"That's the Big Sky MVP", Nordgaard said.
"You have been hearing about them on SportsCenter all year and watching them on TV and so just the opportunity to play against them was awesome", Ferris said of Plum and Osahor. "Ten for 20 usually isn't that tough for most people".
Both teams struggled shooting the ball early on, as Washington shot 32 percent and Montana shot only 26 percent in the first half.
Gioya Carter led Oklahoma (23-10) with 17 points, but the Sooners simply couldn't keep up with Washington's offensive efficiency. That run also created expectations that have been following the Huskies for most of this season, whether it was proving the legitimacy of the Final Four run, or Kelsey Plum's chase and eventual conquest of the NCAA all-time scoring record. Horrible. When you live by the 3 you die by the 3. Ferris, who made seven of eight free throws in the first half, was the only Bobcat with more than three points prior to intermission. And that is when Plum and Osahor started to finally heat up.
Ferris was not shy about launching from deep as UW center Chantel Osahor gave MSU's leading scorer a sizable cushion. "I want to tell you right now, that's a really good Gonzaga team, and I thought they handled them".
The Huskies extended their lead to 79-61 after Heather Corral banked in a 3-pointer late in the third.
She hid it well, hitting a basket and two free throws as the Bobcats led the Huskies 4-0 after 1 minute, 15 seconds.
(4) Louisville 82, (13) Chattanooga 62: Asia Durr scored 27 points to lead the Cardinals (28-7) past the Mocs (21-11) in Louisville, Kentucky.
The 4 quarter was when the Huskies really started to pull away.
Ferris cemented her place in program lore with a dynamic final performance, and did so with a heavy heart.
GOING HOME: Oklahoma is hoping to replicate what it pulled off in 2013. Myisha Hines-Allen added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Jazmine Jones came off the bench to get 14 for Louisville. The Huskies finished off the Bobcats with a final score of 91-63.
Said Osahor: "They're very well-coached. We had the lead most of the game until the last minute, and then we had a bad turnover that led to a run-out and an and-one that really changed the complexion of the game", Neighbors said, recalling UW's 71-68 defeat on December 6, 2015.
This game was exciting in a sour stomach type of way, it is concerning when one player can dominate to the extent that Ferris was able to. Then things got away from us. "Unfortunately there is only one team that can finish with a win". Plum was ideal from the line, 8-8, and her over all FG made was 10-20.
(2) Stanford 72, New Mexico State 64: Alanna Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds, Karlie Samuelson hit five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points, and the Cardinal (29-5) survived a spirited upset bid to beat the Aggies (24-7) in Manhattan, Kansas. This was her 28 double-double of the season. "We were shell-shocked. We never played in front of a group that big". She provided tons of energy flying around the court.
(9) California 55, (8) LSU 52: Asha Thomas scored 18 points and made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:19 left to end a long scoring drought, and the Bears (20-13) held on to defeat the Tigers (20-12) in Waco. "That's not always the best way to do things". It looked like two different teams. Physically the Huskies just were bigger, stronger, and faster. They are gong to have to prove this to us.' I think when we walked on to the floor, that is what you saw in the first quarter.
"They're very good and they play the game the way I think it's supposed to be played", Oklahoma coach Sherrie Coale said of Gonzaga. The Huskies will have to be on their game when they face them and Plum is going to have to be a bit sharper from distance.