UCLA Up Next For Upset-Minded Huskies
LAS VEGAS - The Huskies seem right at home crashing the party as the No. 11 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament as they improved to 4-1 all-time as that seed after a 68-54 win over No. 6 Colorado on Wednesday. Up next for Washington (7-13, 3-13 Pac-12) is the No. 3 overall seed and 9th-ranked UCLA (14-4, 12-4).
"UCLA is so talented," Head Coach Jody Wynn said Wednesday night after her Huskies pulled the upset of the Buffaloes. "We saw what they did just a couple days ago. They have players that can really fly around and disrupt things.
"Certainly keeping UCLA off the offensive glass, I think every team in the conference, that's the number one key when playing UCLA. That's going to be a big component of the game as well."
The teams will tip in their quarterfinal matchup at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay. The teams met previously on Feb. 7 with No. 5 ranked UCLA handing the Huskies an 84-50 loss at Alaska Airlines Arena.
Thursday's game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network and their streaming platforms, with Mary Murphy and Krista Blunk calling the action, and Alyssa Charlston on the sidelines. The game will also be carried on the UW/IMG College Network on KKNW 1150 AM, on the TuneIn App, or GoHuskies.com with Gary Hill calling all the action.
• Van Dyke Post-Season Honors: Junior Haley Van Dyke earned Honorable Mention recognition on both the All-Pac-12 and All-Defensive teams. She leads the Huskies in scoring (125 ppg) and steals (2.2 spg). She also has grabbed 54 offensive rebounds, tied for most among all Pac-12 players. Van Dyke has came on especially strong down the stretch, recording double-digit points in 11 of the last 13 games and has played at least 30 minutes in 11-straight contests.
• Winning Formula: In UW's first three Pac-12 wins, the Huskies 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. They led for all but 10:35 against Colorado ... since UW's two-point win to start the season against San Diego State, the Huskies next six wins have come by an average of 21.5 points, with the closest being last night's 14-point victory ... UW is shooting 47.1% in wins and 34.8% in losses. From 3-point range, they are 38.2% in wins and 27.6% in losses ... UW is 6-1 in games that start after 5 p.m., 1-12 in games earlier than that.
• Notable: Three Huskies rank in the Pac-12's top-10 for steals: Van Dyke (5th, 2.2), Tameiya Sadler (T7th, 1.8) & Quay Miller (10th, 1.7) ... Alexis Griggsby played in the 100th game of her Husky career on Wednesday ... Sadler is 12 for 27 (.444) from 3-point range, a percentage that would rank as best in UW single-season history by a freshman. Her 79.3% from the free throw line would ranks as 3rd best in freshman history.
UW Pac-12 Tourney Notes
The Huskies are 12-19 all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament ... the furthest the Huskies have advanced is the semifinals, which they have reached four times. In the modern iteration of the tourney, they have reached the semifinals in 2019 and 2016 ... the only other time the Huskies were the No. 11 seed in the Tournament was 2019, when they beat Utah, 64-54, in the first round and No. 3 Oregon State, 68-67, in the quarterfinals on a last second three-pointer by Missy Peterson ... UW has never played UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament, one of two teams they have never faced (the other is WSU) ... last year, #8 Utah topped #9 Washington in the first round, 72-63, despite 30 points from Amber Melgoza in her final game as a Husky.
Scouting the Bruins
The Bruins earned a first-round bye after finishing third in the Pac-12 with a 14-4 record and 12-4 in the Pac-12 Conference. Last time out, Charisma Osborne recorded the ninth triple-double in team history with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. Michaela Onyenwere scored 30 points and the Bruins hit a school-record 16 three-pointers in a 93-51 win over USC. Onyenwere has scored 1,776 points in her career to rank 9th on UCLA's all-time scoring list. Onyewere and Osborne were named All-Pac-12, and Osborne was on teh All-Defensive team. Emily Bessoir received All-Freshman recognition. Onyewere is averaging 18.2 ppg, while Osborne is scoring 18.1 ppg.
Coach Cori Close is in her 10th season of leading the Bruins. She is 212-108 all-time, including 9-6 against Washington.
All-Time Series vs UCLA
In what has been a back-and-forth series, UCLA holds the one-game lead, 34-33, in the series that dates back to 1985. UW is 20-12 at home, 12-21 on the road and 1-1 at neutral sites all-time against the Bruins. Friday's game is the first neutral site contest between the teams since the first two games in the series, Nov. 22, 1986 and March 15, 1985. UCLA won the last meeting in the series back on Feb. 7, 84-50 at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Huskies last win in the series came in the previous matchup, 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. The Huskies have five win over the last eight games at Alaska Airlines Arena against the Bruins.
Last Time Vs. UCLA - Feb. 7, 2021
Four players for No. 5 UCLA scored in double figures led by Charisma Osborne with 21 points at Alaska Airlines Arena as the Bruins rolled to an 84-50 win over Washington.
The Bruins 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.
Washington came out more offensive minded in the third quarter, tallying 21 points, but UCLA never relented and outscored the Huskies by 12 points in the fourth quarter to finish with a 34-point win. For the Huskies, the loss was their eighth-straight.
For Washington, junior Haley Van Dyke was a bright scoring a team-high 13 points and 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.
Last Game - Washington 68, Colorado 54
Washington (7-13) shot 54.3 percent for the game – including 55 percent (11 for 20) from 3-point distance – to pull off a first round upset, 68-54, of No. 6 seed Colorado (10-10) on Wednesday at the Michelob Ultra Arena at Mandalay Bay.
Freshman Tameiya Sadler had the most well-rounded game of her Husky career with 18 points, a career-high eight assists and three steals. Haley Van Dyke shared scoring honors with Sadler, also recording 18 points.
Quay Miller and Alexis Griggsby – who was a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, including 3 of 3 from outside the 3-point arc – each scored 11 points. Miller also had five of UW's 13 steals on the night.
Washington used the three-ball in the second quarter to turn the tide and take the lead. Mya Hollingshed hit a jumper with 5:30 remaining in the first half to give the Buffs a 23-18 lead, but Washington closed with a 16-5 scoring advantage, behind a pair of three-pointers and a buzzer-beating jumper in the key by Miller to take a 34-28 halftime advantage.
Colorado jumped out of the gates in the third, scoring the first six points to tie the game and took a one-point lead, 36-35, on a Tayanna Jones jumper with 6:37 left in the quarter. From that point on, it was all Washington.
Sadler started a 14-0 Husky run with a three-pointer and Van Dyke capped it with a three of her own to give UW a 13-point lead that they would never relinquish.