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Women's Hoops

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

March 26, 2009 at 10:19 PM

Former Sonics assistant coach hired at Oregon

Westhead.jpgFormer Sonics assistant coach Paul Westhead will lead the Oregon Ducks next season. Westhead (pictured right) replaced legendary Duck Bev Smith, who was fired earlier this month after only reaching the NCAA tournament once in eight seasons. Westhead was on P.J. Carlesimo’s staff as the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City, getting fired in November along with Carlesimo after a 1-13 start.
Westhead, 70, is the only coach to have won a WNBA and NBA title. He led the Phoenix Mercury to the 2007 championship and led the Los Angeles Lakers to a title in 1980. Coaching the Oregon women will be his first step into the college women’s basketball realm.
It’ll be interesting to see what Westhead does with a healthy Ducks’ roster and how he recruits in the women’s college game. His signature offensively potent men’s Loyola Marymount teams advanced to the Elite Eight.
Westhead’s base pay (a reported $550,000) is far more than Washington coach Tia Jackson’s $180,000. The Ducks were a school-low 9-21 this season and ranked last in the Pac-10 in scoring (56.6), but are preparing to move into a new arena.
In other Pac-10 news, four Huskies were named to the All-Academic Team. Junior Sami Whitcomb made second team with a 3.38 GPA, majoring in history. On honorable mention were senior Michelle Augustavo, junior Sara Mosiman, and sophomore Sarah Morton.

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