Washington women advance, rally past Oregon 69-62

Washington women advance, rally past Oregon 69-62
Washington's Jazmine Davis (32) raises her arms as teammate Mercedes Wetmore applauds behind after the team beat Oregon in an NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 Conference tournament Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Seattle. Washington won 69-62. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE (AP) - Jazmine Davis scored 28 points to lead a furious second-half rally, and Washington beat Oregon 69-62 on Thursday night in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament.

Talia Walton added 19 points and nine rebounds, while Aminah Williams had 11 points and 17 boards, for the fifth-seeded Huskies (20-10), who trailed by as many as 22 in the first half. Washington won despite shooting 32 percent from the floor, including 6 of 31 from 3-point range.

Ariel Thomas led the No. 12 seed Ducks (4-27) with 13 points. Jillian Alleyne scored 11, and she and Liz Brenner grabbed 15 rebounds apiece.

Amanda Delgado's 3-pointer gave Oregon a 35-13 lead midway through the first half. The Ducks were 9 of 15 from 3-point range in the first half.

But Washington, buoyed by a raucous home crowd, rallied to cut that lead to 39-28 at halftime, then kept inching closer in the second half. Kristi Kingma drained a 3-pointer with 8:26 left to give the Huskies their first lead of the night, 53-52.

The Huskies went ahead for good, 61-60, on Walton's jumper with 4:17 to play, and Walton's 3-pointer with 1:13 left gave Washington a six-point lead and effectively clinched the win.

Washington's 22-point comeback was the largest ever in the Pac-12 women's tournament, shattering the previous mark of 16 set in 2004.

Davis, the Pac-12's second-leading scorer, had 19 of her points in the second half. The Huskies needed them against a surprising challenge from an Oregon team that won just two regular-season conference games all season - both against Washington State. The Ducks led for most of the game and stayed within striking distance until the final 2 minutes.

Washington will face No. 4 seed Colorado in Friday's quarterfinals. The Buffaloes beat the Huskies 68-61 in Boulder, Colo., on Feb. 24.