SEATTLE -- Washington finishes off the home schedule this weekend with a pair of crucial Pac-12 contests. The Dawgs (15-10, 8-6 Pac-12) host Oregon (13-12, 4-10) on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Oregon State (17-9, 9-5) on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Washington is looking to avenge being swept in Oregon earlier this season, but after winning five of six in conference is also looking to improve its suddenly real postseason chances. Friday's game will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks, while Sunday's game will be webcast only. The home finale on Sunday will also be senior day with Mercedes Wetmore and Kassia Fortier honored before the huge matchup with Oregon State, currently one game ahead of the Dawgs in the Pac-12 standings.
What To Look For
- Washington has won five of six and seven of its last 10 heading into the weekend.
- The Huskies are 10-0 when having a better field goal percentage than their opponent.
- The Feb. 9 win over No. 3 Stanford was the highest-ranked team UW has defeated since beating then-No. 2 Stanford in 1990. The win also ended Stanford 62-game road conference win streak.
- With the win over Stanford, UW became the 49th team since 2007 to beat a top-4 RPI opponent. None of those teams have finished with an above .500 record in a power conference and failed to make the NCAA's.
- Washington is 11-0 in games they hold their opponent under 70 points.
- Jazmine Davis went over 1,500 points for her career at USC and is now tied for ninth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,596 points. She was the second-fastest to 1,500, needing 85 games to 83 from Jamie Redd.
- Kelsey Plum is the nation's second-leading freshman scorer at 19.9 points per game. The freshman scoring record at UW is 17.4 ppg by Loree Payne and 535 total points by Davis. Plum is at 498 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 (42.2) 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 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 (-1.8) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.8 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 16 games this season.
- The Husky guards have been playing major minutes, including Mercedes Wetmore playing the entire game in 11 of 14 Pac-12 contests. Wetmore, Plum, and Davis each rank in the top 5 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 255 of Washington's 322 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.3 assists per game, which is tied for third in the Pac-12.
- Aminah Williams became the 63rd player in Pac-12 history with 700 rebounds after going over that mark at USC. She now has 739 total rebounds, which is ninth in UW history.
The Ducks enter Friday's game with a record of 13-12, but just 4-10 in conference. Oregon has lost three in a row despite being nation's highest scoring teams at 93.6 points per game. The Ducks are led by Jillian Alleyne who averages 21.2 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Chrishae Rowe leads the nation in rookie scoring at 22.4 points per game. Washington and Oregon have split 88 all-time meetings with the Ducks win in Eugene earlier this season.
Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State was projected in the NCAA Tournament in the latest bracketology provided by ESPN.com. The Beavers are 17-9 overall and 9-5 in conference after winning five-straight contests. Guards Jamie Weisner (13.8 ppg) and Sydney Wiese (13.5 ppg) lead Oregon State in scoring, but the Beavers allow just 63.6 per on defense. Washington is 53-32 all-time against Oregon State, falling in Corvallis earlier this 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 38 3-point attempts at Oregon, including 14 makes, which tied the season high against UC Irvine. Washington is making 7.9 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis has the team lead with 61 3's, while Kelsey Plum has 59. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 31 and Mercedes Wetmore 17. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.4 per game. In Pac-12 play, Washington has improved to 34.9 percent shooting, while only allowing opponents to shoot at a 33.6 percent clip.
The Husky guards, Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis are averaging 39.4 points per game or 53.6 percent of the UW offense. The numbers are even more pronounced in Pac-12 play where Plum and Davis are scoring 40.9 points per game, which is 57.4 percent of the offense. Washington did have all five starters in double figures in the upset of Stanford for the first time this season.
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 -1.8, which is ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.5 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 8.1 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 -1.0 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 319 turnovers, while giving it away 343 times. Aminah Williams leads UW with 38 steals, while Mercedes Wetmore has added 34. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 92 times. In conference, UW has been better with a -0.1 turnover ratio. The Dawgs have created 160 turnovers, while giving it up 162 times.
Getting To The Line
The Dawgs have made 102 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 155 times apiece, while Plum is third in the Pac-12 with 131 made free throws and Davis is fourth with 120. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 70.7 percent, while their opponents are at just 65.2 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 97 points so far this year.