Nov. 17, 2012
||WASHINGTON VS. LONG BEACH STATE
Fri., Nov. 18 | 2:00 pm | Walter Pyramid | Live Stats
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Washington (2-0) will be in Southern California for the matchup with Long Beach State (1-2) at 2 p.m. on Sunday from the Walter pyramid. Washington is 1-7 all-time against Long Beach State, but its lone win came last season when the Huskies won 80-46 at Alaska Airlines Arena. Before last season UW and LBSU had not played since 1991. Sunday's game will be live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and also streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Stever Sandmeyer will be on the call for KKNW.
Scouting Long Beach State
The 49ers are off to a 1-2 start to the season after beating Sacramento State in the opener, before falling to Iona and Loyola Marymount. The 49ers won 74-71 in the season opener behind 19 points from Chantel Dooley. Two days later, LBSU lost a tight game, 60-58. Alex Sanchez led the 49ers with 17 points in the loss. Friday, Bianka Balthazar scored 14 off the bench, but it was not enough in a 58-52 loss to the LMU.
Undersized On The Glass
Despite winning both games so far this season, Washington has been badly outrebounded on each occasion. On the season Washington has allowed its opponents 119 rebounds to grabbing only 70 of its own. The Dawgs were outrebounded by Saint Mary's, 60-34 and then 59-36 by Seattle U.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle in both games. The Huskies have created 43 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 28 times. Washington has 19 steals on the season, including nine by Mercedes Wetmore. She is currently second in the conference in steals per game. Washington won the turnover ratio 18-11 against Saint Mary's and 25-17 against Seattle U.
Crosstown Win Takes OT
The Dawgs won their first road and overtime games of the year when it they defeated Seattle U., 77-75, at Key Arena. Washington was led by four players in double figures, including both Kristi Kingma (22) and Jazmine Davis (21) who exceeded 20. Talia Walton chipped in 15, while Mercedes Wetmore had 12 as the Huskies made 12 3-pointers and shot 42.5% for the game.
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.
Jazmine Davis returns for her second season in Seattle after a brilliant freshman season that landed her the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honor. Davis averaged 15.7 points per game in her first year at UW, but 18.7 in conference play. The 18.7 in Pac-12 play trailed only Pac-12 Player of the Year and eventual WNBA No. 1 pick Nneka Ogwumike of Stanford. Davis also set Husky freshman records with 535 points, 67 3-pointers made, 140 free throws made and 33 starts.