Washington Women Knock Off Stanford 87-82
SEATTLE (CBS/AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Mercedes Wetmore added 18 and Washington held off a late charge by No. 3 Stanford for an 87-82 upset victory Sunday.
It was the highest-ranked opponent the Huskies have beaten since topping then-No. 2 Stanford in 1990.
The loss snapped a 62-game road conference winning streak for Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12), as well as a 14-game run against Washington (13-10, 6-6). The Cardinal’s last loss in road or neutral conference games was Jan. 18, 2009, against California in Berkeley. Stanford’s only other loss this season came at No. 1 Connecticut.
Chiney Ogwumike, the Pac-12’s leading scorer, had 23 points but was held in check for most of the game, and her teammates were unable to pick up the slack. The Cardinal especially had trouble from long-range, shooting 9 for 41 on 3-pointers.
Mikaela Ruef set career highs with 16 points and 22 rebounds, and Bonnie Samuelson scored 14 points for Stanford, which last lost to Washington Dec. 22, 2005, in Seattle.
Washington led 83-73 with less than 1½ minutes to go when Stanford started a desperate attempt at a rally. Several missed free throws by Washington opened the door and a 3-pointer by Samuelson with 9 seconds left cut the lead to 85-81. The Huskies were called for a 5-second violation on the inbound play and, with 7.8 seconds to go, Ogwumike made one of two free throws to make it 85-82. Stanford nearly pulled off another steal on the inbounds pass, but it turned into a tie-up and Washington had the possession arrow.
Aminah Williams sealed the win for the Huskies, making a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining, and as the final buzzer rang the Washington players danced in celebration at half court.
Stanford started cold — missing its first seven 3-pointers — and Washington took advantage to build a 14-4 lead in the first 4½ minutes. The Cardinal came back to tie the score at 17 three minutes later, but even after that push the Huskies were able to hold the lead for most of the first half, going into halftime leading 41-34.
Plum had a lot to do with the Huskies’ strong first half, taking the offensive spotlight away from Ogwumike. Plum scored 15 in the first half and was 3 for 3 from 3-point range.
Washington kept Ogwumike mostly bottled up while building their halftime lead. The Huskies packed the paint against the Pac-12’s leading scorer, and Ogwumike was held to eight points on seven shots before halftime. UW mostly kept the ball out of Ogwumike’s hands, as the forward didn’t attempt a free throw until 1:35 left in the first half.
The Cardinal came out in the second half with a clear directive: get Ogwumike the ball. She scored Stanford’s first nine points of the half, outdoing her first-half point total in the opening 3½ minutes.
But despite Ogwumike’s quick outburst, the Cardinal couldn’t get a consistent offense going, too often settling for a long 3-pointer which mostly didn’t go in.
Meanwhile, Washington’s offense was rolling. A 16-2 run gave the Huskies a 64-48 lead with 9½ left to play, and the Cardinal didn’t find an answer until it was too late.
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