The no.6 ranked Stanford Cardinal bolted to a 28 -9 first-quarter lead and never looked back in a 74-48 win over the Washington Huskies. The dialed-in focused and focused Cardinal was 10-17 from the field, 4-9 from the three-point line, and a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line. The Huskies battled and clawed but never could overcome the first-quarter deficit.
The Huskies (4-8, 1-8) were limited to a nine-person roster against the Cardinal that included seven scholarship players and two walk ons. Starters Tameiya Sadler (injury), Khayla Rooks (injury) and Jayda Noble (personal) were all absent, and Darcy Rees started, but did not practice during the week.
Sophomore Quay Miller led Washington with 14 points, hitting an array of shots from inside and outside. Haley Van Dyke, Rees and Nia Lowery each chipped in nine points. For Lowery, she made her first career start and established a new career-high for scoring.
Walk-ons AJ Martineau and Carol Chikusa — who was added to the active roster on Saturday — were each thrown into the fire for extended spells and acquitted themselves well.
A DETERMINED EFFORT
Husky coach Jody Wynn was focused more on her team’s effort and willingness to battle throughout more than the end result.
“We’ve got a group of women that have incredible belief and positive mindset and nobody is ‘woe is me’ and there’s no energy vampires,” Wynn said. “When you have a group of people that are just continuing to find ways to contribute in some way or another, it’s a beautiful thing in any organization. I think we have some people that are learning a lot about themselves through opportunity. We have talked about great people have been born into our world through opportunity.
“I’m just proud of people that maybe have never been given an opportunity, rising up and taking advantage when opportunity presents itself.”
The Huskies have dropped six-straight games — eight-straight in Pac-12 play — and will look to get back on track against USC on Friday. And while Wynn may not know who will be able to play next week, she knows her team will be ready to go.
“We just left the locker room and they’re fired up for next week,” Wynn said. “We play USC and UCLA and they’re looking forward to getting back in the lab on Tuesday. We just know we’ve got to be smart in our preparation, because of our low numbers in our in our bodies.”