Huskies Land In Provo
A group of loose, relaxed Huskies have landed in Utah in prep for the team's game at BYU on Saturday afternoon (12 p.m. PST).
Right now, the Washington women's basketball team is at the Marriott Center on the campus of BYU, about halfway through their two-hour practice. The goal is to put the team in the right frame of mind heading into the first road game of the season, a place where the Huskies won't have the friendly crowd at Hec Ed to lean on.
One thing visiting fans will notice at the Marriott Center is its enormous size. The building sits 23,700 and when full can be one of the most intimidating atmospheres for all of college basketball. Secondly, it was pretty cool to look in the rafters and see Danny Ainge's jersey hanging up there.
Part of what makes trips like these fun for the team is the bonding that goes on. That's why Jackson schedules jaunts around the country early in the season, so the team can coalesce together away from the pressure of school, social life, etc., back home in Seattle.
The trip to Utah begin before sunup with a 6 a.m. flight to Salt Lake City. Many of the student-athletes were at the Washington football game against UCLA the night before, so there was a lot of sleeping Dawgs on the short trip to the Beehive State. After a quick breakfast of pancakes at IHOP, the team bussed downstate to Provo, where they decamped at a downtown hotel.
After lunch and film work, the team bussed on-campus to the Marriott Center for practice. Upon return to the hotel, the rest of the night until curfew is there's.
A full gallery of pictures from the first day of the road trip is available on the team's Facebook page. You can also swing by GoHuskies.com to check out the game notes and find links to GameTracker and Live Audio.
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