Seattle University Redhawks (1-1) vs. Washington Huskies (0-1)
Nov. 16 - 7 p.m. PT
Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000) - Seattle, Wash.
Series History: Washington leads 11-3
Last Meeting: Dec. 9, 2009 (Washington 58, Seattle U 53) - Connolly Center, Seattle, Wash.
Live Audio/Stats: www.GoSeattleU.com
Weekly Release: Washington
This Week for the Redhawks: The Seattle University women's basketball team will renew the crosstown rivalry between the Redhawks (1-1) and Washington Huskies (0-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, as SU travels to UW's Alaska Airlines Arena for the 7 p.m. midweek matchup.
Last Time Out: The Redhawks opened up the 2011-12 campaign going 1-1 in their season opening weekend. All-around strong, gritty and determined play helped guide Seattle U to a 60-55 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Nov. 11 to open up the year.
Two days, later the Redhawks responded with 46 second half points versus UC Davis after being down as high as 20. Despite their second half rally, they dropped a 66-62 decision to UC Davis.
On Deck: Seattle U will host San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 19 as part as a Redhawk doubleheader at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Tipoff is slated for 12:15 p.m. and the SU men's team will host San Francisco at 3:10 p.m.
Rhea Shines in Opening Weekend: Senior transfer Talisa Rhea put together a dominate season opening performance, behind a combined 36 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists. In her Redhawk debut on Nov. 11, versus UC Santa Barbara she earned Seattle U's first double-double of the season, with 20 points and 12 boards.
She is averaging 18.0 ppg in 39.0 minutes of action.
Rivalry Renewed: After not facing each other during the 2010-11 season, the Redhawks and Huskies are set to pick up the intra-city rivalry. Since beginning the reclassification process back to full NCAA Division I status, the two programs have only met once. UW managed to edge past SU, 58-53, during the 2009-10 season.
Post Presence: Sophomore Kacie Sowell has taken command at the post for SU, after playing primarily bench minutes as a freshman. She's the team's second-leading scorer and rebounding leader, with 17.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg, respectively. Sowell is coming off her first double-double of the year versus UC Davis on Nov. 13 (15 points and 13 rebounds).
Off to Solid Start: The Redhawks are off to their best start since Joan Bonvicini took over as head coach in 2009, holding a 1-1 record heading into this week's action.
The SU-UW Connection: Third season assistant coach Kristen O'Neill is 2006 graduate and former Washington standout, where she was an All-Pac 12 performer. Current Husky assistant coach Adia Barnes is a former player under current SU head coach Joan Bonvicini, when she was at Arizona; in addition Barnes was the Redhawks' color radio announcer during the 2010-11 season.
Crashing the Boards: The Redhawks have tallied 30 offensive boards over the last two games, materializing them into 24 second chance points.
Two games in, SU is outrebounding opponents 41.5 to 34.0.
Kerfoot Plays for Canada at World University Games: Senior Elle Kerfoot was selected to the Canadian World University Games roster this past summer. She traveled to China with the team to participate in the international tournament. She is the first Redhawk to be selected to a youth national team program since head coach Joan Bonvicini took over the program.
Redhawks Sweep Preseason College Sports Madness Honors: The College Sports Madness Preseason All-Independent Team saw strong representation from Seattle U as head coach Joan Bonvicini was named Coach of the Year, senior Elle Kerfoot was picked as Player of the Year and Renee Dillard-Brown was named Freshman of the Year.
Kerfoot and sophomore Ashley Ward were also named to the first team, while junior Daidra Brown and senior Amani Butler rounded out the SU selections with second team accolades.
Veteran Lineup: With the addition of senior transfer Talisa Rhea, who sat out last season, the Redhawk starting lineup returns a veteran experienced group. The squad will be anchored by senior point guard Elle Kerfoot, who returns to build upon her standout career.
Local Product Makes Debut: The only freshman to see action this weekend was Seattle product Renee Dillard-Brown. The 6-1 forward averaged 4.0 minutes per game, scoring her first career point versus UC Davis on Nov. 13, off a free throw shot.
Status Update: Senior Carley Butcher and freshman Kim Flournoy will both miss action during the 2011-12 season due to injury; while freshman Monique Abbs is currently inactive.
The Captains: Seniors Elle Kerfoot and Talisa Rhea have been selected this season's co-captains. Kerfoot was a co-captain last year, as well.
Final Year of Independence: 2011 will mark SU's final season playing as an NCAA DI Independent. On July 1, 2012 Seattle U will officially join the Western Athletic Conference as full members.
Scouting Washington: The Huskies of Washington host the Redhawks after a five day break in play following their season-opening 69-68 loss to UC Davis on Nov. 11.
UW shot 38.5 percent (25-for-65) from the field in the game, while outrebounding the Aggies 50-29.
The Huskies had four double figure scorers in the game, with their offensive efforts anchored by senior center Regina Rodger's 21 points, in addition to her 10 rebound performance.
The Last Time Seattle U Faced Washington: In an even paced matchup, Washington outlasted Seattle U 58-53 on Dec. 9, 2009 at the Connolly Center. For the Redhawks, Ashley Brown (19 points) and Cassidy Murillo (16 points) scored in double figures; however UW's 42.9 shooting percentage (24-for-56) from the field to SU's 38.0 percent (19-for-50) was enough to push past the Redhawks.