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Starting Five Reasons to Attend Sunday’s Game

Jan 29, 2022

SEATTLE – Sunday is a jam-packed day of activities inside Alaska Airlines Arena as Washington women's basketball hosts Washington State at 12 p.m. PT. Here are your Starting Five reasons to attend:

1) June Daugherty Tribute

Washington women's basketball is grateful to have the opportunity to honor June Daugherty, her family, and her legacy during Sunday's game, including a tribute at halftime. 

June and her husband Mike spent 11 years coaching women's basketball at Washington, and then another 11 years at Washington State. The decades they spent leading both programs impacted the lives of countless student-athletes. 

The women's basketball community was heartbroken to hear of Coach June Daugherty's passing in August 2021. This Sunday, we welcome her husband Mike and their children Bre and Doc back to Seattle as we pay tribute to her lasting impact. 

Statement from Washington women's basketball head coach Tina Langley:

June Daugherty will forever mean a great deal to the women's basketball community not only here at Washington, but across the country. She dedicated her life to the growth of young women in all their pursuits. She lived her life in the service of others, and now we have the opportunity to remember all she stood for and all she inspired.

June spent 11 years as the coach here at UW, another 11 years at WSU, and we're so grateful to have the opportunity to put competition aside for a moment and, alongside Washington State, recognize the significant impact June had on both of our programs over the decades she led them.

We hope you will join us on Sunday as we pay tribute to Coach Daugherty, her family, and her legacy. 
2) Boeing Apple Cup Series

Who doesn't love a rivalry? Sunday's matchup between the Huskies and the Cougs will be round two of the Boeing Apple Cup Series

Be one of the first to arrive at Alaska Airlines Arena to receive a Boeing Apple Cup Series clear bag! 

3) Alumni Day

We're excited to welcome Husky alumni back home! 

In addition to inviting back dozens of Huskies, the Tyee Club and the program are excited to honor a whole team of Husky Legends – the 2001 Washington women's basketball team.

Led by Coach June Daugherty, the 2001 team accomplished a 20-win season, going 22-10. Named the co-conference champions that year, the team earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and made an impressive run to the Elite Eight. 

We will be joined by Megan Carlson, Gioconda Mendiola, Giuliana Mendiola, Andrea Lalum, Jill Pimley Marlow, Cheryl Sorenson, Emily Autry Prewitt, Heather Reichmann, and LeAnne Sheets Teeple

4) Pup Squad

We're in for a show when the Pup Squad comes out onto the court to perform at halftime!

Pup Squad is part of the UW Spirit program, where children who are members get to wear authentic uniforms and perform alongside UW Cheer and Dance.


With National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) right around the corner (Feb. 2), we're tipping off the week with a postgame panel discussion. 

Stick around after the game (around 1:45 p.m.) to hear special guests host a "Chalk Talk" and Q&A!

Panelists include student-athletes, freshman Nia Lowery and senior Alexis Griggsby, assistant coach Latara King, Husky alum and current Associate Athletics Director at Simon Fraser University, Breanne Watson, and Husky alum and current Associate Director at The Sports Institute at UW Medicine, Sara Mosiman. The panel will be moderated by Sheridan Blanford, Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Click HERE to check out the special NGWSD ticket offer.