SEATTLE - Washington (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12) looks to end a 3-game mini-slide this weekend when it welcomes Utah (7-8, 1-3 Pac-12) and No. 21 Colorado (11-4, 1-3 Pac-12) to Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs will host the Utes on Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by the Buffaloes on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Friday's game will be webast only availabe for free HERE. Sunday's game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Tammy Blackburn on the call. Both games will be live on 1150 KKNW radio and online at 1150kknw.com.
What To Look For
- After opening the Pac-12 season with a win over Arizona, the Dawgs have lost three-straight in conference.
- 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 39.9 percent shooting. The Huskies have struggled to defend the 3-pointer, allowing 36.7 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 fifth in the Pac-12, averaging 19.2 points per game. She is shooting a career-best 43.1 percent from the floor. Against WSU, Davis became the Huskies 13th 1,400-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 six overall. She had a career-high 30 points against Washington State. She is now averaging 18.7 points per game and is currently sixth in the Pac-12. Plum is also sixth in the conference in free throw shooting at 82.5 percent (66-80).
- The Dawgs have a (-0.1) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.7 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 10 games this season.
- 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 159 of Washington's 200 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.5 assists per game, which is fifth in the Pac-12. She is also third in the conference in assist to turnover ration at 2.0 (67 assists/33 turnovers).
- Talia Walton is averaging nearly a double-double with 11.9 points and 9.1 rebounds.
- Wetmore is tied for seventh in the Pac-12 with 1.9 steals per game. For the season, Washington has 7.1 thefts per game, but is just 10th in the league with a -1.9 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 192 minutes this year (a block per 13.7 minutes).
Utah is off to an 0-4 start in conference, but is 7-8 overall. The Utes have had a daunting early conference schedule that included a trip to the L.A. schools, before hosting Stanford and Cal. Utah ended the non-conference slate by winning five-straight, including an impressive win over in-state rival, BYU. The Utes are led by Michelle Plouffe, one of the top post players in the Pac-12. She averages 17.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Washington lost its only matchup with Utah last season in Salt Lake City and 6-6 all-time versus the Utes, including 1-2 since Utah joined the Pac-12.
Colorado enters the weekend with a No. 21 national ranking and 11-4 record overall. The Buffaloes are just 1-3 in conference, having opened with the same difficult slate as Utah. Colorado's lone conference win came at UCLA on Jan. 5. Colorado rolled through the non-conference season with its only loss coming to last year's national runner-up, Louisville. The Buffs are led by last year's Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Arielle Roberson who averages 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, but overall are a balanced team. Washington is just 3-8 all-time against Colorado, including being knocked out of the Pac-12 Tournament by the Buffs last season.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.0 attempts per game. Washington had a season-high 37 3-point attempts, including a season-best 14 makes against UC Irvine. Washington is making 7.6 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, but shooting just 33.0 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis leads UW with 34 3's, while Kelsey Plum has made 33 and Talia Walton 19. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 36.7 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 at least 11.9 points per game and four others averaging at least 5.7. Jazmine Davis leads UW at 19.2 points per game, while shooting a career-best 43.1 percent. Kelsey Plum is scoring 18.7 points per game, while shooting 39.6 percent. Talia Walton is scoring 11.9 points per game, while shooting 33.2 percent. Aminah Williams is averaging 7.7 points per game, while shooting a team-best 48.4 percent. As a team, Washington is shooting 41.4 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 10.7 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 9.1 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 -1.9 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 208 turnovers, while giving it away 237 times. Mercedes Wetmore leads UW with 29 steals, while Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 61 times.