SEATTLE -- Washington (17-13) opens up the postseason on Friday night at 7 p.m., hosting Hawai'i (17-13) for the first round of the WNIT. The game will be webcast only at the link above and heard live on 1150 KKNW and 1150kknw.com.
What To Look For
- Washington has three wins over ranked teams, including 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 12-1 in games they hold their opponent under 70 points.
- Jazmine Davis is now sixth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,688 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 39.9 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 three wins over ranked teams this season is 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 (-3.2) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.4 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 19 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 317, but as a team the Dawgs have only played 1,058 minutes (35.3 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 302 of Washington's 380 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.0 assists per game, which is fourth in the Pac-12.
- Aminah Williams is now 45th in Pac-12 history with 793 rebounds for her career.
- Mercedes Wetmore has now played in 122 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.
Hawai'i finished the year 17-13 and 10-6 in the Big West Conference, advanced to the second round of the conference tournament. They Rainbow Wahine played four Pac-12 schools this season, defeating Washington State and falling to Oregon State, USC and Arizona State. They are led by Kamilah Jackson who averages 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds. All-time, Hawai'i is 3-3 against the Dawgs with the last meeting being a UH win in Honolulu back in 2007. Washington has not hosted the Rainbow Wahine since 1980.
UW In The WNIT
Washington will be playing in the WNIT for a third-straight season, having advanced to the quarterfinals in 2012 and the second round last season. Overall, the Dawgs are making their sixth appearance in the WNIT. The Huskies are 8-5 in the five tournaments they have played so far. Washington debuted in the WNIT in 1999, while also appearing in 2002, 2004, 2012 and last season. The Dawgs are 5-0 in the first round of the tournament.
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 8.0 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum share the team lead with 72 3's apiece. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 43 and Mercedes Wetmore 20. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.6 per game. In Pac-12 play, Washington improved to 35.1 percent shooting, while only allowing opponents to shoot at a 33.8 percent clip. Cold shooting from beyond the arc was among the things that cost UW in oepning round of the Pac-12 tournament loss where they shot just 5-23 (21.7 percent).
The Husky guards, Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis are averaging 39.9 points per game or 55.0 percent of the UW offense. The numbers were even more pronounced in Pac-12 play where Plum and Davis scored 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 -3.2, which is ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams is having another tremendous season on the glass, averaging 10.4 rebounds per game. Talia Walton is adding 7.7 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 averaged 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 ninth in the conference with a -0.5 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 377 turnovers, while giving it away 392 times. Aminah Williams leads UW with 41 steals, while Mercedes Wetmore has added 37. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 109 times. In conference, UW was 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 104 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 197 times apiece and are currently third and sixth on the single-season free throw attempts list at UW. Plum is second in the Pac-12 with 173 made free throws and Davis is fourth with 138. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 70.8 percent, while their opponents are at just 63.7 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 113 points so far this year.