Updated Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:16 AM
TEMPE, Ariz. — Washington put on a shooting clinic from three-point range Sunday, making 15 threes to beat Arizona State 74-61 and earn a road sweep in the desert.
Talia Walton scored a career-high 26 points and added nine rebounds as the Huskies won their sixth straight game. Walton made 6 of 8 from three-point range. The redshirt freshman had 17 points in the second half, including five three-pointers in a row to turn a Huskies deficit into a commanding lead.
Jazmine Davis had 16 points and seven assists for the Huskies (16-5, 8-2 Pac-12), Kristi Kingma scored 14 points and Mercedes Wetmore had 11 points.
Washington trailed 37-29 early in the second half, but a 15-2 run put the Huskies ahead to stay. The biggest lead was the final score.
Janae Fulcher led Arizona State (11-11, 3-7) with 21 points. Promise Amukamara had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils.
It was a big win for the Huskies, though it was in doubt after a shaky first half.
Arizona State came out playing a zone defense, something the Huskies don't see often with their perimeter-oriented offense. The defense seemed to slow the Huskies. Arizona State was able to build a lead, playing the slower, physical style that benefitted the home team.
Down 33-29 at halftime, Washington came out looking like a new team, aggressively looking for shots. After ASU stretched the lead to eight, the Huskies went on a 9-0 run with threes on three straight trips.
Washington scored its first 18 points of the second half on three-pointers to take 47-42 lead with 13:22 to play. Walton led the Huskies with her six threes, but all five starters had at least one.
The Huskies made nine of their first 12 three-pointers in the second half to build a double-digit lead. Washington finished with one shy of the school record for three-pointers.
Kingma and Wetmore each made three, while Aminah Williams had two. The third three-pointer for Kingma was the 200th of her career, making her just the third Husky to achieve that milestone.
Arizona State outrebounded Washington 55-29, but the Huskies had just four turnovers.Jazmine Davis and Wetmore combined for 12 assists with one turnover.
Arizona State got as close as seven in the final minutes, but Davis punctuated the win with some strong drives to the basket when Arizona State overplayed the shooters.
The Huskies remain tied with UCLA for third place in the conference standings. Washington returns home to host UCLA on Friday.
|ARIZONA STATE 61|
Huskies' winning streakWIN: Jan. 15, at UW 60, WSU 53
WIN: Jan. 20, UW 79, at WSU 72
WIN: Jan. 25, at UW 81, Oregon St. 77
WIN: Jan. 27, at UW 66, Oregon 53
WIN: Feb. 1, UW 74, at Arizona 65
WIN: Feb. 3, UW 74, at Arizona St. 61
Next: Friday, UCLA at UW, 7 p.m.
DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES