Nov. 28, 2012
||WASHINGTON VS. PORTLAND
Thurs., Nov. 29 | 7:00 pm, PT | Chiles Center
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SEATTLE-- Washington (4-1) will face its second-straight WCC opponent as it travels to Portland (1-5) to face the Pilots. Thursday evening's game will be at 7 p.m. at UP's Chiles Center. The Dawgs are 9-0 all-time against Portland, including winning the last year at the Alaska Airlines Arena. In that game, Regina Rogers scored 26 points, while Jazmine Davis had 13. The 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 Pilots are off to a tough start in 2012, winning just one of six road games to begin the year. Portland's lone win came at Idaho on November 16th. Kari Luttinen is the only Pilot averaging in double figures in scoring (11.5 ppg). Cassandra Thompson averages 9.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, while Amy Pupa contributes 8.0 rebounds per game. Portland is shooting just 37.2 percent on the season and averaging 22.6 turnovers per game.
Undersized On The Glass
After being badly outrebounded the first two games of the season, Washington has been much stronger on the glass of late. UW has outrebounded its opponent in three consecutive games and improved its season rebounding margin to -4.2. Aminah Williams has picked up much of the slack with 43 boards in the past three games. She is now third in the Pac-12 with 10.6 rebounds per game. The Dawgs were badly outrebounded by Saint Mary's, 60-34 and then 59-36 by Seattle U, but since then has outrebounded its opponent 129-102.
1,000 Point Club
Kristi Kingma became the 21st 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.
Valuing The Basketball
Washington has made up for the rebounding margin by winning the turnover battle this season. The Huskies have created 100 turnovers already this season, while giving it up just 82 times. Washington has 47 steals on the season, including 14 by Mercedes Wetmore, who is tied for fourth in the conference.
Washington currently has the top three players in the Pac-12 in minutes per game. Kristi Kingma (39.8), Mercedes Wetmore (39.4) and Jazmine Davis (38.8) have each played almost every minute of every game. Throw in Talia Walton playing 32.4 minutes per game and Washington has played a very short bench. Jeneva Anderson leads Washington in both minutes (14.6) and points (2.0) off the bench.
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 on the defensive end, clogging the lane and blocking shots at an incredible rate. Walton is currently tied for the Pac-12 lead with 2.8 blocks per game.
The Huskies are currently tied for second in the Pac-12 with 7.6 threes per game. Washington is shooting 32.2 percent from three, while attempting 23.6 per game. Kristin Kingma leads the Pac-12 with 3.4 3-pointers made per game, while Jazmine Davis and Talia Walton are each making 1.8 per game.
Dawgs Blow Out Pepperdine
The Huskies managed its most lopsided win at home against Pepperdine, using a 21-4 run to end the first half to build a big lead. Washington finished off a 70-51 win led by a career night from Aminah Williams. Williams finished with a career-best 17 points, while adding 15 rebounds. Jazmine Davis and Kristin Kingma also added 17 points apiece and the Dawgs improved to 2-0 against the West Coast Conference.