The undefeated Washington Huskies entered their Sunday contest with the one-win Idaho State Bengals looking for a fourth straight victory.
The Huskies proceeded to play the Bengals even for 3 1/2 quarters before pulling away late in the fourth to secure a 39 – 56 victory in the last five minutes of the game.
Poor Shooting Night
The Dawgs had a horrific shooting night, making only 20% of their attempts from three-point range.
Likewise, UW only shot 37.9% from the field overall.
But once again, the Huskies offensive dominance inside saved the day, as UW shot 57.9% (11 for 19) within 4.5 feet of the rim and 41.2% (7 for 17) farther out in the lane.
Chart courtesy of CBBAnalytics.
Slow Pace, Even Race
In the first quarter, the Idaho State Bengals jumped out to an early eight point lead over the Huskies
After numerous substitutions by Huskies Head Coach Tina Langley, Washington found some semblance of competitiveness and defensive intensity to close the gap to 12-10 at the end of the first period.
The Huskies shoot 25% from the field overall and zero percent from three-point range in the first quarter.
The Dawgs continued their momentum Into the second quarter, retaking the lead — despite shooting only 37.5% from the field and 25% from three-point range.
At halftime, the Huskies were up 24-20 — a very low offensive output considering UW came into the contest averaging 77 points per game.
Coming back from halftime, the Huskies got jumped by the Bengals almost as soon as they left the locker room.
In the third quarter, Idaho State held the Dawgs to 23.1% shooting overall and zero percent (0%) from three-point range.
The Bengals outscored Washington 10-8 in the third period, but the Huskies were still clinging to a 32-30 lead at the end of the third period — despite only shooting 23.1% overall and zero percent from three.
Fourth Quarter Explosion
Entering the fourth quarter, the Huskies struggled before catching fire in the final five minutes of the game behind an aggressive 1-2 punch of Dalayah Daniels and Haley Van Dyke.
Daniels scored eight points on 75% shooting (3 for 4) in the final period; as well as, one rebound and one assist.
Van Dyke added six fourth quarter points on 100% shooting from the field (2 for 2) and the free throw line (1 for 1); also, with one rebound and one assist.