Plum scored 29 points to become Washington’s all-time leading scorer and lead the fifth-seeded Huskies to a 73-65 upset of 11th-ranked Stanford in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament Friday night at KeyArena.

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Hit or miss, Mike Neighbors kept encouraging. And Kelsey Plum kept shooting … and shooting … and shooting.

Plum scored 29 points to become Washington’s all-time leading scorer and lead the fifth-seeded Huskies to a 73-65 upset of 11th-ranked Stanford in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament Friday night at KeyArena.

En route to one of the biggest victories in program history, the Huskies (22-9) beat fourth-seeded Stanford (24-7) for just the second time since 2006 and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals for the first time since 2004.

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The loss marks the earliest exit in the conference tournament for the Cardinal, which had won 11 of the 14 Pac-12 tournament titles coming into this week.

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Plum, UW’s star junior guard, hit 10 of 22 shots to pass former teammate Jazmine Davis as the Huskies’ all-time scorer, now with 2,282 points, sixth-most in Pac-12 history. Davis, with 2,277 points, had reset the UW record last year.

“The first shots I hit, it got my feet under me and I just let it go,” Plum said. “Once you get that rhythm, obviously you’re confident.”

Senior Talia Walton added 19 points for UW, including a three-pointer near the end of the shot clock after knocking the defender down, giving UW a 71-65 lead with 22 seconds left.

“We all feel a little extra pressure when the (tournament) is here at home, and for us to battle through that and get to play on the weekend is the most important thing,” said Neighbors, UW’s third-year coach.

Center Chantel Osahor was stellar inside with 16 rebounds, Katie Collier had 13 points and Alexus Atchley added 10.

Amazingly, Neighbors didn’t use a single substitute until the 5:53 mark of the fourth quarter, after center Chantel Osahor picked up her fourth foul.

It was a hit-or-miss gamble that paid off for the Huskies, who shot 46 percent in the first half against one of the nation’s best defenses.

Washington led 37-25 at halftime.

“Every one of them said they had 40 minutes in them,” Neighbors said. “This team plays together so well. We’ve had a special vibe all year long, and it’s certainly starting to become noticeable for everybody else now.

“This game, in the grand scheme of things, held so much importance that we were going to go all in. So we went for it.”

Plum scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting in the first half, and when she did miss Neighbors, UW’s third-year coach, was quick to offer positive reinforcement. “That’s a good shot,” he would say.

Plum pushed the lead to 44-28 early in the third quarter with two free throws.

“Our defense let us down tonight,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “Kelsey Plum was the best player on the court, and great players make everyone else around them better.”

It was a tense and entertaining game throughout, and especially hard-fought too.

Plum was assessed a technical foul with 3:03 left in the game after wrestling for a loose ball with Stanford’s Karlie Samuelson. After a review, officials determined Plum hit Samuelson in the face with her left hand; Samuelson sank both free throws and Lili Thompson added a three-pointer moments later to cut Stanford’s deficit to 67-65.

But the Huskies held on. Katie Collier hit three free throws in the final 2:11 — including two with 12.4 seconds left — and Walton added the key three-pointer from the corner with 22 seconds remaining to give UW a 71-65 lead.

Stanford missed a hurried three after that, leading to Osahor’s 15th rebound and starting a Washington celebration.

“To do it in the fashion that we did … is so amazing,” Walton said.

Kelsey Plum and Talia Walton are the two active players on UW’s top 10 career scoring leaders:
Years Points
Kelsey Plum 2013-present 2,282
Jazmine Davis 2011-2015 2,277
Jamie Redd 1995-99 2,027
Giuliana Mendiola 2001-04 1,928
Rhonda Smith 1992-95 1,801
Karen Murray 1981-84 1,745
Leteia Hughley 1982-85 1,704
Yvette Cole 1986-89 1,681
Talia Walton 2011-present 1,676
Loree Payne 2000-03 1,675
Source: UW