SEATTLE -- Coming off its first road sweep in Los Angeles since 2002, the Dawgs will face another difficult test this weekend with a pair of ranked opponents. Washington hosts No. 23 California on Friday night at 8 p.m., followed by No. 3 Stanford on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
Friday's game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks with Mary Murphy and Anne Marie Anderson on the call. UW will also recognize ALS awareness on Friday. Sunday's game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Steve Quis and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude with the commentary. Sunday's game will be National Women's In Sports Day and Play for Kay day. The Dawgs will wear pink jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear pink as well.
What To Look For
- Jazmine Davis went over 1,500 points for her career at USC and is now 10th on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,521 points. She was the second-fastes to 1,500, needing 85 games to 83 from Jamie Redd.
- Kelsey Plum is the nation's second-leading freshman scorer at 19.8 points per game. The freshman scoring record at UW is 17.4 ppg by Loree Payne in 1999-00. She scored 521 total points, Plum is at 415 so far.
- Plum and Davis make up the nation's second-highest scoring backcourt duo at 39.2 points per game. Only Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome of UT Martin (41.9) are scoring more.
- The Dawgs earned their sweep in LA since 2002 with their wins over UCLA and USC.
- The Dawgs earned their first win over a ranked opponent since March 2, 2008 by defeating No. 21 Colorado last on Jan. 19, 91-81. In that game, 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.
- 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.
- Jazmine Davis has three games of 30 points this year, while Kelsey Plum has two. The Husky record is Jamie Redd with five game of 30 or more points in 1996-97.
- The Dawgs have a (-1.1) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.9 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 14 games this season.
- The Husky guards have been playing major minutes, including Mercedes Wetmore being on the floor the past 330:13 consecutive minutes. Wetmore, Plum, 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.
- 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 214 of Washington's 272 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.3 assists per game, which is tied for third in the Pac-12. She is also third in the conference in assist to turnover ratio at 2.3 (91 assists/40 turnovers).
- The Dawgs are fourth in the conference with 3.8 blocked shots per game. Talia Walton is third in the Pac-12 with 1.6 per game, but Collier has 18 in just 271 minutes this year (a block per 15.1 minutes).
- Aminah Williams became the 63rd player in Pac-12 history with 700 rebounds after going over that mark at USC. She now has 704 total rebounds, which is 11th in UW history.
No. 23 California is coming off a tough week, losing back-to-back matchups against No. 3 Stanford. Still, the Golden Bears are fourth in the Pac-12 with a 6-4 mark and 14-7 overall. Cal is a balanced team with three players in double figures, Reshanda Gray, Brittany Boyd and Afure Jemerrigbe. They also have four players averaging over six rebounds per game, while Boyd is the Pac-12 leader in assists. The Dawgs are 42-19 all-time against the Golden Bears, but have lost the past three meetings, including last year in Seattle.
Stanford comes in undefeated in conference with its only loss of the season coming to No. 1 Connecticut. The Cardinal have a two-game lead in the Pac-12 and are coming off back-to-back wins over their rival, California. The Cardinal are led by National Player of the Year candidate, Chiney Ogwumike. She is averaging 27.0 points and 12.0 rebounds and is the only Stanford player in double-figures in either category. Stanford has the best scoring defense and scoring margin in the conference, while also leading the league in rebounding margin. The Dawgs are 14-43 all-time against Stanford and have not defeated the Cardinal since 2005, a 14-game losing streak.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.5 attempts per game. Washington had a season-high 38 3-point attempts at Oregon, including 14 makes, which tied the season high against UC Irvine. Washington is making 7.8 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, but shooting just 33.0 percent from beyond the arc. Kelsey Plum has the team lead with 52 3's, while Jazmine Davis has 51. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 24 and Heather Corral 11 in just seven games before her knee injury. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.3 per game.
The Husky guards, Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis are averaging 39.2 points per game or 54 percent of the UW offense. The numbers are even more pronounced in Pac-12 play where Plum and Davis are scoring 41.5 points per game, which is 60 percent of the offense.
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 -1.1, which is ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.9 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 8.4 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.
Valuing The Ball
After leading the Pac-12 in turnover margin in 2012-13, the Dawgs are just 10th in the conference with a -1.1 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 282 turnovers, while giving it away 306 times. Mercedes Wetmore leads UW with 30 steals, while Aminah Williams has added 29. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 81 times. In conference, UW has been better, turning it over 125 times, while causing their opponents to turn it over 123 times.
Getting To The Line
The Dawgs have made 75 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 133 times apiece, while Plum is third in the Pac-12 with 111 made free throws and Davis is fourth with 103. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 70.4 percent, while their opponents are at just 64.7 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 74 points so far this year.