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Dawgs Begin WNIT By Hosting Eastern Washington
Release: 03/20/2013
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March 20, 2013

Washington WASHINGTON VS EASTERN WASHINGTON
Fri., March 22 | 7:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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SEATTLE -- Washington (20-11) hosts Eastern Washington (19-12) in the first round of the WNIT on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The action will be be streamed live on pac-12.com and aired live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward will call the games live for KKNW.

What To Look For
- Washington advanced to the quarterfinals of last year's WNIT. Head Coach Kevin McGuff is now 5-3 in postseason (3-1 WNIT, 2-2 Pac-12 Tournament) at Washington.
- The Dawgs are 7-4 all-time in the four WNIT's they have played.
- Washington overcame a 22-point deficit in the opening round win over Oregon. According to the NCAA Record Book released before the season, the Washington comeback is tied for fifth all-time.
- Washington reached 20 wins for a second-straight season. The Dawgs have not had back-to-back 20 win seasons since Chris Gobrecht led UW to 20 wins seasons in 1993-94 and 1994-95.
- The Huskies 11 conference wins was the most since 2006-07.
- Kristi Kingma broke her own record for 3-pointers in a single season. She now has 83, while the record was 79. She is second all-time at UW with 222 3's. The record is 245 by Loree Payne.
- Jazmine Davis reached a career milestone, scoring her 1,000th point at Utah on 2/22. Davis became the second-fastest Husky to 1,000, needing just one more game than Jamie Redd.
- On February 15 versus Oregon, Kristi Kingma set a Pac-12 record with 11 3-pointers. 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 after the Oregon game.
- Washington received votes in the AP Poll for the three-straight weeks in February, but is no longer. 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 14.1 points and 7.4 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 19.4 points per game. Only two Dawgs have ever averaged 20 points per game in a season. Her 544 total points this year ranks fifth at UW for a single season.
- 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.
- Aminah Williams has 330 rebounds on the season, good for third-best all-time for a single season at UW. The record is 399 by Margie Nielsen in 1978, but second place is just 339 (also Nielsen in 1977).
- The Huskies starters have scored 94 percent (1853 of 2013) of their points this season. Heather Corral's 16 points off the bench at Oregon 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 40-25 since coming to Seattle from Xavier.
- Aminah Williams is fifth in the Pac-12 with 66 steals.
- Mercedes Wetmore leads the Pac-12 with a 1.8 assist to turnover ratio. She is sixth in the Pac-12 with 3.6 assists per game.
- Jazmine Davis became the first player in Washington history to score at least 500 points in each of her first two seasons.

Pac-12 Honors
The Dawgs had four players honored with Pac-12 awards. Kristi Kingma and Jazmine Davis were each named to the All-Pac-12 Team, while Talia Walton was named the conference All-Freshman Team and Aminah Williams was named to the All-Defensive Team. The honor was the second for both Davis and Williams, while Walton followed Davis on the freshman team, giving UW two-straight seasons of having one of the conference's top-5 freshmen.

Tournament History
Washington is 7-4 all-time in the WNIT, having played in the tournament four times. The Dawgs are 4-0 all-time in the first round of the WNIT with its best run coming last season when UW made it to the quarterfinals. Last season, the Huskies earned wins over Cal Poly, Utah and Oregon State, before falling at the hands of San Diego.

Against Eastern Washington
The Dawgs are 21-1 all-time against Eastern Washington with the last meeting being a UW 64-46 win in 2009. The only postseason meeting between the two teams came in 1981 when Washington defeated EWU in the first round of the AIAW/Region 9 playoffs. The only Eastern win came in 1980 when the Eagles won in Seattle, 80-68.

Scouting Eastern Washington
The Eagles are 19-12 on the season and finished third in the Big Sky with a record of 14-6. They are led by Lexie Nelson who averages 14.3 points and Carrie Ojeda who averages 10.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Undersized On The Glass
The Huskies have struggled rebounding the ball in Pac-12 play and finished -11.1 in rebounding margin. UW only outrebounded Arizona at home and Oregon In Eugene in conference play. Washington is -8.8 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 20 double-digit rebounding games. She is fourth in the Pac-12 with 10.6 rebounds per game and has 11 double-doubles.

Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 533 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 370 times. Their +5.3 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 278 steals on the season to just 176 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 66, while Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 47 steals and Kristi Kingma, 43.

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 1,343). Jazmine Davis is also reached 1,000 this season, needing less than two seasons to do so. She reached the mark at Utah and now has 1,079. She became the second-fastest Husky to get to 1,000, just one game less than Jamie Redd.

Shooting Percentages
Washington has been worse from field this season than their opponents. The Dawgs have made 700 field goals, while shooting 35.2 percent. Their oppents: 736 field goals, shooting 37.3 perecent. So how are the Dawgs 20-11? 69 more 3-pointers made and 51 more free throws made than the competition. Also, UW is 11-1 in games decided by seven points or less.

Big Minutes
Washington currently has the three of the top six players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Kristi Kingma (37.5) leads the conference in minutes, while Jazmine Davis (37.3) is second. Aminah Williams (34.7 mpg) and Mercedes Wetmore (34.2) are also in the top 10 in the conference. Talia Walton (32.1 mpg) is also playing major minutes. The return of Heather Corral (19.3 mpg) has lightened the load of the Husky guards, but along with Jeneva Anderson (9.9 mpg) or Mathilde Gilling (7.9 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 is second in the Pac-12 with 1.8 blocks per game, including a career-best five in the first meeting with Arizona State and five more in the Pac-12 tournament vs. Colorado. Walton's 55 blocks so far this season are second all-time at UW for a season. The record is 74 set by Liz Chicaine back in 1981.

3-Point Bombing
The Huskies had a historic 3-point shooting night with 18 made 3-pointers on Feb. 15 at Oregon. Kristi Kingma made a Pac-12 record 11 threes on her own. The Dawgs lead the Pac-12 with 8.1 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting 32.9 percent and attempting 24.5 per game. The Dawgs make almost more than three more 3's per game than any team in conference. Kristi Kingma leads the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (83) after making 52 in conference play. She averages 2.9 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is third in the conference, making 2.3 per game and Talia Walton tied for sixth with 1.8. The Huskies have made 79 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 27.8 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is third best in the Pac-12.

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