Sunday night in the national semifinals, the Washington women’s basketball team’s run through the NCAA tournament finally came to an end. The achievement, however, will endure forever.

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INDIANAPOLIS — There should be no sadness here.

There should be no heartache or regret, nor should there be “what ifs” or “if onlys.”

Sunday night in the national semifinals, the Washington women’s basketball team’s run through the NCAA tournament finally came to an end. The achievement, however, will endure forever.

UW women’s basketball by the numbers

26-11 Huskies’ final record this season. They tied for the second-most wins in program history, matching the 1984-85 team that went 26-2. The 1989-90 team holds the record with 28 wins.

2,418 Career points for Kelsey Plum. She ranks fourth all-time in Pac-12 history and will likely set the conference scoring record next season as a senior.

4 Teams, including the Huskies, who reached the Final Four with 10 losses. Only one of those, Tennessee in 1997, won the national title.

“I told them: This is the kind of thing where they bring you back when you’re 60 and 70 years old and celebrate,” Huskies coach Mike Neighbors said after the game. “I’m sad right now, but inside I’m almost going to be jubilant in about 20 minutes because it’s been so much fun watching these kids enjoy this ride.”

There was little question who the better team was in Syracuse’s 80-59 win over Washington on Sunday. The Orange overwhelmed the Huskies with its pressure (UW committed 18 turnovers), and overpowered them in the paint (’Cuse won the rebounding battle, 46-28).

Not even a record-setting performance from forward Talia Walton, who made her first eight three-pointers en route to 29 points, could keep this game competitive. The Orange ran the Huskies like no other team had, and as a result, ran them into the ground.

But, if we are to keep proper perspective here, Sunday’s defeat should be viewed as the end credits of an otherwise masterful film. There may be more celebrated accomplishments in the Seattle sports realm, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more surprising one.

The seventh-seeded Huskies, remember, were supposed to get clobbered in the second round two weeks ago. Instead, they beat second-seeded Maryland, third-seeded Kentucky and fourth-seeded Stanford to reach the first Final Four in program history.

That’s why those tears you saw Sunday won’t have much of a life span. Quite frankly — to look back on this run with anything but joy would be an injustice.

“Obviously, it’s been quite a ride. A lot of people are asking us, ‘oh, if you guys were to write a book or make a movie about this, it would be a top-seller,’ so we might think about that,” said Walton, who went 8 for 9 from deep and set a Final Four record for most three-pointers in one game. “It’s just been so much fun.”

Washington was the lowest seed to reach the Final Four since Minnesota did it as a No. 7 in 2004. And considering the Huskies won their first four tourney games by at least 9 points, they certainly appeared to belong.

Anybody calling this a fluke probably wasn’t paying attention. But for those who were watching? They got a show.

They got to watch Kelsey Plum — the junior who’s already UW’s all-time leading scorer — average 26.3 points through those first four games. They got to watch Walton drop 30 on Kentucky and 29 on Syracuse, all but rocket-launching her WNBA draft stock.

They got to watch Chantel Osahor — whose flat-footed set shot has been featured on Deadspin and ESPN’s Sports Science — win the Lexington Regional’s most outstanding player award in the most unconventional way possible.

Two weeks ago, most of these women could walk through a Seattle mall completely unrecognized. Now, you have to think they’ll carry an autograph pen at all times.

“This is definitely something you’re going to tell your kids and your grandkids and say ‘hey, I made the Final Four,’ ” Osahor said. “There’s a lot of joy beyond the tears right now, because this was a historic season for us.”

The Huskies won’t have Walton next year, but they will have Plum, Osahor and a good chunk of their core returning. Expecting another such run next March might not be fair, but most of the pieces are still in place.

Even so, this is one of those times in which the Huskies should be looking back instead of ahead. As Plum said, “If you don’t give yourself a pat on the back and just kind of recognize what kind of a season that I had individually and the team had, you know, your brain doesn’t function as well.”

Wise words. The Huskies earned some celebration time.

The run may have ended Sunday, but the memory never will.