The Washington Huskies (8-1) beat the Washington State (7-2) Cougars, 82-66, in a PAC-12 conference season opener that marked the return of starter Jayda Noble from injury; as well as, the return of Lauren Schwartz’s shooting form from an early non-conference slump.
The contest even featured a usually serene Dalayah Daniels receiving an uncharacteristic technical foul for an emotional outburst, after she blocked WSU center Bella Murekatete — this was definitely a rivalry game.
The game started at a furious pace from tip-off, as the teams traded the lead back and forth until the Washington Huskies went on a 7-0 run to finish the first period with a six-point lead, 18-12.
The second period saw the Dawgs build their lead to as much as 13 points before the Cougars responded cutting UW’s lead to eight points, 43-35 at the half.
The third period started with a surge by WSU to cut Washington’s lead to six points, 45-39.
However, the Dawgs responded with a run to push the lead back into double digits, ending the third period with a fourteen point lead, 62-48.
A three-pointer by freshman guard Elle Ladine, to start the fourth quarter, gave the Dawgs a 17-point lead.
A furious scoring effort by WSU’s Charlisse Leger-Walker cut the lead to nine points with 4:07 minutes to go in the game.
But the Huskies responded defensively and offensively down the final stretch, pushing the lead back into double figures — and a 16-point victory 82 -66.
Offensively, the Washington Huskies dominated inside with 38 points in the paint.
Washington also dominated by turning defense to offense, i.e., by scoring 26 points off of forced turnovers — WSU had 16 turnovers versus 17 turnovers by UW.
Overall, the Huskies shot 49.6% from two-point range and only 24.3% from three-point range.
However, the Dawgs’ balanced scoring overwhelmed the WSU Cougars, who mostly relied on the 40 points scored by Charlisse Leger-Walker to stay competitive in the game.
Five Huskies players finished in double figures:
From the start, the Washington Huskies were energized by sophomore guard Jayda Noble’s presence on the court.
Noble set the tone of the game with her signature aggressiveness on defense, converting an on-ball steal into a layup to score the Dawgs first basket of the contest.