In the first game after news that starting point guard Quade Green was declared academically ineligible, Washington basketball fell at Stanford in disappointing fashion
Washington basketball led by as many as 12 in the game, but the Cardinal closed on a 14-1 run to win the game 61-55. The Huskies didn’t score in the final 3:40 of the game.
Stanford did a great job guarding freshman Isaiah Stewart, who had his least productive game of the season, scoring only four points on the night. Stewart missed most of the first half after picking up two early fouls, and the veteran Stanford front line did a great job neutralizing Stewart with double, and sometimes triple-teams.
Jaden McDaniels had a great night, scoring 18 points while grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds. Nahziah Carter had a good night as well, scoring 16 points, with 14 of those points coming in the second half. Outside of McDaniels and Carter, the rest of the Husky offense was a no-show without Green. Redshirt freshman Nate Roberts has been a revelation over the last few games for the Huskies, collecting seven points and seven rebounds on the night.
Earlier in the day, the news broke about Green’s ineligibility. He’ll be ineligible for the entire winter quarter, which runs through mid-March. If he’s able to get his grades back on the right track, he’ll be eligible to play in the NCAA Tournament, if the Huskies find a way to make it to the big dance. The Huskies had just five assists and 21 turnovers without Green on the floor.
Elijah Hardy made his first career start in place of Green, and he went 1/7 from the field, and finished with two points, three assists, and three steals.
The Huskies now trave to Berkeley for a meetup with the Cal Bears on Saturday, where they suffered their first conference defeat of the season during the 2019 campaign.