Friday, June 11, 2004
The University of Alaska Anchorage announced today that Furman University and High Point University have been added to the field for the 2004 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout men’s tournament, while Eastern Washington will round out the women’s field. The 27th annual college basketball showcase is scheduled for Nov. 23-27 at Sullivan Arena.
The eight men’s squads comprising the 2004 field are: the University of Alabama, Alaska Anchorage, Furman, High Point, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington. Defending champion Alaska Anchorage hosts a women’s field of Eastern Washington, Minnesota and Stanford. Women’s games will be Nov. 23-24 and men Nov. 24-27.
Wake Forest, which had previously been announced for the men’s field, will not come to Anchorage after opting instead to play in the Preseason NIT.
Here are quick sketches of the newly announced teams:
? Furman, which will be making its first Shootout appearance, went 17-12 in 2003-04 and featured Southern Conference freshman of the year Quan Powell. The Paladins, of Greenville, S.C., are from the same league that produced 2002 Shootout champion College of Charleston.
? High Point returns the majority of its players from last year’s team that went 19-11, the best record in the Panthers’ six years in Division I. The North Carolina school is coached by second- year head man Bart Lundy and plays in the Big South Conference.
? The Eastern Washington women are coming off a 13-16 season in 2003-04, but return an experienced roster for their Shootout appearance. The Eagles, of Cheney, Wash., are coached by Wendy Schuller and play in the Big Sky Conference.
For all Shootout information, visit www.GoSeawolves.com/shootout