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Huskies Put Up Fight in 62-60 Double Overtime Win Over UC Irvine

Nov 17, 2022

SEATTLE – The last time a Washington women's basketball game went into double overtime was in 2013. That also resulted in a Husky win on Montlake.

Washington defeated UC Irvine 62-60 in double overtime Thursday night in Alaska Airlines Arena in front of an energetic crowd to move to 3-0. The Huskies showed grit to keep themselves fighting and competing through each period.

"I'm so proud of our team," head coach Tina Langley said. "I thought that our fight was tremendous. I love how we continued to fight through this game and found a way to win."

The Husky defense was tough, forcing 10 turnovers in the first half alone. Overall, Washington forced 24 turnovers from a team that had averaged only 7.5 turnovers per game going into the night. The Huskies also kept UC Irvine to only 30% from the field.

"Every time we were on defense, I would look at our bench and everybody's up on their feet and the crowd's going crazy – that's what pushes us to go hard on defense," sophomore guard Jayda Noble said. "Our whole team was in it the whole game."

Washington's ability to believe in each other and to keep pushing was obvious. 

"The thing that I love about this team is I know everybody was playing for each other tonight" Langley said. "I know we were playing as a unit and not for ourselves individually."

On this team, it can be anyone's night. Tonight, the leading scorer for the Huskies was sophomore forward Dalayah Daniels.

Daniels had 12 points in the first half, and finished with 23. She had her fifth career double-double, and first as a Husky, adding 14 rebounds – a career high – and three blocks. 

"I don't think any of us on the floor tonight were thinking about ourselves," Daniels said. "I think we knew what needed to be done, and we were just trying to make the right passes for that right moment."

Noble had a career night, recording six rebounds in the first half and finishing with 12, a new career high. She added four steals, another career high.

"My teammates have confidence in me, and I've got confidence in them," Noble said.

In the fourth quarter, Washington went on a 9-0 run over 3:42. Trinity Oliver's bucket with 39 seconds to go tied the game up, and another good defensive stand forced overtime. 

The first overtime was a defensive battle by both teams. The crowd was on their feet as the game went into double overtime for the first time in almost a decade.

"Competition is just so fun," Noble said. "That's what I'll remember about this game. I love this – the energy of a close, tight game."

In double overtime, a layup from Daniels extended Washington's lead by two. A beautiful finish by freshman Hannah Stines later gave the Huskies another lead. With nine seconds to go, Noble hit a jumper that would prove to be the game-winning shot.

The feeling in the arena was electric. 

"I had goosebumps," Noble said. "They were so hyped, I had goosebumps. You have your team on the bench, you have your team that you're playing with, and then you have the team around you cheering for you. Everybody who shows up means so much to us. Showing up and supporting and being loud – that does everything." 
 

Next Up: Washington's final game of the four-game homestand tips off Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. PT vs. Idaho State at Alaska Airlines Arena.