Washington-Alabama Game Notes
Nov. 27, 2004
Alabama's Marvery Nettles earned Tournament MVP honors, with 27 points and 11 rebounds in the Tide's two wins. Other All-Tournament Team honorees were: Erin Jaschik, Columbia; Teri Huff, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Natasha Gamble, Alabama; Cheri Craddock, Washington; and Kristen O'Neill, Washington.
The loss snapped a string of two straight Seattle Times Husky Classic titles for Washington. The Huskies are 11-7 all-time in Classic title games, having appeared in all 18 championships since the tournament's inception in 1986. Washington is 18-0 in Seattle Times Classic first-round matchups.
Each of the last three Seattle Times Husky Classic championship games have been decided by 20 points or more. Washington defeated Oklahoma State by an 89-65 margin in 2003, and was an 88-56 victor over Kentucky in 2002.
Today's 20-point loss matches the largest margin of defeat ever for Washington in Seattle Times Husky Classic play. Louisiana Tech was the last team to defeat Washington by 20 in the tournament, doing so by a 70-50 margin in the 1987 title game.
Washington's bench was responsible for 33 of the Huskies' 56 points Saturday, with reserve Dominique Banks' 12 points leading all scorers. It is the fourth time in five games this year that a non-starter has at least shared the scoring lead for Washington. For the season, Husky starters have only outscored the team's bench by 16 total points -- just more than three points per game.
Alabama dominated the boards against Washington, grabbing 49 rebounds to the Huskies' 23. That margin includes 15 offensive rebounds for the Crimson Tide, opposite just 15 defensive boards for Washington.
Today marks the first time in UW history that both Washington's men's and women's teams have played the same non-conference opponent in tournament title games on the same day. The Husky men face Alabama at 7 p.m. tonight in the championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout.
While the Huskies' men's and women's teams frequently scheduled non-conference doubleheaders prior to 1977, there have only been four occasions in the 27 years since, including today, in which the two teams have faced the same non-conference opponent on the same day. Interestingly, in each of those three doubles since 1977, the Husky women lost their game, while the men have been victorious each time. The last time such a double occurred was on Nov. 24, 2001, when both teams played Santa Clara at Bank of America Arena.