Written by Vincent R. Crawford, Sorts Editor
Center Chantel Osahor was a starter on the Phoenix St. Mary’s Lady Knights’ storied high school national championship basketball team that went 30-0, in 2011-12, as a junior. Now as a junior at the University of Washington, she has a chance to win a college national championship as a starter on the Lady Huskies’ NCAA Final Four team.
Osahor was named the NCAA Lexington Region’s MVP after the Huskies beat Pac-12 rival Stanford, 85-76, in the regional championship game, on Sunday, to advance to the first Final Four appearance in program history. In that contest, Osahor tied a career high with 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.
“We’re all MVPs, I just got it, but we’re all MVPs here,” said Osahor. “I don’t think it’s really hit us. We’re in the Final Four. I mean, we’re not done, obviously, but it’s a good feeling.”
Washington will face Syracuse in one semi-final game, this Sunday, in Indianapolis with the winner playing for the title on April 5.
Two of Osahor’s former 2012 prep teammates – Courtney Ekmark and Cortnee Walton – will also be in Indy. Ekmark is a member of UConn’s Final Four basketball team and Walton will be receiving an award for making the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.