Van Dyke’s Double-Double Not Enough To Overcome Cougars

SEATTLE – Junior Haley Van Dyke recorded the second double-double of her career, but Washington State had a 29-4 run in the first half that proved to be too much for the Huskies to overcome as they fell 60-52 in their Pac-12 home opener Friday at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies (3-2, 1-2 Pac-12) scored the first four points of the game to lead 4-0, but the Cougars (1-0, 1-0 Pac-12) rattled off the next 12 points. After Darcy Rees hit a layup to make the score 15-8, Washington State went on a 14-0 run and never looked back.
Washington rallied furiously in the second half, thanks in large part to Van Dyke’s career-high 19 points and 11 rebounds – one shy of equaling her career high. But the Huskies ran out of time and the Cougars did just enough down the stretch to hold on for an eight-point win and their third-straight victory on the Huskies’ home court.
“I thought Haley Van Dyke came to life,” Husky Coach Jody Wynn said. “She did a really good job of posting up smaller guards and I thought she did a really good job of cutting away from the ball. In the end, she did a better job of gathering herself and slowing down. That’s definitely a bright spot for us.”
Khayla Rooks added 12 points and seven rebounds. She hit two of UW’s three three-pointers on the night, as the Huskies struggled from deep, going 3-for-18 on the night.
The Cougars were slightly better from three-point territory (5-for-21), but for them, the difference in the game was their pressing defense that led to 10 steals, eight blocks and 18 fast-break points. Most of their damage was in the first half when the Cougars’ jumped to a 37-16 halftime advantage – including a 12-0 advantage on fast break points.
Washington owned the second half, outscoring WSU 36-23, including 16-8 in the fourth quarter. But the Cougars’ lead proved insurmountable and the Huskies ran out of time to complete their comeback.
Freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker scored 20 points – 16 in the first half – in her collegiate debut to lead WSU. Ula Motuga had 13 first-half points and ended the night with 16.
Darcy Rees and Tameiya Sadler each chipped in eight points for the Huskies.
Washington returns to action on Sunday, hosting Portland at 2:00 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena.

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