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Defensive Displays Leads Dawgs To Victory Over BYU

Nov 28, 2020

LAS VEGAS – An impressive offensive display by Tameiya Sadler and stifling Husky defense led Washington to a decisive 77-48 win over the BYU Cougars Saturday night. Sadler scored 23 in just her second college contest giving her 35 total in two games.

"Tameiya was fantastic," Wynn said of her freshman, who also sank a game-winning shot in the Huskies season-opening win, 61-59, over San Diego State on Wednesday. "She's not afraid of the moment."

Washington moves to 2-0 on the season and the win was Washington's third straight over BYU, who was picked to finish second in the WCC. The Huskies have not lost to the Cougars since 2010.

Defensively, Washington put on a clinic, routinely forcing BYU (1-1) into scoring droughts that stretched minutes on end. Washington held BYU to 27% shooting from the field and 26% from three. Only two Cougars shot over 45% in the game and only one managed to score in double figures. Washington forced 11 turnovers and allowed just eight assists.

"It was a total team effort versus a very good BYU team," Wynn said. "It starts with defense. We grew up a lot from our San Diego State game. It started with the focus we had in our two practices leading up to the game."

The Huskies held BYU to 17 second half points and after going 3-for-23 from 3-point range in their opener, they responded with an impressive 12-for-28 (42.9%) from downtown. 

Washington's bench keyed the big victory. The Huskies scored 30 points off the bench while allowing just 17. Alexis Whitfield, another one of the trio of UW' true freshmen stars, led the way with 12 bench points, while Callie Lind added a career high eight on 3-for-5 shooting. Redshirt-freshman Nia Lowery chipped in five on perfect 2-for-2 shooting. Nine of the 10 Huskies to see action scored in the game, while every Husky recorded at least one rebound. Five Huskies set career highs in scoring.

"Everyone played, everyone contributed," Wynn said. "It was a great team win for the Huskies."

Sadler was the engine that got Washington's offense on track early. The freshman scored 13 points in the first half, making it back-to-back double-digit scoring games to start her Husky career. She would end the game with 23 points on just eight shots, adding seven rebounds and three steals as well. Sadler had eight points on perfect shooting from the floor in the third quarter, nearly outscoring BYU by herself in that frame as the Cougars managed just ten points.

The Huskies trailed just once all game: 2-0, a deficit that lasted all of 29 seconds. Khayla Rooks' three-pointer put the Huskies in the lead for the rest of the game. That was one of seven threes in the first half for the Huskies, the most in the first half since November 23, 2018, when Washington made eight in a win over Duke. Washington would end the game with 12 threes, its most in a single game since making 13 against Oregon State on March 8, 2019 at the Pac-12 Tournament.

Washington will start Pac-12 play next, facing off with the California Golden Bears on December 4 in Berkeley. Washington will also play Stanford on the road that weekend, on December 6.