With the weather turning and the leaves falling off the trees, thoughts turn to the indoor sports and, for Seattle University athletics, the start of basketball season.
The head coaches of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, Cameron Dollar and Joan Bonvicini, each enter their third seasons at Seattle U. Both coaches have been able to bring players in that fit their style of play, and both teams are out to prove that they will challenge all opponents for every rebound, loose ball and basket.
Dollar welcomes back six players who saw action during the 2010-11 season, including seniors Aaron Broussard (left) and Cervante Burrell. Two other players who did not play last year, Clarence Trent and Jarell Flora, still gained experience within the program by practicing with the team during their redshirt seasons. Dollar and his staff added size and athleticism to the squad, and many of the newcomers have made immediate impressions during the preseason workouts.
Bonvicini enjoys the return of six players from last year’s active squad, led by senior guard Elle Kerfoot, who earned international experience by representing Canada at the World University Games in China over the summer. Fellow senior Talisa Rhea will add a new dimension to the squad, while newcomers such as Brenda Adhiambo and Renee Dillard-Brown give the team the depth it needs to make adjustments when needed.
Combined, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will play 32 regular season home games over the next five months. The women’s team will host a tournament Thanksgiving weekend at the Connolly Center, and both squads will welcome teams from across the country to create four games at KeyArena on both Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.
For faculty and staff members who take advantage of their free tickets at KeyArena, there is a new policy. Tickets are no longer distributed at the CAC in the Student Center; instead they are now distributed at a special ticket window on the East side of KeyArena on game day. Each faculty and staff member can claim up to two complimentary tickets, and adjacent tickets can be purchased for the discounted price of $8. The box office will open 90 minutes before tip-off each game.
Finally, basketball is not the only game in town at Seattle U during the winter months. Under first-year head coach Craig Nisgor, the men’s and women’s swim teams are moving faster in the water. Home meets are scheduled for Nov. 19 and Jan. 21 at the Connolly Center Pool. Starting in January, the indoor track and field team competes several times at UW’s Dempsey Indoor facility, and head coach Trisha Steidl, along with her staff, has put together another solid squad of athletes looking to set more school records.
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