Charmaine Barlow is one of four seniors making their final trip to the Pac-12 Tournament.
March 6, 2012
Pac-12 Tournament Notes | Davis Named Pac-12's Top Freshman
The Huskies are off to Los Angeles and the Galen Center for the first-ever Pac-12 Tournament, where they'll face No. 9 seed Oregon on Wednesday at 12 p.m.
Washington ended the regular season winning three of its last four games, including a 67-59 defeat of UCLA on "Senior Night." Regina Rogers led UW with 22 points and 11 rebounds against her former team. The 16-12 finish was the best for the Huskies since the 2007-08 season.
The Ducks are coming off a split at the Rocky Mountain schools, and need two wins at the Pac-12 Tournament to guarantee a finish over .500. Containing Oregon's up-tempo pace and rapid-fire shooting will be key if the Huskies hope to win their first tournament game since 2009.
For regular season and postseason games, 13-year veteran Steve Sandmeyer handles all play-by-play duties for the Washington Huskies on KKNW 1150AM. Sandmeyer will be joined on the road by former UW letterwinner Elise (Niemela) Woodward.
The first-round game will also be streamed live on the Pac-12 Conference's YouTube channel, which is available at www.youtube.com/pac12conf. Kevin Danna will handle play-by-play duties for the league.
Live stats for the game will be available on GameTracker. Fans can also participate in an GoHuskies chat during the game.
Jazmine Davis became the first Husky since Karen Deden in 1988 to win the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Award. She was also selected to the All-Pac-12 list with teammate Regina Rogers. Charmaine Barlow was honorable mention All-Defensive Team.
The Huskies rank 23rd in the nation in field goal percentage defense, limiting opponents to 35 percent from the floor.
Davis is the nation's fourth highest-scoring freshman in D-I women's basketball with 16.2 ppg. Her mark is the best among any freshman playing in a BCS-level conference.
Regina Rogers is third in the nation in field goal percentage, making 60 percent of her attempts.
Rogers and Davis combined to score 51 percent of the Huskies' 63.5 points per game this season.
Davis is eight three pointers away from breaking the all-time frosh record (60), which was set by Loree Payne in the 2000 season. Davis is now 19 points away from tying Carlin McClary for No. 2 on the list.
Washington is five wins away from notching No. 700 as a program.
Pac-12 Tournament Notes
The Huskies went 4-10 in Pac-10 Tournament Games, with a 1-2 record against Oregon. Washington faced the Ducks in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament in 2002, and then again in 2005 and later 2009, where the Huskies picked up their first win (69-43) over UO in postseason play.
The Huskies are the No. 8 seed in the conference's season-ending tournament for the first time in history.
The University of Oregon finished the regular season at 15-15, 7-12 in the Pac-12. The Ducks dropped four of their last five games, the lone win a 64-62 victory at Colorado on March 1. Oregon is 0-2 comes into the game 0-2 in the conference tournament under Coach Paul Westhead.
Amanda Johnson leads the Ducks in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.4 ppg to go with 9.7 boards. The senior has played in just 19 games this season because of a wrist injury, but has been an elite talent when on the floor, making 44 percent of her shots. Jasmin Holliday is second on the Ducks' roster in scoring with 13.1 points per contest.
Oregon averages 71.5 points a game as a team. But the Ducks surrender 74.9 points to their opponents (last in the Pac-12), allowing teams to shoot almost 40 percent from the floor.
Oregon makes almost 32 percent of its looks from the three-point line, although the Ducks attempted a league-high 731 for the season. The 7.7 three pointers UO makes per game is ranked ninth in the NCAA.
Oregon is statistically the worst team in the Pac-12 in rebounding the basketball. The Ducks are outgained on the glass by +3.3, and allow opponents to pull down 45.5 boards a game.
Series Record: The Huskies and Ducks have played some dramatic games this season, with each team defending their home court. Oregon won the opener, defeating UW 88-86 after rallying from an 18-point second-half deficit. The Ducks also had a rally in the works up in Seattle in the rematch, but the Huskies were able to hold on for a 72-69 win. Jazmine Davis led the Huskies with 27 points in the redux. ... Kellie McCann-Smith has scored 38 points in two games against Oregon this season, including 10 three-pointers.
Noteworthy: Oregon guard Nia Jackson is a Seattle native and played at Chief Sealth High School with Regina Rogers and Charmaine Barlow. The 5-7 Jackson averages 8.8 points a game this year, far below the 17.0 ppg mark she maintained last season before a pair of knee injuries sidelined her.
Up Next For The Huskies
Should the Huskies win, they would face No. 1 seed Stanford on Thursday at 12 p.m. Stanford went 28-1 this season, with the lone defeat a close game at Connecticut.