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Davis Goes For Record As UW Hosts Colorado, Utah

Jan 21, 2015

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SEATTLE -- Washington returns to Alaska Airlines Arena this weekend to welcome the Mountain schools for Pac-12 action. The Dawgs (14-4, 3-3) face Colorado (9-8, 2-4) on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Utah (6-11, 0-6) on Sunday morning at 11 a.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks as the Dawgs look for the home sweep.

Quick Hitters
• Husky guard Jazmine Davis is also on the verge of a school record, needing just five points to tie Jamie Redd for the all-time scoring record of 2,027 points at Washington. Last friday, she became the 16th player in Pac-12 history with 2,000 points. Davis also needs two more 3-pointers to tie the school record.
Aminah Williams broke Amber Hall's all-time rebounding record at UW last Friday at Oregon. She now has  1,017 rebounds to become the 18th member of the 1,000 rebound club in the Pac-12.
Talia Walton is also just six 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 2-3 against the current AP top-25 teams with wins over No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 17 Florida State and losses to No. 9 Oregon State, No. 11 Stanford and No. 13 Arizona State
• UW is now ranked 20th 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 fell to third in the nation in scoring at 24.5 ppg after a season-low 10 points at Oregon State.
• Washington ranks first in the Pac-12 and tied for 13th in the nation in scoring at 78.8 ppg. The 91 points against Oregon was the first time over 80 since scoring 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 34-18 (.654) career record.
• Washington is tied for 20th in the nation with 7.9 3-pointers per game, while shooting 35.0 percent.
Kelsey Plum leads the nation with 120 made free throws made, while shooting 90.2 percent.
• As a team, the Dawgs have made 295 free throws, which is 15th in the nation, while making 77.2 percent (295-382), which is 10th in the country. The Dawgs have made more free throws (295) than their opponents have attempted (293).
Talia Walton gives UW three players in double figures at 13.1 ppg. She has scored in double figures in 14 of 18 games, including a season-high 22 on Sunday at Oregon St. She is shooting a career-best 46.3 percent.
Aminah Williams leads the Dawgs in rebounding at 10.2 rpg and has seven double-doubles this year. She also has 13 games of at least 10 rebounds, including season-highs of 15 against Texas A&M and Stanford.
Chantel Osahor has been the Dawgs main bench option with 4.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Brianna Ruiz has made eight 3-pointers during Pac-12 play and 21 on the season.

Scouting Colorado
Colorado is 9-8 on the season, inlcuding 2-4 in conference. After starting Pac-12 play with four-straight losses, consecutive wins over Utah have given the Buffaloes new life. Colorado has four players averaging double figure scoring, led by senior forward Jen Reese, who is averaging 14.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Completing Colorado’s front court is forward Jamee Swan, averaging 12.9 points and 7.5 rebounds, while senior point guard Lexy Kresl averages 11.1 points and 5.0 assists, fourth best in the Pac-12. Colorado's undoing this season has been defense and holding on to the ball, allowing 69.6 points per game and averaging 18.0 turnovers, both ranking worst in the Pac-12.

Scouting Utah
Utah enters the matchup without a conference win, having started Pac-12 play this season 0-6. Overall, the Utes are 6-11. They have also struggled away from home, going 0-7 in all road and neutral site contests. The Utes are led by senior forward Taryn Wicijowski, who is nearly averaging a double double with 15.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Wicjiowski is the only Utah player averaging double figure scoring on a team that is last in the Pac-12 in scoring, averaging just 56.2 points per game. However, they are one of the better defensive teams in the conference, allowing teams to just 59.8 points per game, trailing only Arizona State and Oregon State in the Pac-12.

Previous Matchups
Against Colorado, Washington has posted a 5-8 all-time record including going 2-0 versus the Buffaloes last season. The Dawgs won 81-71 in Seattle in a game that Kelsey Plum set a school record with 18 made free throws. In Boulder, the Dawgs won again, 87-80. Washington is 8-7 all-time against Utah, including going 2-1 last season. The Dawgs won both league-play games versus the Utes by one point, the first a 53-52 overtime victory in Seattle, and later a 67-66 victory in Salt Lake City. But in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament, the 11th seeded Utes knocked the Huskies out of the tournament with 63-53 win.

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.

Cancun MVP
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.

Record Performance
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.

Backcourt Duo
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.

Preseason Recognition
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 Plum was 23rd on that list.

UW Falls To #9 Oregon State
Washington led late in the second half, coming back from an eight-point deficit, but could not hold off the final surge from the Beavers. Talia Walton scored 22 points to lead the Huskies, including making five 3-pointers, while Jazmine Davis added 15 points and six assists.

Dawgs Rout Oregon
Washington trounced Oregon, 91-69, on a night of milestones for the Dawgs. Aminah Williams had 11 rebounds to become the Huskies' all-time leader, while also surpassing 1,000 rebounds in the process. Jazmine Davis had 13 points to go over 2,000 for her career. Meanwhile, Kelsey Plum scored 35 to lead the Husky rout, shooting 12-19 from the floor, 4-7 from 3-point range and 7-7 from the foul line.