This Week for the Redhawks: After opening up their conference schedule on the road at Idaho with a 76-71 win, Seattle University women’s basketball (4-6, 1-0 WAC) welcomes Utah State and San Jose State to the Connolly Center. SU takes on USU on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and SJSU on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 4 p.m. Saturday is also $1 Jersey Day, as all kids wearing youth organization jerseys will receive $1 admission.
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 stats and audio are available for the contest. 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”.
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 12/30): As a team, Seattle U leads the nation in NCAA Division I steals per game (15.8 spg). Individually, Sylvia Shephard ranks third in the nation in steals per game (4.40) and Kacie Sowell ranks 19th in field-goal percentage (56.5 percent).
Leaders of the WAC (Through 12/31):
As a team:
•RPG-Kacie Sowell-3rd-9.1 Brenda Adhiambo-12th-6.5
•PPG-Kacie Sowell-5th-16.4 Ashley Ward-T6th-14.9 Sylvia Shephard-T6th-14.9
•FG%-Kacie Sowell-1st-56.5% Brenda Adhiambo-5th-49.2%
•Assts.-Sylvia Shephard-2nd-5.0 Brenda Adhiambo-6th-3.3
•Steals-Sylvia Shephard-1st-4.4 Daidra Brown-5th-2.56 Kacie Sowell-6th-2.40 Brenda Adhiambo-8th-2.20
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 Utah State: Utah State has started out the season 5-8 overall, going 2-0 in conference play and sitting, alongside Seattle U, on top of the WAC. Devyn Christensen leads the team in scoring, averaging 21.8 ppg, and Jenna Johnson records a team-leading 6.4 rpg. To open the conference season, the Aggies defeated UTSA (79-66 in OT) on Dec. 29 and Texas State (82-69) on Dec. 31. This will be the team’s first WAC road trip of the year.
Last Time Out: Seattle U and Utah State have met one previous time, on January 2, 1980, a game which the Redhawks won, 81-74. This is the first time as conference opponents and the first time since SU reclassified to NCAA Division I status.
Scouting San Jose State: San Jose State currently has a 4-9 overall record and is 1-1 in the WAC. They, like Utah State, defeated Texas State (98-96) on Dec. 29, but fell in a close contest to UTSA (57-54) on Dec. 31. Ta’Rea Cunnigan averages a team-high 19.6 ppg, and two others also average in double scoring figures. Riana Byrd brings down a team-leading 9.3 rpg, and has recorded 32 blocks so far this season. They also hit the road this weekend for the first time in the 2012-13 conference schedule.
Last Time Out: Seattle U has also faced San Jose State one time previous, in their first season of NCAA Division I reclassification, a game which they won, 94-62, in San Jose. This was SU’s first DI victory since the school started the reclassification process.