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Senior Day: Huskies Close Out At Home Vs. Colorado

Feb 20, 2021

Weekly Release - vs. Colorado

SEATTLE -- Washington (6-11, 3-11 Pac-12) will attempt to complete its first Pac-12 sweep of the season when they host Colorado (9-9, 7-8) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. It will mark Senior Day and the  team will celebrate the careers of Alexis Griggsby and Khayla Rooks, plus manager Maddie Chandler.

Both the Huskies and Buffaloes are coming off impressive wins on Friday night. The Huskies took out Utah, 78-61, while Colorado beat Washington State, 60-57. UW has now won two of the last three games, while the Buffs have won three-straight games.

Sunday's game will be available for fans to watch on the video stream or they can listen locally on the UW/IMG College Network on KKNW 1150 AM, on the TuneIn App, or with Gary Hill and Elise Woodward calling all the action.  

Leading The Break...
Winning Tidbits: In UW's three Pac-12 wins, the Huskies have trailed for only 3 minutes, 37 seconds, including leading the entirety of their wins over ASU and Utah. They trailed Cal 4-3 until taking the lead for good at the 6:23 mark of the first quarter ... since UW's two-point win to start the season against San Diego State, the Huskies next five wins have come by an average of 23 points, with the closest being 15 points ... UW is 6-0 when shooting above 38% or higher ... UW is 5-1 in games that start after 5 p.m., 1-10 in games earlier than that.
• Haley Van Dyke set a career high with 22 points against Utah, the second most points scored by a Husky this season. She leads the the league with 48 offensive rebounds, is 3rd with 39 steals and 12th with 6.2 rpg. She had 3 steals on Friday, her 8th game with 3 or more swipes. 
• Quay Miller notched her team-best third double-double on Friday. She nearly missed a double-double in each of the games in Arizona and is averaging 12.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg over the last 3 games, plus 3 steals. 
• Alexis Griggsby ranks fifth in the Pac-12 conference shooting .418 percent (23x55) from 3-point territory. Her average would rank 10th all-time in UW single-season history. Over the last five games, she is 12 for 22 (.545).
• Khayla Rooks enters senior day having played in 106 career games. She leads the team with 37 assists and has the best assist to turnover ratio on the squad at 1.3. Since returning to the starting lineup at Arizona, she has averaged 9 ppg and 5.0 rpg.

Scouting the Buffaloes
Colorado got back to .500 (6-6) after its win over No. 1 Stanford, but hadn't been able to climb back over the even mark. They did reach .500 again by defeating Washington State, 60-57, on Friday in Pullman. Senior Mya Hollingshed and Co., hope to finish the season strong, building their case for a postseason bid. She leads the team in both scoring (17.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg) and is coming off an impressive double-double at WSU (28 pts/12 rebs). Freshman Frida Formann (11.2 ppg) has had a breakout first year. Sophomore Jaylyn Sherrod (10.4 ppg), out for the season, rounds out the top scorers for the Buffs.

JR Payne enters Sunday's game 69-73 in five years at Colorado. This is the ninth time she will face the Huskies and is 3-5 all-time versus UW. 

All-Time Series vs Colorado
Washington holds a 15-11 edge in the all-time series, including an 8-4 advantage at Alaska Airlines Arena. Colorado won, 60-50, on Jan. 1 in the last meeting between the two teams, putting a halt to the Huskies three-game winning streak in the series. The teams met just once in 2019-20 and the Huskies won that meeting, 61-52, on Feb. 7 in Seattle behind a tenacious defensive effort. In the previous season, Washington swept the series, gutting out a tough 68-58 win at home, then using a strong defensive showing to beat the Buffs in Colorado 60-46. Colorado's last win in Seattle was March 8, 2013, 70-59.

Last Game
Haley Van Dyke and Quay Miller combined for 36 points to lead Washington to its most complete effort in Pac-12 play and a 78-61 win over Utah on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena. While Van Dyke and Miller were the stars of the night, nine different Huskies scored and made significant contributions throughout the night. 

Washington (6-11, 3-11 Pac-12) had it going on both ends of the court and led from start to finish to win for the second time in three games. It marked the first time fans were allowed into Alaska Airlines Arena this season and the team did not disappoint the home crowd. 

Van Dyke established a new career high with 22 points and was also her usual self with three steals and six rebounds, to go along with four assists. Miller tallied her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore also had three steals.

Up Next
The Huskies head across the state to the Palouse and will face Washington State in the Boeing Apple Cup Series. The game is slated for Sunday, Feb. 28, with tip at 1:00 p.m. and aired on the Pac-12 Network.