Huskies Return Home For First Time In Six Weeks
SEATTLE - At long last the Huskies (4-7, 1-7 Pac-12) will play a game at Alaska Airlines Arena, taking part in a double-header with the men's program on Sunday. The women will tip at 1:00 p.m. against No. 6 Stanford (14-2, 11-2) and the men will host Washington State at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday will mark 43 days since UW last took the court at home on Dec. 19 against Oregon. The Huskies missed three weeks of action while following COVID-19 protocols before returning to action last Sunday at Oregon.
UW has dropped five-straight games with their last win coming on Dec. 13 against Portland. Stanford won a pair of games at Washington State before heading over to Seattle and has won three in a row after dropping two straight to fall from No. 1 in the rankings.
Sunday's game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network with former Husky players Elise Woodward and Eldridge Recasner calling the action. As usual, 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
• Haley Van Dyke ranks third in the Pac-12 averaging 3.1 offensive rebounds per game. In a stat that would make Dennis Rodman proud, Van Dyke has one less offensive rebound (34) than defensive boards (35). In the Huskies' games last week against Oregon and Oregon State, she had 11 rebounds - 10 of which were offensive.
• Van Dyke also ranks sixth in the Pac-12 with 1.8 steals per game. She ranked second in 2019-20 with 2.1 steals per game.
• Tameiya Sadler (12.3 ppg) is attempting to join Kelsey Plum (2014), Katelan Redmon (2008), Laurie Payne (2000), Jamie Redd (1996) and Yvette Cole (1986) as freshmen to lead UW in scoring.
• Quay Miller scored 20 points at Oregon State on Tuesday for her second 20-point game of the year. Tameiya Sadler has reached 20 points twice, the only other Husky to reach 20 this season.
• Van Dyke has upped her performance over the last seven games. She has reached double figures six times and is averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 1.9 steals during that span.
• Either Sadler, Miller or Van Dyke has led the Huskies in scoring and/or rebounds in every game, except for when Darcy Rees led UW in scoring with 20 vs. Oregon.
Scouting the Cardinal
Stanford has scored its most points through the first 16 games of the season since 1997-98. Francesca Belibi is the eighth woman to dunk in a college game and fifth to do so multiple times, having done it twice this year. Cameron Brink has scored the second-most points through 14 games of any Stanford freshman since Chiney Ogwumike in 2010.
The Cardinal have four players averaging double figures. Sophomore Haley Jones leads the team in scoring (14.9 ppg), rebounds (8.7) and assists (3.3). Kiana Williams (13.4 ppg) and Lexie Hull (11.9) are the other starters in double-figures, while Belibi comes off the bench with 10.9 ppg.
Tara VanDerveer is in her 43rd season of coaching and passed Pat Summitt (1,098) earlier this season to become the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. She is in her 35th year leading the Cardinal and has a 956-204 record on the Farm.
All-Time Series vs Stanford
Stanford holds a commanding 55-17 lead in the all-time series and has won the last nine dating back to the 2016 season. In Seattle, the Huskies are 10-21 at home. Stanford has won each of the last five games at Alaska Airlines Arena and 10 of the last 11 in Seattle. UW's last home win against the Cardinal was 87-82 on Feb. 9, 2014 and previous to that, they won in 2005.
Oregon State tied a school record and fell one short of the all-time Pac-12 mark with 18 three-point makes in a 98-68 win over the visiting Huskies on Tuesday at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers shot 66.7 percent (18 of 27) from three-point range and were 32 of 49 (65.3 percent) overall from the field. Quay Miller poured in 20 for her second 20-point game of the season to lead the Huskies. Haley Van Dyke reached double figures for the sixth time in seven games with 15 points and Tameiya Sadler scored 12.
The Huskies will host USC at Alaska Airlines Arena on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m.