Clutch Bucket By Freshman Sadler Lifts UW To Season-Opening Win
LAS VEGAS – Freshman Tameiya Sadler hit a runner in the lane with seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to break a deadlock and fellow freshman Jayda Noble made back-to-back defensive stands to help send Washington (1-0) to a season-opening 61-59 win over San Diego State Wednesday night in the Vegas Bubble Tournament at T-Mobile Arena.
With the shot-clock winding down and the game tied 59-59, Sadler drove down the lane with a left-hand, cut to the middle of the key and floated up a shot with her right hand that caught the back of the iron before gently rolling through the net.
Sadler's game-winning bucket was made possible when Noble snatched the ball away from Alexandria Crain with 36-seconds on the clock and San Diego State fighting to take the lead. She capped her impressive defensive debut when the Aztecs (0-1) put the ball in the hands of their best player, Sophia Ramos, on the final possession, but Noble hounded her and forced a wild shot that never stood a chance as the buzzer sounded.
Sadler finished the night with 12 points and two assists in her debut. Noble contributed eight points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals.
"Both of their guards (Crain and Ramos) have so much experience and both of our guards, that was the first game of their college careers," an impressed head coach Jody Wynn said.
"I'm proud that we didn't put our heads down. It would be really easy with a young team to just go, 'I can't do it anymore,' but our freshmen guards made really big plays down the stretch to go along with a career night from Quay Miller."
Miller, a sophomore from Renton, Wash., achieved career highs in both points (19) and rebounds (10) for her first double-double. For stretches, Miller carried the Huskies' offense, including the start of the game when she tallied the team's first six points.
"She was outstanding," Wynn said of Miller. "She took care of business on the glass for us."
Miller was the lynchpin of an impressive night of crashing the boards for the Huskies. They outrebounded the Aztecs, 42-30, including 18-2 on the offensive glass that led to a decisive 16-2 advantage in second-chance points.
The game was a back-and-forth affair with eight lead changes and seven ties. The largest lead by either team was six points in the first quarter by San Diego State.
The Aztecs managed to go up by five points, 56-51, with 5:43 left to play, but Miller hit a layup with 5:17 remaining to cut the San Diego State lead to three points and spur a 10-3 run by the Huskies to close the game.
Junior Haley Van Dyke chipped in 13 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Senior Khayla Rooks had five points and grabbed four rebounds.
Washington will remain in Las Vegas and play BYU on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at South Point Arena and Casino.