While things started out well for Washington in the first few minutes, by the halfway point of the first half foul trouble, horrific shooting, and passive defense led to some of the most hideous basketball I have ever seen UW play. However, the deficit never got much past 10 points because UConn was also playing very sloppy ball, leading to a score that was within six with only a handful of minutes left even though it never looked like Washington even remotely deserved a win.
Washington shot 29.7% from the field, which was the primary reason they lost. And that poor shooting was nearly universal. C.J. Wilcox shot 2-12 from the field for 5 points after entering the game averaging 19.6 points, the highest on the team. After an odd personal foul/technical foul incident early on limited his minutes, Aziz N’Diaye didn’t manage to score at all. Suggs was the only semi-effective scorer with 15, but it took 15 shots for him to do it.
Even if it looked like Washington couldn’t buy a rebound from time to time, they actually won the battle on the boards 34-31. Desmond Simmons led with 10, 5 of them offensive. The same goes for turnovers. Some of the passes thrown by Gaddy and Andrews were real head-scratchers, but Washington’s 13 wasn’t as bad as the 17 from Connecticut. This were two teams playing horribly, but Washington was that much worse.
I can’t really see this team doing much of anything in conference play, and I am not looking forward to the first conference game at WSU. This isn’t an entertaining team, and it certainly isn’t a good team.