UW Travels To Oregon, #9 Oregon State
SEATTLE -- Washington continues Pac-12 play this weekend with a trip to face Northwest rivals Oregon and Oregon State. The Dawgs (13-3, 2-2) face the Ducks (8-7, 1-3) on Friday night at 8 p.m. and the ninth-ranked Beavers (14-1, 4-0) on Monday at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks with Ann Schatz and Elise Woodward on the call.
• Aminah Williams needs just four rebounds to tie Amber Hall for the all-time rebounding record at UW with 1,003. With her next board, Williams will become the 18th member of the 1,000 rebound club in the Pac-12.
• Husky guard Jazmine Davis is also on the verge of a school record, needing just 33 points to tie Jamie Redd for the all-time scoring record of 2,027 points at Washington. She needs six points to become the 16th player in Pac-12 history with 2,000 points. Davis also needs four more 3-pointers to tie the school record of Loree Payne.
• Talia Walton is also just 10 blocks short of the school record of 144 by Liz Chicane.
• Washington was ranked for one week in the Coaches Poll, but is now just on the outside of the top-25 in both the AP and Coaches Poll. UW is 2-2 against AP top-25 teams this week with wins over No. 11 Texas A&M and No. 20 Florida State and losses to No. 13 Stanford and No. 14 Arizona State
• UW is now ranked 23rd in the RPI and is the third Pac-12 team behind Arizona State and Oregon State.
• Kelsey Plum and Talia Walton have both surpassed 1,000 career points this season. Plum became the fastest to 1,000 points in UW history, second-fastest in Pac-12 history and tied for 15th fastest in NCAA history.
• Plum is second in the nation in scoring at 24.8 ppg, trailing Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State (24.9).
• Washington ranks first in the Pac-12 and 15th in the nation in scoring at 78.8 ppg. The 79 points in the Dawgs last game was the most since UW scored at least 80 points in each of their first nine games.
• Head Coach Mike Neighbors is in his second season as head coach and has a 33-17 (.660) career record.
• Washington is tied for 28th in the nation with 7.9 3-pointers per game, while shooting 34.6 percent.
• Kelsey Plum leads the nation with 111 made free throws made, while shooting 89.5 percent.
• As a team, the Dawgs have made 270 free throws, which is 14th in the nation, while making 76.9 percent (270-351), which is ninth in the country. The Dawgs have made more free throws (270) than their opponents have attempted (266).
• Talia Walton gives UW three players in double figures at 12.3 ppg. She has scored in double figures in 12 of 16 games, including a season-high 21 vs. Texas A&M, while shooting a career-high 46.1 percent.
• Aminah Williams leads the Dawgs in rebounding at 10.3 rpg and has seven double-doubles this year. She also has 12 games of at least 10 rebounds, including season-highs of 15 against Texas A&M and Stanford.
• Chantel Osahor has nearly matched Williams in rebound efficiency with with a board every 2.83 minutes. Williams grabs one every 2.78 minutes.
Oregon is led by first-year head coach Kelly Graves who was the longtime coach at Gonzaga. The Ducks are off to a 8-7 start, including 1-3 in the Pac-12. The lone conference win came at UCLA two weeks ago. Jillian Alleyne leads the Ducks at 16.3 points per game, but is also the nation's leading rebounder at 15.0 per contest. Lexi Petersen (12.1 ppg) and Lexi Bando (11.3 ppg) are also in double figures for Oregon. The Ducks style has changed dramatically after being one of the highest scoring teams in the country last year as they are way down to 65.2 ppg, but also playing much better defense, allowing 65.1 ppg.
Scouting Oregon State
The Beavers entered the top-10 in the AP rankings at No. 9 this week. They are 14-1 overall, including 4-0 in Pac-12 play. Oregon State's only loss came at Tennessee who is now the sixth-ranked team in the country. Ruth Hamblin leads the Beavers at 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, while also leading the Pac-12 with 49 blocked shots. Oregon State also features point guard Sydney Wiese who averages 13.4 points and 4.3 assists, while leading the Pac-12 in 3-pointers, while shooting over 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Washington is 46-43 all-time against Oregon, including going 2-1 last season. The Dawgs fell in Eugene during Pac-12 play, 101-85, but the responded to beat the Ducks 108-100 in Seattle and again in the in WNIT in Eugene, 93-85. Overall, the Huskies have won six of the last seven against Oregon, but are just 14-28 all-time in Eugene. Against Oregon State, Washington is 53-33 all-time, but lost both matchups last year. The Beavers won 75-68 in Corvallis and 77-57 in Seattle. The Dawgs are 22-16 all-time in Corvallis, including winning the 2013 matchup in a low scoring battle, 49-44.
Preseason Watch Lists
Both Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum were named to the 50-player Naismith Watch List. The Dawgs were one of just two Pac-12 schools (Cal) to have two players on the list. They also joined Notre Dame as the only team with two guards on the list. Plum was also named to both the Wooden Award preseason list and the Wade Trophy Watch list. Each award is given to the top player in women's college basketball.
Pac-12 Player Of The Week
Washington has had a Pac-12 weekly honoree three times so far this season. Brianna Ruiz was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week after a career-high tying 14 points at Portland. Previously, Jazmine Davis was named Player of the Week for the first time after averaging 25.0 ppg in three wins at the Cancun Classic. She was named tournament MVP in leading Washington to the team title. Husky guard Kelsey Plum was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week the first week of the season for the first time after scoring 45 points in a 90-80 loss to Oklahoma. It was Plum's eighth all-time weekly honor from the Pac-12 after being named Freshman of the Week seven times last year.
Jazmine Davis was named MVP of the Cancun Challenge after leading the Dawgs to a 3-0 record and the tournament title. She averaged 25.0 points per game in the three contests.
Kelsey Plum scored 45 points at Oklahoma on November 14, 2014 to break the 11-year-old Husky single-game scoring record. Giuliana Mendiola scored 43 points against UCLA back in 2003 for the previous record. The 45 points also ranks tied for sixth all-time for a single game in Pac-12 history and was a facility record at Oklahoma's Lloyd Noble Center. Plum shot 15-27 from the floor, 3-7 from 3-point range and 12-12 from the foul line. She also had five assists, four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and committed only one turnover.
Washington entered the season with one of the top returning backcourts in the country with Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum. Both earned All-Pac-12 honors last season, while Plum was the conference Freshman of the Year. This season, the duo has not disappointed, averaging a combined 39.9 points, second-best in the country for a backcourt. The distribution is also up with Davis averaging a career-best 4.9 assists per game and Plum adding 3.8.
Both Husky guards were honored before the season with media awards. Jazmine Davis was named to the five-player preseason All-Pac-12 team as voted by the conference media. Meanwhile, Kelsey Plum was named to the national list of the top-25 players by ESPN.com Plum was 23rd on that list.
Huskies Outlast Cal
Washington evened their conference record at 2-2 with a 79-77 win over Cal. The back and forth game included 12 ties, but the Dawgs took the lead for good with just over three minutes to play. Kelsey Plum finished with her sixth 30-point game to lead a scoring attack that included five players in double figures.
Bank Shot Dooms UW
UW and No. 15 Stanford clashed for a tight game in the home Pac-12 opener, but a banked in 3-pointer doomed UW in the final minute. Aminah Williams led the Dawgs with 12 points and 15 rebounds, but the Cardinal banked in 3 with 27 seconds left sealed a 60-56 final.