Catching Up With Coach J
March 27, 2008
Hello Husky Fans -
March is upon us and we all know what that means...the Madness has begun!!
Life for our staff remains much the same and each week revolves around recruiting, academics, endless preparation, and occasional eating and sleeping! With the season coming to an end we are heavy into what our future looks like with three very talented recruits joining our Husky family. We are spending countless hours planning for what is a very promising future in Husky Women's Basketball.
My last entry left off before our Southern California road trip so we will begin our recap there. We lost two close games to USC and UCLA before returning home to face-off against Oregon and Oregon State. We beat the Oregon Ducks by a score of 61-60 to avenge a 2-point loss earlier in the season. On Sunday, following a hard-fought alumni game, we beat the Beavers of Oregon State 58-53. Both of those games were 'Think Pink' games and we appreciate all of you who wore pink to show your support in the fight against breast cancer. Thank you also to all the tremendous former Huskies who came back to relive their glory days in our annual Alumni game. The turnout was amazing as Huskies from 1965 to 2003 took the floor to battle it out! Coach Loree Payne (Class of 2003) sunk four shots from beyond the arc during the first half before retiring to prep for Oregon State.
The following week we traveled to Arizona and opened with a 60-58 victory in Tuscon before coming up short at Arizona State. The Huskies returned home to close out conference play with seventh-ranked Stanford and ninth-ranked Cal. I am happy to report that our senior day victory over Cal was a phenomenal team effort and one that seniors Emily Florence and Andrea Plouffe are sure to remember always!! Emily and Dre are two tough losses for our program and they will be sorely missed. They have laid a great foundation for our young Husky team to build on. And to the fans who have watched us from the start of the season to the end know that the victory over the No. 9 team in the country is a testament to the growth and very bright future of our team. Every day truly is a great day to be a Husky!
The Huskies traveled to San Jose, Calif. for the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament as the No. 6 seed. We opened tournament play against third-seeded Arizona State on Saturday, March 8 at 11am at HP Pavilion. In the first half we dug ourselves into a hole and went into halftime down by 21. We outscored ASU by two in the second half and fought back to cut the lead to nine at one point, but in the end we came up short.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the season! YOU are part of what makes what we do so enjoyable! We have an incredible fan base here at Washington and we truly appreciate all that you do!
Huskies in the Pac-10...
Following our home games against Stanford and Cal sophomore Sami Whitcomb was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her efforts. In addition, Sami was an honorable mention selection for the Pac-10 Conference All-Defensive Team. Two other Huskies garnered All-Conference Honors with senior Emily Florence named to the All-Pac-10 Third-Team and the Defensive Team, and freshman Katelan Redmon selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Academically, Emily was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team, Andrea Plouffe to the Second-Team, and sophomores Sara Mosiman and Sami Whitcomb received honorable mention honors. Congratulations to Emily, Dre, Katelan, Sami, and Sara, and to their teammates for pushing them daily to achieve.
The team will take some time off during Spring Break and rest a bit before we begin post-season preparations. It has been said that 'Champions are made in the off-season' and we are excited to build upon the hard work put forth by this year's team. Looking back on this season I am amazed at how much we grew as a team, how far we progressed in just six short months. The life of a Division I collegiate athlete is not easy, and I am proud of the effort our players put forth in the classroom and on the court. We have come a long way, and though we have much further to go we are definitely on the path towards success. Our Husky family has invested in each other and together we grow closer to becoming the Pride of the West!
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