Seattle U (6-9) opens Western Athletic Conference play at home for the second straight season as head coach Joan Bonvicini looks to pick up her 700th career win. The Redhawks host UMKC on Thursday night in the WAC’s “Game of the Week” before hosting Chicago State on Saturday afternoon.

Bonvicini Approaches 700th Career Win: Joan Bonvicini has 698 career wins going into this weekend 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 and will be the 17th Division I coach, 22nd across all divisions all-time to do so.

Scouting UMKC (5-8): The ‘Roos lost their first six games of the season before earning their first win at home vs. Stephens College on Dec. 6. UMKC followed with an impressive win at Kansas, 47-44, on Dec. 10 en route to four straight wins. Most recently, the ‘Roos snapped a two-game losing streak with a win vs. Morgan State in Baltimore. Last season, UMKC and SU split in two meetings, with the Redhawks earning a 60-46 win at home (Jan. 24) before the ‘Roos earned a narrrow 62-61 victory on their home court (Feb. 19). UMKC holds a narrow 3-2 advantage in the all-time series, but Seattle U, noteably, knocked the ‘Roos out of the 2014 WAC Tournament (quarterfinals). Aries Washington (11.2 ppg) and Kiana Law (7.1 rpg) lead the team in scoring and rebounding so far this season.

Scouting Chicago State (2-12): Chicago State dropped their first five before picking up their first win of the season vs. Morehead State on Nov. 28. The Cougars picked up their second win at Jackson State on Dec. 15 but have since dropped their last four to finish non-conference play.

Welcome Home: The Connolly Center, now known as the Connolly Complex, recently received a face lift and renovation throughout the offseason and to start the 2015-16 season. After hosting their first three “home” games on the road, Seattle U played their first game back home vs. Boise State on Dec. 19. The interior is currently finished while the exterior portion of the project is set to be completed in late January or early February.

Play4Kay Game: The team’s annual Play4Kay game will be Feb. 20 vs. reigning WAC champions New Mexico State. The team has a goal of raising $2,016 and their donation site is located at www.play4kay.org/suwbb. Stay tuned as the date nears for more details.

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.

Matzke to Join SU Hall of Fame: Mandy Matzke (1996-2000), Seattle U’s ninth all-time leading scorer (1,258) and eighth all-time leading rebounding (685) is being inducted into the Seattle U Hall of Fame in spring 2016 as part of homecoming weekend in February.

ASN Broadcast/Connolly Grand Opening: 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 and will also hold the Grand Opening for the newly renovated Connolly Complex.
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