This Week for the Redhawks: After a tough non-conference schedule, the Redhawks (3-6) open up Western Athletic Conference play at the University of Idaho (3-8). This will be the seventh all-time meeting between the two teams, but first as conference foes. The teams will face on Saturday, Dec. 29 at Cowan Spectrum in Moscow, Idaho.
Student Incentive Program: For games during which school is in session, students in attendance will have the opportunity to win a prize worth $50 or more following the game (must be present to win). Students can enter the raffle when they pick up their free game ticket (with Student ID). At the end of the season, there will be a raffle for a grand prize, and students who have attended more games throughout the season will have a better chance to win.
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 audio and video are available for the contest. Links to each are on the WBB schedule page at www.GoSeattleU.com. Live updates throughout the game can also be found on the Idaho Athletics Twitter @Idaho_Vandals. This year’s media guide can also be found on the women’s basketball page under “Team Guide”.
The 500 Club:Kacie Sowell grabbed her 500th career rebound on Dec. 1 vs. UC Irvine with 32 seconds left in regulation. She currently has 513 in her career.
Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament: The Redhawks won their first Thanksgiving tournament, in the tournament’s third year in this format. Seattle U beat Portland, 63-61, in the semifinals and Sacred Heart, 74-70, in the championship game. Sylvia Shephard was named the Tournament MVP and Kacie Sowell was named to the All-Tournament Team. SU also made it to the championship game in the past two years, but fell to Akron, 85-74, in 2011, and Bowling Green, 71-51, in 2010. Sylvia Shephard CSM WAC Player of the Week (Nov. 19-25): Shephard was named the College Sports Madness WAC Player of the Week following her perforamance in the team’s WA Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament semifinal and championship games. Over the weekend, she averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, six assists, and three steals per game. From the field, she shot 50.0 percent, as well as 71.4 percent from the free-throw line.
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.
Ranked Nationally (Through 12/16): As a team, Seattle U ranks second in the nation in NCAA Division I steals per game (15.4), behind Alabama. Individually, Kacie Sowell is tied for 17th in double-doubles (5), ranks 19th in field-goal percentage (57.8 percent), and is tied for 41st in points per game (18.5). Sylvia Shephard ranks fifth in steals per game (4.25).
Leaders of the WAC (Through 12/23):
As a team:
•Fewest pts. allwd.-5th-66.3 ppg
•Rebounding margin-1st- +2.9
•Off. Rbs. %-1st-37.9%
•Def. Rbs. %-2nd-67.8%
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 Idaho: With a 3-8 overall record going into conference play, the Vandals are led by Alyssa Charlston, who averages 14.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Christina Salvatore also averages in double scoring figures with 10.5 ppg. The Vandals and Redhawks have faced common opponents Washington, Portland, and and UC Irvine, to whom both teams have gone 1-2. This will be the team’s first home game since Nov. 27 vs. Eastern Washington.
Last Time Out: The two teams last met on January 5, 2012 in Moscow, Idaho, as the Redhawks came away with the 80-72 victory. Five players scored in double figures, led by Kacie Sowell with 17 points and eight rebounds. This evened the series at 3-3, as the Vandals previously held a 3-2 advantage.