Seattle U Hosts First of Three Pac-12 Opponents in 2013-14: After recognizing the 2012-13 WAC Regular Season Champions prior to hosting Pepperdine in their season opener, Seattle University women’s basketball  hosts Washington State in their first meeting since SU reclassified back to Division I. The Cougars come to the Connolly Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Seattle U’s final home contest prior to their Thanksgiving tournament at the end of November. Next week, Seattle U will also face Washington (Nov. 19 at Alaska Airlines Arena) and will later host Oregon (Dec. 4 at KeyArena). Links to live stats, audio, and video for the game can be found on the women’s basketball schedule page at

Scouting Washington State: Washington State (0-1) fell to Syracuse in their regular season opener on Nov. 10, 69-65, despite three Cougars scoring in double figures. Tia Presley led WSU with 20 points, while Sage Romberg and Lia Galdeira added 15 and 12, respectively. Last season, the Cougars went 11-20 overall and 6-12 in Pac-12 play, falling to No. 4 Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals.

Redhawks Chosen as Preseason WAC Favorites: The Western Athletic Conference media and coaches both chose Seattle U as the preseason favorite to win the Western Athletic Conference title in 2013-14. Sylvia Shephard and Kacie Sowell were named Preseason First Team All-WAC in both polls, while Ashley Ward was named Preseason Second-Team All-WAC in the coaches poll. Sowell was also named Preseason Player of the Year in both polls. College Sports Madness also named Kacie Sowell WAC Preseason Player of the Year, as well as naming Joan Bonvicini WAC Preseason Coach of the Year and Kaylee Best WAC Preseason Freshman of the Year.

Sowell named College Sports Madness High-Major All-American: Kacie Sowell was named to the College Sports Madness High-Major Preseason All-American Third Team.

Sowell Named Senior CLASS Award® Candidate: Sowell was one of 30 women’s basketball student-athletes across the country chosen as a candidate for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award®, including one of three from the Western Athletic Conference (also: Alyssa Charlston, Idaho and Eilise O’Connor, Kansas City). To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be an NCAA Division I senior and excel in four particular areas - community, classroom, character, and competition. The Senior CLASS Award® stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School® and is one of the most prestigious awards in college athletics. From the list of 30 candidates, a committee of national media will select 10 finalists midway through the season.
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