Here’s a little bit of this and that with Washington’s star backcourt Jazmine Davis, Kelsey Plum and Mercedes Wetmore. You might think the giddiness is due to the 108-100 win against Oregon on Friday. It’s not. The trio, and entire team, are normally engaging after games — win or lose. It’s part of a different dynamic at UW in first-year coach Mike Neighbors regime.
UW (16-10, 9-6 Pac-12) hosts Oregon State (18-9, 10-5) at Alaska Airlines Arena on Sunday at 2pm in a key matchup for conference tournament positioning. The Beavers are tied for third in Pac-12 standings and on a six-game win streak after defeating Washington State on Friday. The Huskies are on a four-game win streak and fifth in standings.
The top four teams receive a bye in the Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena March 6-9. Third in league standings and even a NCAA tournament berth are a stretch for UW. It would have to beat OSU and look for OSU, Utah and Oregon to defeat No. 20 ASU (21-6, 10-5) to move up in conference standings since the Huskies lost at home to ASU in January.
UW, which upset then-No. 3 Stanford earlier this month, would have to beat OSU, split its trip against the Bay Area powers next week and have a good showing in the Pac-12 tourney to nab that coveted NCAA berth. Washington hosts the opening two rounds of the tourney at Alaska Airlines Arena, which Neighbors believes would give UW the edge if on the bubble due the NCAA’s quest to build tourney attendance.
Washington is peaking at the right time. As Wetmore stated in the postgame interview, Sunday will be an indicator for what’s possible to close her senior season. Here’s more: