Feb. 6, 2013
||WASHINGTON VS No. 17 UCLA
Fri., Feb. 8 | 7:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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WASHINGTON VS USC
Sun., Feb. 10 | 1:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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Washington (16-5, 8-2) returns home to face the Los Angeles schools this weekend. The Huskies will face No. 17 UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. and USC on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on pac-12.com. The 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
- Washington will face UCLA on Friday in a matchup between the two teams tied for third in the conference with an 8-2 record, just one game behind first-place Stanford and California.
- The Dawgs swept the Arizona schools on the road last weekend and finished 4-0 against Arizona and Arizona State for the first time since 1995.
- Washington is receiving votes in the AP Poll this week for the first time this season. The Huskies have not been ranked in the AP Poll since March 3, 2003.
- Talia Walton scored a career-high 26 points at Arizona State, including 6-8 from 3-point range. She is a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week and is fourth in the Pac-12 in scoring during Pac-12 play (17.5 ppg).
- Kristi Kingma set a school record for most made free throws without a miss in the 1/25 win over Oregon State. She went 15-15 from the line and would make 25 in a row, before the streak ended at Arizona.
- Jazmine is third in the conference, scoring 20.1 points per game in Pac-12 play.
- Jazmine Davis put up a career-high 37 points in the first game against USC. Her career night was the fifth most points scored in a single game in UW history.
- The Huskies starters have scored 96 percent (1364 of 1422) 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 is now 36-19 since coming to Seattle from Xavier.
- Aminah Williams is second in the Pac-12 with 26 steals during conference play.
- The last time UW started 8-2 in conference was 2002-03 when they began 9-2.
- Over her last four games, Mercedes Wetmore has 22 assists to just four turnovers (5.5 assist / TO ratio.)
The Huskies were swept in Los Angeles earlier this season with the Trojans winning 81-72 and the Bruins winning 85-68. Washington is 28-27 against UCLA and an even 29-29 against USC.
The Bruins are ranked No. 17 in the country and currently tied for third in the Pac-12 with Washington. Overall, UCLA is 17-4 and led by triple threat Markel Walker who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. Walker is also the Pac-12 leader in assists from her point forward position.
The Trojans had a rough non-conference season, but has righted the ship in conference where they are 5-5. USC is tied for fifth with Colorado in conference. Cassie Harberts leads the Trojans, averaging 18.5 points per game, but 20.4 in conference, bettered only by Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford.
Undersized On The Glass
The Huskies have struggled rebounding the ball in Pac-12 play and are -11.6 in rebounding margin. UW has only outrebounded Arizona at home so far in conference play. Washington is -7.7 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 10.8 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 383 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 269 times. Their +5.4 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 200 steals on the season to just 128 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 50, while Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 37 steals and Talia Walton, 31.
Washington and its opponents are nearly identical from the field this season. The Dawgs have made 496 field goals, while shooting 37.1 percent. Their opponents: 487 field goals, shooting 36.5 perecent. So how are the Dawgs 16-5? 56 more 3-pointers made and 30more 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 1,258). Jazmine Davis is also on pace to reach 1,000 points this season. The sophomore currently has 911 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 (37.5), and Mercedes Wetmore (36.8) and have each played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (34.3 mpg) and Talia Walton (32.4 mpg) are also playing major minutes. The return of Heather Corral (18.8 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.
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 2.1 blocks per game, including a career-best five in the first meeting with Arizona State.
The Dawgs are coming off a season-best 15 3-pointers against ASU. The Huskies lead the Pac-12 with 8.4 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting a league-leading 34.5 percent and attempting 24.3 per game. The Dawgs make more than two more 3's per game than any team in conference. Kristi Kingma has regained the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (61) after making 26 in conference play so far. She averages 2.9 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is fifth in the conference, making 2.4 per game and Talia Walton sixth with 2.0. The Huskies have made 56 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 26.5 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is second best in the Pac-12.