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April 19, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Daugherty to WSU

Though this is primarily a place for news on the UW men’s team, I’ll go ahead and throw out there the news on June Daugherty being hired as the new women’s coach at Washington State since I figure it may be of interest to many of you.
Here’s a report from our Craig Smith that the move is a done deal, after it had been much-rumored for the last few days.
It’s obviously a hire that will make the UW-WSU women’s basketball rivalry — if you can really call it that — a lot more interesting than it ever has been.
UW is 54-10 all-time against WSU in women’s hoops and has won the last 24 in a row.
Daugherty won all 22 games she played against WSU while at UW, with the last Cougar win against the Huskies coming on Feb. 22, 1995.
In fact, after WSU won eight of the first 12 in the series, UW has won 50 of the last 52.
Daugherty was also rumored to be in the running for the Penn State job but has apparently decided to stay close to where her coaching roots are. She was also the head coach at Boise State before coming to UW so she has a lot of connections in the Northwest area that could serve WSU well.
As for the Huskies, they have hired Tia Jackson in an attempt to create more “buzz” around the program.
Jackson has hired former UW player Loree Payne as an assistant and also may be close to hiring former Missouri State head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson as another assistant. You can find some details on that here.
As for Daugherty, she’s got some major work to do at WSU, which hasn’t had a winning season of any sort since 1995-96 and has had a winning conference record just once since the formation of the Pac-10 women’s basketball conference in 1986-87.
Daugherty won’t be the first coach to make a Cougar-Husky move. Marv Harshman coached at WSU from 1959-71 before leaving to take over at UW.

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