Sunny Days Ahead For Huskies In Arizona
SEATTLE - The Huskies (4-10, 1-10 Pac-12) will escape a winter-weather forecast in Seattle by heading to the sun-soaked desert to face the Arizona schools this weekend.
First up for the Dawgs, Arizona State (9-6, 4-6) on Friday at 4:00 p.m. PT. The game will be available locally through the Pac-12 Network Washington with Daron Sutton and Elise Woodward on the call. The Huskies and Sun Devils were originally scheduled to face each other for the first time on Jan. 10 in Seattle, but COVID-19 protocols halted action for the Huskies.
UW is looking to snap an eight-game losing streak and win for the first time since Dec. 13, while ASU has dropped each of its last three Pac-12 games. Besides the Pac-12 Network, the action will be called locally on the UW/IMG College Network on KKNW 1150 AM, on the TuneIn App, or GoHuskies.com with Gary Hill behind the mic.
Leading the Break
• Haley Van Dyke leads the team in scoring (11.9 ppg), rebounds (6.4 rpg) and steals (2.4 spg). She moved into the team's scoring lead for the first time after Sunday's game against UCLA. That honor had belonged to Tameiya Sadler for the first nine weeks of the season.
• Van Dyke ranks second in the Pac-12 in steals per game (2.4) thanks to an incredible recent stretch. In her last three games she has recorded 14 steals (4.7 spg). Over the last five game, she has 21 steals (4.2 spg). Last season, Van Dyke was second in the Pac-12 with 64 steals (2.1 spg).
• Van Dyke averaged 16.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.5 spg against USC and UCLA. On Friday against USC, she set a career high with 20 points.
• Alexis Griggsby had a stellar weekend against USC and UCLA. She averaged 12.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg and hit a 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.
• No Husky has fouled out of a game this season. On Sunday, UCLA's Emily Bessoir became the first player to foul out of any Husky game this year.
• Jess Finney (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in the only Husky that hails from Arizona, but her future classmate, Marisa Davis-Jones, hails from Surprise, Ariz.
Scouting the Sun Devils
The Sun Devils have one of the stingiest defenses in the nation and rank second in the Pac-12 allowing 55.4 points per game. Conversely, they are next to last averaging 55.5 points. They also rank last in field goal percentage at a 33.8 percent clip. Four of ASU's six losses have been to Top 10 teams. Three of those four losses were by an average of 5.0 points: 63-59 vs. then-No. 9 UCLA (Dec. 6), 68-60 vs. then-No. 1 Stanford (Jan. 3) and 60-57 at then-No. 5 UCLA (Jan. 29). Like Washington, Covid-19 protocols have hit ASU hard as they have missed seven games this season.
Tayo Hanson entered the week leading ASU in scoring (12.5 ppg), 3-pointers (32), steals (1.4 spg) and FT pct (86.2) and third in rebounding (4.4 rpg). Jaddan Simmons is the teams only other double-figure scorer at 11.5 points per game. Hanson and Simmons are the only two Sun Devils to start every game.
Charli Turner Thorne is in her 24th season at ASU and is the school's all-time winningest coach. She has a 473-274 record at ASU. Prior to ASU, she spent three years at Northern Arizona and was an assistant coach at Washington under Chris Gobrecht.
All-Time Series vs Arizona State
Arizona State holds a slim 35-31 lead in the all-time series, though the Sun Devils have won 22 of the last 27 games between the teams. ASU leads the series 23-10 in Tempe and won 72-68 the last time the teams met in 2020. The 22nd-ranked Sun Devils led by as much as 11 points in the second half but UW rallied behind Amber Melgoza's 18 points and drew to within two points with 15 second left before falling. The Huskies' last win at ASU came in 2017 when Washington beat the Sun Devils 65-54.
Four players for No. 5 UCLA scored in double figures led by the Pac-12's leader Charisma Osborne with 21 points on Sunday afternoon at Alaska Airlines Arena as the Bruins rolled to an 84-50 win over Washington (4-10, 1-10 Pac-12). The Bruins (11-3, 9-3) led from start to finish and built an 18-9 lead after the first quarter. Their swarming defense held the Huskies to 0-for-11 shooting from three-point territory to give UCLA a commanding 37-16 halftime lead. For Washington, junior Haley Van Dyke was a bright spot once again. She scored a team-high 13 points and had five steals before limping off the court in the waning minutes. Darcy Rees had nine points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field and Alexis Griggsby chipped in with eight.
The Huskies wrap up their desert swing against No. 10 Arizona at 11:00 a.m. (PT) on Sunday, Feb. 14.