SEATTLE — The third-seeded Huskies withstood a blistering offensive onslaught from Peyton Ferris to beat No. 14 seed Montana State 91-63 on Saturday in the first-round of the women’s tournament.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Washington women’s basketball team overcame a woeful three-point shooting performance and pulled away from the upstart Bobcats in the second half, much to the delight of the 8,059 at Alaska Airlines Arena.
In her first game at Alaska Airlines Arena since scoring a Pac-12 record 57 points and breaking the NCAA all-time scoring mark, Kelsey Plum never found the mark from long range.
The 5-foot-8 point guard was 1 of 7 downtown, but was able to get the rim for layups and mid-range jumpers for most of her 29 points.
Meanwhile, Chantel Osahor dominated inside with 19 rebounds and 16 points for her 28th double-double this season.
The Huskies expected big performances from their two stars in their first home NCAA tournament game since 1995.
However, it was unclear if UW’s supporting cast would step up in front of its third sellout crowd this season. In the two previous games in front of a capacity crowd, the rest of the Huskies accounted for less than half of the scoring.
This time, guards Aarion McDonald and Natalie Romeo provided a much-needed offensive lift.
McDonald darted into the lane for many of her 13 points and Romeo had 11 points and made three three-pointers.
Washington faces No. 6 Oklahoma on Monday to advance to the Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City.