SEATTLE – Seattle University women’s basketball begins the 2020-21 season with a visit from the University of Portland on Wednesday.
ABOUT THE GAME
• Seattle U (0-0, 0-0 WAC) vs. Portland (0-, 0-0 WCC)
• All-time series-Seattle U leads, 8-7
• Home-Seattle U leads, 4-2
• Away-Portland leads, 5-2
• Neutral-Seattle U leads, 2-0
• Last meeting-Portland won, 70-63, at UP (Nov. 24, 2013)
NEWS AND NOTES
• SU tips off a new season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It will allow no fans at the Redhawk Center to start the season. Click here for more details.
• Portland won the 2020 West Coast Conference Tournament for the first time since 1994 and returns all but one player from last year’s roster.
• The Pilots were voted third in the WCC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Haylee Andrews and Alex Fowler were chosen Preseason All-WCC.
• Seattle U was voted to finish fifth in the WAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll and sixth in the WAC Media Preseason Poll. It finished eighth in the 2019-20 regular season standings.
• Junior Courtney Murphy was picked Preseason All-WAC by coaches and media, while redshirt junior McKenzi Williams earned Preseason All-WAC honors from the coaches. Murphy is the WAC’s active leader with 114 made three-pointers in her first two seasons at SU. Williams is the lone active WAC player to start an NCAA Tournament game (at Oregon in 2018).
• Coach Suzy Barcomb is in her fifth season at Seattle U, making the longest-tenured head coach in the WAC. She is one of two active NCAA coaches to have taken a team to the NCAA Tournament in all three division levels. NC State’s Wes Moore is the only other coach to accomplish the feat.
• The Redhawks are 6-2 under Coach Suzy Barcomb in the WAC Tournament. They advanced to the semifinals before having the tournament canceled in 2020, lost in the first round in 2019, won the tournament title in 2018, and advanced to the finals in 2017.
• SU features three international players on this year’s roster, with each coming from Australia (Georgia Kehoe, Courtney Murphy, Maddy Phillips).
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.