SEATTLE -- Washington (17-12, 10-8 Pac-12) is set to begin the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday, March 6, at KeyArena. The No. 6 seed Huskies will face off with the No. 11 seed Utah (11-18, 4-14) at 8:30 p.m. for the final game of the evening. Thursday's winner will get the No. 3 seed Oregon State (21-9, 13-5) who has a first-round bye on Friday night also at 8:30 p.m.
All-Pac-12 Tournament games will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks other than the final, which can be seen on ESPN2.
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What To Look For
- Washington closed the season by winning seven of 10 conference games, including five of six on the road and two wins over the Pac-12's top-2 seeds, then-No. 3 Stanford and at then No. 18-California. Only No. 1 UConn has also beat Stanford and Cal this year.
- Kelsey Plum became just the third freshman since the Pac-12 began sponsoring women's basketball to score 600 points in a season. She is the all-time leading freshman scorer at UW, while also breaking the single-game freshman scoring record (38 points vs. Oregon).
- Washington was the first Pac-12 team to beat both Stanford and Cal in a season since UCLA in 2006.
- The Huskies are 11-0 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.
- Washington is 12-0 in games they hold their opponent under 70 points.
- Jazmine Davis is now eighth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,669 points. She became the first Husky to ever score 500 points in three-straight seasons.
- Plum and Davis make up the nation's second-highest scoring backcourt duo at 40.1 points per game. Only Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome of UT Martin (43.4) are scoring more.
- The Dawgs earned their sweep in LA since 2002 with their wins over UCLA and USC.
- The Dawgs have defeated three ranked teams this season, the most for UW since 2001.
- Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum each have three games of 30 points this year. The Husky record is Jamie Redd with five game of 30 or more points in 1996-97.
- The Dawgs have a (-2.9) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.3 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 18 games this season.
- The Husky guards have been playing major minutes, including Mercedes Wetmore playing the entire game in 14 of 18 Pac-12 contests. Wetmore, Plum, and Davis each rank in the top 5 in the conference in minutes.
- Katie Collier leads the Huskies in bench minutes with 306, but as a team the Dawgs have only played 1,040 minutes (35.9 mpg) off the bench the entire season.
- Washington has three guards that can handle the point guard duties. Davis, Plum and Wetmore each bring the ball up the court and has combined for 298 of Washington's 375 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.1 assists per game, which is fourth in the Pac-12.
- Aminah Williams is now 46th in Pac-12 history with 778 rebounds for her career.
- Mercedes Wetmore has now played in 121 games. The all-time UW leader is Giuliana Mendiola with 124.
- Talia Walton has scored in double-figures in 16 games this season. UW is 11-5 in those games.
- Chantel Osahor has come on during Pac-12 play to lead UW in minutes and rebounding off the bench.
- Heather Corral played 24 mpg over the first seven contests, before a knee injury ended her season.
Utah enters Thursday's game with a record of 11-18 and 4-14 in conference. Washington is 2-0 against the Utes this season, although both of those wins came by a single point. UW needed overtime to defeat Utah back on Jan. 17 in Seattle, 53-52. On Feb. 16 in Salt Lake City, the Dawgs overcame a six-point deficit to win, 67-66. Overall, UW is 8-6 against the Utes and 3-1 since Utah entered the Pac-12. The Utes are led by All-Pac-12 player Michelle Plouffe who averages 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. She went for 31 points and 14 rebounds in the second meeting against UW earlier this year.
UW At The Pac-12 Tournament
This is the 13th annual Pac-12 Tournament for women's basketball with Huskies owning an all-time record of 6-12. Washington is 4-1 in the opening round and 2-9 in the quarterfinals. The Dawgs advanced to the tournament semifinals in both 2003 and 2004, but has yet to make a Pac-12 Tournament final.
Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum earned All-Pac-12 honors with Plum being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. Davis became just the fourth Husky to earn First Team All-Pac-12 honors, joining Rhonda Smith, Jamie Redd and Giuliana Mendiola. Plum was the third Husky to be named All-Pac-12 joining Davis in 2012 and Kared Deden in 1988. Also being honored were Mercedes Wetmore and Aminah Williams who were named Pac-12 All-Defensive Team honorable mention.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.3 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 8.1 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis has the team lead with 69 3's, while Kelsey Plum has 68. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 37 and Mercedes Wetmore 20. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.6 per game. In Pac-12 play, Washington has improved to 35.1 percent shooting, while only allowing opponents to shoot at a 33.8 percent clip.
The Husky guards, Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis are averaging 39.9 points per game or 54.5 percent of the UW offense. The numbers are even more pronounced in Pac-12 play where Plum and Davis are scoring 41.9 points per game, which is 58.2 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 -2.6, which is ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.3 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 7.9 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. Osahor is averaging 4.5 rebound per game in Pac-12 play, despite playing just 14.5 minutes per game.
Valuing The Ball
After leading the Pac-12 in turnover margin in 2012-13, the Dawgs are just 10th in the conference with a -0.7 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 353 turnovers, while giving it away 372 times. Aminah Williams leads UW with 40 steals, while Mercedes Wetmore has added 37. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 101 times. In conference, UW has been better with a +0.2 turnover ratio. The Dawgs have created 194 turnovers, while giving it up 191 times.
Getting To The Line
The Dawgs have made 106 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 186 times apiece and are currently seventh and eighth on the single-season free throw attempts list at UW. Plum is second in the Pac-12 with 155 made free throws and Davis is fourth with 131. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 70.6 percent, while their opponents are at just 64.4 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 107 points so far this year.