UW Has Sights Set On BYU Saturday
LAS VEGAS - After a thrilling season-opening win, Washington (1-0) returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Las Vegas. The Huskies have their sights set on BYU (0-0) at South Point Arena and Casino in the South Point Shootout.
The game vs. BYU is UW's final tune up before its Pac-12 opener at California next Friday. BYU opens play on Friday night against LSU. The game will be available via stream (SportsTour.net) and fans can also listen to Gary Hill Jr. on the UW/IMG College Network on KKNW 1150 AM, on the TuneIn App, or GoHuskies.com.
The Huskies opened the year with a two-point win over San Diego State, 61-59, thanks to a career night from sophomore Quay Miller, a clutch bucket from freshman Tameiya Sadler and back-to-back stellar defensive stands from freshman Jayda Noble.
"I'm proud that we didn't put our heads down," Coach Jody Wynn said following her team's win. "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."
Leading The Break...
• Sophomore Quay Miller made quite a splash in her 2020-21 debut. She set new career highs with 19 points and 10 rebounds to record the first double-double of her career.
• Speaking of making a big splash, freshmen Tameiya Sadler and Jayda Noble made veteran savvy plays down the stretch to push the Huskies to victory over San Diego State on Wednesday. Sadler nailed a game-winning floater in the lane with time running down to break a 59-59 tie. Noble stole the ball from San Diego State to set up Sadler's winning basket and then sealed the victory by hounding the Aztecs' Sophia Ramos during her game-tying field-goal attempt.
• Junior Haley Van Dyke tallied 13 points in the season-opener to reach double figures for the 18th time in her career -- tops among all Huskies.
• Khayla Rooks was the only senior to suit up for the Huskies on Wednesday. She played in her 91st career game and set a new career high with 32 minutes played.
• Freshman AJ Martineau was cleared to join the Huskies' roster just a day before the season started. She is a walk-on guard who was the ninth player on UW's bench during Wednesday's game.
• Senior Alexis Whitfield and junior Darcy Rees sat out the season-opener. Both are recovering from injuries. Rees missed the final five games of 2019-20 with a stress fracture in her foot and is still recovering from that injury. Both are close to returning to action.
Scouting the Cougars
BYU is coming off as 2019-20 season in which they finished 18-11 overall, 13-5 (3rd) in WCC play. The Cougars were 0-4 versus Pac-12 teams last year.
The Cougars are picked to finish second in the 2020-21 WCC Preseason Poll. They return three starters, including two-time WCC Defensive Player of the Year, 6-foot-7 center Sara Hamson, who led the nation with 137 blocks (4.7 bpg). Also back is 2020 WCC First Teamer Paisley Johnson, who averaged 15.2 ppg and shot 38.5% from 3-point range. The Cougars also return guard Shaylee Gonzales, who missed 2019-20 with an injury, but was the 2019 WCC Newcomer of the Year after averaging 17 ppg. Colgate grad transfer Tegan Graham and Maria Albiero, who started all 29 games last year, also make up the BYU starting five.
Head coach Jeff Judkins enters his 20th season leading BYU. He is the school's all-time winningest head coach with a 411-194 record. Judkins in 1-3 all-time against the Huskies.
All-Time Series vs BYU
Washington is 7-5 all-time against BYU. Over the last 25 years, the teams have played home-and-home series' three times. They last did a home-and-home in 2016 and 2017. The Huskies won both of those game: 80-72 at home on Nov. 15, 2017 and in Provo, 82-70 on Dec. 22, 2016. The last time BYU beat UW was Nov. 20, 2010 in Provo, 80-55. The Huskies won the previous year on Nov. 18, 2009 in Seattle, 67-66. Those four games were all with Jeff Judkins leading the Cougars.
The teams first met on Dec. 17, 1976 in Boise, Idaho, with UW winning that game, 67-62. In all, Washington holds a 3-1 series advantage in neutral site games.
Last Time Out
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 to a season-opening 61-59 win over San Diego State Wednesday night in the Vegas Bubble Tournament at T-Mobile Arena.
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.
Quay Miller led all UW scorers and rebounders, recording her first double-double (19 pts/10 reb).
The Huskies embark on their Pac-12 schedule and will head to the Bay Area to face California and Stanford. First up, at Cal on Friday, Dec. 4 (Time TBA).