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December 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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.
November 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Washington could make its home debut on Friday without G Jazmine Davis and F Talia Walton, the top two scorers from the 2012-13 season. Walton has been out due to an injured right pinky while Davis suffered a concussion in the second half of a loss at Saint Mary’s last week.
Walton underwent surgery in October and had stitches removed on Wednesday, returning to practice. But she only participated in non-contact drills and is a game-time decision for UW’s game against Portland (1-1) at Alaska Airlines Arena. A redshirt sophomore, Walton averaged 13.6 points in an averaged 32.3 minutes for the Huskies last season.
Davis suffered a concussion after an accidental blow to the head. The Huskies led by 10 points when she suffered the injury with 8:01 remaining in the game. First-year coach Mike Neighbors said Davis had “that look that she was about to take over the game” before the injury. She finished with 23 points but the young team, already experiencing foul trouble, crumbled without her leadership.
“We didn’t have enough time to adjust to not having Jaz and they (SMC) saw it and seized the opportunity,” Neighbors said.
August 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM
Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson returned to the court on Wednesday after a 10-month layoff due to hamstring surgery in January. A three-time WNBA MVP, Jackson joined her native Australian national team to defeat New Zealand 66-50 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Oceania championship.
Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in her first organized game since Seattle lost 73-72 to Minnesota in the decisive Game 3 of the WNBA playoffs opening-round in October 2012. Jackson finished that road game with nine points on 1-for-7 shooting with six rebounds, missing a possible game-winner with 1.2 seconds left. Immediately following the loss Jackson, 32, wondered if she’d play, again.
“I’m just happy I got that game out of the way. It feels so good to be out there pain free,” Jackson told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News after Wednesday’s game. “I couldn’t walk before I had the surgery. I’m feeling pretty good about things, now. There was a period where I thought I’d never play, again, but to come out here tonight…New Zealand is our neighbor, so it feels like home a bit and it feels good.”
The Opals face the Tall Ferns on Sunday in Canberra. The teams are vying for slots at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey from September 27 to October 5, 2014.
August 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM
Washington basketball coach Mike Neighbors will be busy Tuesday morning. In a new move, the first-year coach will announce the 2013-14 nonconference schedule via Twitter. It’ll take a while because he’ll also share thoughts about the opponents in the 140-character limit.
Here’s the full release about the experiment:
SEATTLE – The Washington women’s basketball program looks to continue its upward trend in 2013-14. It will all begin with the non-conference schedule where the Huskies hope to get off to a hot start and put themselves in position to be considered an NCAA Tournament caliber team.
The non-conference schedule we be announced on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. via twitter. New head coach Mike Neighbors will tweet each opponent from his personal account. You can follow Coach Neighbors (@coachneighbors) to get the news.
July 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM
UPDATE: The USA U19 Team defeated China 103-56 in the second game of the FIBA U19 World Championship on Friday. UW freshman PG Kelsey Plum was scoreless in 12 minutes of play, missing her three three-point attempts. The Americans (2-0) will play Mali (0-2) on Saturday at 10:15 am (PT).
Washington PG Kelsey Plum, an in-coming freshman, will be part of the USA U19 World Championship Team that plays China (1-0) at 10:15 am PT on Friday. FIBA will provide live stats of its U19 World Championship tournament.
The Americans (1-0), who have Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves as an assistant, defeated Lithuania 113-47 in the FIBA U19 World Championship opener on Thursday in Panevezys, Lithuania. Plum played 16 minutes against Lithuania (0-1), finishing with seven points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in the game. Connecticut star Breanna Stewart led the USA with 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting in 20 minutes.
Plum is part of UW’s best in-coming class in program history. The group is led by C Katie Collier, who missed the 2012-13 season due to a knee injury. She’s rehabilitated and cleared to play. F Chantel Osahor and G Brianna Ruiz round out the freshmen class. First-year coach Mike Neighbors also signed former Miami C Macy Keen this offseason but she’s ineligible to play until 2014-15 due to NCAA transfer rules.
June 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM
2013 Washington Girls’ Basketball Camp Dates
-Day Camp: July 29-August 1, 2013 – $300 (Grades 3-6) (9:00am – 4:00pm each day) (Boys and Girls)
-Elite Camp: August 3-4, 2013 – $200 (Grades 7-12) (Aug 3: 12:00pm-8:00pm; Aug 4: 9:00am-1:00pm)
Shooting 1: June 18th, 2013 – $75 (Grades 7-12) (1:00-5:00pm)
Skills + Drills: June 19th, 2013 – $75 (Grades 7-12) (1:00-5:00pm)
Position Work: June 20th, 2013 – $75 (Grades 7-12) (1:00-5:00pm)
Shooting 2: June 21, 2013 – $75 (Grades 7-12) (9:00am – 1:00pm)
Attend all 4 Mini Camps for $200
Sign up by July 1st to receive $25 off of Day and Elite Camps.
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-Team Experience: This is not your normal team camp. Our unique experience is designed to meet your team’s needs and can be tailored to focus specifically on your desired areas for improvement. Everything from skill and shooting drills to offensive/defensive concepts, agility training and even film breakdown. Games can be scheduled if desired. You tell us what your team needs! Dates are flexible and can be worked around your team’s schedule. A great chance to work with college level coaches in an intimate setting.
For team experience inquiries and registration ONLY email us at WashingtonTeamCamps@gmail.com.
-Shooting 1 / 2 Camp
Shooting 1 / 2 Mini Camps will work on improving and enhancing shooting skills. Each camper is guaranteed to go home with tired arms after this Mini Camp is over!
Shooting Camp 1 will go from 1:00pm-5:00pm on June 18th. Shooting Camp 2 will go from 9:00am-1:00pm on June 21st.
-Skills + Drills
Skills + Drills Mini Camps will go back to the basics and stress fine tuning. Camp will work on creating a fundamentally sound player.
Camp will go from 1:00pm – 5:00pm on June 19th.
-Position Work Camp
Position Work Mini Camp is for those wishing to improve and fine tune their skills. Campers will be divided up by age groups and position to maximize their ability to learn. They will receive individual instruction with tips on how to improve their skill level.
Camp will go from 1:00pm-5:00pm on June 20th.
Elite Camp is for motivated athletes with aspirations to play collegiality at any level. Athletes will receive a college experience and be pushed to their potential. This camp is a must for anyone who wants to further their game.
Camp will go from 12:00noon-8:00pm on Saturday and from 9:00am-1:00pm on Sunday. Dinner will be provided on Saturday night. Elite Camp is from August 3-4th.
Day Camp is fun for all ages! Camp will provide instruction and game play each day and highlight creating a fun atmosphere for all skill levels.
Camp will go from 9:00am-4:00pm with a one hour break for lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm. Day Camp is from July 29-August 1st.
Camp is open to any and all participants.
May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Former Washington coach Kevin McGuff is still in Seattle, technically. He may have accepted a similar position at Ohio State in April, jetting to the school and quickly donning a Buckeyes tie for a press conference about the hiring, but trucking his family of six kids isn’t that simple. McGuff returns to his Bellevue home for family-time while he works out moving logistics with his wife, Letitia. McGuff even made time to take his oldest daughters to a Storm exhibition game to watch Tulsa rookie Skylar Diggins, a grad at Notre Dame where McGuff and his wife once coached.
— Coach McGuff (@CoachMcGuff) May 18, 2013
In a recent conversation, however, McGuff said he’s is steering clear of his former Montlake territory. If it weren’t for UW athletic director Scott Woodward and senior associate AD Shondell Reed’s successful stopgap hiring of former assistant Mike Neighbors three-days after McGuff’s departure, the former coach could be persona non grata around UW. Neighbors, 44, signed a five-year, $1.9 million contract.
McGuff was hired in April 2011 to replace Tia Jackson. The latter compiled a Washington-low in four consecutive losing seasons (45-75) and couldn’t land talented in-state athletes. McGuff overhauled the program in two years with back-to-back 20-win seasons, two berths to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and signing All-American Katie Collier (Seattle Christian HS) while helping PG Jazmine Davis become the Pac-12′s freshman of the year in 2012.
In March, Woodward singed McGuff to a contract extension through 2020 after the success. Twenty-two days later, McGuff left for OSU.
April 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM
Washington introduced Mike Neighbors today as the school’s 20th women’s basketball head coach.
He replaced Kevin McGuff, who left last week for Ohio State.
The Huskies promoted Neighbors, who had been a UW assistant the past two seasons, in a move that’s somewhat risky considering he’s never been a head coach. The decision to promote Neighbors had as much to do with his maintaining the status quo than anything else.
Neighbors every non-senior on the roster will return to UW next season, including leading scorer Jazmine Davis, a two-time all-Pac-12 point guard, forward Talia Walton, who made the all-conference freshman team and Katie Collier, a McDonald’s All-American post player who redshirted last season due to a knee injury.
Neighbors retained a recruiting class ranked 11th nationally by ESPN that includes four-star prospects Kelsey Plum, a McDonald’s All-American point guard, guard Briana Ruiz and forward Chantel Osahor.
Neighbors also kept the previous coaching staff intact. Kevin Morrison and Adia Barnes will return as assistants and the Huskies hired Fred Castro from Tulsa.
“The fact that we were able to keep the band together … that is a huge momentum keeper,” Neighbors said.
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