a 19-4 run to erase an 18-point second half deficit, but Wisconsin (2-1) converted some late free throws to win. The Cougs forced 22 turnovers but struggled offensively, shooting 27.3 percent from the field and missing all eight of its three-point attempts.
I’m eager to see Cougs freshman G Lia Galdeira live. An easy add to the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year race, Galdeira had a game-high 15 points and six steals in the loss. Cougs senior C Carly Noyes followed her career-high 24-point effort in a win against Monmouth (0-2) on Saturday with 14 points against a physical Wisconsin defense.
Wisconsin isn’t done with the state’s schools. The Badgers host the Huskies in Madison on Wednesday. Next up for WSU is BYU (2-2) at home on Saturday.