Suddenly the huskies could not miss.
After the worst offensive show in the history of the program in the first half – it was legal to look away, hide their children – the Washington women’s basketball team turned into the 2017 Golden State Warriors in the last six minutes of the game on Friday night against No. 8 Arizona.
The Huskies almost did the unthinkable.
Unfortunately, Arizona was able to make free throws in the final seconds and held a tense victory over the Huskies with a score of 51:42 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
The Huskies with a score of 0-11 remain without a victory in the game Pac-12 Conference.
In the first half, the Huskies reached a new low, scoring just seven (7!) Points in the first 20 minutes of the game – the lowest number of points scored in any half in UW history.
Repeat: seven points in the first 20 minutes of the game.
How then to explain the sudden UW explosion in the last six minutes of the game, when the Huskies scored 17 points and twice pulled within four points against the Arizona team, which boasts the toughest Pac-12 defense?
Undoubtedly, it was an exciting surge from which UW coach Tina Langley can build her first year.
In the fourth quarter, the Huskies were 31-19 behind.
Arizona (19-4, 9-4 Pac-12), which finished second in the NCAA last year, increased that lead to 15 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The Husky surge then began with Missy Peterson’s jump.
Hailey Van Dyke followed from a corner triple in front of the UW bench to get the Huskies within 38-28 of the 5:02 remaining in the game.
Two minutes later Lauren Schwartz scored a three-pointer from the corner, getting UW in nine.
Nancy Malky made a short throw in the jump and followed it up in the next possession, hitting a three-pointer from the top of the key after a good pass from Jade Noble.
That gave the Huskies in the 41-37 range with 1:32 left.
During the game at the entrance, Noble threw a pass across the surface at wide-open Peterson, who scored a three-pointer from the left arc and reduced Arizona’s lead to 46-42 in 36 seconds to go.
Arizona closed it on the free throw line.
Washington scored 23 points in the fourth quarter – four more than in the first three quarters combined.
Arizona coach Adia Barnes, a UW assistant from 2011-16 and a member of the Seattle Storm WNBA First Team in 2004, has won six straight wins against the Huskies.
Arizona is considered the best defensive team in the Pac-12, holding opponents 56.9 points per game (Friday) and 37.7% of shots.
Malki had 13 points to lead the Huskies, who in the first half threw only 15% (3 on 20) off the field. In the second half they were 12 to 22 (55%).