SEATTLE -- Washington (8-6, 1-2 Pac-12) is set for the rematch with Washington State (9-6, 3-0 Pac-12) on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena. Four days after falling in Pullman, the Dawgs will get a second chance at the Cougars on their home floor.
Saturday's game will be live on the Pac-12 Networks with Scott Braun and Cindy Brunson on the call. As always, the game will be broadcast live on 1150 KKNW in the Seattle area and 1150kknw.com with Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward calling the action.
What To Look For
- Washington State ended their 36-game losing streak against Washington on Tuesday, winning 82-80 in Pullman. Jazmine Davis scored 27 points, but it was not enough for the Dawgs.
- Washington is averaging 73.4 points per game and has scored in the 80's six times.
- The Dawgs are allowing a 71.3 points per game and are eighth in the Pac-12 allowing just 39.4 percent shooting. The Huskies have struggled to defend the 3-pointer, allowing 36.3 percent.
- 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 tied for fifth in the Pac-12, averaging 19.0 points per game. She is shooting a career-best 42.7 percent from the floor. Against Pitt, Davis became the Huskies 15th 1,300-point scorer in team history.
- Davis has two games of 30 points this season. The Husky record is Jamie Redd with five in 1996-97.
- Kelsey Plum had 20+ points in her first three games at Washington and now five overall after a career-high 25 vs. UC Irvine and 23 vs. Arizona. She is now averaging 17.9 points per game and is currently seventh in the Pac-12. Plum is also fifth in the conference in free throw shooting at 83.3 percent (60-72).
- The Dawgs have a (-0.1) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.4 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in nine games this season.
- Washington is shooting 33.8 percent from 3-point range, making 7.7 per game, which is third in the Pac-12.
- Jazmine Davis had scored in double figures in 16-straight games dating back to last year, before getting just nine against Arizona. For her career, she has double figures in 67 of 78 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-7 in the conference in minutes. All three played 40 minutes in the first matchup with Washington State. The Dawgs are now close to full strength as Katie Collier and Chantel Osahor have returned to the lineup.
- 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 150 of Washington's 191 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.6 assists per game, which is fifth in the Pac-12. She is also sixth in the conference in assist to turnover ration at 1.9 (64 assists/33 turnovers).
- Talia Walton is averaging nearly a double-double with 12.0 points and 9.2 rebounds.
- Wetmore is eighth in the Pac-12 with 1.9 steals per game. For the season, Washington has 7.3 thefts per game, but is just 10th in the league with a -2.0 turnover margin.
- The Dawgs are second in the conference with 4.1 blocked shots per game. Walton is third in the Pac-12 with 1.6 per game, but Collier has 14 in just 182 minutes this year (a block per 13 minutes).
- 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.
Scouting Washington State
Washington State is off to a 3-0 record in conference, having upset No. 24 Arizona State and beaten Arizona and UW. Overall, the Cougars are 9-6 and have a pair of wins over ranked teams this year, having also beaten then-No. 10 Nebraska. After falling in the first meeting, UW is now 66-11 all-time against the Cougars.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 22.9 attempts per game. Washington shot a season-high 37 3-pointers, including 14 makes against UC Irvine. In contrast, the Dawgs went just 2-10 in a loss to Arizona State. Washington is making 7.7 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, but shooting just 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis leads UW with 33 3's, while Kelsey Plum has made 29 and Talia Walton 18. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.6 per game.
Spreading It Around
Washington is using a more balanced attack than in previous seasons with three players averaging 12 points per game. Jazmine Davis leads UW at 19.0 points per game, while shooting a career-best 42.3 percent. Kelsey Plum is scoring 17.9 points per game, while shooting 38.9 percent. Talia Walton is scoring 12.0 points per game, while shooting 33.9 percent. As a team, Washington is shooting 41.6 percent, up from 35.3 percent last season. Washington is also averaging eight 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 -0.1, which is 9th in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 9.2 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.
Valuing The Ball
After leading the Pac-12 in turnover margin in 2012-13, the Dawgs are just 10th in the conference with a -2.0 ratio. For the year, UW has created 201 turnovers, while giving it away 229 times.