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2023-24 Team Preview: Seattle U Women’s Basketball

In 2022-23, the Seattle U women’s basketball team was just 6-20 with five wins in WAC play. However, they were competitive in a majority of their games with 15 of 26 games being played to a margin of 10 points or less.

Stellar play in the WAC tournament with an upset win over preseason favorite UT Arlington and a scare of back-to-back tournament finalist Grand Canyon was not enough for school administrators to keep Suzy Barcomb as Redhawks coach.

Skyler Young, a longtime Division I assistant with a number of stops (Portland, Weber State, Bradley and Western Michigan) and former equipment manager for the Seattle Storm, was named Barcomb’s successor on April 19, 2023.

With a coaching change usually there is a lot of portal activity, However, that’s not the case in the Pacific Northwest as nearly all of last year’s roster returns minus Taliyah Clark, who went to UT Arlington and Kari Kyrkjebo.

Let’s take a look at the Redhawks and Young’s first team as a Division I head coach.

Head Coach:

Skyler Young, First Season

2022-23 Record:

6-24 Overall/5-13 WAC


Defeated UT Arlington in opening round of WAC Tournament before falling to Grand Canyon


  • Taliyah Clark – Transfer to UT Arlington
  • Kari Kyrkjebo – Unknown
Peyton Howard returns for new head coach Skyler Young to lead Seattle U in 2023-24. Courtesy Western Athletic Conference.


  • Peyton Howard – 5’9, Senior, G
  • Julianna Walker – 5’6, Junior, G
  • Sareya Hicks – 5’6, Junior, G
  • Asta Blauenfeldt – 5’6, Sophomore, G
  • Noemi Bariteau – 5’7, Sophomore, G
  • Ramona Jagger – 6’2, Senior, F
  • Mya Moore – 6’0, Sophomore, G
  • Sheridan Liggett – 5’9, Sophomore, G
  • Erin Tarasow – 5’9, Senior, G
  • Makayla Moore – 6’0, Sophomore, G
  • Irena Korolenko – 6’0, Senior, F
  • Lisa Michaelsen – 6’1, Sophomore, F


  • Aannah Interrante – 5’9, Graduate, G – Bradley


Young believes last year’s experiences will be beneficial going into 2023-24 and is looking to implement a more uptempo brand of basketball in the Pacific Northwest.

He inherits 93 combined makes from behind the 3-point line in Irena Korolenko and Julianna Walker and an offense that averaged less than 60 points per game a season ago.

“They’ve been in those battles,” Young said on the Straight Outta WAC Podcast. “But now we have to put them in position to see the victories from those battles and we do that through attention to details. They’re invested in the process of getting better.”

Two other areas where the Redhawks will have to improve are in turnover margin and defensive points per game allowed. Last season, Seattle was -6.3 in turnover margin with an average of 20 turnovers per contest while opponents scored an average of 70 points per game.

Asta Blauenfeldt is part of an experienced guard line for first-year head coach Skyler Young. Courtesy Western Athletic Conference.

Scheduling Tidbits:

Young’s tenure begins with four road games in the first 16 days of the season including two Big West stops at Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine. The Redhawks WAC schedule will begin with a home date against Utah Valley before finishing that first week with a trip to defending champion Southern Utah. In their lone matchup with the Thunderbirds, Seattle went step for step with the champs before falling, 75-62.

Check out Young on the Straight Outta WAC Podcast here

About the author

Derryl Trujillo

Derryl Trujillo is a Southern California based sportswriter who won the 2019 Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association's Supporter of the Year award. He joined the WAC Hoops Digest staff in 2020 and also covers local sports for Inland Sports and the Valley News. Before transitioning to media Derryl was a high school, collegiate and club volleyball official along with serving as a high school basketball scorekeeper for ten years.

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