SEATTLE -- Washington (2-3) returns to Alaska Airlines Arena this weekend to face Wisconsin (6-3) and Montana State (4-2). The Dawgs host the Badgers on Friday night at 7:30 for a game broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, before facing the Bobcats on Sunday at 2 p.m.
What To Look For
- The Dawgs return home after earning a split on the road in Texas. Washington won at Houston, 66-55, before narrowly falling to No. 23 Texas A&M, 74-68.
- The Dawgs are averaging 74.8 points per game so far this season, which ranks sixth in the Pac-12. Washington is third in the Pac-12, making 7.8 3-pointers per game.
- Washington is allowing 74.2 points per game, a big improvement after giving up 91 in each of the first two games. Opponents are shooting 41.3 percent against UW so far this year.
- The Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 47.0 percent shooting from 3-point range.
- Kelsey Plum had 20+ points in her first three games at Washington and is now averaging 18.0 points per game is currently ninth in the Pac-12. Plum is also sixth in the conference in free throw shooting at 85.0 percent (17-20).
- After a big rebounding effort at Houston, Washington is has a near-even rebounding margin (-0.8) on the season. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.0 rebounds per game, T-4th in the Pac-12.
- Heather Corral is tied for the Pac-12 lead in 3-point shooting percentage at 50.0 percent (9-18).
- 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 for the past four games. Chantel Osahor returned from a shoulder injury to play in both games on the Texas roadtrip.
- 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 54 of Washington's 72 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.
Wisconsin comes to Seattle with a record of 6-3 following Tuesday's loss against Gonzaga. Before that, the Badgers were coming off a big road win at Marquette and a home win over Boston College. Wisconsin has three players averaging in double figures, led by Taylor Wurtz at 15.4 points per game. The Badgers have been a good defensive team, allowing just 37.4 percent shooting from the floor and 23.7 percent from beyond the arc. Washington earned one of its biggest road wins last season in Madison, defeating Wisconsin, 60-55. Jazmine Davis had 22 points in that contest, Overall, the Dawgs are 3-1 against the Badgers, but had not played them in a decade prior to last year's meeting.
Scouting Montana State
Montana State is 4-2 on the season, coming off a win over Valparaiso. The Bobcats will face Seattle U. on Saturday as part of their back-to-back versus the Seattle schools. Montana State is led by Ashley Brumwell who is averaging 12.8 points per game. The Dawgs are 12-1 all-time against Montana State, but have not played the Bobcats since 2001. Washington is currently on a nine-game winning streak against Montana dating back to 1979.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 24.8 attempts per game. Washington is making 7.8 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, but shooting just 31.5 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 47.0 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are 7.8 per game.
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 -0.8, which is 10th in the Pac-12. On the recent roadtrip to Texas, the Dawgs outrebounded Houston, 50-39, but were outrebounded by No. 23 Texas A&M, 47-42. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.0 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 7.4 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.