Huskies Set Record With Lopsided Win

SEATTLE - In the fifth Pac-10 game of the season, it was the Washington Huskies (11-5, 2-3) that came out on top over the Stanford Cardinal (8-8, 2-2) Thursday night at Bank of America Arena. The final score was 94-61, which broke a 49-year old record for the largest victory in the series.

The Huskies were paced by the 27-10 double-double of Quincy Pondexter. Isaiah Thomas (15 points), Scott Suggs (12) and Abdul Gaddy (10) were the other Huskies to score in double digits. Landry Fields scored 17 points to lead the Cardinal. Jack Trotter scored 12 for Stanford, and big-scoring Jeremy Green was limited to only seven points in 32 minutes.

UW ended up out-rebounding the Cardinals 42-33 after being out-boarded their last three games, and they also forced Stanford into 20 turnovers, which they converted into 25 points. They also outscored the Cardinal 42-24 in the paint. And a big part of that effort went to a player that wasn't even available last week.

Right off the bat to start the game was first-time starter Justin Holiday, who made a big impact after missing the Arizona road trip due to eligibility issues. Husky Head Coach Lorenzo Romar said this win was a result of his play early on and his ability to rebound, play defense and bring a passion that had been sorely lacking during UW's three-game losing skid. The junior from Campbell Hall delivered.

"Just very hopeful that we could come out tonight and play with energy," Romar said. "It was what we talked about and I thought our guys did a good job of doing that. As a result of having a mindset to play with energy I think when you do that your mind is just alert and it helped us offensively as well. Justin Holiday was the catalyst to this win and he was inserted into the starting lineup because the things he does best are the things that we are lacking."

On Stanford's first possession of the game, Holiday took a charge in the paint on Cardinal star forward Fields. The Huskies took the ball down the court, where Pondexter hoisted a three off the rim. Holiday went up to get the rebound and kicked it out to Isaiah Thomas, who in turn hit a jumper and was fouled.

Following that sequence of events, Holiday then forced Stanford into a timeout when they couldn't get the ball across mid-court, and also picked a steal at the 16:30 mark of the first half.

Behind the five rebounds of Matthew Bryan-Amaning and the 4 points from both Gaddy and Holiday, the Huskies built a 15-6 lead by the 11:55 mark, despite also putting Stanford in the bonus.

With 9:40 left in the half, the Huskies had already gained a lead of 21-6 with 14 total rebounds. The Cardinals only had five at the same point.

At the half the Huskies had put themselves into a good position with a score of 41-22. The star at that point had to be Gaddy, who was an impressive 5 for 5 from the field. He only turned the ball over once and stayed out of foul trouble.

But again it was Holiday who had the most well-rounded half of basketball for UW. He finished with six points on 3-4 shooting and gathered five rebounds through the first 20 minutes. He also had a block and a steal while playing tenacious defense.

In the second-half, Pondexter took control and scored a quick 12 points in just five minutes. The Huskies build upon their lead and went up 55-31. At the 7:56 mark, Washington's lead was 77-40 behind the continued strong play from Pondexter and Scott Suggs, who hit three-straight from beyond the arc.

With the solid performance tonight, Romar said that they are trying to not get ahead of themselves and want to get better on a daily basis.

"I like the direction that we are headed based on tonight," Romar said. "Were not in a position to start to make predictions on how we are going to be or where we are going to finish. We really have to take one game at a time, one practice at a time. That's where we are at right now. We just have to climb out of this whole somehow and I felt tonight that we took a big step to climbing out of it."

The Huskies are back in action at Bank of America Arena Saturday morning when they take on the California Golden Bears (11-5, 3-1), who beat Washington State Thursday night. The game will be aired live at 11:30 a.m. PST on Fox Sports Northwest.
Statistics:
Points: Pondexter 27, Thomas 15, Suggs 12, Gaddy 10, Overton 9, Holiday 6, Bryan-Amaning 6, Gant 4, Trent 2, Turner 2, Breshers 1
Rebounds: Pondexter 10, Holiday 7, Bryan-Amaning 6, Overton 4, Gant 4, Breshers 3, Turner 3, Thomas 2, Trent 1, Suggs 1, TEAM 1
Assists: Overton 8, Thomas 7, Pondexter 2, Holiday 1, Gaddy 1
Steals: Holiday 3, Bryan-Amaning 3, Thomas 2, Pondexter 1, Turner 1
Blocks: Pondexter 3, Holiday 1, Breshers 1, Gant 1


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