Catching Up With Coach J

Nov. 26, 2008

Hello Husky Fans -

Thanksgiving is coming quick! That means great food, football, and our Husky Classic are right around the corner. But before we look ahead, I'll recap the happenings in Huskyville over the last month.

The Staff...

Abraham Lincoln once said, 'If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.' The staff has the same outlook when it comes to preparing our team for games. We spend our hours thoroughly scouting each opponent, strategizing ways to play to our strengths while exposing each rival's weaknesses, planning practice to teach and prepare our team for everything we are going to see in the upcoming game. At the same time we are working as mentors to our players, using the challenges that we face not only to teach our student-athletes how to become better basketball players, but also to teach them many of life's important lessons.

On a lighter side, the staff showed off their Husky Spirit by performing a pre-practice skit entitled 'Husky Road Trip: A Day in the Life of the Husky Coaching Staff' for the team. The skit started off with each member of the coaching staff deciding which genre of music to listen to while on the road trip. From rap to jazz, the search went on until each staffer heard 'Bow Down to Washington' over the airwaves. Everyone got excited and belted the lyrics to our fight song! The skit was enjoyed by all, and while it was a onetime performance, I hear the soundtrack will be available on iTunes in the coming weeks!!!!

Last but not least, the coaching staff was excited to announce an addition to our Husky family! In-state standout Jeneva Anderson (Lewis and Clark HS, Spokane, WA) has signed a national letter of intent to enroll at Washington and will join the Husky program for the 2009-2010 season. We are excited about Jeneva and what she will bring to our Husky team. To read more, click here.

The Team...

November 4 was an exciting start to the season, as the Huskies defeated Love and Basketball 77-73 in an exhibition overtime thriller. Next came the 92-57 exhibition win over Corban College, a great opportunity to showcase our entire roster, while giving the fans a preview of what's to come in Husky women's basketball.

We started off the regular season 0-2, forcing us to regroup and establish a new focus and determination for our game against Boise State. The team dictated the pace of the game with our swarming press, causing Boise State to turn the ball over 32 times! Winning by a final score of 74-51 shows how far the team has come in a short period of time. This is indicative of the tremendous growth the program has made over the past year. Winners aren't made over night, but by bringing hard work and great focus 365 days a year the Huskies will continue this forward progress!!Thank you to all the fans for coming out and giving us the energy to play the kind of pressure defense for which we want to be known! The Husky Classic begins on Friday November 28 with Kent State playing Clemson at noon followed by your Huskies against Seattle U at 2 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Sunday with games at the same times. We look forward to seeing you at the Bank!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and always know the Huskies are extremely thankful for your support of Husky women's basketball.


Coach J
Head Coach
UW Women's Basketball




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