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Unbeaten UW Puts Streak On The Line Against No. 2 Stanford

Dec 5, 2020

Weekly Release - vs. Stanford

Washington (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) will put their unbeaten streak on the line on Sunday against No. 2 Stanford. The Huskies and Cardinal will square off at Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas at 2:00 p.m. Sunday's game will be streamed by UNLV. Links will be available online. 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. 

Leading The Break
• UW is 0-14 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 or 2. UW is 0-7 against the Cardinal when they are ranked second nationally (0-2 against others) and 0-5 against No. 1 ranked opponents. The last time they faced off against #2 Stanford: 3/8/21(L, 57-76, Pac-12 Tourney). The last a No. 2-ranked team played UW: 11/25/17 vs. Texas (L, 68-92). Last time against No. 1: 11/20/16 at Notre Dame (L, 60-71).
• Washington's 30 points in the fourth quarter against Cal were the most since the Dawgs poured in 33 points in the third quarter vs. Weber State on Nov. 13, 2019. Going back to 2016, it's the first time the Huskies have scored that many points in Pac-12 play.
• Washington's win over Cal snapped a seven-game road losing streak for the Huskies. That streak was the sixth longest such stretch in program history.
• Tameiya Sadler is the first Husky freshman to tally 20 points or more in back-to-back games since Kelsey Plum did it numerous times in 2013-14. Sadler scored 23 points against BYU and followed it up with 21 at Cal. Plum scored 20 or more points 20 times and 30 or more four times in her record-setting freshman season. 
• Sadler had quite the debut week for the Huskies. She hit the game-winning bucket in the season-opener vs. San Diego State and tallied a team-high 23 points in a win over BYU. For the week, she averaged 17.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and shot 60% from the field to earn Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. 
• The Huskies season-opening win over San Diego State was win No. 850 in program history. The Huskies are 852-531 all-time in 47 years of basketball.

Scouting the Cardinal
The Cardinal beat Cal Poly on Nov. 25, 108-40, living up to their No. 2 preseason ranking but have since had trouble getting games under their belt. They have had games canceled twice and were forced to move their schedule around to accommodate Santa Clara County Covid-19 precautions. They are playing UNLV on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PT.
 
When they can play, Stanford returns nine players to the court from last season, including 84 percent of its scoring output, from a team that finished No. 7 at the end of last year's shortened campaign. Leading the way is senior Kiana Williams, who averaged a team-high 15.0 points per game in 2019-20 and was honorable mention All-America. Besides Williams, Lexi Hull and  Haley Jones are all on the Naismith Player of the Year Watch List.
Joining the Cardinal is the nation's sixth-best class according to ESPN, featuring Cameron Brink, Agnes Emma-Nnopu and Jana Van Gytenbeek.

Tara VanDerveer entered her 42nd season of coaching with 1,094 career wins, five victories shy of passing Pat Summitt (1,098) as the winningest coach in women's college basketball history. She is in her 35th year leading the Cardinal and has a 943-202 record on the Farm.

All-Time Series vs Stanford
Stanford holds a commanding 54-17 lead in the all-time series and has won the last eight dating back to the 2016 season. On a neutral court, the Cardinal hold a 4-3 advantage. The teams have twice met in the NCAA Tournament (1-1), three times in the Pac-12 Tournament (Stanford leads, 2-1) and twice in pre-conference tournaments (1-1).

The Huskies have won just four times at Maples Pavilion in 32 meetings all-time with the last UW win coming Feb. 18, 1999. In 2020, Washington played a strong first half and was tied at 32 with Stanford at halftime in Palo Alto. The Huskies trailed by just four midway  through the third, but the Cardinal pulled away  from there for a 77-56 win. 

Last Time Out
Washington outscored Cal 30-13 in the fourth quarter spurred by 21 points from freshman sensation Tameiya Sadler and rolled to an 80-53 win over the Bears in the Pac-12 opener for both teams Friday night at Haas Pavilion. The 27-point margin of victory was the largest in Pac-12 play during fourth-year coach Jody Wynn's tenure, but more importantly the blow-out win moved the Huskies to 3-0 in the young season, including 1-0 in Pac-12 play.

Washington took a 38-29 advantage into the locker room, thanks to an outstanding effort from beyond the arc and Sadler's 11 first-half points. By intermission, the Huskies were 7 of 15 from three-point range and just 6 of 14 from inside the line. 
The Huskies struggled early in the second half to find a rhythm on the offensive end and Cal took advantage. The Bears went on a 6-0 run to cut the Huskies' lead to four points, 44-40, with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
 
But Sadler would spark a 14-0 run that ended the third quarter and extended into the fourth to put Cal away. Sadler sliced through the Bears' defense to score six-straight points at the glass and give the Huskies a 50-40 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Up Next
The Huskies return home for the first time and will host Washington State, Friday, Dec. 11 at 4:00 p.m.