Washington Huskies women's basketball

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Washington Huskies
2014–15 Washington Huskies women's basketball team
Washington Huskies athletic logo
University University of Washington
Conference Pac-12
Location Seattle, WA
Head coach Mike Neighbors (1st year)
Arena Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
(Capacity: 10,000)
Nickname Huskies
Student section Dawg Pack

Husky Purple and Husky Gold

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Away jersey
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Alternate jersey
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NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1990, 2001
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
Conference tournament champions
Conference regular season champions

The Washington Huskies women's basketball team represents the University of Washington in NCAA Division I college basketball competing in the Pac-12 Conference. Their home games are played at Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, located in Seattle, and they are currently led by head coach Mike Neighbors.

Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion[edit]

Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion is the home for the Husky men's and women's basketball teams, volleyball team and gymnastics squad. Originally completed in 1927, Hec Edmundson Pavilion underwent a $40 million, 19-month renovation between March 1999 and November 2000 to reconfigure its interior. The pavilion's name was also changed; originally slated to be "Seafirst Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion" when the deal was finalized in 1998, it became "Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion" at the reopening, as B of A had eliminated the Seafirst brand in 2000. The ten-year sponsorship with the bank expired after the 2009-10 season and was not renewed; during the first half of the 2010-11 basketball season the venue was sponsorless and once again known simply as "Hec Edmundson Pavilion."[1][2] On January 20, 2011, the university approved Seattle-based Alaska Airlines as the new sponsor of Hec Ed.[3]


Mike Neighbors, head coach of the Washington women's basketball team, speaking at a WBCA conference in Nashville, Tennessee

The women's basketball program began in 1974, with Christine Burkhart serving as coach. She led the Huskies to a .500 record in her only year as head coach. Kathie Neir was the coach for the next four years, with an overall record of 82–31, and a first place finish in the NWBL Coast Division. She was replaced by Pat Dobratz, who served for one year as an interim coach, with a 14—14 record. The Huskies would go on to have winning or .500 records every year from the inception of the program until the year 2000.[4]

Sue Kruszewski took over the coaching reins in 1980, and after leading the team to a 19–12 record, was nominated for coach of the year honors. While she did not win the top position, she was one of 20 contenders for the honor. After her departure, Joyce Sake took over as head coach. In her second year, the team achieved a record of 26–2, winning the Norpac conference regular season with a perfect 11–0 record, as well as the conference tournament. The team was invited to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team earned their first AP ranking, finishing the 185 season ranked 11th.[4]

In 1985, Chris Gobrecht took over as head coach, and would remain in that position for eleven years. The Huskies exceeded 20 victories in eight of the eleven years. The team won the NorPac regular season outright in 1986, and finished first or tied for first in the 1988 and 1990 seasons. The team earned bids to the NCAA Tournament in nine of the eleven seasons, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 1988 and the quarterfinals in 1990. The team earned top 25 rankings in the Coaches and AP polls in six of the eleven years, reaching a final season ranking of third place in 1990.[4]

June Daugherty followed Gobrecht, also serving as head coach for eleven years. The Huskies had only one losing seasons in the eleven year period, exceeding 20 wins twice, once in 2001 when the team reached the NCAA quarterfinals. Tia Jackson replaced Daugherty, and remained for four years. Kevin McGuff was hired in 2011 and led the team to consecutive 20 win seasons, and two post-season WNIT bids.[4] After McGuff was hired by Ohio State, assistant coach Mike Neighbors was named head coach for the 2013–14 season. While McGuff was head coach, he persuaded Adia Barnes, with college experience at Arizona and professional experience with the Houston Comets, Seattle Storm, Minnesota Lynx, and Sacramento Monarchs to become an assistant coach. She remains in that position under Neighbors.

2014–15 Roster[edit]

2014–15 Washington Huskies women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High School/Junior College Home town
F/C 0 Osahor, ChantelChantel Osahor 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) So Saint Mary's Phoenix, AZ
F 3 Walton, TaliaTalia Walton 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS Jr Federal Way Federal Way, WA
G 10 Plum, KelseyKelsey Plum 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) So La Jolla Country Day San Diego, CA
F/C 11 Gilling, MathildeMathilde Gilling 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Jr Rungsted Gymnasium Rungsted Kyst, DEN
F/C 13 Collier, KatieKatie Collier 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) RS So Seattle Christian Covington, WA
G/F 14 Corral, HeatherHeather Corral 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Jr Prairie Vancouver, WA
G 21 Ruiz, BriannaBrianna Ruiz 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) RS Fr Del Oro Roseville, CA
F 23 Williams, AminahAminah Williams 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Sr Kennedy Seattle, WA
G 32 Davis, JazmineJazmine Davis 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Sr Valley Christian San Jose, CA
G/F Johnson, HannahHannah Johnson 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Fr Bishop Alemany Mission Hills, CA
G Kingma, KelliKelli Kingma 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Henry M. Jackson Mill Creek, WA
Head coach

Mike Neighbors

Assistant coach(es)

Kevin Morrison
Fred Castro
Adia Barnes

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on


Year by year results[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Christine Burkhart (Independent) (1974–1975)
1974-75 Christine Burkhart 11–11 NCWSA Regional Playoffs
Christine Burkhart: 11–11
Kathy Neir (Independent, NWBL) (1975–1979)
1975-76 Kathy Neir 17–11 NCWSA Area Playoffs
1976-77 Kathy Neir 22–4 NCWSA Regional Playoffs
1977-78 Kathy Neir 26–5 12–1 1st (NWBL-Coast Division) AIAW First Round
1978-79 Kathy Neir 17–11 4–8 4th (NWBL-Coast Division)
Kathy Neir: 82–31 16–9
Pat Dobratz (Independent, NWBL) (1979–1980)
1979-80 Pat Dobratz 14–14 5–8 3rd (NWBL-Coast Division)
Pat Dobratz: 14–14 5–8
Sue Kruzewski (Independent, NWBL, NorPac) (1980–1983)
1980-81 Sue Kruzewski 19–12 6–5 3rd (NWBL-Coast Division) AIAW Region Championships
1981-82 Sue Kruzewski 16–10 0–4 3rd (NWBL-Open Division)
1982-83 Sue Kruzewski 15–12 7–5 4th (NorPac)
Sue Kruzewski: 50–34 13–14
Joyce Sake (NorPac) (1983–1985)
1983-84 Joyce Sake 17–8 8–4 4th
1984-85 Joyce Sake 26–2 11–0 1st# NCAA First Round 11
Joyce Sake: 43–10 19–4
Chris Gobrecht (NorPac, Pac-10) (1985–1996)
1985-86 Chris Gobrecht 24–6 11–2 1st (NorPac) NCAA Second Round (Play-In)
Pacific-12 Conference
1986-87 Chris Gobrecht 23–7 14–4 2nd (Pac-10) NCAA Second Round (Play-In) 18 20
1987-88 Chris Gobrecht 25–5 16–2 1st NCAA Sixteen 16 11
1988-89 Chris Gobrecht 23–10 15–3 2nd NCAA Second Round (Play-In)
1989-90 Chris Gobrecht 28–3 17–1 T-1st NCAA Quarterfinals 7 3
1990-91 Chris Gobrecht 24–5 15–3 2nd NCAA Sixteen 13 12
1991-92 Chris Gobrecht 17–11 9–9 6th
1992-93 Chris Gobrecht 17–12 11–7 3rd NCAA Second Round (Play-In)
1993-94 Chris Gobrecht 21–8 12–6 4th NCAA Second Round 21 18
1994-95 Chris Gobrecht 25–9 13–5 2nd NCAA Sixteen 13 14
1995-96 Chris Gobrecht 16–13 10–8 T-3rd
Chris Gobrecht: 243–89 143–50
June Daugherty (Pac-10) (1996–2007)
1996-97 June Daugherty 17–11 12–6 T-4th NCAA First Round
1997-98 June Daugherty 18–10 9–9 5th NCAA First Round
1998-99 June Daugherty 16–13 11–7 5th WNIT Sixteen
1999-2000 June Daugherty 8–22 4–14 9th
2000-01 June Daugherty 22–10 12–6 T-1st NCAA Quarterfinals 14
2001-02 June Daugherty 19–12 12–6 T-2nd WNIT Quarterfinals
2002-03 June Daugherty 22–8 13–5 T-2nd NCAA First Round
2003-04 June Daugherty 18–13 9–9 6th WNIT Sixteen
2004-05 June Daugherty 14–16 9–9 7th
2005-06 June Daugherty 19–11 11–7 T-4th NCAA Second Round
2006-07 June Daugherty 18–13 11–7 4th NCAA First Round
June Daugherty: 191–139 113–85
Tia Jackson (Pac-10) (2007–2011)
2007-08 Tia Jackson 13–18 8–10 6th
2008-09 Tia Jackson 8–22 3–15 10th
2009-10 Tia Jackson 13–18 7–11 T-6th WBI Quarterfinals
2010-11 Tia Jackson 11–17 6–12 T-7th
Tia Jackson: 45–75 24–48
Kevin McGuff (Pac-12) (2011–present)
2011-12 Kevin McGuff 20–14 8–10 T-7th WNIT Quarterfinals
2012-13 Kevin McGuff 21–12 11–7 5th WNIT Second Round
Kevin McGuff: 41–26 19–15
Mike Neighbors (Pac-12) (2013–present)
2013-14 Mike Neighbors 20–14 10–8 6th WNIT Semi-final
Mike Neighbors: 20–14 10–8
Total: 740–443

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

School records[edit]


Career leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: Jamie Redd (2,027)
  • Rebounds: Amber Hall (1,003)
  • Assists: Giuliana Mendiola (612)
  • Steals: Leteia Hughley (342)
  • Field Goals made: Leteia Hughley, (748)
  • Field Goal percentage: Karen Murray (.541)
  • 3-pointers: Loree Payne (245)
  • 3-point percentage: Laura Moore (.424)

Single-season leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: Kelsey Plum (712, 2014)
  • Rebounds: Margie Nielsen (399, 1978)
  • Assists: Giuliana Mendiola (172, 2004)
  • Steals: Margie Nielsen (102, 1978)

Single-game leaders[edit]

  • Points Scored: Giuliana Mendiola (43, 2-1-03)
  • Rebounds: Margie Nielsen (25, 12-17-76)
  • Assists: Leteia Hughley (13, 12-16-83)
  • Steals: Julia Gray (11, 11-24-98)
  • Blocked shots: Margie Nielsen (9, 1-23-78)


  1. ^ The Seattle Times - Huskies searching for new corporate sponsorship for Edmundson Pavilion - 2010-10-19
  2. ^ The Daily - Athletics searches for new Hec Ed sponsor - 2010-11-15
  3. ^ "Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion". UW Athletics. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Media Guide". University of Washington. Retrieved 14 Aug 2013. 

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