Washington Opens Season with 87-74 Win at Home
SEATTLE – The Washington women's basketball team opened the 2022-23 season with an 87-74 win over Utah Tech Monday night in Alaska Airlines Arena.
In a game that saw everyone on the floor put up points, it was a fun night for the offense, as the Huskies shared the ball and demonstrated toughness in a physical game.
"The way we shared the basketball, we had a lot of players score for us tonight," Head Coach Tina Langley said. "I think we can be a team that plays with a deeper bench. To continue to grow with depth will allow us to keep up our energy and keep up our tempo."
Lauren Schwartz got the scoring started, hitting a three early on in the first quarter. She was one of four Huskies who scored in double digits, ending the night with 12 points.
Transfers Dalayah Daniels (8 points) and Emma Grothaus, as well as freshmen Hannah Stines and Elle Ladine, all made their first appearances for Washington.
Ladine finished the game with seven points and five assists, while Stines hit a three late in the fourth on top of recording a steal and a block, demonstrating great poise and toughness from the freshmen in their collegiate debuts.
Trinity Oliver showed her energy and toughness all game. In the second quarter, Oliver picked up an and one when she stole the ball, got an offensive rebound, and then was fouled when she hit a second chance layup.
Oliver had a career night, putting up a career-high 18 points in addition to three steals.
"That's just been the time I've been putting in, trying to stay healthy, and also my team always uplifting me no matter what," Oliver said. "I think that the coaches have poured into me as well, so I think that's just telling of how far I've come and what's ahead."
By the end of the third quarter, four Huskies had reached double digits in scoring – Schwartz, Oliver, Van Dyke (15 points, two steals), and Emma Grothaus.
Grothaus ended the night with 14 points and 12 rebounds, notching her 11th career double-double in her Husky debut.
"We shared the ball really well, everyone was just competing together, everyone was lifting each other up on the court," Grothaus said. "It is a very fun environment overall, especially playing on this team."
Darcy Rees hit a tough bucket at the end of the third quarter to put the Huskies up by 14 going into the final frame.
The Huskies continued to shoot well, going up by as many as 15 points in the fourth.
Washington out-rebounded Utah Tech 44-29, and took care of the basketball, tallying 20 assists and just 10 turnovers. The Huskies shot 45.9% from the field.
"We are really trying to learn to play together as a team and share the basketball," Langley said. "I think that we saw that tonight."
Next Up: Washington will next take on UC Davis on Friday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. PT in Alaska Airlines Arena.