HOUSTON, Texas -- Washington begins a two-game roadtrip through the Lone Star State on Wednesday, traveling to Houston to face the Cougars at 5 p.m, PT. The game will be available via webcast on the Houston website, but subscription is required. As always, the game can be heard live on 1150 KKNW and 1150kknw.com with Steve Sandmeyer on the call.
What To Look For
- Mike Neighbors picked up his first career win as a head coach, defeating Seattle U., 82-60, on November 19. The first-year head coach spent the previous 12 seasons as an assistant coach.
- The Dawgs are averaging 80.0 points per game so far this season, which ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and 40th nationally. Washington is third in the Pac-12, making 8.7 3-pointers per game.
- Washington is allowing 80.7 points per game, although after giving up 91 in each of the first two games, the Dawgs allowed just 62 to Seattle U. Opponents are shooting 44.4 percent against UW so far this year.
- The Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 54.9 percent shooting from 3-point range.
- Kelsey Plum has scored 20+ points in her first three games at Washington. Her 22.3 points per game is currently third in the Pac-12. Plum also leads the conference in free throw shooting at 92.3 percent (12-13).
- The Dawgs rebounding margin of -3.3 is last in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 9.0 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the conference.
- Heather Corral leads the Pac-12 in 3-point shooting percentage at 58.3 percent (7-12).
- Talia Walton missed the game vs. Saint Mary's with a hand injury. Jazmine Davis missed the final eight minutes of the same game with a head injury. Both have returned and played against Portland and Seattle U.
- 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.
- Washington has three guards that can handle the point guard duties. Davis, Plum and Mercedes Wetmore each brings the ball up the court and has combined for 37 of Washington's 49 assists this season.
- 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.
- Last season, Davis was second in the Pac-12, scoring 19.3 points per game. 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.
Houston is 3-4 so far this season, including 3-2 at home. The Cougars are averaging just 52.5 points per game, but have been excellent defensively, giving up just 51.3. Te'onna Campbell leads Houston with 11.3 points per game. The Dawgs are 4-0 all-time against Houston, including a 85-60 win in Seattle in 2011.
Neighbors Gets First Win Over Seattle U.
Head coach Mike Neighbors picked up his first career win as Washington defeated Seattle U., 82-60. The Dawgs took a four-point lead to halftime, before blowing the doors off of the Redhawks with a 52-point second half. Kelsey Plum led UW with 22 points, 18 coming after the break.
Portland Top 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. 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.