LOS ANGELES -- Washington (10-9, 3-5 Pac-12) departs on a conference road trip for the second-straight week. The Dawgs will play UCLA (10-11, 4-5) in Westwood on Friday at 8 p.m., followed by USC (14-7, 7-2) on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Both of the games this weekend will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks, in addition to the radio call on 1150 KKNW and 1150kknw.com. Washington is coming off a tough trip with losses at Oregon State and Oregon and hopes to get back on track against the L.A. schools.
What To Look For
- Kelsey Plum is the nation's second-leading freshman scorer at 20.0 points per game. The freshman scoring record at UW is 17.4 ppg by Loree Payne in 1999-00. She scored 521 total points, Plum is at 380 so far.
- Jazmine Davis is 14 points shy of becoming the 11th 1,500 point scorer in school history. UW all-time leading scorer Jamie Redd is the fastest to 1,500, doing it in 83 games. Davis will be in her 84th game at UCLA.
- Plum and Davis make up the nation's second-highest scoring backcourt duo at 39.6 points per game. Only Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome of UT Martin (42.0) are scoring more.
- Washington was swept on the road in Oregon for the first time since 2011-12
- The Dawgs earned their first win over a ranked opponent since March 2, 2008 by defeating No. 21 Colorado last on Jan. 19, 91-81. In that game, Kelsey Plum finished 1-point shy of the freshman school record with 35 points. She also set the school record for made free throws in a game with 18, finishing 18-19.
- Washington is averaging 73.2 points per game and has scored in the 80's eight times.
- Jazmine Davis is on both the Wooden Award and Naismith Award Watch Lists. She is Washington's all-time leading scorer through two seasons, both in which she made All-Pac-12 First Team.
- Jazmine Davis has three games of 30 points this year, while Kelsey Plum has two. The Husky record is Jamie Redd with five game of 30 or more points in 1996-97.
- The Dawgs have a (-0.5) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.7 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 13 games this season.
- The Husky guards have been playing major minutes, including Mercedes Wetmore being on the floor the past 170:13 consecutive minutes. Wetmore, Plum, and Davis each rank in the top-6 in the conference in minutes. All three played all 45 minutes in the overtime win over Utah.
- Washington has three guards that can handle the point guard duties. Davis, Plum and Wetmore each brings the ball up the court and has combined for 196 of Washington's 250 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.4 assists per game, which is sixth in the Pac-12. She is also second in the conference in assist to turnover ratio at 2.4 (84 assists/36 turnovers).
- The Dawgs are second in the conference with 3.9 blocked shots per game. Talia Walton is fourth in the Pac-12 with 1.6 per game, but Collier has 17 in just 249 minutes this year (a block per 15 minutes).
- Chantel Osahor had career bests of 10 rebounds and three assists at Oregon.
UCLA enters Friday's game with a record of 10-11, including 4-5 in conference. The Bruins were swept at the Bay Area schools last weekend and have been up and down throughout the year. UCLA has three players scoring over 15 points per game, each playing major minutes as injuries have lef the Bruins short-handed/ Nirra Fields leads UCLA at 17.8 ppg, while Atonye Nyingifa averages 17.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. The Dawgs and Bruins have split 56 career meetings with UCLA sweeping last season.
USC is a surprise second place in the Pac-12 with a 7-2 conference record and 14-7 overall. The Trojans only Pac-12 losses were a OT loss at No. 15 Arizona State and Monday's loss at No. 4 Stanford. USC is led by Cassie Harberts who averages 17.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg. Point guard Ariya Crook is also averaging 17.3 ppg. UW leads the all-time series with USC, 30-29. The Dawgs fell in Los Angeles last season, despite a career-best 37 points from Jazmine Davis, but came back to defeat the Trojans in Seattle.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.6 attempts per game. Washington had a season-high 38 3-point attempts at Oregon, including 14 makes, which tied the season high against UC Irvine. Washington is making 7.9 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, but shooting just 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. Kelsey Plum has the team lead with 45 3's, while Jazmine Davis has 44. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 22 and Heather Corral 11 in just seven games before her knee injury. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.7 per game.
The Husky guards, Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis are averaging 39.6 points per game or 54 percent of the UW offense. The numbers are even more pronounced in Pac-12 play where Plum and Davis are scoring 43.6 points per game, which is 62 percent of the offense.
On The Glass
After being the worst rebounding team in the conference last season, Washington has been better so far in 2013. The Dawgs have a rebounding margin of -0.5, which is 9th in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.7 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 8.7 rebounds per game, while the additions of Katie Collier and Chantel Osahor to the roster give Washington much more frontcourt depth than they had last season.
Valuing The Ball
After leading the Pac-12 in turnover margin in 2012-13, the Dawgs are just 10th in the conference with a -1.7 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 249 turnovers, while giving it away 282 times. Mercedes Wetmore leads UW with 30 steals, while Aminah Williams has added 27. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 79 times.
Getting To The Line
The Dawgs have made 76 more trips to the free throw line than its opponents so far this season. The Dawgs attacking guards of Davis and Plum have each been to the line over a 100 apiece and are tied for third in the Pac-12 with 95 made free throws. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 69.5 percent, while their opponents are at just 65.9 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 65 points so far this year.