Nov. 20, 2012
||WASHINGTON VS. WISCONSIN
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Washington (2-1) will face its first BCS conference opponent on Wednesday when it travels to Big-10 country to face Wisconsin at 5 p.m., PT. Washington is 2-1 all-time against Wisconsin with the Huskies winning the last meeting 81-69 back in 2002. Wednesday's game will be live on 1150 AM in the Seattle Area and also streamed live on 1150kknw.com. Steve Sandmeyer will be on the call for KKNW.
The Badgers are off to a 2-1 start and will already be playing its third team from the state of Washington when it takes on the Huskies. Wisconsin traveled to the Pacific Northwest last weekend to face Gonzaga and Washington State, earning a split. The 'Zags defeated Wisconsin, 62-53, while the Badgers got a win over the Cougs, 52-44. Wisconsin is led in scoring by Morgan Paige who is averaging 14.7 points per game. Taylor Wurtz is also in double figures at 13.7 and point guard Tiera Stephen leads the team in minutes, assists and steals.
Undersized On The Glass
Washington is last in the Pac-12 in rebounding margin, although remarkably Washington won the battle of the boards against Long Beach State, its only loss. The Dawgs were badly outrebounded in its two wins, first by Saint Mary's, 60-34 and then 59-36 by Seattle U. Aminah Williams has picked up some of the slack on the glass, collecting 15 boards at LBSU and now among the Pac-12 leaders at 8.3 per game.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 58 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 46 times. The exception was against Long Beach State and the only loss of the season when the Dawgs turned it over 18 times to just 15 for the 49ers. Washington has 27 steals on the season, including 10 by Mercedes Wetmore, who is among the Pac-12 leaders in steals per game. Washington won the turnover ratio 18-11 against Saint Mary's and 25-17 against Seattle U.
Washington currently has the top three players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Kristi Kingma (40.7), Jazmine Davis (40.0) and Mercedes Wetmore (39.7) have each played almost every minute of every game. Throw in Talia Walton playing 36.0 minutes per game and Washington has played a very short bench.
Huskies Suffer First Loss At The Beach
Washington fell behind early and despite a furious rally in the second half, fell at Long Beach State, 71-62. The Dawgs trailed by as many as 20 in the second half, but cut the deficit to two in the final four minutes, before the 49ers pulled away. Talia Walton led UW with 19 points, while Aminah Williams had a monster game, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
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.