Los Angeles, CA -- "A lot of us have family here, so we were excited to see them and get away from the Seattle rain," mentioned Kelsey Plum on tonight's win.
But Plum definitely made it "rain" in Los Angeles, California against the USC Trojans leading her team with 22 points to a 61-53 victory.
It would be Courtney Jaco with a wide open three-pointer to open the game and put the Trojans on the board first.
However, the Huskies were not having it, as senior Alexus Atchley drove right up the middle for a layup. Talia Walton would follow Atchley's mentality after sinking a nice three-pointer, pulling the lead 7-3.
Plum set up Katie Collier under the basket for a two point putback, 9-3 Huskies.
Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke called a much needed timeout to regroup the Women of Troy with 6:04 left in the first.
Plum was taken to the line after being fouled under the basket by Temi Fagbenle, making that her second foul. Fagbenle was taken out the rest of the quarter due to early foul trouble.
Alexis Boyd broke the dry streak with an easy layup followed by Jaco with another three-pointer, making it a three-point game.
To end the first quarter, Sadie Edwards would sink a crucial Trojan 12-foot jumper to trail, 13-10.
Coming out strong in the second quarter were the Washington Huskies as Plum sunk a three-pointer.
Kristen Simon would score off a rebound from Edwards missed a jump shot, closing the gap to 18-14.
With a precise pass from Chantel Osahor, Collier hit a Husky two-pointer.
Fagbenle picked up her third personal with 1:45 left in the first half after fouling Atchley. Making only one of the two free throws, Huskies led 24-17.
"We came in and wanted to make Temi and Kristen feel real crowded," said Washington head coach Mike Neighbors on their game strategy.
Simon hit a two-point put back to end the second quarter, 24-19 Washington leads at the half.
Opening up the second half with a Trojan turnover, the Huskies would thrive going on a 6-0 run. Collier with two layups, followed by an up and under layup by Walton. The Huskies were up 30-19 with 8:18 left in the third.
Right out of the USC timeout, Jaco knocks down another three, cutting the Huskies' lead to eight points. Jaco finished this PAC-12 conference game with 17 points.
With less than seven minutes left in the quarter, Walton would knock down another three-pointer before connecting with Collier for a quick jumper, finishing with 16 points.
Fagbenle scored a quick five points for the Trojans before picking up her fourth personal foul on Collier under the hoop with 1:58 left in the third.
To end the quarter, Plum knocked down another three-point field goal, increasing the lead to 48-31.
The fourth quarter started off significantly slower than the previous quarters, both teams scoreless the first four minutes of play.
Finally, with a solid pass from Plum, Atchley hit a three-pointer to break the scoreless streak.
The Trojans kicked it up a notch as Jaco knocked down another three, followed by an open jumper by Fagbenle to trail by eleven.
Edwards hit a three-pointer and guard Alexis Lloyd would match that with another Trojan three-point field goal.
After a Husky timeout, with less than two minutes left, Edwards capitalizes on the newfound momentum for a quick two-point basket, putting the Trojans down 55-48.
Regardless of early foul trouble, Fagbenle stepped up when the Trojans needed her most, sinking a crucial three-pointer to only trail by three points with forty seconds left, but it would not be enough for a victory.
"I didn't think we closed the game very well at all. We panicked a little bit. We can make a lot of excuses, but those are things we have to get fixed," discussed Coach Neighbors on the final minutes.
The Washington Huskies defeated the Women of Troy, 61-53.
Plum finished the night with 22 points, three assists, one block and three steals.