Kelsey Plum sets NCAA record for most points in a season as the Huskies defeated Oklahoma 108-82 on Monday to advance to the Sweet 16.
If the sports world was looking for a worthy challenger to prevent Connecticut from winning a fifth straight national championship, Kelsey Plum and the Washington women stated their case.
With Plum smashing NCAA, team and personal records, the third-seeded Huskies unleashed an offensive flurry on No. 6 Oklahoma that turned Monday’s 108-82 victory in the NCAA tournament second round into a raucous farewell send-off for seniors Plum, Chantel Osahor and Katie Collier.
“I thought about (the game) a lot,” Plum said. “I visualized it. I thought about it and dreamed it. Whatever you can call it, I thought about it. And there was no way I was losing this last game on my home court.”
Mississippi St. (31-4) vs. UW (29-5) at Oklahoma City, 4:11 p.m., ESPN2
Plum, who scored 38 points and had a career-high 11 assists, made sure of that.
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The 5-foot-8 point guard from Poway, Calif., gave the 7,579 at Alaska Airlines Arena one last memory to cherish while carrying the Huskies to a familiar place and unprecedented heights.
For the second straight year the Huskies return to the Sweet 16, where they’ll play No. 2 Mississippi State (31-4) 4:11 p.m. PT Friday at at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
The win gave Washington (29-5) the most victories in a season in school history and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Sooners, whobeat the Huskies in each of the previous two seasons.
Plum broke her UW NCAA tournament record on a night when she converted 12 of 21 from the floor. She made 6 of 9 three-pointers and was 8 of 10 on free throws.
“Kelsey Plum is an unbelievable player,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. “There are not enough adjectives to use to describe her skill set as an offensive basketball player….