This Week for the Redhawks: After falling to crosstown rival Washington and at Colorado State by a combined total five points, Seattle University women’s basketball (0-3) looks to rebound and get their first win of the season this weekend. The Redhawks will host Portland, Boston College, and Sacred Heart in the Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament. Boston College faces Sacred Heart on Friday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. and SU faces Portland at 8 p.m. On day two of the tournament, the consolation game will be at 6 p.m. and the championship game will be at 8 p.m. A five-member all-tournament team as well as a tournament MVP will be announced following the championship game.
Follow the Redhawks: For the most up-todate news and information about the SU women’s basketball team throughout the season, please log on to www.GoSeattleU.com, like Seattle U Athletics on Facebook, and follow @su_athletics on Twitter. Live stats and live video will be available for all contests, and live audio will be available for the Seattle U contests. Links to each are on the WBB schedule page at www.GoSeattleU.com. This year’s media guide can also be found on the women’s basketball page under “Team Guide”. Kacie Sowell WAC Player of the Week (Nov. 5-11):Kacie Sowell received the first Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week award of the 2012-13 season for her performance, a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds), versus Pacific on Nov. 9.
Leaders of the WAC: Individually, Kacie Sowell leads the conference in rebounding (10.7 rpg), ranksfifth in scoring (17.0 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.568), and ranks eighth in free-throw percentage (.900), Ashley Ward is fourth in scoring (19.3 ppg), tied for eighth in steals (2.33), and tied for ninth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.333), Brenda Adhiambo and Sylvia Shephard are tied for tenth in rebounding (6.7 rpg), Shephard leads the league in assists (5.0 apg), is tied for second in steals (4.0 spg), and ranks fourth in minutes per game (36.33), Adhiambo is tied for seventh in field-goal percentage (.500), Daidra Brown ranks third in assist-turnover ratio (1.8), seventh in steals (2.67), and ninth in assists (3.0 apg), and Makenna Clark ranks second in 3-point field-goal % (.667).
Milestone Moment: Head coach Joan Bonvicini was honored prior to the Washington contest at KeyArena on Nov. 14, 2012, as it was her 1000th career game coached.
Scouting Portland: Portland is 1-3 coming into this weekend, winning at SU’s fellow-WAC opponent, Idaho, 62-56, on Nov. 16, while falling at Louisville, Cal State Northridge, and Eastern Washington. The Pilots have not yet played a contest at home in 2012-13, as they open the season with six straight road games before hosting Washington on Nov. 29. Kari Luttinen leads the team with 11.8 ppg and Amy Pupa leads with 8.5 rpg. Last season, Portland finished seventh of nine in the West Coast Conference with a 12-20 overall record and a 4-12 conference record. The Pilots are led by head coach Jim Sollars in his 27th season. Sollars, as well as two of his assistant coaches, have ties to the Seattle area, as he is a graduate of Seattle Pacific, asst. coach Sean Kelly is a Pacific Lutheran graduate, and asst. coach Cheryl Sorenson is a Washington graduate. The Redhawks have beat the Pilots three times in the past four years.
Last Time vs. Portland: Extending a three-game winning streak, the Redhawks topped the Pilots, 69-55, at the Connolly Center on Dec. 11, 2011. Four Redhawks scored in double figures, led by Ashley Ward with 15 pts, and followed by Elle Kerfoot with 13, Talisa Rhea with 11, and Kacie Sowell with 10. Natalie Day (13 pts) and Cassandra Brown (10 pts) scored in double figures for Portland.
Scouting Boston College: Boston College is currently 2-1 and will host New Hampshire on Nov. 20 before making the trip to Seattle. Katie Zenevitch leads the Eagles, averaging a double-double through the first three games of the season (15.3 ppg, 11.7 rpg). Three others are averaging in double scoring figures, including Nicole Boudreau (13.0 ppg), Kristen Doherty (10.7), and Tessah Holt (10.0 ppg). BC was picked to finish last (12th) in the ACC Coaches Poll. Erik Johnson, in his first season, leads the Eagles alongside an all new coaching staff.
Last Time vs. Boston College: This will be the first time the two teams may face.
Scouting Sacred Heart: Last season, the Pioneers made an NCAA Tournament appearance, receiving the automatic bid as the North East Conference tournament champions. They faced Georgia Tech in the first round but fell, 76-50. Sacred Heart is currently 1-2 and will host Saint Peter’s on Nov. 20 before traveling to Seattle. They opened the season at the Preseason WNIT, topping Sam Houston State (66-62 on Nov. 16) and falling to Georgetown and Liberty. The Pioneers are led by Gabrielle Washington with 18.7 ppg and by Kiley Evans with 5.3 rpg. Sacred Heart was picked to finish second in the NEC, receiving four first place votes, in the Preseason Conference Coaches Poll. Ed Swanson leads the Pioneers in his 23rd season with the program.
Last Time vs. Sacred Heart: This will be the first time the two teams may face.