UW HUSKIES TOP DEFENDERS vs. ARIZONA STATE (2/12/21): Individually Defended Possessions vs. Field Goal Percentage Against
On February 12th, the Washington Huskies Women’s basketball team won their road game against the Arizona State Sun Devils, 50 – 35.
Washington’s overall defensive statistics were exceptionally good.
For the game, Washington’s defense limited ASU to 20.7% shooting overall.
The Sun Devils only managed 26.5% shooting from two-point range.
From three-point territory, ASU made a mere 12.5% of their three-point attemtps.
As a result, the Dawgs limited Arizona State to an excellent .44 points per possession (ppp); meanwhile, Washington averaged 0.74 points per possession (ppp) for the game.
In the turnovers department, the Huskies improved slightly by committing 13 turnovers — they entered the game averaging 16.7 turnovers per game.
ASU also committed (a slightly improved) 13 turnovers — the Sun Devils averaged 16.3 turnovers coming into the game.
The Dawgs had 10 steals against Arizona State — a slight improvement over their 9.2 steals per game average, entering the game.
The Huskies individual defensive statistics were exceptional, as well.
Every Husky player that played individually held Arizona State players below 50% shooting overall — more specifically, limited ASU players to 33% shooting or less.
Four Huskies held Arizona State offensive players scoreless in their individual defensive matchups — led by Lexi Griggsby with seven (7) possessions defended; as well as, Tameiya Sadler with five (5) possessions defended; Haley Van Dyke with four (4) possessions defended; and Jess Finney with one (1) possession defended.
Van Dyke uncharacteristically did not have a steal in the game (she came close on multiple occasions, but couldn’t secure the ball); however, Quay Miller had four steals in the contest.
Besides Lexi Griggsby’s outstanding defense, arguably, the co-defensive player of the game was redshirt freshman Nia Lowery with an impressive nine (9) possessions defended individually; while limiting Arizona State offensive players to 25% shooting overall.
Two other Husky veterans had notable individual defensive performances.
Senior Khayla Rooks individually defended eight (8) ASU possessions, while limiting offensive players to 28.6% shooting.
Likewise, junior Darcy Rees individually defended seven (7) ASU possessions, while also limiting offensive players to 28.6% shooting.
Finally, sophomore Quay Miller and freshman Alexis Whitfield both individually defended three (3) possessions and both limited ASU players to 33% shooting.
The Huskies look for a big win on the road at Arizona on Sunday, February 14th at 11am.