Osahor gets 24 points and 20 rebounds and establishes UW season rebound mark. Senior Kelsey Plum scores 25 after a sluggish start and is 53 points behind Jackie Stiles’ NCAA career scoring mark.
On Kelsey Plum Night, teammate Chantel Osahor stole the show for the No. 11 Washington women’s basketball team and turned its 79-46 victory into a personal showcase for her diverse skill set.
Before Colorado got on the scoreboard at the 6:51 mark, the Huskies star center produced all of the points in the game, outscoring the Buffaloes 10-0.
The scintillating start proved to be a harbinger to a record-setting performance for Osahor, who led Washington to victory in front of 4,448 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
“I don’t know what their game plan was, but it obviously didn’t focus on her, and that’s a big mistake,” Plum said. “She made them pay early, and that was huge for us.”
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Osahor battered and tormented Colorado’s front line all night with deadly three-point shooting, interior scoring, aggressive rebounding and lockdown defense in the post.
She scored 13 of UW’s first 17 points, and by halftime Osahor had tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds for her 25th double-double, which leads the nation. At that point, Colorado had 27 and 18.
“What can you say?” Plum said. “Wow. She’s incredible.”
Osahor finished with 24 points – one shy of her personal best – and…