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February 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

UW makes way for Old Dawgs on Sunday

Huskies2.jpgWashington will host its bi-annual alumni game at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. It’s the precursor for basketball’s version of the Apple Cup between UW (14-11, 6-9 Pac-12) and Washington State (10-17, 4-11) at noon at Edmundson Pavilion.
The Huskies hold a 33-game win streak against their cross-state rivals.
For the alumni, it’s a chance to strut their stuff on the Hec Ed floor, again. Those who don’t play much anymore, like Storm CEO and president Karen Bryant or Beth Thorlakson-Campbell, serve as “coaches” for the game.

In the 2010 matchup,
the “Purple” team, with names like Ana Tuiaea-Rudd (1997-98), Mary Wiegenstein (1967-71) and Michelle Augustavo (2008-09), won 55-53. The game was tied at 50 points apiece with a minute remaining. Then Augustavo hit a three-pointer to put her team ahead. She was 4-for-5 from three-point range in the second half, but couldn’t hit a layup to save her life.
“I know, it was embarrassing,” she joked afterward. Augustavo is a first-year director of basketball operations for Denver University, which plays its regular-season finale on Sunday, so she likely won’t be in attendance.
The “White” team in 2010 featured players like Tara Davis (1991-94), Andrea Lalum (2001-04), and Karen Denman (1975). And they were heated they lost the matchup.
“We practiced twice a week and (played) short seasons,” said Wiegenstein in 2010 of her days playing AIAW ball for Washington, coached by P.E. teaching assistants. “I never got enough basketball, so I’m still playing. I’m a gym rat.”

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