SEATTLE – Oregon had one last chance to even the score with 4.5 seconds left on the clock at Alaska Airlines Arena, but Washington came away with the steal before the Ducks could attempt a final shot, prevailing 72-69 on Thursday night.
Oregon (13-11, 5-7) fouled Mollie Williams and sent her to the line trailing 72-69. She missed both attempts and Danielle Love found her way to the rebound, and powered her way up the floor before losing possession at the half court line.
Oregon trailed by as many as 15 points in the game as Washington (13-9, 5-7) led 59-44 with 7:57 to play, but the Ducks began to chip away at the Huskies’ double-digit lead.
Oregon outscored Washington 19-7 to trail just 66-63 with 2:01 left to play thanks to an Ariel Thomas three-pointer. But the Huskies answered as Jazmine Davis converted two free throws on the following UW possession.
Davis was a thorn in Oregon’s side all evening, scoring a game-high 27 points and knocking down 8-of11 attempts at the free-throw line.
After an Amanda Johnson inside bucket, Davis again helped Washington maintain its lead completing a three-point play as she drove into the lane and made the bucket despite being fouled with 1:14 to play. Johnson’s lay-up followed with 1:06 to play to pull Oregon within four, 71-67
But despite Washington missing five of six free-throw attempts in the final 28 seconds, Oregon could not take the lead missing the mark on two field goal attempts and converting just two of four free-throw attempts in the final 37 seconds.
For the fourth straight game, senior Amanda Johnson led Oregon in scoring and rebounding with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. It was the Santa Rosa, Calif., native’s 28th double-double of her career and 20th 20-point game during her four years at Oregon.
Oregon shot 32.9 percent (24-of-73) for the game, and Washington held a 50-41 rebounding advantage. The Ducks shot 12-of-20 from the free-throw line and tied an Oregon single-game record attempting 40 three-point shots. Oregon also forced Washington into 22 turnovers.
Regina Rogers contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies, and Kelli McCann-Smith knocked down four three-pointers in a 12-point effort.
The Ducks outscored the Huskies 43-40 in the second half and shot 44.4 percent from the floor, but the effort didn’t make up for a cold first of shooting.
Washington entered the locker room with a 32-26 advantage as the Ducks shot a cold 21.6 percent (8-of-37) from the floor in the first half. Oregon converted only six of 24 three-point attempts – the most long-distance shots attempted in a half this year.
Washington also held a 28-18 rebounding advantage in the first half, and shot 44.4 percent (12-of-27) from the floor.
The Ducks return to action on Saturday at Beasley Coliseum, playing Washington State with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m.
Notes: At the 11:14 mark of the first half, Amanda Johnson scored her 1,393rd career point to move into Oregon’s all-time scoring top-10…after scoring 26 points against the Huskies, her 1,414 career points rank eighth all-time for the Ducks…Johnson has also led Oregon in scoring and rebounding for the fourth straight game, and recorded the 20th 20-point game of her career…Johnson’s double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds was the 28th of her career, tying for fifth all-time…Oregon’s 24 three-point attempts in the first half were the most the Ducks have taken in a half this year, and Oregon’s 40 three-point attempts in the game were a season high and matched Oregon’s single-game record set last year at Washington State on Feb. 5, 2011…at the 19:10 mark of the second half, Jasmin Holliday knocked down a jumper and scored the 900th point of her career…Jasmin Holliday also played in the 117th game of her career, tying for 10th all-time..