Two days after losing to cross rival WSU Cougars the Huskies jumped back on the winning track with a record setting win over the the Portland Pilots.
Six Huskies scored in double figures and the team set a new arena record for field goal percentage as Washington trounced Portland, 83-56, at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday.
Washington (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) fell just short of the school record but shot 35 of 54 from the field for an Alaska Airlines Arena record 64.8 percent, besting the previous arena high of 63.3 percent (38 of 60) vs. UCLA on Feb. 1, 2003.
Ball movement played a big part in the Huskies great shooting night, head coach Jody Wynn claimed following her team’s second win of the season over a team in the upper echelon of the WCC.
Husky head coach Jody Wynn
“I thought we had open looks and we didn’t settle for contested jump shots,” she said. “We didn’t settle for anything that was off balance the entire day, and that was the difference.
“The ball moved today and that was the difference between today and two days ago. This afternoon we found open shooters or players that were able to make a layup. We slowed down and even when they tried to rattle and speed us up with their press, I thought we did a nice job of playing at our pace.”
The Huskies tallied 22 assists on 35 made baskets.
Quay Miller led Washington’s offensive barrage, tallying a career-high 21 points and also grabbing a team-best nine rebounds. The sophomore was a big reason why UW held a 52-20 advantage in the paint. She was 8 of 9 from the field and scored the Huskies first six points of the game, setting the pace for UW’s day.
Quay Miller on looking to shoot each game
“My team is always looking to get me open shots,” said Miller, who was held scoreless on Friday against Washington State. “Everyone was telling me before the game ‘Quay, go to work.’ I do that every game, but I took it more personal this game because of how I performed that last game.”
MULTIPLE PLAYERS HIT DOUBLE FIGURES
Khayla Rooks led the way with a career-high seven assists and contributed 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting, had two steals and snagged two rebounds. Haley Van Dyke was second on the team with 14 points and hauled down six rebounds. Alexis Griggsby poured in 12 points, Callie Lind chipped in a career-best 11 and Darcy Rees scored 10.
“It was a great team win,” Head Coach Jody Wynn said. “(Getting) 23 points off the bench, Callie and Darcy were outstanding.”
Griggsby buried a three in the final minute of the first to give the Huskies a 21-14 advantage after the opening quarter. Portland (3-2) went on an 8-2 run to start the second, but UW responded with a 9-0 run.
Lind hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to start the run, Rees scored the next four Husky points and Khayla Rooks capped the run with a put back basket. Portland converted a pair of free throws to stop the run, but a short jumper from Rooks sent the Huskies into the locker room with a 10-point halftime advantage, 34-24.
The Huskies were 9 of 12 from the field in the third quarter, but couldn’t put the Pilots completely away and led 55-43 heading into the final 10 minutes.
Griggsby set the tone for the final quarter by burying a corner three-pointer right out of the gate. Miller and Lind each had eight points, Van Dyke six, in the final stanza and the Huskies built a 27-point lead by the final buzzer.
UW outscored the Pilots, 28-13, down the stretch run and have outscored opponents 121-70 in the final quarter this season.
The Huskies resume play this Saturday and will host Oregon. The time is TBD.