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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:28 pm

It appears the women will play a very competitive preseason schedule under first-year head coach Mike Meek.

Hope you like day games, as all preseason games begin be at 5pm or before, and one game on a Wednesday begins at 11am...if this for school kids in the area, it should be great fun!

Saturday November 2nd is going to be a busy day...12 noon volleyball, 5pm men's soccer and women's basketball, and 7:30pm men's basketball.

Nov 2 (Sat) 5:00 PM vs Lewis & Clark (Exhibition)

Nov 7 (Thu) 10:00 AM at Utah State

Nov 9 (Sat) 2:00 PM at Weber State

Nov 13 (Wed) 11:00 AM vs Warner Pacific

Nov 17 (Sun) 1:00 PM vs Fresno State

Nov 21 (Thu) 11:00 AM at CSUN

Nov 23 (Sat) TBA at Air Force Academy

Nov 29 (Fri) 2:00 PM vs Abilene Christian

Dec 1 (Sun) 2:00 PM vs Loyola Chicago

Dec 8 (Sun) 2:00 PM vs Grand Canyon

Dec 15 (Sun) 2:00 PM vs Portland State

Dec 19 (Thu) 5:00 PM vs Willamette

Dec 29 (Sun) TBA at Gonzaga

Jan 2 (Thu) TBA at San Diego

Jan 4 (Sat) TBA at Brigham Young

Jan 9 (Thu) TBA vs Pacific

Jan 11 (Sat) TBA vs Saint Mary's

Jan 16 (Thu) TBA at San Francisco

Jan 18 (Sat) TBA at Santa Clara

Jan 23 (Thu) TBA vs Loyola Marymount

Jan 25 (Sat) TBA vs Pepperdine

Jan 30 (Thu) TBA vs Brigham Young

Feb 1 (Sat) TBA vs San Diego

Feb 6 (Thu) TBA at Saint Mary's

Feb 8 (Sat) TBA at Pacific

Feb 13 (Thu) TBA vs Santa Clara

Feb 15 (Sat) TBA vs San Francisco

Feb 20 (Thu) TBA at Pepperdine

Feb 22 (Sat) TBA at Loyola Marymount

Feb 29 (Sat) TBA vs Gonzaga

WCC Championships Mar 4 (Wed) - Mar 10 (Tue) Las Vegas, Orleans Arena
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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:34 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:After 6-1 forward, Alex Fowler, from Townsville, Australia, signed with UP in May, I've been looking forward to seeing the complete roster for the upcoming season, as it may for the first time in my memory, include as many 14 scholarship players.  
The 2019-20 WBB roster has been released and there are 13 scholarship and two walk-on players on the team for this coming season.

https://portlandpilots.com/roster.aspx?path=wbball

I initially thought there would be 14 scholarship players (the women are allowed 15), but 6-3 Elena Alaix from Spain, has transferred to D2 Northern Michigan.  Can't really blame her...after playing in only 10 games last season and averaging 5 minutes per game, it was pretty apparent she would be down the depth chart again this season.

As expected there are five new players on the roster, four freshmen and one junior transfer from PU, Rose Pflug...but it is still unknown if Rose will be eligible to play this year...I understand UP is attempting to get her a waiver from the normal one year of sitting after transferring

School has started and team drills have started...it won't be long before practice officially begins and the Pilots, under the new leadership of Mike Meek, gets the season underway on November 2nd.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 02, 2019 11:17 am

The WCC Preseason Poll is out...the Pilots are expected to finish last, and zero Pilots landed on the Preseason Team.
https://portlandpilots.com/news/2019/10/2/wcc-releases-the-womens-basketball-preseason-poll.aspx

Coach Meek and his staff have installed a new system, and so far, after four very structured practices, there has been a lot of stopping of play to teach and learn the fundamentals of the game...something that Mike has done in his previous head coaching positions in high school and at D3 George Fox.

The standout in practice so far is freshman post Alex Fowler.  Her FIBA U-19 experience will be a big aid grabbing rebounds and she appears to be capable of a good 10 points and 10 boards each game down low.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:29 pm

It's easy to get excited about the upcoming season with five new players and three new coaches...the Jim Sollars' sweater vests are back!!

First game, an exhibition against Lewis & Clark, is on Saturday November 2 at 5pm.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:51 pm

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Weekend retereat at Canon Beach...
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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:13 am

DoubleDipper wrote:As expected there are five new players on the roster, four freshmen and one junior transfer from PU, Rose Pflug...but it is still unknown if Rose will be eligible to play this year...I understand UP is attempting to get her a waiver from the normal one year of sitting after transferring.
The good news is Rose Pflug's waiver request was approved and she'll be eligible to play this season, but the bad news is it may be awhile before she can practice/play because of a bad knee... Evil or Very Mad .
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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:46 pm

If you're not going to the men's soccer match on Saturday, you can come out to the Chiles Center at 5pm to watch the four freshmen and the rest of the women's basketball team take on Lewis & Clark...

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#33 – Megan Engesser 5-10 Guard, Colorado Springs
#12 – Alex Fowler 6-1 Forward, Townsville, Australia
#4 – Keeley Frawley 6-0 Forward, Melbourne, Australia
#32 – Kelsey Lenzie 5-7 Guard, Seattle
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Post by wrv on Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:19 pm

Excited about this class and the general direction. Nice to see the players have grown an inch since they signed. The food at the Commons might be underrated,.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:42 pm

UP's domination of Lewis & Clark, 92-30, was so overwhelming it was difficult to tell if UP was very good or L & C was very bad...but UP's 20 turnovers has to be of concern to the coaches!

It was 58-11 at the half before the Pilots lifted the pedal somewhat in a game where the starters played far fewer minutes than the subs.

The real test will come next week when UP travels to Utah St. for a 10am game and then to Weber St.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:08 pm

It took awhile for the Pilots to get rolling after a 10am start at Utah State, but after trailing by 12 after the first quarter, and after giving up 21 turnovers (18 by steals), the Pilots came back for the win in Logan, 70-64.

Coach Meek is obviously happy to have a 1-0 record as a D1 coach, but you know the entire staff will be emphasizing ball control during the short turnaroud before playing Weber St. on Saturday.

It's really hard to fathom Haylee Andrews giving up 9 turnovers as she's usually very good handling the ball, but she did score 18 and grab 13 rebounds to help the cause.

Freshman post Alex Fowler played 31 minutes (that's a lot for a UP post!) while scoring 16 and snagging 13 boards, while Maddie Mulheim hit 5 threes, and the team shot 53% from the floor to overcome all the turnovers.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:17 pm

Despite being outrebounded 35-21 and committing 16 turnovers, the Pilots hit 56% from the floor and were 15-18 from the line enroute to their 78-59 win over Weber State.

Now 2-0 on the season with two wins in Utah, the Pilots return to action at the Chiles Center at 11am on Wednesday against Warner-Pacific...expect a lot of kids, as the game is part of Portland Education Day.
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Post by wrv on Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:06 am

Lest we obsess and occassionally utter heresies regarding the men's team, recognition of the competitiveness of the women's side is likely due. A winning year would be refreshing. Perhaps better is coming.

Go Pilots.



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Post by wrv on Mon Nov 11, 2019 1:27 pm

However our basketball playing Aussies chose Portland(whichever men's assistant helped, and of course the prior coaching staff), their contribution is unmistakable.

Congratulations to Haylee Andrews on being named WCC Player of the Week.

https://portlandpilots.com/news/2019/11/11/wbb-andrews-is-the-wcc-player-of-the-week.aspx

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Post by DoubleDipper on Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:47 pm

wrv wrote:Congratulations to Haylee Andrews on being named WCC Player of the Week.
Haylee was picked at #6 on the preseason list of Top-10 Female Australian D1 players in America (at last count there were over 90 Aussies playing D1 women's basketball):

https://pickandroll.com.au/ncaa-women-all-australian-preseason-top-10-2/

And her teammate, Alex Fowler, is listed at #3 on the preseason list of Top-5 Female Australian D1 freshmen players in America.

https://pickandroll.com.au/ncaa-women-top-5-freshmen/

Video: https://twitter.com/7NewsTownsville/status/1156488792036933634?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1156488792036933634&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fpickandroll.com.au%2Fncaa-women-top-5-freshmen%2F
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Post by wrv on Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:18 pm

Quite a few superlatives for our Aussie additions.

Program looks to be headed in the right direction.

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:36 pm

Well, a win is a win...

UP was up on Warner Pacific 54-16 at the half, but most of the starters were pulled in the 2nd quarter as the Pilots rolled, 78-36. Last week's WCC player of the week, Haylee Andrews, started but played just 1 minute and scored 4 points before being rested.

No sense looking at the stats as it was garbage-time throughout the second half, but it gave the coaches a chance to evaluate the reserves...and for the most part, the Pilots will be playing with a pretty short bench unless Rose Pflug and Josie Matz can recover from their knee injuries to eventually play this season...today they were both on the bench charting the plays and keeping stats, something Rev always had his injured players do.

Good atmosphere at the game today as there were 500-600 screaming youngsters in attendance...although that number dwindled some when the PA announcer said something about hot dogs in the refreshment area... Razz

Much tougher test on Sunday at 1 o'clock against Fresno State in the Chiles Center.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:43 pm

Wow, today's 75-64 win over previously unbeaten Fresno St. was one the best UP women's games I've seen...and I've seen quite a few.  And don't be fooled by the final score, the Pilots lead by only 1 point with about five minutes to go in the game.

Fresno St. is good, perhaps one of the best teams UP will face in non-league play, and the Bulldogs took an early seemingly commanding lead, but the Pilots fought their way back with tenacious and physical play like I've not seen from the women's team in a long, long time.

The best player on the Fresno St. side had 150 noisy fans in from Seaside celebrating her 21st birthday, and she responded with 29 points, and a couple of twins from Arizona combined for 29 points, but UP's overall performance, led by Alex Fowler's 18 points and 14 rebounds, was too much for FSU's full-court pressing defense to contain.

The Pilots now go on the road at CSUN and Air Force before returning home the day after Thanksgiving for a 2pm games against Abilene  Christian...
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Post by DoubleDipper Today at 4:43 pm

It was not a good day for the Pilots as they lose to CSUN in Northridge.

Whether it was the noon start, the 1500 screaming middle-schoolers, or the absence of point guard Haylee Andrews, the Pilots started very slowly (down by 25 at one point), before making a game of it in the 4th quarter and getting to within six, but it was too little too late.

Next it's on to Air Force on Saturday on tired legs and at altitude, but with injuries mounting the Pilots are forced into using just eight players, so it's not going to get any easier.

With Josie Matz likely out for the year, Rose Pflug out indefinitely, and now Haylee Andrews out six to eight weeks, all due to injury, wins will be tough to come by unless someone on the teams develops and steps up very quickly.
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