Jan. 3, 2013
|WASHINGTON VS ARIZONA STATE
Fri., Jan. 4 | 7:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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WASHINGTON VS ARIZONA
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SEATTLE -- Washington (8-3) is set to begin Pac-12 play this weekend as it welcomes Arizona State (8-3) and Arizona (8-4) from the Valley of the Sun. The Dawgs face ASU on Friday at 7 p.m. and U of A on Sunday at 1 p.m. with both games being aired live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and also streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward will be on the call for KKNW. In addition, Sunday's game against Arizona will be the Huskies debut on the Pac-12 Networks with Tammy Blackburn and Krista Plunk on the call.
Last season Arizona State swept the Huskies, winning a pair of close games, 57-53 in Seattle and 47-41 in Tempe. Overall the Sun Devils lead the all-time series 28-27, including winning 15 of the past 16. On the other hand, Washington swept Arizona last season, winning big in Seattle, 77-48 and again in Tucson, 68-59. The Dawgs trail in all-time series with the Wildcats, 32-21, but have won nine of 14.
What To Look For
- The Dawgs are coming off its best performance of the season; a 54-point second half outburst against UC Davis. In that 20 minutes of basketball, the Huskies shot 19-37 (51.4 percent) from the floor and 8-13 (61.5 percent) from 3-point range to run away from the Aggies who had led at the half.
- Before that half, Washington had been a bit of a shooting slump, firing under 30% in three-straight game, two of which were losses.
- The Dawgs continue to play good defense, holding its opponent to just 34.3 percent shooting on the season. That mark is the fifth best in the Pac-12 as only Long Beach State and UC Davis have shot above 40% against the Dawgs all season.
Scouting Arizona State
The Sun Devils (8-4) enter Friday's game on a five-game winning streak with its last loss coming all the way back on December 2 against Dayton. ASU is led by Janae Fulcher who is the only Devil in double figures, averaging 10.6 points per game. Arizona State plays a deep bench with no player seeing more than 25 minutes per game, but 10 players getting at least 14 minutes of action.
Arizona (8-3) is led by one of the conference's top players, Davellyn Whyte. Whyte averages 16.6 points per game and leads the Pac-12 with 31 3-pointers made. She also leads the Wildcats in both assists and steals. Arizona won its final three non-conference games iwth the last loss coming at Long Beach State's Walter Pyramid, also a place the Huskies fell this season.
Undersized On The Glass
The past two games have been a perfect example of the importance of rebounding for the Huskies. Against Georgia Tech, the Huskies were badly outrebounded, 63-37, giving up too many second chances in a tough loss. A week later, the Dawgs were the ones with the big edge on the glass, 47-32, and went on to a blowout win. On the season, Washington is now -4.2 in rebounding margin, just 11th in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams has been Washington's queen of the glass with eight double-digit rebounding games . She is third in the Pac-12 with 11.5 rebounds per game.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 213 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 159 times. Their +4.9 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 108 steals on the season to just 66 from its opponents. Aminiah Williams had a career-high six steals against Idaho and has the team lead with 24.
1,000 Point Club
Kristi Kingma became the 21st 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.
Washington currently has the top three players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Jazmine Davis (38.9), Kristi Kingma (38.8) and Mercedes Wetmore (37.9) and have each played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (playing 33.2 minutes per game) and Talia Walton (31.4 minutes per game) are also playing major minutes. Jeneva Anderson leads Washington in both minutes (13.0) and points (1.3) off the bench. The return of Heather Corral and Deborah Meeks from injury and Kellie McCann-Smith who was away from the team should help with depth going forward.
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 on the defensive end, clogging the lane and blocking shots at an incredible rate. Walton is currently the Pac-12 leader with 2.2 blocks per game.
The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 7.7 made 3-pointers per game. Washington is shooting 32.8 percent from three, while attempting 23.5 per game. Kristi Kingma is second in the Pac-12 with 2.7 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is third, making 2.6 per game. The Huskies have made 25 more threes than their opponent so far this season. In contrast, the Dawgs' opponents are making just 5.5 threes per game and shooting just 26.5 percent from downtown.