Courtesy of Washington Athletics
March 02, 2017

Point No. 3,113

Before the tremendous Stanford comeback and before Plum fouled out, there was a sellout. Ten thousand people—including Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, singer Ciara—packed into Alaska Airlines Arena to watch a Top 10 showdown, the first ever sellout in UW women’s basketball history. It looked like it was going to be a blowout, too, specifically when Plum got hot in the second quarter, scoring 18 consecutive points. With 5:43 to go, Plum used a ball screen from Chantel Oshahor to pull up for 3, which prompted legendary Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer to call a timeout to stop the bleeding. As Plum trotted back to the bench, UW students bowed to the queen. Plum scored 44 that night before fouling out in the closing seconds. Without Plum, UW couldn’t hold on, falling 72–68.

“We have a chemistry where we just read each other. I joke with her all the time about two things: First, I tell everyone at the mall that yes, this is Kelsey Plum, and they better hurry up and get their autographs because they’re going to be worth a lot of money soon. And then I always say to her, what would you do if I didn’t set screens for you all day? It’s awesome that her hard work is getting noticed. People say they know she’s in the gym all the time, but you don’t really get it until you’ve witnessed it. Sometimes, like that night against Stanford, it’s just easy for her.” — Chantel Oshahor, UW forward

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