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UW Takes On Eastern Washington In Game One Of Husky Classic

Dec 16, 2021

THE MATCHUP:
The Huskies (3-3) return to action on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 2:00 p.m. against Eastern Washington (2-5) in the first game of the Husky Classic at Alaska Airlines Arena. Eastern Washington will face Nevada on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. and UW and Nevada will close the tourney on Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Washington leads the all-time series 23-1 vs. EWU and has won each of the last 18 games. The teams last met in both teams season opener on Nov. 11, 2016 with the Huskies winning 100-52. The prior meeting was in the 2013 NIT when the Huskies won in double overtime, 65-60. EWU's only win in the series came on Feb. 22, 1980, when the Eagles won 80-68 at Hec Ed.

Gary Hill and Elise Woodward will call the action on both 1090 AM KJR and the Pac-12's live streaming platform.

Noteworthy: Haley Van Dyke is second in the Pac-12 with 9.2 rebounds per game and has recorded three double-doubles in six games after only  two in her first 83 games ... Nancy Mulkey leads the nation with 4.3 blocks per game and is second among active D1 players in career blocks (354) and blocks per game (3.1) ... Alexis Griggsby was 7 of 10 from 3-point range vs. Seattle U and is now 11 for her last 20 over four games after starting the season 0x4 in the first two games. She ranks third in the Pac-12 with a .458 shooting pct from 3-pt territory. 

The Team: The Huskies return two starters from last season's squad, including forward Haley Van Dyke (12.0 ppg and 5.8 rpg), who earned honorable mention on both the All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive teams, and shooting guard Alexis Griggsby (5.7 ppg and team-high 27 3-pt makes). Other upper-classmen returners include Darcy Rees (8.3 ppg and 2.5 rpg), T.T. Watkins (opt out) and Missy Peterson (injury), plus four players who saw action as freshmen (Nia Lowery, Jess Finney, Jayda Noble and Alexis Whitfield). The Huskies will count on three transfers to provide proven experience and leadership from programs that had a high-level of success in 2021. Nancy Mulkey and Lauren Schwartz followed Langley from Rice, where they were the No. 1 and 2 scorers for the WNIT Champion Owls. Mulkey is preseason All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and on the Lisa Leslie Watch List. Schwartz provides another deep threat with a versatile offensive arsenal. Trinity Oliver was a starting guard for Baylor and brings a winning pedigree to the Huskies' lineup. UW also has a pair of freshmen, who also bring unique talents and potential to the table: Olivia Pollerd (Australia U-19 Silver Medalist at FIBA World Cup) and Gatorade Arizona State POY, Marisa Davis-Jones.

Coach Langley (3-3 at UW/128-64 Overall, 7th season): Langley is in her first year at Washington after leading Rice through its most successful stretch in program history. She became the first Husky coach to win in their debut since UW Hall of Famer Chris Gobrecht did so in 1985. She joins Gobrecht and Sue Kruszewski (1980) as the only coaches to win their first two games. Langley was 126-61 in six seasons with the Owls, a tenure that was capped by winning the 2021 WNIT Championship. Her winning percentage of .674 is the best in program history and includes a 44-4 (.916) record in Conference USA action over the last three seasons, and a 2018-19 Conference USA Coach of the Year honor. Langley led the Owls to three-straight C-USA titles (2019, 2020, 2021) and five-straight 20-win seasons. During the last five years, the Owls have made post-season appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2019), WNIT (2018, 2021-champions) and WBI (2017-champions).