Coach: Kelly Graves, 6th year.
2004-05: 28-4 overall, 14-0 West Coast Conference. Advanced to the second round of the NIT.
Star player: Anne Bailey, a senior forward from Snohomish High School, was GU’s top reserve last season. Now, says Graves, “She’s the front-runner for conference player of the year. She’s a matchup nightmare with her combination of size, strength and quickness.”
Impact newcomers: Jami Bjorklund, a freshman guard from Spokane’s University High School, could become a starter this season. Sarah Schramm, a redshirt freshman forward from Chelan High School, led the Bulldogs with 12 points in their first exhibition game.
Bottom line: The Bulldogs lost three four-year starters, including their top two scorers from a year ago. Their replacements have experience in the program (three juniors and one senior among the starting five), but collectively don’t have much game experience.
Quotable: “Good point-guard play is going to determine how successful we’ll be. We’re really solid everywhere else.” — Kelly Graves.
|G||Rachel Kane||5-7||Jr||1.6||1.6 A|
|G||Katy Ridenour||5-10||Jr||3.4||2.1 R|
|F||Stephanie Hawk||6-3||Jr||9.4||5.0 R|
|F||Anne Bailey||6-0||Sr||9.9||5.0 R|
|C||Elaina Renius||6-4||So||2.1||2.4 R|