No. 3 UCLA's TJ Leaf sprains left ankle against Washington

Romar said he probably won't play Saturday.

Husky fans hoped that this described Markelle Fultz and what he could and would do for UW this year.

On Wednesday, with the No. 3-ranked Bruins hosting the woebegone Washington Huskies, the final question seemed more a statement of fact than a cheeky taunt or call to action.

Fultz sat on the bench with a sore knee and it's not clear if he'll be in a Husky uniform again. Him being one of our main ballhandlers, and he's able to take such good care of the ball and make such good plays. He's a shooter. Once you see a ball go in, you let it fly.

UCLA coach Steve Alford kidded TJ Leaf that his two points, one rebound, one assist, one block and one steal in 5 minutes was pretty impressive.

UCLA has said that he will not return in the second half and he will be re-evaluated after tonight's game.

And now we know why Lonzo's dad is puffing out his chest about his son.

(On confidence heading into USC game) "After every game we look at little victories, the places where we got better, and I think that over the course of the season we've gotten a little bit better at a lot of things". For starters, they aren't any good, losers now of a school-record 11 consecutive games. It didn't help that UW suffered from excessive turnovers (5 straight on 5 possession in the 1 half) to which the Bruins capitalized on with 20 points in just the first half. The Huskies ended with 20 turnovers to the Bruins 8.

"When you go to make passes", UW coach Lorenzo Romar said, remarking on the size of UCLA's guards and the Bruins' height in the frontcourt, "there's just not a lot there". "Playing against UCLA just made it that much harder for us".

There were some bright signs.

When the scrimmage concluded, the scoreboard read 98-66 in UCLA's favor, a defeat only slightly less embarrassing than the first time these teams met back in early February, when the Bruins thrashed the Huskies 107-66 before a sellout crowd at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. But, Thybulle scored just 4 more points to end with 15 and Timmins collected just 2 more boards in the second half. He scored 23 points on 10-15 shooting from the field and grabbed 15 rebounds. Hamilton averages 29.9 minutes this season, but hasn't played more than 28 in the last six games, and his court time doesn't figure to improve as he's a combined 4-for-17 from 3-point range in the last two games, dropping his scoring average to 13.6, which is fourth-best on the team.

That's all the time Leaf got because the freshman sprained his left ankle. The Huskies had shown at least some bite after falling behind 11-0 in the first two minutes, fighting back to trail 21-14, before they committed six turnovers in a three-plus minute span to fuel a 16-2 Bruins run.

  • Julie Sanders