Jan. 10, 2013
||WASHINGTON VS USC
Fri., Jan. 11 | 6:00 p.m., PT | Galen Center
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WASHINGTON VS No. 14 UCLA
Sun., Jan. 13 | 2:00 p.m., PT | Pauley Pavilion
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Washington (10-3, 2-0) travels to Los Angeles this weekend to face USC (5-8, 2-0) on Friday, January 11, at 6 p.m. and No. 14 UCLA (11-2, 2-0) on Sunday, January 13, at 2 p.m. The games will be aired live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Steve Sandmeyer will call the games live for KKNW.
Washington split with both L.A. schools last year. The Dawgs won at USC, 67-61, before falling at home to the Trojans, 62-55. Against UCLA, the Dawgs fell at Pauley Pavilion in overtime, 79-73, before beating the Bruins, 67-59 at home. Overall, Washington is 29-28 all-time against USC and 28-26 against UCLA.
What To Look For
- The Huskies starters have scored 97 percent (817 of 848) of their points this season.
- Talia Walton averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds over the first two Pac-12 games and was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.
- In the Huskies final non-conference game, UW had a 54-point second-half outburst at UC Davis. In that 20 minutes of basketball, the Huskies shot 19-37 (51.4 percent) from the floor and 8-13 (61.5 percent) from 3-point range to run away from the Aggies who had led at halftime.
- Washington is 11th in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, but makes up for it by leading the conference in turnover margin and 3-pointers made.
- The Huskies have scored at least 75 points in three-straight games, including both Pac-12 contests.
- The last time Washington started 2-0 in conference was 2006-07, when the Dawgs started 5-0.
- Heather Corral and Deborah Meeks are both available after missing the first nine games of the season.
USC is off to a 2-0 start, despite being just 5-8 overall. The Trojans pulled out late victories over at Oregon State and Oregon last weekend to join the five-way tie atop the Pac-12. Against common opponents, USC is 2-2 against Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, San Diego State and UC Davis. The Trojans beat UC Santa Barbara, a team the Huskies lost to, but fell to both San Diego State and UC Davis, teams the Huskies beat. USC is led by Cassie Herberts who is the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week. She is averaging 17.5 points per game.
The Bruins are ranked 14th in the country after an 11-2 start. UCLA already has wins over No. 11 Oklahoma and No. 12 Texas with its only losses to then-No. 5 Notre Dame and a surprise defeat to Cal-State Northridge. UCLA and Washington's common opponents are San Diego State and Pepperdine, which both schools swept. The Bruins are led by the frontline duo of Markel Walker (13.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg) and Alyssia Brewer (10.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg), but have five players averaging in double figures.
Undersized On The Glass
Washington overcame being outrebounded 52-30 to defeat Arizona State, but was much better against Arizona, winning the battle on the glass, 49-40. Still, Washington is - 4.5 in rebounding margin on the season, which is 11th in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams has been Washington's queen of the glass with ten double-digit rebounding games . She is third in the Pac-12 with 12.0 rebounds per game.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 252 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 193 times. Their +4.5 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 127 steals on the season to just 79 from its opponents. Aminiah Williams had a career-high six steals against Idaho and has the team lead with 30. Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 25 steals and Kristi Kingma, 23.
1,000 Point Club
Kristi Kingma became the 22nd player in UW women's basketball history to score 1,000 points for her career when she surpassed the mark against Pepperdine. Kingma needed 11 points against the Waves to reach the elite level and scored 17 to give her 1,006 points for her career (She is currently up to 1,090).
Washington currently has the top three players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Jazmine Davis (38.5), Kristi Kingma (38.1) and Mercedes Wetmore (36.5) and have each played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (33.3 mpg) and Talia Walton (31.8 mpg) are also playing major minutes. The return of Heather Corral (18.5 minutes per game) has lightened the load of the Husky guards, but along with Jeneva Anderson the Dawgs play basically a 7-person rotation.
Last Line of Defense
Due to the undersized Washington lineup, Talia Walton is often playing the 5-spot, despite it not being her natural position. The redshirt freshman has responded well, blocking shots at an incredible rate. Walton is currently the Pac-12 leader with 2.4 blocks per game, including a career-best five against Arizona State.
The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 7.5 made 3-pointers per game. Washington is shooting 33.4 percent from three, while attempting 22.5 per game. Kristi Kingma regained the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (38) after making eight over the weekend against the Arizona schools. She averages 2.9 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is fourth in the conference, making 2.4 per game. The Huskies have made 32 more threes than their opponent so far this season. In contrast, the Dawgs' opponents are making just 5.1 threes per game and shooting just 25.0 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is third best in the Pac-12.