Jan. 14, 2010
Jan, 15 12:57 PM: The Huskies have decamped from the East Bay, and are now undergoing a light practice at Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University. Emphasis on "light," as the team played an intense, physical game just 15 hours ago.
On the trip down to Palo Alto, the charter bus took the team across the Bay Bridge, which offered fantastic views of the San Francisco skyline. Several student-athletes and coaches crammed up on the right side of the bus, snapping pics with their iPhones.
Also on the way down, the team met with their position coaches for film and to go over the Stanford scout. A lot of the issues with the team's loss to Cal came from turnovers, so there is a definite theme in today's practice to "value" the basketball.
12:25 PM: The charter bus wound its way through the crowded streets of Berkeley to deposit the Washington student-athletes at Haas Pavilion. The team is warming up their legs at shootaround right now, going over the skeleton that will constitute their game plan tonight.
Haas is one of the older buildings in the Pac-10, right up there with Mac Court (Oregon) and Pauley Pavilion (UCLA). And like the Bank of America Arena, Haas will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this season.
For fans of basketball in general, walking through Haas allows you to remember some of the great athletes who have played here, such as Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson, now the mayor of Sacramento.
Berkeley itself is known for its, well, "eclectic tastes, particularly in food. On the bus ride over, we spotted a restaurant that specializes only in cuisine from Azerbaijan. Interesting.
7:18 AM: It's a beautiful morning here in Berkeley, Calif., as the sun rises over the Oakland Hills. The Huskies made a late arrival into town last night, courtesy of an Alaska Air flight out of SeaTac to Oakland International.
Injured Husky Sara Mosiman is joining the team on this trip as well. The senior didn't have a class conflict this weekend, so she's allowed (per UW rule) to travel. We learned that with the new titanium rod in her leg, though, there will always be a security hiccup for Mo at airports.
The flight left a lot of the Huskies shaken up given the amount of turbulence on the way down. At one point, the plane dropped 20 feet or so, inducing a lot of fear in the cabin. But everyone is safe and sound, and the charter bus soon delivered the team to their hotel on the Berkeley marina.
Upon arrival, the team was treated to sandwiches and snacks inside a dining room. Then everyone relaxed in their rooms until 12:00 AM curfew, when Director of Operations Wingate Smith comes by and takes the student-athletes' cell phones.
The game plan for this morning is for the team to eat breakfast at the hotel, and then head over to Haas Pavilion on the California campus (about a mile up the road) for shootaround. Remember, you can follow for the entire road trip in this space and on our Twitter account (@UW_WBB).