Pilots Fly Into Seattle To Challenge The Huskies
SEATTLE -- The Huskies (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12) play their second of four-straight games at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. They will host the Portland Pilots (3-1), who the Huskies have beat four-straight times and have a commanding 14-1 all-time series advantage over. The game will not be televised but will be hosted on the Pac-12 and Huskies' streaming platforms. Fans can listen locally to Gary Hill Jr. on the UW/IMG College Network on KKNW 1150 AM, on the TuneIn App, or GoHuskies.com.
Leading the Break
• This is the second time this year the Huskies will play a team from the West Coast Conference. All-time, UW is 75-18 (.806) against the WCC, including 15-5 (.750) since 2010 and 1-0 this season. The Huskies have faced Gonzaga the most (17-3), followed by Portland (14-1). UW has a winning record against all 10 teams that currently make up the WCC, but have the closest all-time series record against BYU (8-5), who the Huskies beat, 77-48, earlier this season.
• UW has finished strong in games this season. The Huskies have outscored their opponents in the fourth quarter of every game and hold a 93-57 advantage in the final 10 minutes, including 63-37 in Pac-12 play.
• Haley Van Dyke recorded the second double-double of her career on Friday, registering a career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds (1 shy of her career high) against Washington State. She has now scored in double figures 20 times during her career, the most among all Huskies.
• Against WSU, Van Dyke became the third different Husky to lead the team in both scoring and rebounding in the same game. Quay Miller led the Huskies with 19/10 vs. San Diego State and Tameiya Sadler led the squad with 23/7 vs. BYU.
• Tameiya Sadler has had quite the start to her Husky career. She is averaging 14.4 points per game, which would rank as the 7th highest scoring average by a UW freshman. 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.
Scouting the Pilots
The Pilots have opened the season 3-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of 9th-ranked Oregon, 52-85. Their three wins have come over Seattle-area teams -- twice over Seattle U and vs. Northwest University (Kirkland).
The Pilots were picked to finish third in the WCC, behind Gonzaga and BYU. They went 21-11 in 2020 and won the WCC Championship to earn what would have been their first NCAA appearance since 1997.
Portland is led by preseason All-WCC selections Alex Fowler and Haylee Andrews, both sophomores. Fowler leads the team with 14.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Andrews is the Pilots point guard and is averaging 6.0 assists per game. Senior Maddie Muhlheim is the team's deep threat, shooting 42.9% from 3-pt range (12-28).
Coach Mike Meek is in his second season at Portland and has a 24-12 record. He started his career in the high school ranks before replacing current Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck at Division III George Fox University. He guided the Bruins to eight NCAA Championships in nine years and was NWC Coach of the Year three times.
All-Time Series vs Portland
Washington holds a commanding 14-1 edge in the all-time series. Most recently, the teams met every year from 2011 to 2017, with the Huskies going 6-1 during that seven-year span and winning four-straight overall. The Pilots lone win came in Seattle on Nov. 15, 2013, when the Pilots rolled to a 91-77 victory. In each of the last eight games, the winning team has won by at least 12 points. The teams last met on Dec. 3, 2017 with the Huskies winning 93-67 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Haley Van Dyke recorded the second double-double of her career, but Washington State had a 29-4 run in the first half that proved to be too much for the Huskies to overcome as they fell 60-52 in their Pac-12 home opener Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies scored the first four points of the game to lead 4-0, but the Cougars rattled off the next 12 points. After Darcy Rees hit a layup to make the score 15-8, Washington State went on a 14-0 run and never looked back.
The Huskies host the Oregon schools next week in their final tests before a Christmas break. They have a showdown on Saturday, Dec. 19 vs. Oregon before playing Oregon State on Monday, Dec. 21 at 2:00 p.m.