Third-seeded Washington Huskies Women’s Basketball team continues their advance in the NCAA Tournament today, facing six-seeded Oklahoma Sooners at 6 p.m. At Alaska Airlines Arena
The Washington Huskies Women have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies defeated the Montana State Bobcats 91-63 in round one, led by high scorer Kelsey Plum with 29 points.
However, the Huskies showed great teamwork, and all but one of the starting five scored in double digits. In fact, it was a very impressive victory due to that fact. The Huskies were booted early in the PAC-12 tournament and needed a statement victory. In game one, the team began with a little rust, but by halftime , was in true form.
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And now, the Huskies face a far more difficult challenge. They take on an incentivized Oklahoma Sooners team. You see, the Sooners know if they win, they advance and return home for the next round. The Sooners defeated the Gonzaga Bulldogs 75-62 to move to the second round.
The teams met to open the 2014-2015 season, with visiting Washington losing 90-80 despite Kelsey Plum’s 45 points. The teams met again in 2015, where the Sooners beat Washington 71-68. The Huskies struggled against a balanced team like the Oklahoma Sooners in the past. Simply stated, they ran a Plum-focused offense. Stop Kelsey Plum, and the Huskies were paralyzed. Were is the key.
This season, the Washington Huskies have not been so utterly dependant upon one player. Chantel Osahor, a top rebounder, has grown offensively. And since the article appeared about the Washington Huskies needing a third star on the team, both Katie Colier and Natalie Romeo have upped their game. As a matter of fact, this Washington Huskies team is a far more savvy and balanced basketball team this season.
Team Of Destiny
On one hand, it is not simply a matter of over dramatization to proclaim this to be a special season for the University of Washington Huskies Women’s Basketball team. The year was punctuated by the record setting feats of Kelsey Plum, and Chantel Osahor. On the other hand, it’s ludicrous to claim success before competition. The Huskies face a tough opponent.
Still, after all is said and done, these are not just a gifted set of athletes. This is a team, a group of co-dependent basketball players whose sum of the whole is greater than the parts. Forged by a season, they have learned to trust. The players learned to share the spotlight, to cry together, to step up and step back.
Now they will learn how to win together, like never before. Don’t miss the action.