Huskies and T-Birds meet in Seattle
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – The 13th-ranked Washington Huskies conclude
their season-opening seven-game homestand tonight, when they host the Southern
Utah Thunderbirds in non-conference action from Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies have taken advantage of their early home slate, winning all six
games, including an 87-66 triumph over Idaho on Wednesday. This is the
second straight season in which Washington has won six straight games to
open the season and with a victory tonight it would match the 1990-91 squad’s
seven-game winning streak to open a campaign. The Huskies are also
currently riding a 14-game regular-season winning streak that dates back
to a loss at Washington State on February 4, 2006.
As for Southern Utah, it also enters the game with a good deal of
momentum thanks to wins in three straight games and four of the last five
overall. The team was last in action on Saturday, when it defeated Idaho
72-50. With the win, the Thunderbirds improved to 6-2 overall and 3-2 on the
Tonight’s game marks the first-ever meeting between Washington and
Southern Utah on the hardwood.
The Thunderbirds have shot well from the floor (.499) and from long range
(.411) this season and because of that the team has been able to average a
respectable 69.9 ppg. Steve Barnes currently leads the team in scoring at 14.5
ppg and he is also handing out 5.7 apg. Nurudeen Adepoju is next in line with
11.4 ppg, while Tate Sorensen adds 10.4 ppg and a team-high 4.3 rpg. In the
team’s last game, Barnes poured in 19 points and doled out six assists in
leading Southern Utah to a 22-point win over Idaho. Sorensen added 16 points
for the Thunderbirds, who shot 48.3 percent from the floor. The team also
forced 24 turnovers while committed just 11 itself.
The Huskies have had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard early on, as they
are averaging a healthy 88.5 ppg behind 47.8 percent shooting from the field.
Quincy Pondexter has been a big reason for the team’s early season success and
he is turning a club-best 17.2 ppg to go along with 6.8 rpg. Justin Dentmon
adds 13.3 ppg and he has been responsible for getting Pondexter the ball with
a team-best 4.0 apg to his credit. Jon Brockman has done most the dirty work
for Washington in the low post and he is nearly averaging a double-double with
12.5 ppg and a team-high 9.5 rpg. In the squad’s previous outing, Pondexter
poured in 25 points and ripped down eight caroms in leading the Huskies to a
21-point win over Idaho. Washington shot just 38.7 percent from the floor in
the game, but made up for it by dominating the boards 50-26.