SEATTLE -- Washington (16-11, 9-7 Pac-12) wraps up the regular season with a difficult trip to the Bay Area to face No. 5 Stanford (26-2, 15-1) and No. 18 California (20-7, 11-4). The Dawgs take on the Cardinal at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, before traveling to Berkeley to face the Golden Bears on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks as the Dawgs look to improve their postseason resume and seed going into the Pac-12 Tournament next weekend.
What To Look For
- Last Friday's win over Oregon included the highest point total (108) for the Huskies since 2003.
- Kelsey Plum broke the freshman single-game scoring record with 38 points against Oregon, while also setting the single-season freshman record for points. She is now at 562 points, which fifth in UW history.
- 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.
- 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 eighth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,639 points. She was the second-fastest to 1,500, needing 85 games to 83 from Jamie Redd.
- Davis also went over 500 points for the season against Oregon to become the first player in Washington history to score 500 points in three-straight seasons.
- Plum and Davis make up the nation's second-highest scoring backcourt duo at 40.3 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 with 35 points, setting the school record for made free throws in a game with 18, finishing 18-19.
- 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 (-2.0) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.6 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 17 games this season.
- The Husky guards have been playing major minutes, including Mercedes Wetmore playing the entire game in 12 of 16 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 277 of Washington's 350 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 757 total rebounds, which is ninth in UW history.
The Cardinal have already clinched the Pac-12 title with a 15-1 conference record, including their lone loss coming in Seattle to the Dawgs. Overall, Stanford is 26-2 with the other loss coming to undefeated and No. Connecticut. The Cardinal lead the conference in scoring margin, rebounding margin and scoring defense. They are led by All-America candidate Chiney Ogwumike who averages 26.5 points and 12.1 rebounds. All-time, the Huskies are 15-43 against the Cardinal, but did end Stanford's 14-game winnining streak earlier this month.
Cal is coming off a Final Four season and is in good position for an NCAA Tournament run again this year. The Golden Bears are all alone in second place with a 12-4 conference record and are 20-7 overall. Cal has a balanced attack led by Reshanda Gray and Brittany Boyd. Grey averages 16.4 points and 8.6 rebounds, while Boyd contributes 14.7 points and a Pac-12 best 5.7 assists. The Golden Bears won the first meeting in Seattle, 70-65, although the Dawgs led by as many as eight in the second half. Washington is 42-20 all-time against California, but has lost the last four meetings.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.2 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 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis has the team lead with 65 3's, while Kelsey Plum has 65. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 33 and Mercedes Wetmore 17. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing a Pac-12 worst 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.5 per game. In Pac-12 play, Washington has improved to 34.2 percent shooting, while only allowing opponents to shoot at a 33.6 percent clip.
The Husky guards, Kelsey Plum and Jazmine Davis are averaging 40.1 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 42.5 points per game, which is 58.5 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 -2.0, 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 7.8 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 4.9 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 -0.6 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 342 turnovers, while giving it away 359 times. Aminah Williams leads UW with 39 steals, while Mercedes Wetmore has added 36. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 95 times. In conference, UW has been better with a +0.3 turnover ratio. The Dawgs have created 183 turnovers, while giving it up 178 times.
Getting To The Line
The Dawgs have made 111 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 182 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 153 made free throws and Davis is fourth with 129. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 71.4 percent, while their opponents are at just 64.6 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.