That’s how many games Washington has lost during its losing streak that’s tied for the second longest in school history.
The Huskies’ latest defeat – a 72-64 setback Thursday night against Stanford – dropped them to 12-15 overall and 2-12 in the Pac-12.
Washington played without forwards Hameir Wright (illness) and Nate Roberts (head injury). Their availability is uncertain for the game Saturday against California.
Here are three impressions.
STEWART LOOKS SHELLSHOCKED
Pretty sure UW opponents will be OK with Isaiah Stewart scoring 14 points if they can contain him to 4-for-10 shooting while holding him to no offensive rebounds and forcing him into a season-high-tying five turnovers.
In their first meeting, Stanford shut down Stewart and held him to a career-low four points in 26 minutes.
This time, the Cardinal was nearly as effective negating him with double-teams that had him visibly frustrated. Stanford sent an extra defender each time he touched the ball.
Stewart had a few bright moments while flushing a fast-break dunk, but he never really got going offensively.
The 6-foot-9 freshman forward did his best work on the defensive end where he tallied four blocks.
Otherwise, it was a quiet night for the UW star who looks as if he’s wearing down after a physically demanding season in which he’s led the team in points, rebounding, blocks, field goal attempts and minutes.
Stewart has been relentless while battling against double- and triple-teams, but he’s been relatively muted recently. In the past six games, he’s averaging just 12.7 points.
The Huskies are going to have to figure out a way to win a game without Stewart having a big offensive night because opponents are determined to keep the ball out of his hands. And that proposition becomes increasingly difficult on a night when UW shoots just 4 of 24 on three-pointers.
Stewart still is UW’s best scoring option who needs at least 10 shots each game, but if the Huskies can’t figure out new and creative ways to get him the ball, then he’ll continue to struggle.
THE ANATOMY OF A SCORING DROUGHT
Washington led 47-44 Thursday after RaeQuan Battle’s four-point play (three-pointer and subsequent free throw) with 16:03 left.
At that point, the Huskies, who shot 43.8% in the first half, were rolling offensively. But inexplicably, UW missed its next 11 field-goal attempts over the following 8½ minutes.
Here’s a breakdown.
Stewart missed three shots, including a dunk and a layup. Nahziah Carter misfired on two mid-range jumpers and Battle was off the mark on two three-pointers.
Meanwhile, Jaden McDaniels, Marcus Tsohonis, Sam Timmins and Jamal Bey each missed a shot.
At the 7:33 mark, Timmins flushed a dunk to end the drought between field goals.
At that point, the Huskies trailed 55-51, but they still were out of sync.
Washington missed its next five field-goal attempts and three free throws, while Stanford put the game away with a 7-1 run to go up 64-52 with 2:46 left.
During the Cardinal’s 20-5 run between the 16:03 and 2:46 marks, UW converted just 1 of 16 field-goal attempts.
As coach Mike Hopkins said, “You’re not winning very many games when that happens.”
DON’T STOP BELIEVING
Say this for the Huskies, they haven’t shown any signs of fracturing despite not winning a game in six weeks.
“From the outside looking in, it would be easy to see how a team that’s going through adversity like this would kind of start to splinter and spread apart,” said Timmins who was a freshman on the UW team that set the school record with 13 consecutive defeats during the 2016-17 season. “Both that team and this team have stayed really close as a unit. We all believe in each other. We’ve got out in every game believing we have what we need to win.”
Washington players and Hopkins have kept their poise and composure as the defeats piled up, which can be construed in many ways.
One could argue that perhaps the Huskies need an emotional outburst to jar them from the malaise that’s ruined their once promising 10-2 start.
But then, Hopkins, a two-time Pac-12 coach of the year, knows his team better than anyone and he continues to dispense a tranquil message that’s deeply rooted in optimism and positivity.
It’s been nearly two months since the Huskies won consecutive games, but they believe they’re capable of getting on a roll and winning four consecutive games at the Pac-12 tournament to capture the title and the automatic NCAA tourney berth.
“Keep the faith,” Carter said. “We still got a lot of season left. Those are the best movies. We just got to keep the faith and believe that we can win.”