SEATTLE -- Washington (0-2) looks for its first win of the season when they it hosts Seattle U. (0-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs look to continue their recent success over the crosstown rival with a victory.
Tuesday's game will be available via webcast, along with the usual broadcast on KKNW 1150 AM and 1150kknw.com with Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward on the call. Washington is 13-3 all-time against Seattle U., including last season's 77-75 overtime victory at Key Arena.
The Seattle U. game is also one of the Camper Reunion games where all Husky women's basketball campers will receive free admission by wearing their camp t-shirt. In addition, family and friends of campers can receive $3 tickets when purchased in advance. For more information on this special and Husky women's basketball camps, click HERE.
What To Look For
- Washington has allowed 91 points in each of the first two games of the season.
- Opponents are shooting 51 percent against the Huskies so far this season, including an incredible 57.5 percent (23-40) from 3-point range.
- The Dawgs are averaging 79 points per game on the offensive end, which is currently third in the Pac-12.
- Kelsey Plum has scored 20+ points in her first two games at Washington. Her 22.5 points per game is currently third in the Pac-12.
- The Dawgs rebounding margin of -10 is last in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 9.0 rebounds per game, which ranks T-6th in the conference.
- Washington is tied for second in the Pac-12 with 9.0 3-pointers per game. The Dawgs are have five made 3's each from Plum and Heather Corral, while Talia Walton made four in her season debut against Portland.
- Davis missed the final eight minutes of the Saint Mary's game with a head injury, but returned against Portland. Walton missed the Saint Mary's game with a broken hand, but returned to face Portland.
- Plum is the only Husky that currently ranks in the top-10 in minutes played in the Pac-12. Washington had four in the top-10 last season, showing improved depth with this year's squad.
- Williams leads the Dawgs with three blocks thus far and is also tied with Mercedes Wetmore for the team lead with three steals.
- Mike Neighbors took over as the Washington head coach this season. This is Neighbors first head coaching position after working as Kevin McGuff's lead assistant for two seasons at Washington and before that at Xavier. Previously, Neighbors had been an assistant coach at Arkansas, Colorado and Tulsa.
- Washington is coming off a second-consecutive 20-win season and back-to back trips to the WNIT. The Dawgs last won 20 games in back-to-back seasons in 1993-94 and 1994-95.
- The Huskies placed in the fifth in the Pac-12 last season and their 11 conference wins were the most since 2006-07.
- Washington received votes in the AP Poll to begin the season, but are no longer. Last season, UW received votes for the three-straight weeks in February, but were never ranked in the top-25. The Huskies have not been ranked in the AP Poll since March 3, 2003.
- Jazmine was second in the Pac-12, scoring 19.3 points per game last season. Only two Dawgs have ever averaged 20 points per game in a season. Davis became the second-fastest Husky to reach 1,000 points, needing just one more game than Jamie Redd. She sits at 1,113 points entering her junior season.
- Aminah Williams finished with 356 rebounds last season, the second-best all-time for a single season at UW. The record is 399 by Margie Nielsen in 1978.
Scouting Seattle U.
The Redhawks enter Tuesday's game with a record of 0-2. Seattle U. has home losses to Pepperdine and Washington State so far this season. The Redhawks have four players averaging double figures led by Kacie Sowell at 16.5 points per game. She is also the team leader in rebounding at 9.0 per game.
Portland Tops UW
The Pilots earned their first-ever victory over Washington, defeating the Dawgs, 91-77. Portland shot and incredible 14-23 from 3-point range to earn the victory. The Pilots are now 1-10 all-time against Washington. Kelsey Plum led the Dawgs with 22 points, while Talia Walton returned from her broken hand to add 20.
Washington fell in the opener, 91-81, to Saint Mary's. The Gaels used a 28-8 run over the final eight minutes to turn a 10-points Husky lead into a 10-point defeat. Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum each had 23 points to lead the Huskies, although Davis left the game for the final eight minutes with a head injury.
The Dawgs opened the season with an exhibition win over Concordia, 87-40. Washington dominated the game from start to finish, getting 32 points from freshman Kelsey Plum and double-double from both Aminah Williams (13p, 19r) and Katie Collier (13p, 12r).
Jazmine Davis was one of 30 named to the John R. Wooden Preseason Top 30 List. The Husky junior is one of five Pac-12 players on the list of the best players from around the country. Davis was second in the Pac-12 in scoring at 19.3 points per game, while leading the conference in minutes. She is Washington's all-time leading scorer through two seasons with 1,113 points, also becoming the second-fastest Husky to reach 1,000 points last season, needing just one more game than Husky legend Jamie Redd.
The Huskies were picked fourth in the Pac-12 by both the coaches and the media. The top of both polls were identical with Stanford being picked to win the conference, followed by California, Colorado and the Dawgs. UCLA was picked fifth, USC sixth and Utah seventh in both polls. The Pac-12 Media also picked a five-person preseason all-conference team with Jazmine Davis being one of the selections.
New Head Coach
Mike Neighbors was hired to take over as the new head coach for Husky women's basketball on April 21, 2013. Neighbors is in his third season at Washington, previously working as the lead assistant under former head coach Kevin McGuff. This is Neighbors first head coaching job at the D-I Collegiate level, previously working as an assistant at UW, Xavier, Colorado, Tulsa and Arkansas.
Washington returns four starters off last year's 21-win team. Guards Jazmine Davis and Mercedes Wetmore are back, as well as forwards Aminah Williams and Talia Walton. Davis was an All-Pac-12 Player, while Wetmore led the conference in assist to turnover ratio. Up front, Williams was fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounding, while Walton was the conference's second-leading scorer among freshman. In addition, each of Davis, Wetmore and Williams were in the top-10 in the Pac-12 in minutes played.
Washington welcomes a three-person recruiting class, along with redshirt freshman Katie Collier and transfer Alexus Atchley. The three true freshmen are Kelsey Plum, Chantel Osahor and Brianna Ruiz. Plum was a McDonald's and WBCA All-American and played with Team USA at the U-19 World Championships last summer, winning gold. Osahor is a well-rounded post player that played for the HS National Champion St. Mary's in the Phoenix area. Ruiz injured her knee over the summer and will redshirt, but will be back next season as a shooter. Collier was also a McDonald's All-American who is now fully recovered from a major knee injury. Finally, Atchley transferred from Colorad and will be eligible immediately, providing depth to the Husky bench.
Postseason in Seattle
For the second straight season, Seattle will host the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena. In addition, Washington is hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs will participate in the Pac-12 Tournament, which takes place March 6-9. Last year, the Dawgs were the No. 5 seed, defeating Oregon in the first round, before falling the No. 4-seeded Colorado in round two. The NCAA Tournament has not been in Seattle since 2009, while Washington has not played in the NCAA Tournament since 2007. This year's NCAA Tournament will be March 23-25.