Huskies turn up the zone to upset Jayhawks


The Huskies frustrated the Jayhawks unsafe lineup of deep threats, Matisse Thybulle hit five-pointers and scored 19 points, and Washington kept its poise down the stretch for a 74-65 victory that knocked No. 2 Kansas from the ranks of the unbeaten. Grace Colaivalu led Colorado State with 13 points.

Gonzaga 64, Washington State 56: Zykera Rice scored 19 points and Jill Barta added 15 to lead the Bulldogs to the victory over the Cougars.

Washington made nine 3-pointers and shot 48 percent from the field, and the 2-3 zone Hopkins has been relentlessly instituting paid dividends under the bright lights, holding Kansas to only five threes while forcing 13 turnovers.

Perrion Callandret added 16 points with five rebounds and five assists for the Vandals.

The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the top scoring teams in the country, and one of the toughest teams to beat. Kansas leads the all-time series edge with Arizona State, 5-4, and won the last meeting, 108-76, on March 22, 2003, in the second round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament in Oklahoma City.

The Jayhawks also had success against the Orange by throwing lobs behind the zone for easy alley-oop dunks, but the Dawgs were prepared for that as well, frequently deflecting those passes before they found their targets at the rim.

Primarily, Hopkins stretched the zone to take away the three-pointer. Guard Matisse Thybulle led the way with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting (5-of-8 from three), four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Huskies turned the ball over fewer times than the Jayhawks, having led the entire second half after taking a 36-34 lead into the break. Devonte Graham is coming off a 35 point outing for the Jayhawks. He made the free throw, giving him 10 first-half points to top the team. The defense, in the words of Self, was "horrendous" and that was evident in the second half. My shot just was falling the last two games.

Graham set a career high for assists (12) in the season opener and also had 11 assists in two other games. "You got to force them to miss".

After Nowell made a jumper that extended the UW's lead to eight, Kansas went on a run. Well, Kansas loses games every year, so it's not time to panic.

Udoka Azubuike, the big man down low, has not disappointed.

"When we're playing well we are a good playing team, but we haven't scored all year on plays and that was certainly the case tonight", Self said.

Despite the Kansas run, Washington surged once again and grew its lead back out.

The two things that stand out for the Jayhawks are three-point percentage and free throw percentage.

First-year Washington coach Mike Hopkins saw how Kansas dissected Syracuses vaunted 2-3 zone defense last week, so he made a couple tweaks to his own version before facing the Jayhawks on Wednesday night.