At the end of the third period, the Washington Huskies held a decisive 60-39 lead.
However, in the fourth quarter, the Huskies seemed to lose focus as they repeatedly struggled mightily to inbound the ball and break California’s full-court press.
The final period began with a 12-2 run by Cal which resulted from Washington’s five turnovers as they seemed not to have a plan to defeat Cal’s pressure defense .
The Bears cut UW’s lead to 11 points as the Huskies went scoreless for five minutes of the fourth quarter; until Dalayah Daniels finally scored a layup with 3:45 left in the game putting UW back up by 13 points, 64-51.
The basket by Daniels sparked an 8-2 Huskies run to secure the victory for the Huskies.
For the game, the Dawgs shot 44.7% from two-point range and 50% from three-point range; meanwhile, Cal shot 40.9% from two-point range and 20% from three-point range.
California and Washington Shot Charts – Courtesy of CBBAnalytics
UW WBB Huskies Player of the Game
Multiple Washington players had notable all-around games versus California, including Trinity Oliver(10 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal); and Jayda Noble (five points, 10 rebounds, four assists).
Dalayah Daniels is the sentimental favorite for getting payback against her former team with a team-leading 20 points, as well as four rebounds, two assists and one steal.
However, ultimately, the player of game was senior Haley Van Dyke — she gave an all-around virtuoso performance at Hec Ed with 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
The Washington Huskies host the #2-ranked Stanford Cardinal on Sunday, February 5th at 12 noon.