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NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket: Washington Huskies preview

Huskies of a West Coast variety are ready to rumble.

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Who? The Huskies of Washington. Dawgs to their fans, sometimes UW (pronounced and sometimes spelled U-Dub).

When do they play in the first round? The Huskies play Miami on Friday, March 20 at 12 p.m. ET.

What? Harry is a generic husky, but Dubs is an Alaskan malamute. (Puppies!)

Where? Seattle, Washington, where you can see a real, live Crapper if you so desire.

Why? The SOS is marginal, but the RPI is not.

How? They were an at-large selection.

Surprise? Predicted to finish fifth in the conference, they met those expectations, finishing five games behind Oregon State.

RPI: 30

SOS: 51

Record: 23-9 (11-7 Pac-12)

Good wins: Florida State in Mexico.

Bad losses: At Utah.

Who's in charge around here? Mike Neighbors, since 2013, twice an assistant to Kevin McGuff.

Extra, Extra! The Seattle Times.


Super sophomore Kelsey Plum is just one of the players proving that if you want your daughter to get buckets, you name her Kelsey. Averaging 22.8 points per game, one of the best in the land, she's streaky- but when she's on, she's unstoppable. Senior Jazmine Davis is steadier but less spectacular, at 15.9 points. Senior forward Aminah Williams pulls down the boards, at 9.3 per game, while unconventional sophomore post Chantel Osahor provides a spark at both ends of the floor.

Washington is prone to falling out of defensive rhythm when their shots aren't falling- their tournament will live and die with their shooters.

(thanks to Rebkellian ajdawg7, who provided some of the intangibles)