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It's time to win a share of the Pac-12.
As expected, Stanford is in the process of beating Washington State. That means it's up to our Bears to take care of business themselves. Washington will be back to full strength, and desperately needing a win to preserve any shot at an NCAA tournament spot.
Players to Watch
Jazmine Davis: UW's super sophomore is 2nd in the conference in points/game, and that's in part because of her versatility. She can score from deep, she can finish in the paint, and she can get to the line. She's a volume shooter that will keep hoisting up shots even if they don't go in to start, so she can be forced into bad games.
Kristi Kingma: Sure, she's mostly just a 3 point gunner. But she's the best gunner in the conference. She averages three made 3s per game, and when she gets hot she can single-handedly swing a game. If she's cold, the Huskies can struggle.
Keys to the Game
1. Defend the 3 point line. The Huskies bomb 3 pointers all game long. 39% of their shots are from behind the arc and all five starters are completely willing to throw up a three. Cal has done pretty well at preventing teams from attempting 3s in conference, but Washington's best chance of winning will be nailing 3s.
2. Kill them on the glass: UW is last in the conference in rebounding percentage, and they haven't even faced the best rebounding team in the conference yet. Cal should own the boards - like, two out of every three rebounds should be grabbed by Bears. Washington has managed to win games without rebounding, so that means that if they actually do pull down a few rebounds things could get scary.
3. Get Caldwell and Brandon involved early: UW doesn't have much size, and they have even less depth. They shouldn't have the size to slow down Cal's bigs, and they don't have the depth to absorb any foul trouble. Cal hasn't gotten much scoring inside of late, but today's the day to break out. Double doubles for everybody!
4. Win the Pac-12: Let's win the Pac-12.