Nov. 11, 2003
SEATTLE - The Washington men's basketball team hosts Athletes in Action on Wednesday in their final tune-up before the regular season begins next weekend. Tickets are required for the exhibition game that tips-off at 7 p.m. in Bank of America Arena.
The Huskies won their first exhibition contest 89-78 over the EA Sports All-Stars on Nov. 8. Wednesday they seek to avenge last year's loss to Athletes in Action.
Washington opens the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 21 against Portland State. Game time is 7 p.m. for the first of 14 regular-season home games.
The touring Athletes in Action team visits Seattle for the ninth game on its 14-game slate. Their last game was Monday when they lost 83-75 at California. AIA has a 3-5 record, including a 77-75 victory at Wake Forest on Nov. 8. The night before, on Nov. 7, the touring squad was in Bloomington, Ind. and was edged 70-68 in overtime by the Hoosiers.
The AIA roster includes 6-6 forward Reed Rawlings, a product of Samford University who had 17 points and six assists in last season's win over Washington.
Other notable current AIA players include former Pac-10 players Solomon Hughes from California and Shawn Redhage from Arizona State. A 6-6 forward, Redhage was brilliant in his last visit to Seattle. He amassed 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the Sun Devils to a 79-77 overtime win over UW on Feb. 8, 2003.
One local connection on the AIA roster is 6-5 guard Donte Quinine from Seattle Pacific University. Quinine was a member of the Falcons' 2000 NCAA Division II Final Four team that was coached by current Husky assistant coach Ken Bone.
Athletes in Action opened the tour with a pair of victories, at Mt. Vernon Nazarene (109-61) and Elon (73-62). They then lost their next four, capped by the game at Indiana, before beating Wake Forest. AIA lost at Missouri-Kansas City (68-81), Saint Louis (58-68) and Southern Illinois (65-74).
Second-year Washington coach Lorenzo Romar played seven years with Athletes in Action from 1985-92, serving as the team's player-coach between 1989-92.
After playing in Seattle, AIA travels to Pullman to meet Washington State on Thursday.
Washington faces an ambitious schedule this season. UW plays 15 games against opponents that participated in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, including two meetings with Arizona which is ranked No. 4 in the preseason polls. The Wildcats, who visit Bank of America Arena on Jan. 29, are one of six NCAA Tournament teams that make trips to Seattle this season.
The Huskies' schedule concludes with the Pac-10 Tournament, March 11-13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The top eight teams in the regular-season standings will compete for the conference championship and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.
The Huskies registered a 10-17 record in 2003 and finished ninth in the Pac-10 with a 5-13 record.
Season and individual-game tickets for all Washington home games are available now. For ticket information please visit or call (206-543-2200) the Husky Ticket Office, located in the Graves Building, or go on-line via the athletic department website: Husky Basketball Tickets