We won’t talk about Gonzaga and Washington State. Both are basking in the warmth of sunshine as part of the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown this weekend. The win less Cougars (0-4) face No. 14 North Carolina (4-0) in their opener on Friday while the Zags (2-2) play Ole Miss (3-1).
Meanwhile Seattle’s in a deep freeze.
Actually the snow is melting just in time for Seattle University to host its annual Thanksgiving tournament, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday at Connolly Center. The team practiced Thursday morning, sharing some tales of the snow and plans for the big meal afterward.
The assistant coaches were headed off to family’s homes and some players gathered with some members of the Seattle U. men’s team for a collective Thanksgiving dinner. But no one dared to make a turkey.
“I’m Canadian, so this is our second Thanksgiving,” said F/C Carley Butcher. “It should be interesting; we’ll see how it goes. We’re not really good at cooking. They (G Garrett Lever) did ham because they don’t really like turkey. And they have mashed potatoes and drinks. We did stuffing and sweet potatoes.
“I’m doing stuffing. I called my mom because I didn’t know the recipe. But we went to Safeway last night and they were sold out of what we needed, so we ended up getting boxed stuffing and we’re not going to tell them.”
Coach Joan Bonvicini took the easy (smart?) route in taking her family out to dinner in Belltown. Understandable given she was stuck in the mayhem on Monday, ditching her car on Queen Anne hill and walking to the top because of the ice.
An East Coast native, Bonvicini was amused at Seattle’s handling of the conditions.
“I laughed a year ago when I heard it paralyzed the city,” said Bonvicini, who’s in her second season at SU. “Now I understand. I had to abandon my car because you couldn’t go up. Thank goodness no one hit me. They hit all the cars behind me — as I was getting out of the car a guy literally started sliding backwards in his car. People on the sidewalk (and Bonvicini) hid behind a concrete wall.
“He hit the curb, we straighten it out and he was behind me. When I came back the next morning, there were three cars plowed into him on the side. I had no damage so I was really lucky. They’ve got to put some salt out there.”
Washington G Kristi Kingma noted it always snows when her team leaves for destination tournaments — last time being Cancun in December 2008. The Huskies returned to Seattle after placing third in the Great Alaska Shootout on Wednesday.
UW was off Thursday, a first in 17-years for coach Tia Jackson. The entire team took time to note what Thanksgiving means to them.
“Three things that I love about Thanksgiving? My mother’s dressing. My mother. And eating a lot and not being called a pig,” said F Jeneva Anderson on the team’s website.