Coaches and players gear up for exciting basketball season ahead
With returning players and an infusion of new talent, both the men's and women's basketball programs are looking for a strong showing in Division I.
The stage is set for a solid second season of Division I action for men's and women's basketball.
Men's basketball Coach Cameron Dollar and his team look for another strong season of play at KeyArena at Seattle Center this year. The program—with its rich past that includes legendary players such as Elgin Baylor and Clint Richardson— aims to return to its winning ways of last season. Coming off a 17-14 record, the men's team were Independent Champions and the only reclassifying institution ever to boast a winning record in their first season back at the D-I level.
Under the leadership of Coach Joan Bonvicini, the women's basketball team looks to build on its progress of last year toward a winning second season in Division I.
This year's group is looking strong, with the return of five players, including senior Cervante Burrell, who was a spark plug in the offense and was one of the team's scoring
leaders. The team also will see eight newcomers boasting solid playing résumés.
The schedule includes match-ups against a trio of West Coast Conference schools and a battle with crosstown rivals the University of Washington on Feb. 22 at KeyArena. SU will take on three Pacific-10 teams this season, including Oregon State, whom they sizably defeated 99–48 in Corvallis last year, and in March will meet up with Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
The women's team, under the leadership of Coach Joan Bonvicini, is also looking for a strong showing this season. In addition to three returning veteran starters, including All-Independent Second Team selection Tatiana Heck, the team will have several new faces to add depth, athleticism and speed. It will be an
action-packed season as they square off with five WCC teams and five teams that participated in last season's NCAA Tournament.
The women will play most of its home games at Connolly Center, where they will host the Seattle U Thanksgiving Tournament Nov. 26–27, and some games at KeyArena. In addition to doubleheaders with the men's team throughout the season, the women will host the Seattle U Holiday Classic from Dec. 29–30, featuring Gonzaga and Notre Dame, among others.