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Women's Hoops

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

March 21, 2009 at 8:18 AM

No. 13 Montana to hold pep rally today and your morning links

Ta'Shia.jpgMontana sophomore forward Sarah Ena said she’s excited to be back in Seattle, having not been near her native Kenmore roots in about eight months. A former Inglemoor High standout, she’s helping to rally the local Griz fans by getting some of her school’s crazies to attend the 5 p.m. game. Seeded 13th in its 18th tournament appearance, Montana is hopeful for about 2,000 fans tonight as it takes on No. 4 seed Pitt.
To get everyone rowdy, the Griz organized a pep rally at the Ram in the University Village at 3:45 p.m. where their band and cheerleaders are expected to be in attendance.
In an odd twist, Gonzaga sophomore guard Courtney Vandersloot’s maternal family originates in Montana and are huge Griz fans, according to the player. She said her grandparents are making the trip to watch both teams play.
Both there’s a little wonder how the Zags will draw locally. The men play at 5:10 p.m. today in Portland and what few crossover fans the programs have may have chosen to travel south or stay home to watch the game.
Women’s coach Kelly Graves also notes there is a stark difference from the state’s east and west side, which often rival each other.
“But we’re happy to be in Seattle,” he said.
Here are some of your morning links:
— The Zags’ hometown paper wrote about No. 5 Xavier center Ta’Shia Phillips, who’s pictured right.
— The Cincinnati Enquirer countered with how the Musketeers don’t want their season to end.
— The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes about No. 4 seed Pitt’s size versus No. 13 Montana’s defense.
— The Missoulian wrote about the players’ hoping their strong following makes a difference in the game.
— And don’t forget to checkout our sub-regional package, which includes a main story on Phillips, with a notebook leading with Montana, and tournament capsules, with a cool chart of all the Washington athletes playing in the NCAA tournament today.

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