SEATTLE – Washington women’s basketball (12-4, 2-3 Pac-12) defeated Arizona (10-8, 2-4 Pac-12) 62-60 in an exciting game on Friday night in Alaska Airlines Arena.
It came down to the final seconds, and with loud Husky fans cheering them on, the Dawgs defended home court and came away with the conference win.
Hot shooting and solid defense was the story to start the game, with the Huskies shooting 60.0% in the first quarter while holding Arizona to 31.3% and a scoring drought over 2:55.
Dalayah Daniels got the scoring started with a layup, and followed with two blocks to record 125 career blocks early in the game.
Elle Ladine hit a jumper at the buzzer to end the first quarter, solidifying UW’s lead and putting her in double-digit scoring with 10. By halftime, Ladine led all scorers with 18 points.
Washington held Arizona scoreless through the final 2:58 of the second quarter to go into halftime with the 32-26 lead.
Hannah Stines was in double-digit scoring in the third quarter after she made back-to-back three pointers. UW went into the final frame with an eight-point lead.
With four minutes remaining in the fourth, the game was all tied up. It was a back-and-fourth fight until the very end, and with 1:21 left in the game, Stines hit her career high made-threes with her fourth of the game to put the Huskies up by two.
The seconds winded down and the game was tied again.
Daniels came up with a huge block with seven seconds remaining, and Stines picked up the rebound.
An in-bound play as the seconds ticked down had the crowd on their feet.
Lauren Schwartz made the layup off an assist from Stines with 2.3 seconds remaining to put UW up by two and send Alaska Airlines Arena into a frenzy. It would be the final score of the game as the Huskies came away with the win, their first against Arizona since 2017.
Ladine finished with 22 points to lead all scorers, six rebounds, and four assists. Stines finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. Jayda Noble finished with a team-leading and season-high nine rebounds.
Up next, Washington hosts Arizona State on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 12 p.m. PT in Alaksa Airlines Arena.