After a big win over Big Sky powerhouse Montana in Missoula on Sunday, Seattle University women’s basketball (1-1) returns to the Emerald City to face crosstown rival Washington in their annual meeting on Wednesday before hosting Evergreen State on Friday. Head coach Joan Bonvicini picked up her 693rd career win on Sunday.

Bonvicini Approaches 700th Career Win: Joan Bonvicini has 693 career wins  going into this week 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.

Scouting Washington: The Huskies opened the season with a 100-55 win vs. Santa Clara at home behind 33 points from Talia Walton. Washington lost Jazmine Davis, who averaged 15.9 ppg in 2014-15, to graduation but return Walton and last year’s leading scorer Kelsey Plum, who combined for an average 35.6 ppg a season ago.

Scouting Evergreen State: Evergreen State fell to Saint Martin’s in their exhibition opener, 73-41, on Nov. 2 before facing Seattle U for their second of two exhibitions on the year. Their regular season opener will be Sunday at Western Oregon. The Redhawks are 11-0 all-time vs. the Geoducks. Evergreen State lost their top two scorers from 2014-15: Brittany Gray (15.9 ppg) and LaNiecia Weatherspoon (14.7 ppg).

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.
 
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.

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