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Huskies Looking To Pull Off Super Upset On Sunday Vs. No. 5 UCLA

Feb 6, 2021

Weekly Release - vs. UCLA

SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies (4-9, 1-9 Pac-12) have a daunting task on Sunday if they are to snap their current seven-game losing streak. They welcome in No. 5 UCLA (10-3, 8-3) for a 2:00 p.m. tip on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Bruins are smarting after having their five-game win streak snapped Friday at Washington State, with the Cougars rallying late for the win. Like the Bruins, the Huskies saw a late lead evaporate against USC. The Huskies last win over a top-five team was March 21, 2016 against No. 5 Maryland during the their Final Four run.

Sunday's action will be streamed live on the Pac-12 Networks Washington platform. The action will be synched to Gary Hill's call on the UW/IMG College Network on KKNW 1150 AM, on the TuneIn App, or GoHuskies.com. 

Leading the Break
• Haley Van Dyke is coming of the first 20-point game of her career. She scored 20 in a career-high tying 37 minutes vs. USC. Van Dyke ranks third in the Pac-12 with 3.0 offensive rebounds per game and is fourth with 2.2 steals per contest. She has 9 steals in the last two games, 15 over the last four.
• Alexis Griggsby knocked down a UW season-high five 3-pointers on Friday, part of a season-high 17 point night against USC. She also grabbed a career-best 7 rebounds and dished a season-high 3 assists. Griggsby (16) passed both Darcy Rees (13) and Callie Lind (12) for the team lead in three-point makes.
• Tameiya Sadler, Khayla Rooks and Alexis Whitfield all returned to action on Friday. Whitfield had missed the previous eight games while recovering from an injury. Jayda Noble is the only player that remained out of action after missing the game against Stanford last Sunday.
• Quay Miller is the only Husky to start every game this season. Haley Van Dyke (12 starts) and Nia Lowery (2 starts) are the only other Huskies to play in all 13 games.
• Miller averaged 17 points in two games last week. leading the team in scoring against both Oregon State (20) and Stanford (14). She has now led the team in scoring five times, most of any Husky (Van Dyke 4 times, Sadler 3 and Rees 1).
• Nia Lowery made the most of her first career start last Sunday against Stanford. She tallied 9 points and two steals in 21 minutes -- all career highs for the redshirt-freshman.

Scouting the Bruins
UCLA had won 9 of 10 games before dropping a 67-63 decision to WSU on Friday in Pullman. The loss snapped a five game win streak for the Bruins, who have climbed all the way to No. 5 in the nation. UCLA is averaging 72.8 ppg, but has not reached that total in four-straight games. They are still outscoring opponents by a +14 margin.

Charisma Osborne leads a balanced Bruins' attack with a Pac-12 leading 19.5 points per game, reaching double figures in all but two games. She has scored 20-plus points in each of the last 6 games for the Bruins. She also leads the team with 48 assists and is third with 5.1 rebounds per game. Michaela Onyenwere is second with 17.0 ppg and a team-leading 8.7 rpg. She has reached double figures in 12 of 13 games and has five double-doubles on the season. Natalie Chou is averaging 11.1 ppg and is shooting 40.4% from 3-point. 

Coach Cori Close is in her 10th season of leading the Bruins. She is 208-107 all-time, including 8-6 against Washington.

All-Time Series vs UCLA
In what has been a back-and-forth series, it is not surprising that each team has won 33 games in the 66 contests between the teams. UW is 20-11 at home, 12-21 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites all-time against the Bruins. The last time the two teams met was Feb. 23, 2020 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Not only was it senior day, it was Jody Wynn's birthday. The Huskies gave both a very nice present in the form of a 74-68 upset win over the 8th-ranked Bruins. It was the Huskies fifth win over the last seven games at Alaska Airlines Arena against the Bruins. 

Last Game
Haley Van Dyke scored a career-high 20 points and Alexis Griggsby chipped in a season-high 17, but the visiting USC Trojans were 15-of-15 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 63-54 win over Washington on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. Washington (4-9, 1-9 Pac-12) led 40-39 entering the fourth quarter, but USC (8-7, 6-6) outscored the Huskies 24-14 in the final 10 minutes to break away for their first road win of the season. Van Dyke hit a pair of free throws to give UW a 47-46 advantage with 3:48 left in the game, but the Trojans would go on a 7-0 scoring run to take a lead they would never relinquish. USC were 12-of-12 from the line over the final 1:58 to ice the game away.
 
Up Next
The Huskies will travel to the desert and face Arizona State (4 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 12.