On January 24th, the Washington Huskies Women’s basketball team lost their road matchup with the Oregon Ducks, 69 – 52.
After three weeks off due to COVID protocols, the Huskies defensive effort was inconsistent over the course of the game.
The Huskies’ defense held the Ducks to 26.9% shooting from three-point range. shooting — an actuall improvement from their previous matchup in Seattle (28.6% from three-point range).
However, Washington couldn’t stop Oregon’s Sedona Prince, as the 6’7″ big shot 58.3% from the field with a scorching 0.94 points per possession (ppp).
Overall, the Huskies allowed 0.81 points per possession by the Ducks, including four players that averaged over one point per offensive possession — 6’2″ Sydney Parrish (1.0ppp), 6’4″ Angela Dugalic (1.00ppp), and 6’6″ Lydia Giomi (1.57ppp).
Clearly, the Huskies had a problem defending Oregon’s height advantage.
Although rebound-wise the Huskies battled the Ducks to a virtual draw with UW’s 32 total rebounds versus Oregon’s 37 total rebounds; as well as 15 offensive rebounds by the Dawgs versus 11 by Oregon.
Washington’s offense struggled with 20 turnovers and a poor .50 Assist-to-Turnover ratio.
On a positive note, the Dawgs made 34.6% of their three-point shots, however, they shot a mere 27% from two-point range.
As a result, Washington scored only 52 points on 88 offensive possessions; resulting in an average of only 0.59 points per possession (ppp) — lesss than the 0.636 ppp in their previous matchup.
Overall, the Ducks scored 67 points on 42.9% shooting against the Huskies’ half-court defense.
Likewise, Oregon also shot 42.9% against Washington’s transition defense, scoring 15 fastbreak points.
Still, Washington had multiple outstanding individual defensive performances.
Haley Van Dyke was Washington’s defensive standout of the game.
In 34 minutes of play, Haley Van Dyke held Ducks players scoreless despite defending a team-high eight (8) possessions.
Three other UW players held Oregon offensive players scoreless in their individual defensive matchups — Jess Finney (2 possessions defended); Jayda Noble (1 possession defended); and Khayla Rooks (1 possession defended).
The Huskies look to build on their overall defensive efficiency in their road matchup on Tuesday against Oregon State at 4pm.