Washington Women’s Basketball Brings Home a Former Cal Five-Star
Washington’s women’s basketball program received a much-needed boost when former Cal star Dalayah Daniels announced his transfer to the Huskies. The 6’3 forward was the No. 13 ranked rookie in ESPN’s Class of 2020 from Garfield High in Seattle. Daniels will have another 3 years of eligibility.
As a true freshman in the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season, Dalayah averaged 11.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game and finished 2nd on the team in minutes played. It looked like Daniels was destined for a conference-style season, but by sophomore year her playing time dwindled. Daniels started 12 of 24 games for Cal and averaged 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds on 42.8% 2-point shooting and 87.8% FT shooting.
Hopefully Daniels can help turn things around under head coach Tina Langley. Last year, Langley’s first with the Huskies after leaving Rice, Washington finished just 7-16 overall and 2-12 in Pac-12 play. Things started to settle down late in the season as the Huskies won 2 of their last 3 regular season games with the long loss of a last second loss to eventual Final Four entrant Stanford.
One of those conference wins for the Dawgs came in California when Daniels had a game-high 21 points plus 7 rebounds against UW. The hope is she can combine with 3 top-80 recruits heading into the Class of 2022 to help Langley turn around a Washington program that lost momentum after Kelsey Plum and Chantel Osahor graduated as well as the departure of head coach Mike Neighbours. in Arkansas.
Welcome to Dalayah!