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Huskies Surge In Fourth Quarter, No. 10 Louisville Holds Off UW

Nov 20, 2021

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington made a furious fourth-quarter surge against No. 10 Louisville Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena, but the Cardinals were able to hold off the upstart Huskies, 61-53, at the end.

Haley Van Dyke scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for Washington (2-1), and Alexis Whitfield came off the bench for 10 points to lead Washington. Nancy Mulkey chipped in seven blocks to stymie the paint scorers for Louisville.

Kianna Smith and Liz Dixon each scored 13 points for Louisville.

The Cardinals (3-1) led by as much as 16 late in the third quarter, but had to hold off a late charge by the Huskies to win their third straight.

Washington came out of the gates in the fourth quarter on fire and scored the first 11 points to cut the Cardinals' lead to 54-51. Trinity Oliver buried a three-pointer in front of her team's bench to cap the 11-0 run.

A pair of free throws with 2:42 left in the game stopped the Huskies' run and Emily Engstler then hit a turnaround jumper with 1:52 left for a 58-51 lead that Washington couldn't erase. 

Washington came out clicking in the first quarter and led 15-13 after the first 10 minutes had elapsed. Alexis Griggsby came out of the games with five points to lead the charge. 

"I'm so proud of these kids," UW coach Tina Langley said. "I think these young women have worked incredibly hard. They're just so selfless. They'll go to any position, they'll do anything we ask, and you saw that tonight."