The UW Women’s Basketball team were back at home on Saturday, playing against University of San Fransisco fresh off of winning the Rainbow Wahine Showdown Champions Tournament last weekend where they beat host Hawaii 58-41. Dalayah Daniels and Hannah Stines were named to the five-person All-Tournament Team and Lauren Schwartz was named Tournament MVP.
UW started this game with Jayda Nobles, Hannah Stines, Lauren Schwartz, Dalayah Daniels, and Elle Ladine. As the game started, San Francisco’s game plan was clearly to stop UW from shooting threes and were in their face relentlessly if they ever passed the ball there. This caused UW to need to readjust and neither team scored for one and a half minutes of the first quarter.
Elle Ladine was first to score for either team and from there UW figured out that if they cut to the basket, they could make layins without getting stopped by SF and went on a 6-0 run. The interesting part of this is that Tina Langley didn’t need to call a timeout - the women made the adjustment themselves.
To be fair, UW’s defense was locked in and SF had a hard time getting the ball anywhere near the basket. The three times they tried, they airballed a 3, and shot two layins that were nowhere near going in. UW extended their lead to 10-0 and it wasn’t until 4:50 left in the first quarter that SF scored - off two free throws. With 4:17 left in the quarter, SF was 0-9 from field goal range and on the other side, all 14 of UW’s points were in the paint. Q1 ended with UW up 16-7.
The second quarter got off to a slow start for both teams, again. Their earlier success of cutting and making layins did not work and the Huskies went scoreless for almost 3 minutes until Daniels drew a foul. She missed her and 1 free throw but the refs called a lane violation on SF so Daniels got another opportunity at the line and made that free throw. The Huskies went up by 9.
SF continued to trip over themselves, almost quite literally, as they dribbled the ball off their own foot two possessions in a row, bringing their turnover total up to 7. At this point, neither team scored for over three minutes, keeping the game score at 21-10.
True freshman Chole Briggs had the ball as the shot clock ran out and showed composure and high basketball IQ by drawing a foul. The refs initially called the foul, but after review determined that the shot clock had run out already and gave the Huskies a shot clock violation instead. Briggs was not worried about it, because she got the ball on the next possession and buried the first three of the game for the Huskies.
However, Noble airballed a 3 to end the first, extremely slow, half.
As the second half started, it looked like SF’s new game plan was to get as many threes as possible, missing two back-to-back to start the half. UW continued their slow start to every quarter this game as SF went on a 7-2 run to start the half. This small slump also included Elle Ladine missing two free throws even though she had been 10-11 on the year. She clearly was upset with missing both of them, because she tracked down the ball, got a steal, and ran the court for a lay-in, setting off a 7-0 run for UW. Ladine got another rebound, got it to her teammate who got a skip pass to Stines who then drained a 3 to make it 38-20, and holding SF to 21% shooting.
UW ended the quarter 46-27 and really should have pulled away by more points at this point, but were unable to do so.
During the 4th quarter, UW slowly but surely built their lead, with Teagan Brown’s mid range jumper giving her 7 points off the bench.
Ladine was the only player for either team in double figures and again the rest of the team balanced out the score with Sellers as the only player not scoring in the game. Langley put the four freshman and sophomore Teagan Brown in to end the last few minutes of the game, showing us the promise of this Husky program in the future.
- I’ve said this before, but UW needs more consistency at the free throw line. They ended the game 11-16 from the three point line, which isn’t terrible, the stat line wasn’t like that throughout the game. They also had several stretches of multiple minutes without scoring, which, combined with the free throws, could easily have them losing to a team like Stanford by 20+ points.
- However, it was really impressive the number of in-game adjustments the women made throughout the game without timeouts called or Langley being overly involved. This team sees the floor, each other, and their opponents well and is able to adjust mid-stride. It’s really fun to watch.
Huskies won 63-39, holding SF to less than 40 points. Next up is Montana State at home on 12/5 at 5pm.