Catching Up With Coach J
Nov. 5, 2007
Hello Husky Fans-
The month of November is upon us and with it the start of an exciting pre-season schedule! A lot has taken place since I was last in touch so let's get down to business...
Our staff has been busy on all fronts this past month. In addition to the daily attention to practice, film, and recruiting, we had the pleasure of hosting recruits and their families a few weekends back. It all started with a photo scavenger hunt that began in the locker room and took the team and our future Huskies all over the place! One hour and twenty-eight minutes later the first team arrived at my house screaming and giggling with the pictures to prove they had completed the hunt. The other teams soon followed and a good time was had by all! On a more serious note, while I enjoyed having the men's basketball team over that evening, Lorenzo beat me at pool and I hate to lose (especially on my own table). Simply unacceptable, and you can be sure a re-match is forthcoming! The next day it rained on our parade but we moved the celebration inside and dined on tailgate faire provided by grill masters Fred Applin and Wingate Smith. (Nice work fellas!) It was wonderful to have future members of our Husky family on campus, and we look forward to their joining our team next season!
On Sunday, October 28 our staff held a coaching clinic for local high school and AAU coaches. We had a strong turn-out and were able to cover a wide array of topics; motion offense, guard and post play, press breaks, and drills/skills. The clinic culminated with our practice and I would like to thank the coaches in attendance and all those who helped make our inaugural coaching clinic a success.
Practice continues to go well as we step it up in preparation for our pre-season schedule. Though we are not 100% healthy we are making huge strides toward full-strength and our injured athletes could not be in more capable hands. This past Saturday we opened our season with an exhibition win over Love & Basketball by a score of 84-59. I think the team now believes that all that sprinting was for something as we were able to push the pace against a talented but less-conditioned team. Though we have much to work on, there were moments of brilliance and I am encouraged by the way each player is wholly committed to her role on our team. By continuing to emphasize our defense I believe we are well on our way to being successful this season.
In our second (and last) exhibition game on Tuesday, November 6 at 7pm against Seattle Pacific the Huskies would love to have your support! This will be our last warm-up as we prepare to travel to Kansas State on Friday and open against them at 3pm (PST) on Saturday, followed by a showdown at Gonzaga on Monday evening. Our pre-season schedule is packed with tough competition and culminates at home on December 21 against a Purdue team that finished 31-6 last season. We are excited, and our young team embraces each practice and each game one day at a time. We are improving and as always defense, rebounding, and conditioning continue to be our emphasis.
There is much to be done as we progress toward becoming the Pride of the West! We hope you will join us in this adventure and come out soon to see your 2007-2008 Huskies!!
See you at the Bank, and GO DAWGS!
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