Huskies Host No. 21 Beavers In Rare Monday Matinee
SEATTLE -- Something has to give Monday. A couple of hungry teams that have dropped their last three Pac-12 games face each other in a rare weekday matinee. The Huskies (4-3, 1-3 Pac-12) host 21st-ranked Oregon State (3-3, 1-3) at Alaska Airlines Arena with a 2:00 p.m. tip-off time.
It marks the final game of 2020 for both the Huskies and Beavers. They both will return to action on New Year's Day.
Monday's game will be televised on Pac-12 Washington and Oregon with Elise Woodward and Ann Schatz calling all the action. 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
• The Huskies' three losses have come against teams that are a combined 15-0 this season (Oregon 6-0, Stanford 6-0, Washington State 3-0).
• Darcy Rees equaled a career high with 20 points on Saturday. She joins Tameiya Sadler (twice) and Quay Miller (once) as the only Huskies with 20+ points in a games this season. The junior Australian also logged a career-high 32 minutes ... Miller is averaging 16 pts, 9.5 reb over the last two games ... Haley Van Dyke is nearing 100 career steals and needs one more to reach the century mark. She is also eight rebounds shy of reaching 300 for her career ... Khayla Rooks is also closing in on 100 --100 games played. She leads all current Huskies with 97 appearances in the Purple & Gold.
• The Ducks became the first team to outscore the Huskies in the fourth quarter this season on Saturday, but UW still has a 134-93 (+41) advantage in the final 10 minutes. Combined with the third quarter (119-107 advantage) UW has a +53 margin in the second half. Conversely, UW is -33 in the first half.
• The Huskies had only nine healthy bodies for the second consecutive game on Saturday. Tameiya Sadler sat out her second-straight injured, while Alexis Whitfield has missed the last three contests. UW is without Missy Peterson (inj.), Grace Beasley (inj.) and T.T. Watkins (opt out) for the year, and have had Darcy Rees (2) and Alexis Griggsby (1) miss action at the beginning of this season.
Scouting the Beavers
The 21st-ranked Beavers limp into Seattle with a three-game losing streak. They risk falling out of the rankings after being ranked in every poll dating back to 2013-14. They were shot down, 61-55, on Saturday in Pullman by Washington State. They also fell to Oregon and Utah at home over the last two weeks. Three Beavs are scoring in double figures, led by Aleah Goodman (15.2 ppg). She is also hitting 48.5% (16-33) of her attempts from 3-point range. In Pac-12 play, Jones is 13 of 23 (.565) from beyond the arc. The Beavers are led by Scott Rueck, who is in his 11th year. He was a Naismith Coach of the Year semifinalist last year. He is the second winningest coach in OSU history.
All-Time Series vs Oregon State
Washington leads the all-time series 55-42, though Oregon State has had the better run lately. The Beavers have won eight of the last nine meetings and 11 of 13. Washington is 28-16 against OSU in Seattle, but the Beavers have won the last three in Seattle and five of the last seven at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies last win in Seattle came on Feb. 6, 2015, 76-67. UW's last win overall in the series was at the 2019 Pac-12 Tournament when they downed the Beavers, 68-67, on a deep Missy Peterson 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left on the clock. Oregon State won the only game played between the two teams last season, 75-61, in Corvallis.
Darcy Rees tied a career high with 20 points and Quay Miller recorded her second double-double of the season, but Washington could not withstand No. 7 Oregon's late offensive onslaught and smothering defense throughout the game and fell 74-49 at Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday afternoon. Sydney Parrish scored 18 points, Nyara Sabally added 13 and seven rebounds, to help Oregon extend the nation's longest winning streak. The Huskies played without freshman standout point guard Tameiya Sadler for a second-consecutive game and kept the game close through three quarters. But 20 UW turnovers proved to be the difference as Oregon had a 34-8 margin in points off of miscues.
The Huskies are off until Jan 1, 2021 when they play Colorado in Boulder. The time is TBD.