A breakdown of No. 7 Washington's Sweet 16 matchup against third-seeded Kentucky, taking place in Lexington, Ky., on Friday.
The UW women’s basketball team is playing in its first Sweet 16 since 2001. A look at how the No. 7 Huskies match up against third-seeded Kentucky:
Huskies (24-10) vs. Kentucky (25-7)
4 p.m. PT Friday, Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
TV: ESPN2. Radio: 1150 KKNW
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UW notes: Senior post Mathilde Gilling, the only reserve to play for UW in the upset of Maryland, will be a game-time decision after injuring her knee in the final minutes Monday. … Three UW starters — Kelsey Plum, Talia Walton and Alexus Atchley — played a full 40 minutes in the first- and second-round victories over Penn and Maryland. Starting post Chanel Osahor played 37 minutes in both of those games. … Those were the program’s first NCAA tournament victories since 2006. … The Huskies have advanced to the Elite Eight twice: 1990 and 2001.
About Kentucky: The Wildcats are in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the past five years. … UK was ranked 12th in the latest AP poll. .. Standout guard Makayla Epps is expected to play despite injuring her right (shooting) shoulder in the Wildcats’ second-round victory over Oklahoma at home on Monday. “We do expect her to play. She’s doing fine,” UK coach Matthew Mitchell said Thursday. Epps, who leads UK with 16.6 points per game, is the daughter of Anthony Epps, the starting point guard on the Kentucky men’s 1996 national-championship team. … This will be UK’s third game this season at Rupp Arena, located in downtown Lexington. The Wildcats defeated Louisville and Duke at Rupp in the preseason. The Kentucky women play most of their home games at Memorial Coliseum on the UK campus. … UW and UK have two common opponents this season. The Wildcats rallied from a 12-point deficit to win at Arizona State, 68-64 in overtime, in November. UW lost both of its games to ASU this season. … UK also defeated Colorado at home in the preseason. UW beat Colorado three times.
Quotable: “What I’ve noticed is (Plum) really keeps them together. They’re a really together team. It’s a fun thing to watch. Tough to prepare for. They’re very, very tough. But there is a togetherness about them that is impressive.” — Mitchell, on the Huskies
Kelsey Plum, G, 5-8, jr.: 26.3 points, 4.0 assists
Alexus Atchley, G, 5-9, sr.: 4.9 points, 3.2 rebounds
Talia Walton, F, 6-2, sr.: 15.9 points, 6.6 rebounds
Katie Collier, F, 6-3, jr.: 6.1 points, 5.5 rebounds
Chantel Osahor, C, 6-2, jr.: 9.6 points, 10.8 rebounds
Janee Thompson, G, 5-7, sr.: 12.7 points, 4.8 assists
Makayla Epps, G, 5-10, jr.: 16.6 points, 4.8 rebounds
Maci Morris, 6-0, fr.: 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds
Batouly Camara, F, 6-2, fr.: 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds
Evelyn Akhator, F, 6-3, jr: 11.6 points, 9.1 rebounds