It was an exciting day on Montlake as the Washington women’s basketball team (13-9, 5-7) took down No. 2 Stanford (22-3, 10-2) 72-67 Sunday afternoon.
In front of over 4,300 loud fans, the Huskies put on a show, electrifying Alaska Airlines Arena. It was the largest attendance of the season as Washington handed Stanford its second loss in conference play, and only third of the season.
“Our fans were incredible,” head coach Tina Langley said. “I can’t thank them enough. They just keep showing up and being so incredible for these young women, and we’re beyond grateful.”
It was a total team effort on both ends of the court, as three Huskies scored in double digits, UW recorded 18 assists, and Washington out-rebounded Stanford 34-24 and forced 16 turnovers.
“I just think this is a really unselfish team,” Langley said. “I love the way we play together and share the basketball. Really proud of our assists tonight. I think you can see the way we’re coming together and learning each other. It’s fun to watch them play.”
Freshman Elle Ladine led all scorers with 21 points off the bench, her new career high, while also recording a career high three steals. Dalayah Daniels (15 points) and Haley Van Dyke (14 points) were the other two Huskies in double digits.
Van Dyke recorded her first double-double of the season and eighth of her career, also tallying 10 rebounds. Daniels added another 7 rebounds.
The Huskies were on fire in the second quarter, dropping 30 points in the quarter off 75% shooting (and 100% from three). Washington went on a 10-0 run to take the lead going into halftime, capped off by a Daniels bucket at the buzzer.
The win is one for the record books. It was the first time since the 2015-16 season the Huskies had defeated Stanford, and the first time since the 2013-14 season that UW beat the Cardinal during the regular season. The last time UW defeated a ranked opponent was vs. No. 8 UCLA on February 23, 2020. The last time UW defeated a Top-5 ranked opponent was at No. 5 Maryland on March 21, 2016.
“It’s always fun to coach these young women,” Langley said. “Just really proud of who they are and the effort they give every day.”
Up next for the Huskies, Washington travels to the mountain schools, first taking on No. 7 Utah in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. PT before heading to Colorado for a Sunday matchup.
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