Washington basketball thought they had the right matchup in a struggling Stanford team, but ended up falling 72-64
In the first half, neither team could manage to grab more than a four-point lead, and Washington basketball kept it close for the majority of the second half, before the usual set in. The Huskies went on a scoring drought, going 1/17 from the field at one point and Stanford was able to pull away and go on a 13-3 run.
This game feels extra disappointing because for a good portion of the game you could tell the Huskies were energized and having fun, with Sam Timmins getting in on the action with a behind the back assist and a few slam dunks to go with it.
Next up on the schedule is the Cal Bears on Saturday, before Washington State comes to town next Friday, and then the Huskies travel to Arizona for a weekend matchup with the Wildcats and Sun Devils to close out the regular season.
Mike Hopkins needs to a way to change up the offense when they start to lose juice, which seems to happen with around 10 minutes left in the second half. Is it time to try experimenting with the young guys? Bryan Penn-Johnson got some minutes last night, should he, RaeQuan Battle, Elijah Hardy, and Nate Roberts see more time on the floor?
Unsurprisingly, the Huskies were led in scoring by Isaiah Stewart, who finished with 14 points. Freshman guard Marcus Tsohonis followed with 11 points, and Nahziah Carter and RaeQuan Battle each had 10 points. Carter also led the Huskies with 9 rebounds. Jaden McDaniels came off the bench yet again, and finished with six points before fouling out.
Can the Huskies pull it together before Saturday’s matchup with Cal and try to make a run in the Pac-12 Tournament?