SEATTLE – Washington women’s basketball has a big weekend in front of them, hosting No. 23 California on Friday night and No. 3 Stanford on Sunday. Both games present big opportunities to earn a signature win that will go a long ways toward helping the Dawgs postseason chances.
In addition to the game, the Huskies also have a special weekend planned. Friday, Washington will observe ALS Awareness Night with the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association. They will be providing information about the disease throughout the game, and have information booths in the concourse. The team will also announce an endowed scholarship that has recently been established by a Women’s Basketball supporter. The scholarship is being established in Melissa Erickson’s name, a former Husky Women’s Basketball player who passed away from ALS last Spring. The Husky players will be wearing red socks during the game in honor of ALS Awareness.
Additionally, before the 8pm tip off with Cal, head coach Mike Neighbors will lead a chalk talk for fans that have already purchased their tickets to the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Washington will be hosting these games at Alaska Airlines Arena on March 23 and 25.
Sunday, Washington will observe National Girls & Women in Sports Day and will raise awareness for Play4Kay, a national organization that supports the fight against women’s cancers. The Husky women will wear their pink uniforms and fans are encouraged to come dressed in pink. The first 250 fans will also receive Husky trading cards and the first 500 fans will receive pink pom-poms. To raise donations for Play4Kay, the Huskies will auction off pink jerseys worn in past years by the Husky players. A table will be set up in the concourse, near the Hall of Fame, where fans can bid on the jerseys via a silent auction. The silent auction will start when the doors open, and close at the end of halftime. Following the game, the Husky players will stay for a full autograph session outside of Harshman Court.
In honor of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, free admission will be provided to any 8th grade and younger Girl Scouts of Western Washington or Youth Basketball teams that wear their jerseys to the game. Local basketball officials and Seattle area before and after school programs will be eligible for $3 tickets that must be purchased by 3 p.m. on Friday by contacting the Husky ticket office.
In addition, Sunday will feature a Kids Zone in the Harshman practice court. The Kids Zone will be open from 11 a.m. through halftime of the game. It will feature two bounce houses, face painting, poster-making and photos with Dubs and Harry the Husky.