The relentless pressure of the Syracuse Orange(30-7) put an end to the Washington Huskies women’s (26-11) incredible NCAA Tournament run with a dominant 80 to 59 win.The stifling Syracuse caused mayhem and havoc for UW All-American guard Kelsey Plum and her teammates.
“Syracuse, their pressure is very good, they do a very good job of trapping ball screens and rotating on the pass and they’re very athletic. So they touch a lot of passes. They did a great job tonight Plum,” said Plum who finished the game with 17 pts. “And I didn’t do a very good job of handling that pressure.” The Lady dogs were never able to get type of offensive rhythm because of the Syracuse defense. The Orange defense denied Washington the entry pass to ignite it’s offense which caused disarray and discombobulation. Washington made just 4 of 14 shots from the field in the first half.
The poor shooting by Washington and the suffocating Syracuse defense resulted in a dominant performance by the Orange who kept a double digit lead over the
Huskies throughout the contest.
The one bright spot for Washington was the 3-point shooting of Senior Forward Tali Walton, who scored 29 points and made a Final Four record eight 3-pointers
“I just wanted to come out and play like it was my last game, obviously hoping that it wasn’t. But just knowing that it could potentially be my last game and I wanted to do what I could to give my team the best chance to win,” Walton said of her record setting night.
Syracuse will now try to prevent former Big East foe, UConn, from winning a fourth straight national title and finishing another perfect season. UConn(37-0) beat Pac 12- champion Oregon State(32-5) 80 to 51