El Paso, TEXAS -- Washington (20-13) looks to continue its run through the WNIT on Monday at 6:00 p.m., PT, when they travel to UTEP (27-7). The Dawgs look to get a win in a hostile environment as UTEP drew over 8,000 fans for their Sweet 16 win over Colorado. Monday's winner will secure a spot in the WNIT Final Four.
Monday's game will be available via webcast on utepathletics.com with subscription. Locally, listen to the Husky broadcast on 1150 KKNW and 1150 kknw.com. Live stats are available at the link above.
What To Look For
- The Dawgs are looking for their first-ever trip to the Final Four of the WNIT.
- In Wednesday's win over San Diego, senior Mercedes Wetmore broke Giuliana Mendiola's Husky career record with her 125th game played.
- Kelsey Plum set the Washington single-season scoring record in the WNIT game at Oregon, surpassing Giuliana Mendiola's record of 661 points in 2004. Plum is now at 701 for the season.
- Plum broke the Pac-12 freshman scoring record, passing Chrishae Rowe of Oregon who had 690 points this year. Coming into the year Candace Wiggins of Stanford owned the record with 612 points.
- 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.
- Washington was the first Pac-12 team to beat both Stanford and Cal in a season since UCLA in 2006.
- The Huskies are 13-0 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 14-1 in games they hold their opponent under 70 points.
- Jazmine Davis is now fifth on UW's all-time scoring list with 1,743 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 40.3 points per game. Only Heather Butler and Jasmine Newsome of UT Martin (43.4) are scoring more.
- The Dawgs three wins over ranked teams this season is the most for UW since 2001.
- Kelsey Plum has four games of 30 points this year, while Jazmine Davis has three. The Husky record is Jamie Redd with five game of 30 or more points in 1996-97.
- The Dawgs have a (-3.8) rebounding margin on the season, ninth in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams leads Washington with 10.5 rebounds per game and has double-digit boards in 21 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 342, but as a team the Dawgs have only played 1,139 minutes (34.5 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 338 of Washington's 425 assists this season. Wetmore leads the team with 4.2 assists per game, which is fourth in the Pac-12.
- Aminah Williams is now 40th in Pac-12 history with 829 rebounds for her career.
- Talia Walton had a season-best 24 points on Monday at Oregon and has scored in double-figures in 17 games this season. UW is 12-5 in those games.
UTEP is coming off a 68-60 win over Colorado in the WNIT Sweet 16 where 8,234 fans came to watch the Miners at the Don Haskins Center. Overall, UTEP is 27-7 and 19-2 playing at home. The Miners are led by Kayla Thorton who averages 19.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Jenzel Nash and Kristine Vitola also score in double figures for the Miners who average 77.5 points per game, while allowing 67.2. This will be the first all-time matchup between Washington and UTEP. The Miners lone game agains the Pac-12 this season was Friday's win over Colorado.
UW In The WNIT
Washington is playing in the WNIT for a third-straight season, having also 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 now 11-5 in the tournament after Wednesday's win over San Diego. Washington debuted in the WNIT in 1999, while also appearing in 2002, 2004, 2012 and last season. The Dawgs are 6-0 in the first round of the tournament. Their last quarterfinal game ended with a loss to San Diego in 2012.
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.
Mercedes Wetmore earned Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honors for her work in the classroom. The senior carries a 3.46 GPA as a communications major. Aminah Williams and Mithilde Gilling were also honored by the conference with honorable mention honors.
The Dawgs continue to shoot the 3 at a high rate this season, averaging 23.6 attempts per game. Washington shot a season-high 41 3-point attempts last Monday at Oregon, including a season-best 16 makes. Washington is making 8.1 3-pointers per game, which is third in the Pac-12, shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. Jazmine Davis leads the Dawgs with 81 3's, while Kelsey Plum has made 80. Meanwhile Talia Walton has made 48 and Mercedes Wetmore 23. Defensively, the Dawgs are allowing 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and opponents are making 7.4 per game. Their percentage allowed has dropped consistently throughout the season. 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 40.3 points per game or 55.4 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 -3.8, 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 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 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 -0.1 ratio this season. For the year, UW has created 427 turnovers, while giving it away 430 times. Aminah Williams leads UW with 49 steals, while Mercedes Wetmore has added 40. Jazmine Davis has turned it over the most, 122 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 99 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 206 times apiece and are currently first and fifth on the single-season free throw attempts list at UW. Plum is first in the Pac-12 with 201 made free throws and Davis is sixth with 144. The Dawgs are taking advantage of their free throws, shooting 71.1 percent, while their opponents are at just 63.8 percent. The combination of more attempts and a better percentage has allowed the Dawgs to outscore their opponents at the line by 116 points so far this year.
Dawgs Advance With Win Over USD
The Dawgs made it three-straight in the WNIT, defeating San Diego, 62-55. Washington used a stout defensive effort and got 17 rebounds and five steals from Aminah Williams. Kelsey Plum led Washington with 21 points, including 8-9 from the foul line. The Dawgs made just four 3-pointers, but created 22 turnovers and held USD without a 3.
UW Beats Oregon In WNIT
Washington made it two of three against the Ducks this season, beating them in the second round of the WNIT. The Dawgs used a big second half, outscoring Oregon 59-39 after the break to win 93-85. Kelsey Plum had 31 points, including 14-16 from the free throw line, while Talia Walton had 24 points 14 rebounds and four assists.
WNIT Opening Win
Washington made it three-straight years with a first round win in the WNIT. The Dawgs defeated Hawai'i, 67-50, behind 24 points from Kelsey Plum and 22 points from Jazmine Davis. The Dawgs were outrebounded, but held Hawai'i to just 17 made field goals and a 26.6 percent shooting percentage.