UW Faces Tall Task To Stop Streaking Ducks
SEATTLE - The Huskies (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) are flying high after a record shooting performance against Portland on Sunday and now welcome in the No. 7 ranked Oregon Ducks (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) for the third of four-straight games at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington shot an arena record 64.8% against the Pilots, but the Ducks should provide a much stiffer test.
The Ducks fly into Seattle averaging 89.4 points per game, have won their five games by and average of 37.8 points and are on a program record 24-game win streak. They are shooting a sizzling 50.9% for the year and have six players on their roster that stand 6-foot-4 or taller.
The game will be televised on Pac-12 Washington and Oregon with a pair of former Huskies on the telecast in Elise Woodward and Kelsey Plum. 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
• UW has scored more points than the opposition in the fourth quarter of EVERY game this season. The Huskies have a fourth quarter scoring margin of +51 in 6 games, holding a 121-70 advantage in the final 10 minutes, including 63-37 in Pac-12 play.
• The Huskies have won three games by 20+ points through six games. In fact, their 27-point win over Cal was the largest margin of victory in Pac-12 play under coach Jody Wynn. By contrast, in 30 games last year, the Huskies won by a 20-point margin just four times.
• UW shot an Alaska Airlines Arena record 64.6% (35-54) vs. Portland, surpassing the previous best performance of 63.3% (38-60) vs. UCLA on Feb. 1, 2003. The Huskies fell just short of the all-time single-game record of 65.8% (48-73) vs. Weber State on Dec. 20, 1985.
• Quay Miller joined Tameiya Sadler (twice) as the only Huskies to reach the 20-point mark this season by tossing in a career-high 21 against Portland.
• Tameiya Sadler was the latest Husky to miss action with an injury, sitting out the Portland game. The Huskies are without Missy Peterson (inj.), Grace Beasley (inj.) and T.T. Watkins (opt out) for the year and have had Alexis Whitfield (2 games-current), Darcy Rees (2) and Alexis Griggsby (1) miss action this season.
Scouting the Ducks
The Ducks come to Montlake sporting a 24-game win streak, including 21 consecutive Pac-12 games and 11-straight road contests. They have five players averaging double figures, led by Erin Boley at 14.2 ppg, and have six players on the roster that stand 6-foot-4 or taller (Washington has one), led by Sedona Prince at 6-7. UO is averaging 89.4 points per game on 50.9% shooting and have won its five games by an average of 37.8 points.
Kelly Graves is in his seventh season at Oregon and is 160-54 (75-36 Pac-12) during his tenure. He has led the Ducks to three-straight Pac-12 regular season titles and three-straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances, including the program's first Final Four in 2019.
All-Time Series vs Oregon
The series is tied at 51-51 all-time. The teams first met on the court March 1, 1974, a game which Washington won, and in fact was the start of nine-straight wins for the Huskies to open the series up until 1978. Ironically, the Ducks followed by winning the next 11, a streak that spanned from 1979-1983. The Ducks also had a win streak of 12 games from Feb. 1996 to Dec. 2001, while UW had an eight game streak from 1990 through 1993. The Ducks have won the last six times the teams have met. Washington's last win over Oregon was Dec. 30, 1996 in Eugene, 99-77. The Huskies last win over Oregon in Seattle was 70-55 on Feb. 8, 2015.
Six Huskies scored in double figures and the team set a new arena record for field goal percentage as Washington trounced Portland, 83-56, at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday. The Huskies tallied 22 assists on 35 made baskets. Quay Miller led Washington's offensive barrage, tallying a career-high 21 points and also grabbing a team-best nine rebounds. The sophomore was a big reason why UW held a 52-20 advantage in the paint. She was 8 of 9 from the field and scored the Huskies first six points of the game, setting the pace for UW's day. Khayla Rooks led the way with a career-high seven assists and contributed 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting, had two steals and snagged two rebounds. Haley Van Dyke was second on the team with 14 points and hauled down six rebounds.
The Huskies host #21 Oregon State in a rare Monday afternoon game (2:00 p.m.) on Dec. 21 at Alaska Airlines Arena.