Some of the funnier people on Twitter to follow are Seattle University assistant coach Joy Hollingsworth and Gonzaga F Vivian Frieson. Well, that’s if you’re from the Seattle area.
Then you’ll understand their jokes.
You’ll find them regularly tweeting about the hoops city, like boys games between Garfield High and Franklin High back-in-the-day. Or Hollingsworth’s signature “You Know you’re from Seattle if you wear shorts when its 50 degrees outside.”
Seeing where they and others like them are now — and how this week youngsters Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga) and Lindsey Moore (Nebraska) helped their respective schools when conference regular-season championships — instantly makes you think of the depth and history of female talent in the state.
Sports Illustrated wrote about the men in this week’s edition, mentioning an alumni game. The women aren’t collectively tattooing images of Seattle on their bodies — Frieson going with her astrological sign, Ram, on her calf instead — but the University of Washington’s alumni game is close.
The former Husky hoopsters are gathering at Hec Ed on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to play their annual gameagainst each other with Storm CEO Karen Bryant acting as one of the coaches. But dozens, who do play in area leagues with players like WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes, can still ball. Sort of.
All-time leading scorer Jamie Redd (pictured above by The Daily), Kayla Burt, Shannon Kelly (now an Associate Athletic Director for Marketing at UW), current assistant coach Loree Payne, Rhonda Smith, Tara Davis, current KJR radio host Elise (Niemela) Woodward and Megan Franza, are a few amped to play.
“It’s a lot of fun coming back and getting to see everyone you played with back in the day,” said Payne, shortly before the Huskies practiced on Friday afternoon. “It’s great to see what everyone is doing with their lives now.”
The alumni are meeting Friday night at Jabu’s Pub in Queen Anne for a social/event benefiting the Melissa Erickson Foundation. The former UW standout is battling ALS.
Maybe someday the alumni games will broaden to a city-wide format and the whole basketball community will have a chance to come together.