It started innocently enough. As referees reviewed a flagrant foul during Monday's NCAA tournament game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Washington Huskies, Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" played over the Alaska Airlines Arena loudspeakers and Oklahoma's bench was moved to dance along.
On the other bench, Washington's Heather Corral joined in with air guitar, and an impromptu dance-off broke out between the teams. When "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake and Lil Jon followed, with Mackenzie Wieburg subbing in for her UW teammate, the dance-off reached a new level to the delight of fans -- and the players in the game.
"I was cracking up," Huskies center Chantel Osahor said. "I thought it was awesome."
Although Washington went on to win 108-82 to advance to the Sweet 16, star guard Kelsey Plum admitted defeat on the dance-off. "When they really started going at it," Plum said, "the girl from Oklahoma did some crazy stuff."
Osahor attributed that to the lineup on the court. "They were very fortunate that Aari [freshman guard Aarion McDonald] was in the game because if she wasn't, it would have been over," Osahor said.
She also appreciated the message the friendly competition sent.
"It is fun but it also shows that we respect each other," Osahor said. "There are no hard feelings. We are all out there, we are all having fun, and playing against each other but were basically also playing together. It is all for women's basketball in general, not just individual stuff, and it is fun to see that."
Even Sooners coach Sherri Coale could find some humor in the dance-off after her team's loss.
"I laughed about it," she said. "[Washington coach] Mike [Neighbors] did too. It is a game, it is supposed to be fun. We forget that sometimes."