SEATTLE -- Washington women's basketball heads south on I-5 this weekend to face Oregon State and Oregon. The Dawgs (10-7, 3-3 Pac-12) take on the Beavers (10-8, 2-4) on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by the Ducks (9-8, 0-6) on Sunday at noon.
Washington is coming off a big weekend sweep of Utah and No. 21 Colorado, its first win over a ranked team in almost six years. The Dawgs will now have to head out on the road after five of the first six conference games at home. Both games this weekend will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks as well as broadcast on radio at 1150 KKNW and 1150kknw.com.
What To Look For
- The Dawgs earned their first win over a ranked opponent since March 2, 2008 by defeating No. 21 Colorado last Sunday, 91-81.
- In Sunday's win Kelsey Plum finished 1-point shy of the freshman school record with 35 points. She also set the school record for made free throws in a game with 18, finishing 18-19 from the line.
- Washington is averaging 72.8 points per game and has scored in the 80's seven times.
- The Dawgs have made 54-66 free throws last weekend and are now second in the conference in foul shooting at 69.7 percent.
- The Dawgs are allowing a 70.9 points per game and are sixth in the Pac-12 allowing just 39.1 percent shooting. The Huskies have struggled to defend the 3-pointer, allowing 36.6 percent, last 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 fifth in the Pac-12, averaging 18.9 points per game. She is shooting a career-best 42.4 percent from the floor. Against WSU, Davis became the Huskies 13th 1,400-point scorer in team history.
- Both Davis and Plum have two games of 30 or more 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 seven overall. She had 30 points against Washington State and 35 against Colorado. She is now averaging 19.4 points per game and is also third in the conference in free throw shooting at 85.7 percent (90-105).
- The Dawgs have a (+0.4) 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 12 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-6 in the conference in minutes. All three played all 45 minutes in the overtime win over Utah. 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 173 of Washington's 228 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.3 assists per game, which is sixth in the Pac-12. She is also fourth in the conference in assist to turnover ration at 2.1 (73 assists/35 turnovers).
- Talia Walton is averaging nearly a double-double with 11.3 points and 8.9 rebounds.
- Wetmore is 11th in the Pac-12 with 1.8 steals per game. For the season, Washington has 6.6 thefts per game, but is just 10th in the league with a -1.9 turnover margin.
- The Dawgs are second in the conference with 3.9 blocked shots per game. Walton is third in the Pac-12 with 1.7 per game, but Collier has 16 in just 223 minutes this year (a block per 13.9 minutes).
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State enters Friday's game with a record of 10-8, including 2-4 in the Pac-12. The Beavers were swept at the L.A. schools last weekend, including a narrow loss at UCLA. Jamie Weisner leads Oregon State in scoring at 14.8 per game, while Sydney Wiese is averaging 13.2. Ruth Hamblin is the Beavers leading rebounder at 8.0 per game, but she is the conference's top shot blocker at 3.7 per game. Washington leads the all-time series over Oregon State, 53-31, including knocking off the Beavers in the last three meetings. Last year, Washington needed 15-15 foul shooting from Kristi Kingma to earn an overtime win in Seattle, while also grinding out a low-scoring affair in Corvallis.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 22.8 attempts per game. Washington had a season-high 37 3-point attempts, including a season-best 14 makes against UC Irvine. Washington is making 7.3 3-pointers per game, which is fourth in the Pac-12, but shooting just 32.0 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum are tied for the team lead with 34 3's each. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 22 and Heather Corral 11 in just seven games before her knee injury. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.4 per game.
Spreading It Around
Washington is using a balanced attack with three players averaging at least 11.3 points per game and four others averaging at least 5.6. Jazmine Davis is again among the conference leaders in scoring at 18.9 points per game, but much more efficient this season, shooting a career-best 42.4 percent. Kelsey Plum is scoring 19.4 points per game, while shooting 39.5 percent. Talia Walton is the Dawgs third scorer at 11.3 points per game, while shooting 33.3 percent. Washington is shooting 40.6 percent, up from 35.3 percent last season. Washington is also averaging seven 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 +0.4, 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 8.9 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 -1.8 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 216 turnovers, while giving it away 244 times. Mercedes Wetmore leads UW with 30 steals, while Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 71 times.
Getting To The Line
The Dawgs have made 100 more trips to the free throw line than its opponents so far this season. The Dawgs attacking guards of Davis and Plum have each been to the line over a 100 apiece. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 69.7 percent, while their opponents are at just 63.6 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 87 points so far this year.