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Chantel Osahor: Huskies star turned 'America's sweetheart'

Washington's Chantel Osahor talks about her shooting style before a basketball practice Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in Seattle. Washington plays Syracuse in a Final Four game Sunday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE -- The Washington women's basketball team has plenty of star power. That's one of the reasons the Huskies are playing in the Final Four this weekend.

Washington has Kelsey Plum, an All-American and one of the nation's leading scorers, and Federal Way High School product Talia Walton, whose 30 points helped lift the Huskies past Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

But there's another star on the rise at the University of Washington: Chantel Osahor.

"Chantel is America's sweetheart right now," said Plum. "How can you not love her? How can you not love watching her? It's just fun to watch her play."

It's fun because Osahor's game is unorthodox, and she's not even afraid to admit that.

"I don't see people that jump like me, pass like me," said Osahor, "but it's still playing basketball."

It's her jump shot that has everyone around the country talking. Because, well, there's no jumping involved.

"I think my shot is pretty nice looking, to be honest," Osahor said. "Just because I don't jump doesn't mean it isn't good form. My form is good."

Whatever it looks like -- it works.

Osahor is averaging 14.5 points and 15 rebounds per game during the NCAA Tournament. She was even named the most valuable player for the Lexington regional last week.

"I watch teams walk out there because they want to get a look at her," said Huskies head coach Mike Neighbors. "They'll look down and go, 'I've got her.' I watched Maryland's post players look down there and say, 'We've got this.' I've got news for you: you don't."

Now it's up to Syracuse to figure out how to stop Osahor - if they can.

The Huskies and Orange meet in the Final Four on Sunday in Indianapolis.


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