BY SPNW Staff 06:18PM 03/21/2016

Huskies women in Sweet 16 after major upset

Facing fifth-ranked Maryland on their home court, the Huskies, behind 32 points from Kelsey Plum, stunned the seventh-seeded Terrapins 74-65 Monday to move to the Sweet 16 Friday in Lexington, KY.

Kelsey Plum had 32 points to lead Washington over Maryland. / Gary Breedlove, Sportspress Northwest

Behind Kelsey Plum’s 32 points, the Huskies pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Washington women’s basketball history by defeating powerhouse Maryland 74-65 Monday night on the Terrapins’ home court in College Park, MD., in the second round of an NCAA regional.

The seventh-seeded Huskies (24-10) will be in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2001, playing  No. 3 Kentucky (25-7) Friday at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. The Wildcats beat No. 6 Oklahoma 79-58 Monday. The Wildcats have been to the Sweet 16 five times in the past six years.

Maryland (30-4), the No. 2 seed and ranked fifth nationally, is the two-time defending Big 10 Conference champion. The Terps have appeared in the past two Final Fours. But the Huskies rallied from a halftime deficit with a 20-8 third quarter to stun the heavy favorites, who were riding a 10-game winning streak.

Plum was 8-for -24 from the field but cold-blooded at the free throw line with 13 of 14. Plum is fifth on the Pac-12’s all-time scoring list. The Huskies had 20 points from Talia Walton.

Center Chantel Osahor had nine points, including a rare set-shot three-pointer, and 14 rebounds, helping give UW a 40-38 rebound advantage over the bigger Terps. Osahor anchored a defense that held Maryland’s inside scorers Brionna Jones and Malina Howard to a combined eight points.

Some bad news for the Huskies was the loss of Mathilde Gilling, who was carried off the court in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. Gilling has been the only substitute coach Mike Neighbors has used down the stretch of the season.

Gilling’s layup with 6:47 left in the third quarter, on an assist from Plum, gave Washington a 39-38 lead, and the Huskies would not give up the lead the rest of the way.



  • jafabian

    Awesome game! One more win and they’ll match the furthest the program has gone since Chris Gobrecht was coach.

    • art thiel

      It’s a shame to have an injury this time of year that dents their chances.

      • 1coolguy

        Blowing out knees is unfortunately much too common with women’s BB – just not naturally strong enough to handle the cuts.

  • 1coolguy

    Go Girls! Great to see the women Dawgs in the NCAA’s carrying the banner for UW! Someones’ got to do it, right?

    • art thiel

      Seems you’re trying to make a point here . . .

      • 1coolguy


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      The women are much better acquainted with defense than the men,

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