As with much of the season, the Washington Huskies offense stalled repeatedly as they were unable to break 60 points in either of their games against USC or UCLA. It has been over a month since their last win and the Huskies seem devoid of leadership to match their talent.
It was a month ago when Coach Hopkins asked his upper classmen to heed the call, but so far none have answered. Senior forward Sam Timmins has ben averaging just 7 minutes and junior guard Nahziah Carter has just 14 points in the last 2 games. And the guy who was supposed to be the glue to the team in junior forward Hameir Wright has found his way to the bench due to ineffectiveness.
Losers of 7 straight, UW now has a 2-9 record in conference and are below .500 with a 12-14 record.
vs USC Trojans L 56-62
On Thursday, the Huskies played a Trojans team that they dismantled just a month before. UW would jump to a lead early finishing by the half with a 30-25 lead. The fantastic freshmen Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart would each have double-doubles in scoring and rebounds. McDaniels would have a prolific 19 points and 12 rebounds.
UW was unable to force any more than 6 turnovers against a team that committed 24 just last week. UW would get 7 blocks–4 from Stewart, however, USC would get the edge in rebounding 45-38.
Offense was yet again a failure as the Dawgs shot 35% from the field and had a rough time distributing the ball. With just 14 assists as a team, it was hard to find any chemistry between the players.
vs UCLA Bruins L 57-67
The Huskies blew a 12 point lead as sloppy ball handling resulted in 18 turnovers. Stewart and McDaniels would each score 15; however for a second game in a row, no one else on the team had double digits scoring. combined with just 11 assists again we saw “stall ball” where the Dawgs failed to score when pressed.
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