Ladine scores 21 as Washington beats No. 2 Stanford 72-67

Elle Ladine and Washington turned a strong finish into a big win.

SEATTLE — SEATTLE (AP) — Elle Ladine and Washington turned a strong finish into a big win.

Ladine scored 21 points and Dalayah Daniels made two crucial free throws with 8 seconds remaining, helping Washington beat No. 2 Stanford 72-67 on Sunday.

Washington (13-9, 5-7 Pac-12) ended the game on a 9-2 run. Lauren Schwartz made two fouls before Ladine put the Huskies ahead with a layup at 1:40 left.

“We always play like it’s 0-0, always,” said Daniels. “We just have to keep playing together and I think in that game we emphasized defence. We knew defense would lead to offense and we’re not at all surprised because we put in the work. We knew that if we kept working at it, eventually we would get what we deserve.”

Daniels had 15 points in Washington’s first win over a ranked opponent since a 74-68 win over UCLA on February 23, 2020. Haley Van Dyke finished the tournament with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

It was Washington’s first win over Stanford since 2016 and stopped an 11-game slide against the Cardinal.

“We’re trying to be process-oriented,” said Tina Langley, the Huskies’ sophomore trainer. “Stanford are a great team, incredibly well trained, really talented, so much respect for them. But I also have so much respect for these young women and look forward to what we are building. … It will be fun to see what we can become.”

Haley Jones had 18 points for Stanford (22-3, 10-2) and reserve Brooke Demetre had 15. Cameron Brink finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

The Cardinal led 17-8 after one quarter, but the Huskies rallied in the second.

Washington ended the first half with a 10-0 run. Ladine started the sprint with a 3-pointer with 2:03 to go. Schwartz hit a 3 and Daniels converted a layup on the buzzer, giving the Huskies a 38-34 lead at the break.

Washington also scored the first six points in the third quarter. But Brink’s layup started a 9-0 run for Stanford. Brink’s three-point game in the dying seconds gave the Cardinal a 54-53 lead in fourth place.

But Washington outscored Stanford in the fourth, 19-13.

“We were just kind of in the moment,” Van Dyke said. “We’re focused on the next game, the next game, the next game. I don’t think we ever really expected that we would just walk away with the win. I think we really deserve it.”


Stanford: The Cardinal was outplayed by the Huskies 64-50 in the last three quarters.

Washington: Enjoyed a 34-24 rebound advantage. The Huskies have overtaken each of their last seven opponents.


Stanford: In Arizona on Thursday evening.

Washington: On Friday in Utah. Ladine scores 21 as Washington beats No. 2 Stanford 72-67

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