Washington freshman point guard Jazmine Davis committed 14 turnovers in the Huskies' Pac-12 opening losses at Oregon State and Oregon in December.
You don’t need to remind Jazmine Davis about how her Pac-12 career began.
The turnovers, poor decision-making and missed shots in a road swing through Oregon are etched in her mind as clearly as her name on her Washington jersey.
“They were the worst games of my life,” Davis said of losses at Oregon State and Oregon. “Coming into this game (Thursday, against Oregon), I’m actually a lot more prepared and way more focused to redeem myself to make up for those games.”
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The Huskies were riding a five-game win streak going into conference play back in December. Davis, a freshman point guard, was one of the keys through nonconference play, the team’s second-leading scorer.
But the momentum was momentarily stripped from her — and the team — as she made 14 turnovers in losses at Oregon State and Oregon. The worst was on an inbounds play with the Huskies down three points with 38 seconds remaining against the Beavers. Davis chucked the ball right into an Oregon State player’s hands, and the Huskies lost, 60-55.
Two days later the Huskies lost at Oregon, 88-86, when Davis made eight turnovers.
“Those were the kind of turnovers that determined who had leads,” Davis said. “I kind of let my team down with those turnovers, and I’m focusing on not doing that.
“I take it personal when we lose, especially with the turnovers that I had. Coming into this game, it’s definitely personal.”
Washington (12-9, 4-7 Pac-12) hosts Oregon (13-10, 5-6) on Thursday at Edmundson Pavilion. Huskies coach Kevin McGuff points out that the Ducks were without leading scorer Amanda Johnson (thumb) and Huskies star Regina Rogers fouled out against the Ducks.
But Davis clearly remembers the matchup with Seattleite Nia Jackson, the Ducks’ quick floor leader buzzing around Davis to collect steals and confuse the newbie.
This time, she’ll be ready. Rogers, a childhood friend of Jackson’s and a high-school teammate at Chief Sealth, unloaded all the knowledge she has about Jackson on Davis.
“She’s a really fast guard,” Davis said of Jackson. “I’ve been studying film on her. I’ve been looking at her in particular, and I’m going to have to get back really fast and play ‘D.’ “
Washington really showed what it was capable of defensively in a 67-61 win at USC on Sunday, its first win at USC since 2006.
Yet UW has yet to piece together back-to-back Pac-12 wins this season. The Huskies are tied for eighth place in the Pac-12 with Washington State and Colorado.
“We’re better, but I also think those teams are better, too,” McGuff said of the Oregon schools.
Washington plays a surging Oregon State on Saturday.
“They were both close games, and I expect the same (here),” McGuff said. “It’s a big challenge for us. But also, it wasn’t Jaz’s best game and Regina fouled out. With those two factors for us and Amanda (back for Oregon), both teams are going to be significantly better.”
“Oregon is the type of team where if we let them run the game, they’re going to run it until we’re done,” Davis said. “We’re not going to do that from the start. We’re going to play the way we play.”
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