Jan. 29, 2013
||WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA
Fri., Feb. 1 | 6:00 p.m., PT | McKale Memorial Center
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WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA STATE
Sun., Feb. 3 | 10:00 a.m., PT | Wells Fargo Arena
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Washington (14-5, 5-2) heads to the desert to face Arizona and Arizona State in Pac-12 play. Friday, the Dawgs face Arizona in Tucson at 6 p.m., while Sunday, Washington travels to Tempe to face ASU at 10 a.m. Sunday's game will be live on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy on the call. Both games 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.
What To Look For
- Talia Walton was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after a pair of double-doubles in wins over the Oregon schools. She has now won the award twice this month, including after the Arizona schools at home.
- Kristi Kingma set a school record for most made free throws without a miss during Friday's win over Oregon State. She went 15-15 from the line and has made 22 in a row from the charity stripe overall.
- Jazmine is second in the conference, scoring 22.0 points per game in Pac-12 play. She was forced to leave last Sunday's game against Washington State and missed both games over the weekend with a concussion.
- 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.
- The Huskies starters have scored 96 percent (1220 of 1274) of their points this season. Heather Corral's nine points off the bench at WSU was the highest total from a non-starter this season.
- Washington is last in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, but makes up for it by leading the conference in turnover margin and 3-pointers made.
- Head Coach Kevin McGuff picked up his 30th win at Washington with the win over Arizona. He is now 34-19 since coming to Seattle from Xavier.
- Aminah Williams is tied for the Pac-12 lead with 21 steals during conference play.
- The last time UW started 6-2 in conference was 2002-03 when they began 9-2.
The Dawgs swept the Arizona schools earlier this season, beating ASU 77-74 and Arizona 76-65. All-time Washington is 35-21 against Arizona, including three-straight wins. Against Arizona State, UW is an even 28-28, but has lost 11 straight in Tempe.
The Wildcats enter Friday's game with a record of 11-8 and 3-5 in the Pac-12. They are led by Davellyn White, who averages 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Arizona is riding a three-game losing streak, following a tough stretch at Colorado, at UCLA and at USC.
Scouting Arizona State
The Sun Devils are also 3-5 in the Pac-12, entering Friday's game with Washington State. ASU has lost three of four, but did win at USC last weekend. Janae Fulcher leads Arizona State in scoring at 11.5 points per game, but is the only player in double figures. The Devils use a balanced attack with 10 players averaging at least 13 minutes of playing time.
Undersized On The Glass
The Huskies have struggled rebounding the ball in Pac-12 play and are -9.6 in rebounding margin. The Dawgs battled Oregon to an even 49-49 on the boards on Sunday, but has only outrebounded Arizona so far in conference play. Washington is -6.5 in rebounding margin on the season, which is also last in the Pac-12. Aminah Williams has been Washington's queen of the glass with 13 double-digit rebounding games. She is third in the Pac-12 with 11.2 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 351 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 259 times. Their +4.8 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 186 steals on the season to just 122 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 45, while Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 34 steals and Talia Walton, 30.
Washington and its opponents are nearly identical from the field this season. The Dawgs have made 441 field goals, while shooting 36.4 percent. Their opponents: 440 field goals, shooting 36.4 perecent. So how are the Dawgs 14-5? 45 more 3-pointers made and 33 more free throws made than the competition
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 (Now has 1,222). Jazmine Davis is also on pace to reach 1,000 points this season. The sophomore currently has 882 for her career.
Washington currently has the top three players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Kristi Kingma (38.1) leads the conference in minutes, while Jazmine Davis (37.6), and Mercedes Wetmore (36.9) and have each played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (34.1 mpg) and Talia Walton (32.3 mpg) are also playing major minutes. The return of Heather Corral (20.8 mpg) has lightened the load of the Husky guards, but along with Jeneva Anderson (11.1 mpg) the Dawgs play basically a 7-person rotation. Corral also stepped in and started for UW against the Oregon schools last weekend and played all 81 minutes in the two games with Davis out.
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 leads the Pac-12 with 2.0 blocks per game, including a career-best five against Arizona State.
The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 8.2 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting a league-leading 34.4 percent and attempting 23.5 per game. Kristi Kingma has regained the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (53) after making 23 in conference play so far. She averages 2.9 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is fourth in the conference, making 2.6 per game. The Huskies have made 47 more threes than their opponent so far this season. In contrast, the Dawgs' opponents are making just 5.7 threes per game and shooting just 26.4 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is second best in the Pac-12.