Osahor opens eyes as nation's top rebounder


It was just about time this year that Chantel Osahor became the star in a version of "Who's That Girl?"
The strength, the rebounding, the passing. And let's face it, that set 3-point shot that looks fired from of a cannon -- no arc, but fast and effective.
Washington was in the process of making the first Final Four run in program history and Osahor was one of the Huskies' most compelling storylines.
"Honestly, I came a long way as a player before people noticed me," Osahor said ahead of the NCAA tournament. "At that point, I was just doing what I always do. People thought my game came out of nowhere, but I'd been working pretty hard. It was funny though, because it was like, 'Boom,' and all of a sudden I'm doing interviews and there's a 'Sports Science' video. It was crazy."
Osahor -- whose third-seeded Huskies host 6-seed Oklahoma in the second round Monday (ESPN2/WatchESPN, 9:05 p.m. ET) -- admitted the questions about her unorthodox 3-point shot got old.
"It's all anybody wanted to ask me about and it was not the only part of my game," Osahor said. "At least, this year, I showed people that I am a lot more than that."
There's little doubt about that.
Osahor does much more than complement NCAA all-time scoring leader Kelsey Plum. The 6-foot-2 Phoenix native has carved out a marquee role in her own right. Osahor is averaging 15.7 points and an NCAA-leading 15.4 rebounds per game. She leads the nation with 28 double-doubles this season and set the Pac-12 single-game record with 30 rebounds against Washington State in January.
Huskies coach Mike Neighbors call Osahor's stats "video game numbers."
"I just don't think anyone could have expected the production she's given us," Neighbors said. "Those numbers are mind-blowing. I've learned not to doubt that kid. When she gets her mind set on something, there's no telling what she can produce."
Now Osahor seems to have the lead role in "What's She Going to Do Next?"
The WNBA draft will be held in April not long after the end of the NCAA tournament. One WNBA coach calls Osahor an "intriguing" prospect.
Her size, mobility and versatility remind a few WNBA coaches of Danielle Adams, the Texas A&M product who burst on to the scene in leading the Aggies to a national title and then carved out a five-year career with the San Antonio Stars as a role-playing post before she was waived last spring.