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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

November 18, 2008 at 6:33 AM

Gonzaga receives votes in polls; upsets continue

UW-Zags.jpgOn Sunday, Kent native Courtney Vandersloot looked like the best player in the state. She was definitely the best player on the court as her Gonzaga put in their worst offensive game to still win by five points against Washington. Vandersloot led her team with a game-high 20 points. Seattleite Vivian Frieson had 10 steals, one shy of tying the UW opponent’s record set by current Oregon coach Bev Smith when she played for the Ducks.
Vandersloot was named player of the week, averaging 23.5 points and 7.0 assists in two wins, and she helped the Zags garner a little more consideration in the polls. Gonzaga received two votes, which is small, but I expect it to be more as the season progresses.
What was interesting was Stanford’s drop to No. 8 from being second in the nation. The Cardinal need to adjust to life with all-everything G Candice Wiggins, who nearly helped the Minnesota Lynx advance to the postseason ahead of schedule. But solid defense on hobbled center Janye Appel (shoulder and knee) was all it took for Stanford to not find a new groove to follow.
“I was disappointed with our inside game,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer told reporters in Waco after the 81-65 loss. “I thought we could have done a better job finishing inside.”
Satnford’s play was just part of what is seemingly turning into upset week in women’s college basketball. Last night, Tennessee, which lost WNBA MVP/Rookie of the Year Candace Parker to graduation, lost to Virginia.
An interesting season and we haven’t even cut the turkey, yet.

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