Jan. 14, 2013
||WASHINGTON VS WASHINGTON STATE
Fri., Jan. 15 | 6:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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SEATTLE -- Washington (10-5, 2-2) will host archrival Washington State on Tuesday, January 15, at 6 p.m. The in-state battle will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks with Mary Murphy and Krista Blunk on the call. The game will also be aired live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Steve Sandmeyer and Elise Woodward will call the games live for KKNW.
Washington swept Washington State a year ago and has now won 34-consecutive games against the Cougars. The last time Washington State beat the Dawgs was in Pullman in 1995. Despite the winning streak, the Cougars played UW close in both games last year. Washington won 60-56 in Seattle and 60-51 in Pullman. Overall, Washington is 64-10 against Washington State all-time.
What To Look For
- Jazmine Davis put up a career-high 37 points in the loss to USC. Her career night was the fifth most points scored in a single game in UW history. She currently leads the Pac-12, scoring 23.3 points per game in conference.
- The Huskies starters have scored 97 percent (950 of 983) of their points this season.
- Talia Walton has averaged 18.0 points and 6.8 rebounds over the four three Pac-12 games of her career. She was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week following UW's sweep of the Arizona schools.
- 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.
- Washingtonis last 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 played high-scoring games in conference with the winning team needing at least 75 points in all four games. The Dawgs are scoring 73.2 points per game, which is second in the Pac-12, but also allowing 76.2 points, which is 11th in conference.
- Head Coach Kevin McGuff picked up his 30th win at Washington with the win over Arizona. He is now 30-19 since coming to Seattle from Xavier.
- Aminah Williams leads the Pac-12 with 14 steals during conference play.
Undersized On The Glass
The Huskies struggled on the glass against the LA schools, being outrebounded 50-26 against UCLA and 53-38 by USC. Both teams created too many extra possessions and second opportunities as the Dawgs gave up 34 offensive rebounds on the weekend. Washington is -6.5 in rebounding margin on the season, which is last in the Pac-12. Aminah Williamshas been Washington's queen of the glass with ten double-digit rebounding games . She is third in the Pac-12 with 11.4 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 290 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 217 times. Their +4.9 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 151 steals on the season to just 97 from its opponents. Aminiah Williams had a career-high six steals against Idaho and matched that with six more against UCLA. She has the team lead with 38, while Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 29 steals and Kristi Kingma and Talia Walton, 24 apiece.
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. Jazmine Davisis also on pace to reach 1,000 points this season. The sophomore currently has 843 for her career.
Washington currently has the top three players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Jazmine Davis (38.2), Kristi Kingma (37.9) and Mercedes Wetmore (36.4) and have each played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (33.3 mpg) and Talia Walton (31.5 mpg) are also playing major minutes. The return of Heather Corral (16.2 mpg) has lightened the load of the Husky guards, but along with Jeneva Anderson(11.4 mpg) the Dawgs play basically a 7-person rotation.
Last Line of Defense
Due to the undersized Washington lineup, Talia Waltonis 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 2.2 blocks per game, including a career-best five against Arizona State.
The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 7.7 made 3-pointers per game. Washington is shooting 33.4 percent from three, while attempting 23.1 per game. Kristi Kingma regained the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (42) after making 10 in her first three Pac-12 games. She averages 2.8 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is second in the conference, making 2.5 per game. The Huskies have made 34 more threes than their opponent so far this season. In contrast, the Dawgs' opponents are making just 5.5 threes per game and shooting just 27.5 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is third best in the Pac-12.