Streaks end as Stanford women’s basketball knocked off 

click to enlarge From left to right, Stanford players Erica Payne, Alex Green, Karlie Samuelson, Taylor Greenfield and Erica McCall watch the final moments against Washington from the bench. - ELAINE THOMPSON/AP
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  • From left to right, Stanford players Erica Payne, Alex Green, Karlie Samuelson, Taylor Greenfield and Erica McCall watch the final moments against Washington from the bench.

Kelsey Plum scored 23 points, Mercedes Wetmore added 18 and Washington held off a late charge by the No. 3 Stanford women's basketball for an 87-82 upset victory Sunday.

It was the highest-ranked opponent the Huskies have beaten since topping then-No. 2 Stanford in 1990.

The loss snapped a 62-game road Pac-12 Conference winning streak for Stanford (22-2, 11-1 Pac-12), as well as a 14-game run against Washington (13-10, 6-6). The Cardinal's last loss in road or neutral conference games was Jan. 18, 2009, against Cal at Berkeley. Stanford's only other loss this season came at No. 1 Connecticut.

Chiney Ogwumike, the Pac-12's leading scorer, had 23 points, but was held in check for most of the game, and her teammates were unable to pick up the slack. The Cardinal especially had trouble from long-range, shooting 9-for-41 on 3-pointers.

Mikaela Ruef set career highs with 16 points and 22 rebounds, and Bonnie Samuelson scored 14 points for Stanford, which last lost to Washington Dec. 22, 2005, in Seattle.

Washington led 83-73 with less than 1½ minutes to go when Stanford started a desperate attempt at a rally. Several missed free throws by Washington opened the door and a 3-pointer by Samuelson with 9 seconds left cut the lead to 85-81. The Huskies were called for a 5-second violation on the inbound play and, with 7.8 seconds to go, Ogwumike made one of two free throws to make it 85-82. Stanford nearly pulled off another steal on the inbounds pass, but it turned into a tie-up and Washington had the possession arrow.

Aminah Williams sealed the win for the Huskies, making a pair of free throws with four seconds remaining, and as the final buzzer rang the Washington players danced in celebration at half court.

Stanford started cold -- missing its first seven 3-pointers -- and Washington took advantage to build a 14-4 lead in the first 4½ minutes. The Cardinal came back to tie the score at 17 three minutes later, but even after that push the Huskies were able to hold the lead for most of the first half, going into halftime leading 41-34.

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