Feb. 26, 2013
||WASHINGTON VS No. 4 STANFORD
Thurs., Feb. 28 | 7:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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WASHINGTON VS No. 6 CALIFORNIA
Sun., March 2 | 2:00 p.m., PT | Alaska Airlines Arena
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Washington (19-8, 11-5) returns home to complete the regular season when it takes on a pair of top-ranked teams. The Dawgs face No. 4 Stanford on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by No. 6 California on Saturday at 2 p.m. Thursday's game will be aired live on the Pac-12 Networks with Mary Murphy and Krista Blunk on the call. Both games 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
- The Huskies have lost two straight for just the second time this season. UW also lost at USC and UCLA back in early January.
- Jazmine Davis, Deborah Meeks and Talia Walton have been suspended for Thursday's game because of a violation of team rules.
- Kristi Kingma broke her own record for 3-pointers in a single season. She now has 81, while the record was 79. She is second all-time at UW with 220 3's. The record is 245 by Loree Payne.
- The Dawgs fell to Utah last weekend, but Jazmine Davis reached a career milestone, scoring her 1,000th point. Davis became the second-fastest Husky to 1,000, needing just one more game than Jamie Redd.
- On February 15 versus Oregon, Kristi Kingma set a Pac-12 record with 11 3-pointers. In addition, the Dawgs set the conference record with 18 threes as a team.
- Kingma was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time in her career after the Oregon game.
- Washington received votes in the AP Poll for the three-straight weeks, but is no longer after losses to Utah and Colorado. The Huskies have not been ranked in the AP Poll since March 3, 2003.
- Talia Walton has been named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week three times during the conference season. She is averaging 14.8 points and 7.6 rebounds in conference play.
- 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 second in the Pac-12, scoring 19.2 points per game. Only two Dawgs have ever averaged 20 points per game in a season.
- 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 94 percent (1690 of 1799) of their points this season. Heather Corral's 16 points off the bench at Oregon 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 39-22 since coming to Seattle from Xavier.
- Aminah Williams is third in the Pac-12 with 40 steals during conference play.
- Over her last 10 games, Mercedes Wetmore has 53 assists to just 12 turnovers (4.4 assist / TO ratio.)
Washington is 14-42 all-time against Stanford and has lost 13 in a row aginst the Cardinal. The Dawgs last beat Stanford on December 22, 2005 when they won 77-72. Against California, the Dawgs are 42-18, but have won just two of the last nine. Washington last beat Cal back in 2011, 60-49.
The Cardinal has played in five-straight Final Fours and enter Thursday's game ranked No. 4 in the country. All-America candidate Chiney Ogwumike leads Stanford with 22.7 points and 12.7 rebounds. Both of those numbers are tops in the Pac-12.
California is tied with Stanford of the Pac-12 lead. The Golden Bears are led by Layshia Clarendon who averages 15.8 points per game. Genifer Brandon averages a double-double for Cal with 12.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.
Undersized On The Glass
The Huskies have struggled rebounding the ball in Pac-12 play and are -9.9 in rebounding margin. UW has only outrebounded Arizona at home and Oregon last week so far in conference play. Washington is -7.6 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 18 double-digit rebounding games. She is fourth in the Pac-12 with 10.9 rebounds per game and has nine double-doubles.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 484 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 330 times. Their +5.7 turnover margin is by far the best in the Pac-12. Washington has used pressure defense to create 256 steals on the season to just 154 from its opponents. Aminiah Williams had a career-high six steals against Idaho and matched that with six more at UCLA. She has the team lead with 64, while Mercedes Wetmore has chipped in 44 steals and Talia Walton, 41.
Washington and its opponents are nearly identical from the field this season. The Dawgs have made 629 field goals, while shooting 36.4 percent. Their opponents: 621 field goals, shooting 37.0 perecent. So how are the Dawgs 19-8? 71 more 3-pointers made and 28 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 1,314). Jazmine Davis is also reached 1,000 this season, needing less than two seasons to do so. She reached the mark at Utah and now has 1,015. She became the second-fastest Husky to get to 1,000, just one game less than Jamie Redd.
Washington currently has the three of the top six players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Kristi Kingma (37.7) leads the conference in minutes, while Jazmine Davis (37.2) is third. Mercedes Wetmore (35.0) has also played almost every minute of every game. The other starters, Aminah Williams (34.6 mpg) and Talia Walton (32.0 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 (9.9 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 is second in the Pac-12 with 1.7 blocks per game, including a career-best five in the first meeting with Arizona State.
The Huskies had a historic 3-point shooting night with 18 made 3-pointers on Feb. 15 at Oregon. Kristi Kingma made a Pac-12 record 11 threes on her own. The Dawgs lead the Pac-12 with 8.4 made 3-pointers per game, while shooting a league-leading 33.8 percent and attempting 24.7 per game. The Dawgs make almost more than three more 3's per game than any team in conference. Kristi Kingma has regained the Pac-12 lead in 3-pointers made (81) after making 50 in conference play so far. She averages 3.0 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis is fifth in the conference, making 2.3 per game and Talia Walton seventh with 1.9. The Huskies have made 71 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 28.0 percent from downtown. The Dawgs 3-point field percentage defense is fourth best in the Pac-12.