Photo credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
While the Washington Huskies could only manage a split at home, they did finally get a much needed win and in a convincing manner. A beat-down of the Cal Golden Bears and some record setting by Isaiah Stewart. The Dawgs have just 3 games left in the season and hope with a strong push that they can end the regular season over .500. While theoretically they could win four straight in the PAC12 tournament, the hope is that they can finish with enough wins to earn a trip to the CBI or the NIT. Any kind of post season is a good result for the Huskies at this point.
Vs Stanford L 72-64
The Huskies were buried by the Cardinal defense, with at one point missing 16 or 17 shots. The offense as had been typical, stalled when it came to the ½ court game. Isaiah Stewart gave 14 points and set the UW record for most blocks and points in a season by a freshman. Unfortunately, it was mostly a 1-man show and the Dawgs stalled with 16% from 3 point range.
“We tried to adapt, but we just got a lot of these empty possessions where it was a throw up (as the shot clock expired) rather than being able to get a good shot off of execution, speed and precision,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “That wasn’t happening in the second half.”
vs CAL W 87-52
it finally happened as the Huskies put all phases of their game together and put together a throttling of Cal to snap the 9 game losing streak. Coach Mike Hopkins addressed the Husky fans:
“Whenever you lose, it can be difficult,” Hopkins said with tears welling and a catch in his voice. “And the support that we got from the Dawg Pack and our fans is huge. It shows you what this place can be and what it will be. So thank you fans out there and go Dawgs! Drop the mic, let’s go.”
Naihziah Carter scored 16 and Steward added 15 on offense. The team held Cal without a field goal for more than 15 minutes during a stretch that lasted past halftime. Jayden McDaniels would have 5 assists, 7 rebounds, and 12 points off the bench as he seems to have settled into a 6th man role.
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