In the words of Washington State senior G Tia Presley, “the exhibition was such a tease.” More than a week has passed since most teams held an exhibition game, a positive because the NCAA has allowed teams more practice time overall, which should produce better competition. But, as always, players want the live games. Well, the…More
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Seattle U started its season Saturday with an exhibition game against Central Washington at Connolly Center. The Redhawks made its debut with three new starters to replace graduated seniors in F Kacie Sowell, G Sylvia Shephard and F Ashley Ward. SU’s young lineup of sophomore PGs Kaylee Best and Alexis Montgomery, freshman wing Jacinta Beckley,…More
Washington coach Mike Neighbors took to his Instagram account to announce the 2014-15 nonconference schedule. The second-year coach used Twitter to make his announcement last season, sitting in an airport to give comments about each opponent. Below is the UW lineup in traditional form. One highlight is the return of legendary UW coach…More
In the shadow of the WNBA, a lot has happened on the local college scene. I’m sure you heard about Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves accepting an offer for a similar position at Oregon. Well, he’s rounded out his staff, including Storm F Nicole Powell as an assistant. Graves’ replacement at GU,…More
Former Gonzaga standout Vivian Frieson will return to her native city as the new assistant coach at Seattle U, head coach Joan Bonvicini announced Thursday. Frieson, who was the first Zag drafted by a WNBA team, replaces Shaquala Williams. The latter left in March to take a similar position with the Storm. Frieson,…More
Seattle U concludes its regular-season with two games this week. SU (13-14, 8-6 WAC) hosts Kansas City on Thursday and Chicago State on Saturday. The latter will mark Senior Day for forwards Kacie Sowell and Ashley Ward and G Sylvia Shephard. A ceremony will be held prior to the 4pm game at Connolly Center. Sowell…More
Storm All-Star Tina Thompson and Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini are among the city’s six women nominated for Female Sports Star of the Year by the Seattle Sports Commission. Winners will be announced Jan. 22, 2014 during the 79th annual Sports Star of the Year banquet at Benaroya Hall downtown.
Created by Royal Brougham and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1936, the event celebrates achievements of those in the local sports community and industry. Anyone can vote once every 24 hours for the winners on the commission’s website.
Voting began earlier in December and runs through Jan. 15, 2014. The total vote is based 50 percent by the public and 50 percent by the Sports Star Committee.
Storm All-Stars Sue Bird (2002), Lauren Jackson (2003) and former coach Anne Donovan, who led the franchise to its first WNBA championship in 2004, were past winners from the pro basketball team. Former Stanford All-American, Kate Starbird, won in 1997.
Thompson, who won the inaugural four WNBA championships with the defunct Houston Comets, retired after a 17-year career in the league. Playing her final two seasons for the Storm, she finished as the all-time leading WNBA scorer with 7,488 points and is second on the all-time rebounding list with 3,070.More
Since Day 1, Seattle U knew it was going to rely heavily on its underclassmen this season, particularly five freshman — three as primary ball-handlers. The group has quickly shown its potential.
Down 23 points nine minutes into a shootout against Oregon, instead of getting overwhelmed at the fast pace and seemingly endless three-pointers, four newcomers made good contributions to help SU get an unexpected lead and put the team in position to possibly win. Freshman G Claire Metoyer returned from injury and only played three minutes in the first half of the eventual 105-100 loss at KeyArena.
“We’ve been waiting for that moment to happen,” said senior F Kacie Sowell, the reigning Western Athletic Conference player of the year. “We have three seniors who’ve been here together for four years, but we can’t do it by ourselves. We need younger players, especially them running the point. It’s taken time but I think we’re to a place where everyone gets it.”
SU coach Joan Bonvicini pulled senior G Sylvia Shephard from the starting lineup due to an undisclosed reason, starting freshmen Alexis Montgomery and Kaylee Best in the backcourt. That decision quickly changed with the Redhawks down 7-0 . Bonvicini substituted Shephard for Best, which turned into a merry-go-round of rotations until the team found its defensive confidence to at least slow the Ducks’ offense.
Montgomery was able to run SU’s offensive sets, getting the ball inside to improved sophomore F Taelor Ross and Sowell. Later, Best made solid assists and collected a steal to help freshmen F Wilma Afunugo score five points in a 12-3 run to pull SU within 47-42 with 1:17 remaining in the opening half.More
Pac-12 pride brimmed at Washington practice last week. While the Huskies enjoyed a Thanksgiving holiday without basketball due to a scheduling conflict, the conference was busy knocking down teams ranked in the AP top 25.
“They’re genuinely excited,” said Washington coach Mike Neighbors of his team’s reaction to the conference going 4-2 against ranked teams the past week after an 0-7 start. “They see that you have to make the most of your opportunities when you play a ranked team.”
UW’s first chance is Saturday when it plays at No. 23 Texas A&M (4-2). Washington plays at Houston (3-4) on Wednesday. Naturally, the Huskies (1-2) would like to sweep to flex its Pac-12 muscle like its rivals.
Washington State (4-4) made 12 three-pointers to defeat then-No. 10 Nebraska 76-72 on Saturday. Playing before 5,933 fans, it was the Cornhuskers’ first loss in its sparkling new Pinnacle Bank Arena. It was the Cougs’ first win over a Top 10 team in program history.
“A lot of our girls had never played in an arena this loud, so for us to keep our composure and poise when they came back on us showed that we can hang with some of the top teams,” WSU junior G Tia Presley told reporters in Lincoln, Neb. She scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, none from three-point range.More
Marketing to lure people — mainly students — to women’s college basketball games made a stir this month. Instead of a school t-shirt or even a hotdog, Louisville coach Jeff Walz offered a voucher for a free beer or soft drink to 2,500 fans legally old enough to drink. At Kansas State, 300 pounds of bacon was distributed.
Colorado students had to work the hardest for their freebie. They could get tickets to the Buffs men’s basketball team’s game against Kansas in December. But, as men’s coach Tad Boyle reminded in a pregame pep talk to the crowd adorned with wristbands for orderly distribution, they had to stay for the entire game. G Brittany Wilson put on a show as the women beat a competitive Iowa squad, but the stronghold for the freebie wasn’t well received among ardent women’s hoops fans nationally. Colorado did clarify it wasn’t the only promo for students to get tickets, however.
As the Associated Press reported, the point is similar to all giveaways — get people to see the product in hopes they’ll want to return on their own. But some commented that beer, bacon and tickets to see a men’s team were the wrong, ahem, carrots to dangle before a crowd in hopes they see women’s hoops is entertaining. Too easy a setup for the lipstick and pig remark, ya know.
“There’s always going to be someone complaining,” Walz told the Associated Press about his giveaway. “I’ve reached out to a few of them and called them. Once they understood what we were trying to do, they wished me a great year.”More