SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington used a 19-2 second half run to earn a 69-59 win over Arizona, Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Arena.
Huskies guard Kristi Kingma led all scorers with 25 points, hitting 12-of-16 free throws, getting Washington off to a strong start before finishing off the game at the charity stripe.
An 8-point burst by Washington gave the home side the first considerable advantage of the game at 12-6. Kristi Kingma provided all of the offense for the Huskies and she hit a pair of free throws before hitting jump shots on three-straight possessions after just 5:15 of play.
Arizona bounced back and pieced together a 15-2 stretch over 4:36 to claim a 27-19 lead. Reiko Thomas and Davellyn Whyte sandwiched three-pointers around a jumper by Ify Ibekwe, then Ibekwe completed the run with back-to-back buckets.
Washington closed the final 6:53 of the half by outscoring Arizona, 9-1. Mackenzie Argens converted a short jumper at the buzzer to knot the teams at 28-28 heading into intermission. Following a 6-of-12 start to the half, the Huskies were just 4-of-22 to finish at 29.4 percent, but the Wildcats were only slightly better at 35.5 percent and allowed 10 offensive rebounds that led to six second-chance points.
Brooke Jackson hit a three-pointer on the opening possession of the second half and Arizona surged ahead through the opening 10 minutes of the half to claim a 48-40 advantage. However, the good feelings would be fleeting as Washington battled back to turn the tables.
Laura McLellan went to work inside for the Huskies, scoring all 15 of her points after the break as Washington used its size advantage inside. The Huskies scored 15-straight points over the next five minutes and never let the Cats within six the rest of the way.
McLellan also tallied 6 rebounds for Washington (8-6, 3-1 Pac-10), while Sami Whitcomb tossed in 9 points and 6 rebounds. Though Washington shot just 33.3 percent for the game (21-of-63), Arizona finished 29.5 percent (18-of-61) overall and was just 4-of-17 (.235) rom three-point range.
Whyte paced the Wildcats with 20 points and added 6 rebounds while Ibekwe tallied 16 points to couple a game-high 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Jackson added a season-high 8 rebounds for the Wildcats.
Arizona (7-7, 1-3) returns to McKale Center for a pair of home games next week, starting on Thursday, January 14 when the Wildcats host Oregon State at 7:00 p.m.