SEATTLE -- Washington (7-4) opens conference play this weekend when it hosts Arizona (4-7) and No. 24 Arizona State (11-1). The Dawgs welcome the Wildcats on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. for the Pac-12 opener, before looking for its first win over a ranked team since 2008 when the Sun Devils come to town on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m.
Friday's game will be webstream only, while Sunday's marquee matchup will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks. As always, both games will be available at 1150 KKNW with Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward on the call.
What To Look For
- Washington finished the non-conference season 7-4, including winning five of their last six.
- Washington is averaging 75.6 points per game and has scored in the 80's five times.
- The Dawgs are allowing a 71.5 points per game and are sixth in the Pac-12 allowing just 38.8 percent shooting. The Huskies have struggled to defend the 3-pointer, allowing 35.7 percent, worst in the Pac-12.
- Jazmine Davis is on both the Wooden Award and Naismith Award Watch Lists. She is Washington's all-time leading scorer through two seasons, both in which she made All-Pac-12 First Team.
- Davis is currently sixth in the Pac-12, averaging 18.8 points per game. She is shooting a career-best 42.9 percent from the floor. Against Pitt, Davis became the Huskies 15th 1,300-point scorer in team history.
- Kelsey Plum had 20+ points in her first three games at Washington and now four overall after a career-high 25 vs. UC Irvine. She is now averaging 18.3 points per game is currently seventh in the Pac-12. Plum is also third in the conference in free throw shooting at 88.9 percent (40-45).
- The Dawgs have a (0.8) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 11.0 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in eight games this season.
- Washington is shooting 34.0 percent from 3-point range, making 8.1 per game, which is third in the Pac-12.
- Jazmine Davis has scored in double figures in 16-straight games dating back to last year. For her career, she has double figures in 65-75 games.
- Some injuries have led to increased minutes from the Husky starters, especially the guards. Plum, Mercedes Wetmore and Davis each rank in the top-10 in the conference in minutes.
- Washington has three guards that can handle the point guard duties. Davis, Plum and Wetmore each brings the ball up the court and has combined for 126 of Washington's 161 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 5.1 assists per game, which is third in the Pac-12. She is also second in the conference in assist to turnover ration at 2.5 (56 assists/22 turnovers).
- Talia Walton is averaging nearly a double-double with 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds.
- Wetmore is seventh in the Pac-12 with 2.1 steals per game. For the season, Washington has 7.8 thefts per game, but is just 10th in the league with a -2.0 turnover margin.
- 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.
Arizona enters Friday's game with a record of 4-7, but has won three in a row. The Wildcats are led by Candice Warthen who is averaging 13.5 points per game. The Dawgs are against 36-21 all-time against Arizona, inlcuding sweeping the Wildcats each of the past two seasons.
Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State is off to a great start with a record of 11-1 and a No. 24 national ranking. The Sun Devils are led by Deja Mann at 11.1 points per game, but use a very balanced attack with 10 players earning double-digit minutes per game. Washington swept Arizona State last season after losing 15 of 16 previously. Overall the Dawgs lead the all-time series, 29-28. Washington has not defeated a ranked opponent since March 2, 2008, when the Dawgs beat No. 9 California, 74-66.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.8 attempts per game. Monday versus UC Irvine, Washington shot a season-high 37 3-pointers, including 14 makes. Washington is making 8.1 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, but shooting just 34.0 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum have each made 25 3's on the season to pace Washington thus far. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.5 per game.
Spreading It Around
Washington is using a more balanced attack than in previous seasons with three players averaging 13+ points per game. Jazmine Davis again leads UW in scoring at 18.8 points per game, but has been much more efficient, shooting 42.9 percent. In addition, Kelsey Plum is averaging 18.3 ppg, while shooting 41.2 percent. Talia Walton is scoring 13.9 points per game, while shooting 34.4 percent. As a team, Washington is shooting 42.4 percent, up from 35.3 percent last season. Washington is also averaging 11 points more per game than a year ago.
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 9th in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 11.0 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 9.8 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.