SEATTLE (June 15) – Seattle University women's basketball has released its 2017-18 schedule. The Redhawks will play 16 games at the Connolly Complex in Coach Suzy Barcomb's second season at SU.
Seattle U won 15 games last season, finishing second in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). It earned a WNIT bid for the second time in program history. Alexis Montgomery returns following a junior season that saw her pick up First Team All-WAC honors, while Kamira Sanders is the reigning WAC Freshman of the Year. The Redhawks were one of just 10 schools to increase their conference win total by seven or more games from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
“We've managed to build a highly competitive schedule for the 2017-18 season that will test us from the beginning to the end of the preseason,” said Barcomb. “The various conferences we will be facing allows us ample opportunities to grow and mature our young team for the grind of the WAC season.”
SU hosts Central Washington for an exhibition game on Nov. 4. On Nov. 10, Idaho State visits the Connolly Complex for the regular season opener. Two days later, the Redhawks take on Hawaii at home.
Following a two-game road trip to UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 17) and Pepperdine (Nov. 19), Seattle U returns home for a pair of non-conference contests, as Portland State (Nov. 22) and UC Davis (Nov. 26) visit Connolly. The Redhawks head to NCAA Tournament qualifier Cal on Nov. 30 for one of two games against Pac-12 opponents on the schedule.
Barcomb's squad opens December with two home dates, as San Diego (Dec. 2) and Nevada (Dec. 9) come to campus. SU follows with a two-game road swing, going to Montana (Dec. 13) and Idaho (Dec. 15). Seattle U wraps up pre-holiday action with three games in the city confines. Pacific visits Connolly (Dec. 17) before the Redhawks make the quick trip to Washington (Dec. 20), who advanced to the NCAA Tournament out of the Pac-12 last season. SU then welcomes UC Irvine on Dec. 22. A trip to CSUN closes non-league action on Dec. 30.
“We have a much more balanced schedule,” said Barcomb. “Nonetheless it will present some great challenges for us, especially in the month of December, playing three games in three different states, in a span of five days.”
In the new year, the Redhawks will start WAC play with three road games. They head to Grand Canyon on Jan. 6, as the Lopes will be eligible for postseason play. Seattle U then heads east to play at Chicago State (Jan. 11) and UMKC (Jan. 13).
SU returns home to host defending WAC champion New Mexico State on Jan. 18 in a rematch of last season's WAC Championship game. Two days later, UTRGV comes to the Connolly Complex. The Redhawks will then enter an 18-day period with just two games on the slate, as they travel to CSU Bakersfield (Jan. 27) and then Utah Valley (Feb. 3).
It will be a sprint to the finish from there, though, as Seattle U welcomes UMKC (Feb. 8) and Chicago State (Feb. 10) before heading south to play UTRGV (Feb. 15) and New Mexico State (Feb. 17). SU finishes the regular season with a three-game home stand, hosting Grand Canyon (Feb. 22), Bakersfield (Feb. 24), and Utah Valley (March 3).
The WAC Tournament, now featuring eight teams, will take place March 7-10 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
“We took some fairly impressive steps last year in terms of developing this program,” said Barcomb. “That is a credit to the senior leaders who truly bought into the process. Now we must ask the returners to take our program to the next level and bring along the recruiting class at a fairly quick clip.”