Seattle University women’s basketball opens the 2015-16 campaign hosting Montana State as part of a doubleheader with the Redhawk men’s basketball team, who will host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7:30 p.m. After Friday’s home game, SU will travel to face the University of Montana on Sunday.
Bonvicini Approaches 700th Career Win: Joan Bonvicini enters the season with 692 career wins and is currently 10th on the wins list for Division I active women’s basketball head coaches. She looks to pick up her 700th career win in 2015-16.
Women in Leadership Game on Jan. 30: Seattle U women’s basketball is set to host their second annual Women in Leadership game on Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Grand Canyon. The now annual tradition welcomes and celebrates five accomplished women from the Seattle community and will also involve the past year’s honorees. Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s honorees.
Scouting Montana State: The Bobcats opened the season with a 79-51 win in exhibition play versus Montana Tech and opens the regular season on the road at Seattle U and Nevada before returning home to host Portland and San Diego. Of note, MSU will also play in the Cal Poly Holiday Classic over Thanksgiving weekend and will face west coast powerhouse Gonzaga in Spokane in early December. NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton recently joined the Montana State coaching staff of the Bobcat team on which his daughter, Lindsay, is a senior guard. In 2014-15, the Bobcats finished 15-15 including 9-9 in Big Sky Conference play, led by now-senior Jasmine Hommes averaging 16.9 ppg. Jackie Elliott, who graduated in 2015, led the team with 6.7 rebounds per game and a 50.6 field-goal percentage.
Scouting Montana: The Grizzlies open the regular season at Seattle after exhibition contests vs. Carroll and Great Falls in early November. Montana will make a long trip to Bethlehem, Pa. for the Lehigh Thanksgiving Tournament this year and will host Utah State, Tennessee State, and Florida Atlantic in their own tournament in mid-December before starting conference play. Montana advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2014-15 with a 24-9 overall record, 14-4 in Big Sky play. After winning the BSC tournament title with a trio of wins over Idaho State, Eastern Washington, and Northern Colorado, the Lady Griz fell to Notre Dame, 77-43, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Montana loses their leading scorer from last season, Kellie Rubel, to graduation, who averaged 13.8 ppg. Two others, who both return this season, averaged in double scoring figures (Kayleigh Valley-11.5 ppg; McCalle Feller-10.9 ppg) last year. Montana is led by legendary head coach Robin Selvig who enters his 38th season at the helm in 2015-16 and is currently fifth in career wins among active Division I women’s basketball head coaches (845).
Famous Relatives: Senior Cydnee Ceballos is the daughter of long-time NBA player Cedric Ceballos, who played most notably for the LA Lakers and Phoenix Suns and finished his career with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Miami Heat. Junior Taelor Ross is the sister of Terrence Ross, who currently plays for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
ASN Broadcast: The American Sports Network will televise nationally from the Connolly Complex on Saturday, Feb. 20, a game now set for 7pm PT. In the matchup, Seattle U will host NM State, last year’s WAC tournament champions.
WAC Preseason Polls: The Redhawks were picked to finish third and fourth, respectively, in the Western Athletic Conference Coaches and Media preseason polls for 2015-16. In the coaches poll, Taelor Ross represented SU on the preseason First Team while Crystal Allen was named to the Second Team. In the media poll, Ross was named to the Second Team. NM State and CSU Bakersfield were picked to finish first and second in both polls while Seattle U and UTRGV swapped places in each poll in the only discrepancy between the coaches and media polls. Grand Canyon (5th), Utah Valley (6th), UMKC (7th), and Chicago State (8th) rounded out the bottom four.
New WBB Rules: Division I collegiate women’s basketball will now be played in four 10-minute periods rather than the previous 20-minute halves. Additional rules have been implemented to increase fan experience and speed of play.
New Connolly Center: The Connolly Center, now known as the Connolly Complex, is getting a face lift and renovation throughout the offseason and to start the 2015-16 season. For this reason, the Redhawks will host their first three home games technically on the road, with the first game in the new space set for mid-December. The grand opening will be held in mid to late January with the completion of both the interior and exterior portions of the project.
Bonvicini Hires Sybil Dosty: Sybil Dosty enters her first year on Bonvicini’s staff after serving as video coordinator and graduate assistant at Arizona State. Prior to ASU, she played professionally overseas, also working as a trainer and team coach with the Jump Athletic Youth Basketball AAU team. Dosty graduated in May 2008 from Arizona State with a Bachelor’s of Communications and African -American Studies and in 2013 with a Master of Liberal Studies.
2014-15 In Review:
-Taelor Ross was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team
-Ross was named Second Team All-WAC; Crystal Allen named to All-Newcomer Team
-Ross led league in blocks per game while team led in rebounds per game
-Allen ranked second in the league in free-throw pct., third in 3pt field-goal pct.
Bonvicini Coach of the Year History: Bonvicini has now been named Coach of the Year in every conference she has been a part of, named WCAA Coach of the Year and Big West Coach of the Year three times (1981, 1984, 1986) at Long Beach State, and PCAA Coach of the Year in 1986. At Arizona, she was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1998 and at Seattle U was named Independent Coach of the Year in 2012 and WAC Coach of the Year in 2013. Regionally, she has been honored as Region VIII Coach of the Year four times (1981, 1984, 1986, 1998) and, nationally, was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year in 1981.