The Washington basketball team continues its season this week. They play a pair of tough games one at home and one on the road.
Washington basketball has two games this week. They take on the University of San Diego Toreros at home on Monday, November 12. Then UW ends the week on the road against Santa Clara on November 18.
The Huskies ended the first week of the season with a record of 1-1. They beat Western Kentucky on November 6, at home 73-55 with a decisive win, overcoming a slow start at the beginning of the game.
On Friday November 9, UW was on the road at Auburn, where the Tigers beat them badly 88-66. They were dominated in every area of the game. Now it is time for them to recover land earn the lessons from game number so the Huskies can beat San Diego and Santa Clara.
Now a look at these two opponents of the Huskies
San Diego Toreros
The University of San Diego is in the West Coast Conference. Along with the Huskies next opponent, the Toreros are the same conference along with Gonzaga who the Huskies will play as well during the non-conference schedule. This shows how tough a conference this really is.
The Toreros beat Weber State of the Big Sky Conference in their opener 83-66. USD had four players who scored in double figures, led by 6’7″ wingman Isaiah Pineiro who had 25 points. He was the Toreros primary three-point shooter going three for six from beyond the arc along with leading them in rebounds with 12.
On Friday the Toreros beat UC Davis 76-57. Again Pineiro led Toreros in scoring with 28 points and eight boards. He will have to be the primary player the Huskies will have to stop to win the game.
Santa Clara University Broncos
SCU lost their opening game of the season to Prairie View A&M from the SWAC 81-64.
The Broncos were lead in scoring by 6’4″ freshman Keyshawn Justice. He came off the bench for 15 points in 17 minutes. Santa Clara had two other players, both starters, who scored in double figures. Sophomore guard Tahj Eaddy put up 13 points, and senior forward Josh Martin, from Bothell High School, had 11 points. He also led the Broncos in rebounds with 13.
The game against Santa Clara will be played on a neutral site at Vancouver Showcase in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.
The Huskies hope these two games will get them back on track after losing to Auburn. Of importance for the Huskies will be to get off to a good start instead of slow ones, they had in their first two games. Washington will need to cut down on the number turnovers they had against Auburn. Finally, UW must work the inside on both the offense and defensive sides. Consistency will be important too.
Check back after each game for our takeaways.