Nov. 13, 2012
||WASHINGTON VS. SEATTLE U.
Fri., Nov. 14 | 7:00 pm | Key Arena | Live Stats
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Washington (1-0) will head out on the road for the first time this season, although the first 'road' game will be at nearby Key Arena to face Seattle U (0-1). The Huskies and Redhawks will renew a budding rivalry on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Sunday, Washington will be in Southern California for a matchup with Long Beach State at 2 p.m.
Scouting Seattle U.
The Redhawks opened with a 71-70 loss to Pacific. Seattle U. fell behind by double-digits in the first half, but carved its way back into the game in the second half. Ashley Ward led the Redhawks with 21 points, including 16-19 from the foul line. Kacie Sowell added 19 points and 11 rebounds, but it was not enough. Seattle U. is in its first season of being NCAA Tournament eligible after the transition from Division II. A member of the WAC, the Redhawks were picked to finish fourth in the conference by both the coaches and the media.
Washington opened the season with an exciting come-from-behind win over Saint Mary's at Alaska Airlines Arena. The Dawgs fell behind early, but crawled back to make it a close game by halftime. The Huskies then opened the second half on a 23-4 run to build a double-digit lead. Saint Mary's then mounted a comeback of its own to tie the game with 26 seconds to play. That set the scene for a driving layup by Jazmine Davis to give Washington a two-point, 70-68, victory. Davis led Washington with 25 points, while Talia Walton chipped in 17 and Kristi Kingma 15.
Washington hosted Concordia for its lone exhibition game, defeating the Cavaliers, 92-46. Aminah Williams had a monster game, scoring 18 points and grabbing 20 rebounds. Washington used a balanced scoring attack with four players in double figures. Jazmine Davis was the top scorer with 19, while Williams and Kristi Kingma each had 18 and Mercedes Wetmore chipped in 15. The Dawgs outrebounded its opponent 63-43 and created 31 turnovers.
Washington was picked to finish eighth in the Pac-12 Coaches Poll. The Dawgs finished tied for seventh last season with a conference record of 8-10. Stanford was picked to win the league, followed by California, UCLA and USC. Arizona State and Oregon State were picked to finish in a tie for fifth, while Utah was picked seventh. Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and Arizona were picked behind the Huskies. The preseason media poll looked much like the coaches poll, but Washington jumped ahead of Utah for seventh place. Jazmine Davis was also selected as a member of the preseason All-Pac-12 Team, along with Layshia Clarendon of California, Chucky Jeffery of Colorado, Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Markel Walker of UCLA and Davellyn Whyte of Arizona.
From the Top
Head Coach Kevin McGuff enters his second season at UW. In year one, McGuff led Washington to a 20-win season and a trip to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. It was the first 20-win season in since 2002-03 for the Dawgs. McGuff has now managed to take his teams to the postseason in all 10 years he has been a head coach (nine at Xavier). Overall, McGuff's career record stands at 234-87 with his best finish being a missed layup away from taking Xavier to the Final Four in 2009-10.