Catching Up With Coach J
Feb. 7, 2008
Hello Husky Fans-
Welcome to February! Can you believe it? The season is flying by and the Pac-10 Tournament is just around the corner, but there is much to be done before we get there. Let's get started...
In addition to their in-season responsibilities, our staff continues to scour the country looking for future Huskies who will build upon the foundation laid by this year's team, and beyond! It is an exciting time for Washington basketball, and as we head into the second round of conference play our staff is as driven and focused as ever.
My last entry left off before our January 4th game at Washington State, so we'll begin the recap there. Our trip to Pullman was a good one; we came away with a victory and some beautiful pictures of a snowman named 'Kelloggo' built by sophomore Laura McLellan and senior Dominique Banks. The following week we hosted the Southern California schools and lost by two to UCLA before beating USC 60-45. Our road trip to Oregon was disappointing as we lost to Oregon State by four and played Oregon to the wire, only to lose by two free-throws as time expired. We showed much improvement the next week when we hosted the Arizona schools here at the Bank. We lost a well-played game to Arizona State by six points and went on to beat Arizona 74-59. Those who put off their Super Bowl parties to watch us take on Washington State this past Sunday were rewarded with a great team effort as we beat the Cougs 84-40. Sunday's game was in conjunction with the celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, and attendance hit a season high at 4,129! We would like to thank all of you who came out to show your support. We love our Husky fans!!!
We travel to Southern California this weekend to play USC at 7pm on Friday February 8, followed by UCLA at 1:30 pm on Sunday February 10. Sunday's game will be broadcast on ESPN2 for those wishing to watch from home! The next four games are 'Think Pink' games which means you will see coaches and players wearing pink to show our support for breast cancer awareness. The '`Think Pink' initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.' Next week's home games against Oregon (Friday, Feb. 15 at 7pm) and Oregon State (Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2pm) will also be 'Think Pink' games. We ask you to show your support by wearing pink, and help us to Paint the Bank Pink for these games! To read more about the 'Think Pink' initiative and how you can get involved, please visit the following website http://www.wbca.org/thinkpink.asp.
Sunday's game against Oregon State will serve as this season's Alumni game, so come out early to watch your favorite alum re-live their glory days here at the Bank! Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30am and it's sure to be an exciting game!
Huskies in the Community...
This month our team had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Children's Hospital and make t-shirts with some of the patients. Members of our team were joined by Ty Harden - former UW soccer player and current member of the MLS LA Galaxy, and Paul Homer - current UW Football player. The Huskies congregated in the playroom to paint t-shirts and play some air hockey. A few of our players had the privilege of doing in-room visits with some of the children who weren't well enough to come to the playroom. The feedback our staff received from the team was extremely positive and we are already planning a return visit! Thank you to the Children's Hospital and to those children who visited with our players; it was a very special experience!
I told our team before the Washington State game that this is a new season, and they responded by giving us a victory to start us off at 1-0 for the second half of conference games. WSU was our first opponent in this 'new season' and our team is finding that they are a different squad than the Huskies that began the conference schedule back in December. We have grown, we have improved, and we have committed to working every day in practice. Though our team has changed, our focus remains the same: team defense, rebounding, and being a well-conditioned team. We are looking forward to the Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose, Calif., March 7-10, but we will get there one game at a time. We are ready, we are excited, and we hope to see you here at the Bank as the Huskies battle towards March!
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