Battle down low
SEATTLE (AP) Washington's Chantel Osahor and Oklahoma's Vionise Pierre-Louis are two of the more skilled, unique post players in the country, each with the ability to take over a game in their own way.
Pierre-Louis will do most of her damage on the low block with an array of post moves that this year has seen her score 15 or more points five times in the past eight games. But as she showed in Oklahoma's first-round NCAA Tournament win over Gonzaga, she can control the interior on the defensive end with a school-record nine blocked shots.
Osahor is the national leader in rebounding but is just as adept offensively around the basket with the occasional flat-footed 3-pointer thrown in.
"Chantel is a really big guard that sometimes goes to the block and uses her size to score," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.
Who can control the matchup in the inside between Pierre-Louis and Osahor will be a major factor in Monday's second-round game between the sixth-seeded Sooners and No. 3-seed Huskies. The winner gets a spot in the regional semifinals on Friday night in Oklahoma City against No. 2 seed Mississippi State.
Washington star Kelsey Plum and Oklahoma standout Peyton Little will naturally play huge roles in which team gets to the Sweet 16. But the matchup on the inside could be just as important.