Washington Defeats San Francisco to Transfer On to WNIT Second Spherical

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SEATTLE – In their first postseason appearance since 2017, women’s basketball moves Washington (16-14, 7-11 Pac-12) up the WNIT after defeating San Francisco (19-13, 9-9 WCC) in the first round with 61 -46 on Thursday night at the Alaska Airlines Arena.

Behind a 43% team field goal percentage, three Huskies posted double-digit goals, led by Dalayah Daniels with 14 points, who set a game high. Daniels recorded her ninth career double-double and fifth as a husky with another 11 rebounds. Haley Van Dyke (12 points) and Hannah Stines (10) were the other two in double figures.

Van Dyke added eight rebounds, surpassing 700 career rebounds, and the Huskies as a team overtook the Dons 46-33. It was a total team effort as UW also recorded 15 assists.

“They are really selfless,” said head coach Tina Langley. “I love the way we share the ball and how we aim to get the best possible shots.”

Washington’s defense kept San Francisco off the field at 27%, well below the USF’s seasonal average. The 46 points USF scored tied the game with the lowest scoring of the season.

The Huskies will host the second round game against New Mexico at the Alaska Airlines Arena at a date and time to be determined.

Senior Van Dyke was happy to speak about the opportunity to be back home.

“We have really great fans and they all showed up today,” said Van Dyke. “We’re looking forward to getting out there and playing in front of them again.”

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