Poor Perimeter Shooting Led to Demise of Washington Huskies
With as prestigious a shooter as C.J. Wilcox, the Washington Huskies did not shoot particularly efficient against the California Bears. Wilcox and fellow shooter Nigel Williams-Goss were a combined 1-for-8 from deep, bringing the Huskies to their demise at home.
One player who stepped up was sophomore guard Andrew Andrews, who had 21 points on 8-of-18 shooting, going 3-of-6 from deep. The Bears, however, figured him out and made him force shots he was uncomfortable taking.
A horrible shooting performance was the antithesis of the 67-59 loss to the Bears for the Huskies. As a team, they went a putrid 4-of-21 from three-point land and 23-of-64 from the floor. With such a bad team performance on offense, it was Cal’s win for the taking.
The Bears were disappointed in the overtime win against the Washington State Cougars on Wednesday night and put their heart and soul into covering the three-point line against the Huskies. It was not the Huskies’ fault that the Bears made them search deep and long into the shot clock for an open look, which was rarely given.
This was definitely not the best game the Huskies have had this season, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. What shooting they lacked, they made up for in rebounding, out-rebounding the Bears by almost a 10-rebound margin.
With the home loss to the Bears, it means that Huskies will most likely have to win the Pac-12 tournament to get into the NCAA tournament in March. If the Huskies keep playing the way they have been down the stretch, it doesn’t look like they will ever make it in as an at-large bid. No one player on the Huskies was to fault in this game, as a team they shot surprisingly bad from any spot on the court. However, when they got to the line, they were an excellent 9-for-11, but getting to the line is a struggle for such a perimeter-based team like the Huskies.
John Lloyd is a Pac-12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JohnHLloydIII.