On January 5th at 7 PM, the Washington Huskies women’s basketball team played its worst defensive game of the year statistically and got blasted by a thirteen-point margin.
The first quarter had high hopes; the Dawgs only suffered a two-point deficit at 16-14. The team played efficiently, allowing only one turnover to hold them back. However, this proved not to be enough as the team shot a plethora of threes and missed from the field 14 times on 21 attempts.
The second quarter wasn’t much better as the California Golden Bears began to pull away, and by the end of the first half, Washington was down 31-20. Now, the focus was lost with an extra seven turnovers grasped—a mistake the Washington Huskies continue to make as the season progresses.
In the second half, Washington played closely, losing by a margin of two, 39-37. The first-half deficit proved to be too much and ultimately insurmountable as Langley experienced her second loss of the season and first conference loss. This extends the current losing streak to two games and keeps the 11-2 Huskies’ only P6 victory at Washington State in mid-December.
Perhaps most shocking from last night was the defensive statistics. Langley, known for her defensive approach to basketball, allowed Cal to shoot 27-53 from the field while also permitting a 42% mark from behind the arc. At least the team wasn’t significantly out rebounded, but they have areas to address before facing Stanford on Sunday, January 7th at 4 PM.
The team’s highest scorer was Elle Ladine with 24 points on 9-18 shooting.