Aussie Coug Brown surprised by dad in Seattle

SEATTLE – Steve Brown is a huge man and hard to miss, but the father of Washington State basketball player Louise Brown managed to travel more than 8,000 miles and sneak up on his daughter to provide her with one of the greatest surprises of her life on the eve of the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament.

Working together with WSU’s coaches – “They helped me with my master plan,” Steve said mischievously – the elder Brown traveled from the family’s home in Melbourne, Australia, to stun his daughter Wednesday night after the Cougars finished eating dinner in Seattle.

“I just heard this big brute of a man,” a beaming Louise Brown told the Pac-12 Networks. “As soon as I heard the Scottish ‘Go Cougs!’, I knew his accent right away and was like, ‘Ah! Hi!’ I teared up a little bit because I had no idea. With all my heart, to know that not only my family loves me this much, but the whole Cougar family were all a part of it.”


Brown, a freshman, was a key reserve before moving into the starting lineup when senior center Shalie Dheensaw was lost for the year with a knee injury in mid-January. It sounds like Steve Brown arrived at just the right time for his daughter.

“I haven’t been home since June last year, so I was getting a little homesick,” Louise said. “It was kind of coming down to the last leg of the season, and it was dragging. As soon as I saw his face, that (her homesickness) was just gone. I was like, ‘No more homesickness! Let’s go!’” Thanks to the Pac-12 Networks expanded coverage outside the United States, the Brown family has watched the Cougars all season in Australia.

“It’s been phenomenal,” Steve said. “We’ve got our Cougar tops on and we sit there and live in the moment from the other side of the world.”

This week, WSU basketball is bringing two sides of the world together in Seattle. Steve and his Australian flag were in the stands Thursday night at KeyArena when Louise recorded seven points, two rebounds and a season-high three steals in WSU’s 66-64 triumph over Oregon.

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