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Huskies win big over Stanford

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The University of Washington Huskies pulled what could be their biggest basketball win ever after defeating No. 3 Stanford Cardinal 87-82 at the Alaska Airlines Arena on the UW campus in Seattle.

Huskies head coach Mike Neighbors believes that their success against Stanford can be attributed to the team's new method of preparation.

"As quirky as it is it's working, the no practice on Monday, the just individuals on Tuesday, prepare for the two teams on Wednesday, we get an awful lot accomplished...and its good, its been really good," said coach Neighbors. "It paid off today cause we had a good plan and they stuck to it from buzzer to buzzer."

Washington was in control and according to forward Talia Walton the teams confidence was strong from the beginning.

"That was from tip, the whole game. We came out ready to go," said Walton, "We had a really good our confidence level was up high from the very first practice we had Tuesday...and then coming in today we were all just ready. The energy, the enthusiasm, the confidence everything was there."

It was a team effort that never let down and it lead to the Huskies leading the Cardinal by as much as 16.

With 50 seconds to go and a 12 point lead it looked like Washington had the game well in hand but as Stanford incorporated a foul quick, score quick game that lead began to disappear.

"They started fouling with two minutes and I thought 'wow' this game is either going to be 100 to 90 or its going to be 87-84 cause I knew we were either going to make a bunch or not make them," said Neighbors. "We didn't (make them). Once we got the double bonus I think we missed two in a row four times, like six straight...It hurt down the stretch to not be able to stretch that lead out."

The Cardinal were able to get it down to a one possession game but guard Aminah Williams calmly hit two foul shots with five seconds to go for the win.

The Huskies had all five starters score in double-digits led by guard Kelsey Plum with 23. Plum hit three-of-five 3-pointers as did second leading scorer guard Mercedes Wetmore with 18.

Williams had 16 with 11 rebounds, Walton had 13 and guard Jazmine Davis 14 points.

Stanford was led by forward Chiney Ogwumike with 23 points and 14 rebounds and forward Mikaela Ruef who put in 16 points and had 22 rebounds.

The team looks to ride their growing confidence into more wins and they'll go after it again during their upcoming road trip.

On Friday, February 14th they'll be taking on the Colorado Buffaloes and then on Sunday, February 16th they'll face the Utah Utes.