There is a winter storm passing through the Northeast, so it’s unlikely someone left a door open. But, it sure seemed like there was a breeze blowing through the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday night.
Washington had its worst shooting performance of the season in a 61-53 loss to Connecticut. UW shot 29.7 percent for the game, missing multiple open looks throughout the night.
Aziz N’Diaye missed at the rim. So did Desmond Simmons. C.J. Wilcox was 2-for-12, with his second field goal a meaningless layup with 30 seconds left in the game.
The 53 points were Washington’s lowest of the season. The 29.7 percent shooting was also a season-low.
The shots Washington missed were often open looks. Wilcox had two wide open 3-pointers that he missed in one stretch. At one point, Washington shot two air balls in one possession.
UW was up 16-10 early and trailed by five at halftime, 30-25, after going 3-for-22 to close the first half. Washington was equally brutal to start the second half. UConn was little better, which helped Washington pull to within four points on an Andrew Andrews jumper with 8:30 left in the game.
Yet, again, Washington couldn’t hit shots. UConn did just enough and stretched the lead back to 12 points.
Abdul Gaddy was again in foul trouble. N’Diaye was, too, after picking up a technical early.
The Huskies outrebounded UConn and turned it over just 13 times. They also shot 4-for-17 from behind the 3-point line.
Scott Suggs led Washington with 15 points. No one else was in double figures.
The Huskies play three consecutive road games to start conference play. They go to Pullman Jan. 5, then head to Cal and Stanford.
It will be an uphill climb to the postseason.