Feb. 20, 2013
|WASHINGTON AT UTAH
Fri., Feb. 22 | 6:00 p.m., PT | Huntsman Center
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WASHINGTON AT No. 20 COLORADO
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SEATTLE -- Washington (19-6, 11-3) continues its road swing with a trip to the Rocky Mountains. The Dawgs will face Utah (14-11, 5-9) on Friday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., followed by No. 20 Colorado (20-5, 9-5) on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on www.pac12.com as well as aired live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Gary Hill will call the games live for KKNW. What To Look For
- UW is coming off a sweep of the Oregon schools where Kristi Kingma set a Pac-12 record with 11 3-pointers at Oregon. In addition, the Dawgs set the conference record with 18 threes as a team.
- Kingma was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time in her career.
- Washington is receiving votes in the AP Poll for the third-straight week. The Huskies have not been ranked in the AP Poll since March 3, 2003.
- Talia Walton has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times during the conference season. She is averaging 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds in conference play.
- Kristi Kingma set a school record for most made free throws without a miss in the 1/25 win over Oregon State. She went 15-15 from the line and would make 25 in a row, before the streak ended at Arizona.
- Jazmine is second in the Pac-12, scoring 19.5 points per game. Only two Dawgs have ever averaged 20 points per game in a season. Davis also needs just 16 more points to reach 1,000 for her career.
- Jazmine Davis put up a career-high 37 points in the first game against USC. Her career night was the fifth most points scored in a single game in UW history.
- The Huskies starters have scored 95 percent (1603 of 1690) of their points this season. Heather Corral's 16 points off the bench at Oregon last Friday was the highest total from a non-starter this season.
- Washington is last in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, but makes up for it by leading the conference in turnover margin and 3-pointers made.
- Head Coach Kevin McGuff is now 39-20 since coming to Seattle from Xavier.
- Aminah Williams is third in the Pac-12 with 37 steals during conference play.
- The Huskies have won three in a row and nine of their last 10. The Dawgs have won 11 of their first 13 conference games for the first time since the 1994-95 season. - Over her last nine games, Mercedes Wetmore has 47 assists to just nine turnovers (5.2 assist / TO ratio.)
Washington has less of a history against Utah and Colorado with this being just the second season of the Pac-12 with the Rocky Mountain schools being the addition. The Dawgs are 6-5 all-time against the Utes and 3-6 against the Buffaloes.
The Utes split at the Arizona schools last weekend and have won four of their past six. Michelle Plouffe leads the team with 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds, which rank in the top six in the conference in both categories.
Colorado has been ranked in the top-25 for most of the season after finishing 11-0 in the non-conference season. The Buffaloes have won five in a row, led by Chucky Jeffery who averages 13.4 points and 4 assists.
Undersized On The Glass
The Huskies have struggled rebounding the ball in Pac-12 play and are -9.9 in rebounding margin. UW has only outrebounded Arizona at home and Oregon on Friday night so far in conference play. Washington is -7.4 in rebounding margin on the season, which is also last in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams has been Washington's queen of the glass with 17 double-digit rebounding games. She is third in the Pac-12 with 11.0 rebounds per game and picked up her eighth double-double Friday at Oregon.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 456 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 307 times. Their +6.0 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 237 steals on the season to just 144 from its opponents. Aminiah Williams had a career-high six steals against Idaho and matched that with six more at UCLA. She has the team lead with 61, while Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 41 steals and Talia Walton, 38.
Washington and its opponents are nearly identical from the field this season. The Dawgs have made 587 field goals, while shooting 36.6 percent. Their opponents: 575 field goals, shooting 36.7 perecent. So how are the Dawgs 19-6? 70 more 3-pointers made and 40 more free throws made than the competition.
1,000 Point Club
Kristi Kingma became the 22nd player in UW women's basketball history to score 1,000 points for her career when she surpassed the mark against Pepperdine. Kingma needed 11 points against the Waves to reach the elite level and scored 17 to give her 1,006 points for her career (Now has 1,325). Jazmine Davis is also on pace to reach 1,000 points this season. The sophomore currently has 984 for her career.
Washington currently has the three of the top four players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Kristi Kingma (37.7) leads the conference in minutes, while Jazmine Davis (37.1), and Mercedes Wetmore (35.5) and have each played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (34.6 mpg) and Talia Walton (32.4 mpg) are also playing major minutes. The return of Heather Corral (18.9 mpg) has lightened the load of the Husky guards, but along with Jeneva Anderson (10.4 mpg) the Dawgs play basically a 7-person rotation.
Last Line of Defense
Due to the undersized Washington lineup, Talia Walton is often playing the 5-spot, despite it not being her natural position. The redshirt freshman has responded well, blocking shots at an incredible rate. Walton leads the Pac-12 with 1.9 blocks per game, including a career-best five in the first meeting with Arizona State.
The Huskies had a historic 3-point shooting night with 18 made 3-pointers last Friday against Oregon. Kristi Kingma made a Pac-12 record 11 threes on her own. The Dawgs lead the Pac-12 with 8.6 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting a league-leading 34.5 percent and attempting 25.0 per game. The Dawgs make almost more than three more 3's per game than any team in conference. Kristi Kingma has regained the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (78) after making 47 in conference play so far. She averages 3.1 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is fifth in the conference, making 2.3 per game and Talia Walton seventh with 1.9. The Huskies have made 70 more threes than their opponent so far this season. In contrast, the Dawgs' opponents are making just 5.8 threes per game and shooting just 27.7 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is second best in the Pac-12.