After handing UTRGV their first loss at home and first WAC loss this season, 74-71, last Saturday, Seattle University women’s basketball (9-11, 3-2 WAC) returns home to host Utah Valley Thursday (Jan. 28) and Grand Canyon Saturday (Jan. 30) to close the month of January. Both games will be on the WAC Digital Network (Free online at www.wacsports.com/live or on iPhone/tablet through the WAC Digital Network app).

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. This season, the honorees are as follows: Anita Crawford-Willis, Marvena Kemp, Marilyn Sheldon, Lisa Brummel, and Phyllis Campbell. Well-known local reporter Jen Mueller will be hosting a Q&A with the honorees at a postgame reception, also at the Connolly Center. The event is being sponsored by Delta Dental and Starline.

Bonvicini Featured Guest on Coaches Show Feb 1: Joan Bonvicini will be the special guest on the Seattle U Coaches Show on Monday, Feb. 1. Supporters can catch the show live from 7-8 p.m. and hear it later that night (9-10 p.m.) on 770 AM KTTH. The show will be taped live at the Night Owl Lounge at 13 Coins Restaurant located at 125 Boren Avenue North in Seattle.

Bonvicini Earns 700th Career Win: Joan Bonvicini won her 700th career game on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, a 59-45 win vs. Chicago State in Seattle. With the win, Bonvicini became just the 17th Division I women’s basketball coach, 22nd across all divisions, to reach this historic milestone. She is also currently 10th on the Division I active women’s basketball coaches list by wins.

Scouting Utah Valley (9-11, 2-3 WAC): Utah Valley is tied for fifth in WAC standings with CSU Bakersfield and Grand Canyon after the first three weeks of league play. Rhaiah Spooner-Knight leads the team in scoring (13.8) but has only made 12 appearances and one start in 2015-16. Of the team’s starters, Mariah Seals (12.0 ppg) is the team scoring leader while Sam Loggins (10.5 ppg) follows closely behind. The team’s fourth-leading scorer, Rebecca MaWhinney, leads the team in rebounding (6.2 rpg). Last season, the Redhawks knocked the Wolverines out of the WAC tournament with a 64-62 win in the quarterfinals.
 
Scouting Grand Canyon (10-11, 2-3 WAC): The ‘Lopes are currently in a three-way tie for fifth in the WAC (with Utah Valley and CSU Bakersfield) after three weekends of conference play. GCU is led in scoring by Jessica Gajewski and Cheyenne Hendrington (12.5 ppg, respectively) while Hendrington also leads the team in rebounding (7.4 rpg). Courtney Hayes is also averaging in double figures (10.7) for Grand Canyon. As a team, the Lopes are narrowly outscoring (61.2-60.0) and outrebounding (38.8-36.4) their opponents.

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. The American Sports Network will also televise nationally from the Connolly Complex for the first time. At the game, fans will have the opportunity to buy pink Redhawk tshirts for $10, which will also include admission to the game. All proceeds benefit the Kay Yow Foundation.

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.
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