Federal Way native Talia Walton made six three-pointers and a Final-Four record eight total to lead the Huskies on Sunday. “It was nice to be able to say I went out giving it my all,” Walton said.
INDIANAPOLIS — Talia Walton kept shooting and, for most of the night, she kept the Huskies close.
In her final collegiate game, Washington’s senior forward set a Final Four record with eight made three-pointers Sunday night. She tied the record by going 6 for 6 in the first half, helping the Huskies stay within striking distance of Syracuse.
She hit her next two threes in the second half before missing her ninth and final three-point attempt, finishing with 29 points — four shy of her career high — on 10-of-15 shooting in the 80-59 loss in the national semifinals.
Talia Walton by the numbers
8 Three-pointers by Walton, on nine attempts, a Final Four record. Stanford’s Katy Steding (1990) and Louisville’s Antonita Slaughter (2013) held the previous record of six three-pointers.
29 Points scored by Walton on Sunday. The rest of the team scored 30.
1,819 Career points for Walton, good for fifth all time in UW history.
Stanford’s Katy Steding (1990) and Louisville’s Antonita Slaughter (2013) previously shared the record, with six three-pointers.
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“It was nice to be able to say I went out giving it my all,” Walton said. “I didn’t want to cut it short or anything. I wanted to just make sure I gave my team the best chance to win and unfortunately we didn’t, so I don’t give a darn about any records or anything like that.”
Walton, a team captain, averaged 21.8 points in UW’s five NCAA tournament games, nearly six more than her season average, while shooting 44 percent (17 of 39) from three-point range.
“Phenomenal,” UW coach Mike Neighbors said. “I’m just so proud of the way she finished her career. We’ve seen it for five years. … I don’t know how you could’ve watched us for the last month and not think that she’s one of the 36 best eligible players (for the WNBA draft). She’s worked her butt off.”
Walton, the Federal Way High School product, finishes her career fifth on UW’s all-time scoring list with 1,819 points, fifth in rebounds (909) and first in blocked shots (177).
She’s also second on UW’s career list for three-pointers made (254) and attempts (753), trailing former teammate Jazmine Davis (265 for 764) in both categories.
Osahor hobbled by injuries
Chantel Osahor, UW’s junior post player, had her fifth double-digit rebounding game in the NCAA tournament, finishing with 14 rebounds Sunday to give her 74 in five NCAA tournament games, one shy of the tournament record.
That record is held by Minnesota’s Janel McCarville, who had 75 rebounds in five games in 2004.
Osahor, however, was limited on the offensive end, held to three points on 1-of-6 shooting, with six assists and five turnovers.
A week earlier, she had a career-high 24 points in UW’s upset of Stanford in the Lexington Regional championship game en route to winning regional MVP honors.
Osahor has been slowed by, among other ailments, a left foot injury that had her in a walking boot throughout the week, and again after the game Sunday.
“I’m feeling really proud of my teammates,” Osahor said afterward. “What we’ve accomplished — we can’t put our heads down. No one expected us to get this far.”
• The Huskies are scheduled to arrive back on the UW campus Monday around 12:30 p.m., and fans are invited to greet the team bus at the parking lot closest to Husky Ballpark.
• UW’s Kelsey Plum finished the season with 960 points, second to Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (967) for most on the Pac-12’s season scoring list. With 17 points Sunday, Plum moved past Lisa Leslie for fourth on the Pac-12’s career scoring list. Plum now has 2,418 points.
• UW’s 26 wins this season is tied for the second-most in program history, matching the 1984-85 team that went 26-2. The 1989-90 team that reached the Elite Eight went 28-3.
• Syracuse is the third No. 4 seed to advance to the NCAA championship game, joining Western Kentucky (1992) and Louisiana Tech (1994). Louisville, seeded fifth in 2013, remains the lowest seed to ever reach a women’s championship game, a mark the Huskies would have surpassed had they beaten Syracuse.
• Syracuse’s Brianna Butler set the NCAA record for most three-pointers in a season with her 128th in the fourth quarter.
• The 50-point combined margin of victory for Sunday’s semifinal games was the largest in women’s Final Four history, surpassing the 49-point margin in 1986, when USC and Texas reached the national-title game.