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November 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Around the Pac-10: Conference tips-off tonight

Pac-10.jpgWatch out for any strips of wood, Washington coach Tia Jackson has been running around knocking her knuckles against any piece she can find in hopes of keeping her team healthy. Last year the Huskies suffered numerous injuries that played a part in the disappointing 8-22 finish. This year senior F Lydia Young slipped in the rain on campus, aggravating her knee.
Young did not practice today and will not play tomorrow. Jackson is being cautious with everyone else, including sophomore F Liz Lay, who suffered a setback with her knee, but remains questionable for Washington’s season-opener at 2 p.m. at Portland State on Saturday.
While Jackson knocks on wood, the Pac-10 is getting ready for showtime tonight when three teams tip-off the conference’s season. But everyone won’t have made their debut until Monday when Oregon, under new coach Paul Westhead, faces Eastern Washington. Westhead, you may remember, is the only coach to win a NBA and WNBA title. He also was an assistant for the Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder.
Some early storylines – outside of No. 2 Stanford being projected, again, as the only team to be able to defeat Connecticut – are injuries to USC and Arizona being the youngest team in the conference at five collective years of Division-I experience. That ranks third nationally while Washington State (nine years) is sixth youngest in the country.
Here’s your weekend schedule with a links to a preview on all 10 teams:
Friday, November 13
Xavier at USC, 1:30 p.m. PT
No. 2 Stanford at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. ET
Cal Poly at Oregon State, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, November 14
UCLA vs. Illinois State, 2:30 p.m. CT
Hawkeye Challenge Tournament, Iowa City, Iowa
Washington at Portland State (Big Sky TV), 2 p.m. PT
Arizona at Iona, 7:30 p.m. ET
Iona College Tip-Off Tournament, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Sunday, November 15
Arizona vs. Miami (Ohio)/Bucknell, 1 p.m. ET
Iona College Tip-Off Tournament, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Stanford at Rutgers (Fios1), 2 p.m. ET
UCLA at Iowa/vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 a.m./2 p.m. CT
Hawkeye Challenge Tournament, Iowa City, Iowa
South Dakota State at No. 16 Arizona State, 2 p.m. MT
UC Davis at Washington State, 2 p.m. PT
Idaho State at No. 18 California, 5 p.m. PT
Fresno State at USC, 5:30 p.m. PT
Monday, November 16
Eastern Washington at Oregon, 7 p.m. PT

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