Washington (1-0) is putting the final touches on its preparation for a matchup against Seattle University (0-1) at KeyArena on Wednesday. Both played dramatic season-openers, UW defeating Saint Mary’s 70-68 and SU falling 71-70 to Pacific on Friday.
“Pacific is really good, so that was a really competitive game for them,” Huskies coach Kevin McGuff said of the Redhawks’ loss. Pacific (2-0) defeated Arizona State 77-62 in the opening-round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament last year.
“One thing I like about (SU’s) team is that they have good balance,” McGuff continued. “They’re really good around the basket and now they’ve got some perimeter players in (Sylvia) Shephard and (Daidra) Brown that are really doing some good things. It’s going to be a real strength of theirs as the season goes on.”
UW’s backcourt is more talented, however. Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis scored a layup against a triple-team defense for the winning bucket with six seconds remaining against Saint Mary’s. She sprained her right ankle in the first half, but finished with 25 points on 8 of 21 shooting from the field. Davis is joined by all-conference G Kristi Kingma and slasher Mercedes Wetmore along the perimeter.
“She’ll be able to play,” said McGuff of Davis, the Pac-12’s freshman of the year last season. “She tweaked her ankle in the Saint Mary’s game and was sore afterwards but I would expect she’d be 100 percent tomorrow. She’s been practicing.”