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November 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Live game thread: Washington at Portland

HUSKIES WIN: A 10-0 spurt after F Annika Holopainen’s outburst assured the Huskies of a 64-44 win against Portland on Thursday. Washington PG Jazmine Davis had a sparkling second-half, finishing with a career-high-tying 28 points on 11-for-22 shooting from the field. Teammate Aminah Williams, whose teammates dubbed “Inspector Gadget” for her long arms that always snag rebounds, finished with 17 boards. UW shot 51.6 percent after the break. But it wasn’t offense that coach Kevin McGuff was concerned about even after shooting just 29.4 percent in the opening half. It was the lapse in defense that allowed Portland to shoot 44.8 percent after the break. The Pilots never inched closer than 33-23 with 14:39 remaining in the game, but still. “Thankfully this is before Pac-12 season,” Davis said. “We need to come out with more focus, more intensity for 40 minutes, not 20 minutes. Thankfully we pulled it together in the second half and started the whole 20-minutes with more energy and concentration and came out with a win.” UW (5-1) gets a break Friday and probably Sunday before playing San Diego State (3-2) on Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena. Portland (1-6) plays at crosstown rival Portland State (4-1) on Sunday.

BREAK: I’m out to write the newspaper version. UW is up 45-33. Holopainen scored four more points for the Pilots.

HOPE HOLO: Portland coach Jim Sollars only played Holopainen eight minutes in the first half. It’s looking like a mistake. She’s scored the Pilots’ last six points. The UW lead is still 43-29. But perhaps UP wouldn’t have reached that record low in points scored in the first half had she saw more time?

TIME!: Washington is getting beat down court, McGuff calling time to discuss. UP is now looking like a contender, F

Annika Holopainen (6-feet-1) hitting hook shots and jumpers in the paint to help pull the Pilots within 38-27. The 11-point deficit is the closest UP has reached since early in the first half.

RAINING?: Well, in five minutes, UP has hit more FGs than in the first 20. I guess it’s raining. Still down 33-20 with 15:43 left in the game. Kingma had a smooth bounce pass to an open Williams up the hoop and Walton had a pair of jumpers to help keep UW ahead while Wetmore sank a slick short-jumper. Portland is getting the ball around for some good looks, which McGuff can’t like.

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