NCAA Tournament Continues Against Missouri State
CARY, N.C. - With their first postseason game under the belt, the #7 Washington Huskies will look to take a trip to the Elite Eight for the second straight year, facing the Missouri State Bears on Thursday, May 6 at 9:00 am PT. This is the second year in a row and fifth time in ten seasons under Jamie Clark that the Huskies have advanced to at least the Sweet Sixteen.
Over the last five years, Washington is 4-3-1 in NCAA Tournament games, including a run to the NCAA quarterfinals last year before falling to eventual national champion Georgetown. This will be the first time since 1999 that Washington will play multiple road games in the same NCAA Tournament and just the third time ever.
Washington and Missouri State have never met before. In fact, Washington has only faced one current Missouri Valley Conference member ever: Evansville, against which Washington is 2-1-1 all-time. Those two programs last met in 2010.
Sam Fowler recorded the shutout against Grand Canyon, his second NCAA Tournament shutout after blanking Boston College last year. Fowler joins Spencer Richey as the only Huskies ever with multiple postseason shutouts in their careers. No Husky has ever had three or more shutouts in the NCAA Tournament in their careers. Fowler now has 14 career shutouts. The last Husky to record more shutouts in their career was Ryan Herman, who recorded his 18th in 2015. Fowler's current career GAA of 0.64 is the second-lowest in Husky history, behind Mark Schuur's 0.56 mark. Fowler now has a 0.75 GAA and a .727 save percentage in four career postseason starts.
Christian Soto scored his second career postseason goal in his fourth postseason game. No Husky has had more postseason goals in their career since Kevin Forrest, who had five goals from 2003 to 2007. 40% of Soto's career goals have come in the postseason and 24% of his career point total.
Charlie Ostrem recorded his 11th assist of the season, the second-most in the nation and the most by a Husky since Wes Hart recorded a program-record 15 in 1998. No Husky defender has ever had more assists than Ostrem. Ostrem joins Michael Harris (2013) and current Husky assistant coach Raphael Cox (2006) as the only Huskies ever to lead the Pac-12 in assists. Ostrem is the fifth Husky to have a 10+ point season under Jamie Clark. He joins Ethan Bartlow, Justin Schmidt, Taylor Peay, and Michael Harris in that regard. In each of the last five games in which Washington has scored a goal, Ostrem has recorded at least one assist, with eight assists on Washington's last 12 goals.
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