EDIT: Stanford moved up to No. 3 in the AP rankings released on Monday. An earlier version of this blog post had the Cardinal at its previous No. 4 standing. Stanford narrowly defeated Washington State 77-69 on Friday. The Cougs were only down 74-69 with 33 seconds remaining in the game…More
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The caveat is USC, which is on a five-game win streak overall, defeated UCLA on the road Dec. 30 — four days before the Pac-12′s big opening weekend with all 12 teams. The start in conference play is the best for USC (10-5, 3-0) since 1993-94 when the Trojans posted a 10-0 record in the first stretch of Pac-10 play.
For WSU (9-6, 3-0), the quirk is it played three games in five days as part of the conference’s new scheduling to accommodate the addition of No. 17 Colorado and Utah two years ago. The Pac-12 also installed an intentional back-to-back rivalry play the same week to allow it to move up its conference tournament for more television exposure heading into NCAA tournament selections.
WSU started 3-0 during the 2011-12 season, finishing conference play at 5-13 overall.
That start was the true focus of the Cougs on Monday when it beat Washington (8-6, 1-2) for the first time since February 1995. The rematch is Saturday at 3pm at Alaska Airlines Arena. The game will air on Pac-12 Networks.More
CORRECTION: Washington State’s game against Cal State Northridge was Wednesday. WSU used seven three-pointers in the second half to post a 68-59 win over CSN at Beasley Coliseum. ——————————– Washington State (4-4) hosts Cal State Northridge (2-5) on Saturday at 7pm (PT) at Beasley Coliseum. Cougs coach June Daugherty will know what type of team she has after the…More
Washington State PG Lia Galdeira gained a bit of experience this summer. She was invited to USA Basketball’s training camp for its FIBA U19 World Championship team. Galdeira didn’t make the cut like Washington in-coming freshman PG Kelsey Plum. But the training against the high-caliber players coupled with her Cougs’ recent winning swing through Europe should benefit her sophomore campaign at WSU.
Galdeira was one of the freshman highlights in the Pac-12 last season. She averaged a team-leading 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds as her team finished 11-20 overall. WSU lost 79-60 in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena in March.
WSU coach June Daugherty recently released her nonconference schedule. The Cougs will play in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in November in Galdeira’s native Hawaii. Overall, WSU will face six NCAA and three Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) teams from the 2012-13 season. The Pac-12 regular-season schedule won’t be released until September.
Here are more details about the European trip from the desk of WSU:
PRAGUE – The Washington State University women’s basketball team defeated Slavia Praha, 80-68, at Hala Telocvicny in Prague, Thursday. The game was WSU’s final of a four-game tour through Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.
UPDATE: The Pac-12 released the conference’s media awards. I’m in total disagreement with my peers. No surprise there. Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb was voted Coach of the Year while Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike was the media’s pick for Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Oregon F Jillian Alleyne was named Freshman of the Year. Washington’s Kristi Kingma and Jazmine Davis were part of the All-Pac-12 team and F Talia Walton is an All-Freshman Team member.
No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Connecticut are deciding the Big East Conference regular-season championship on ESPN2′s Big Monday lineup at 4pm (PT). But the Pac-12 is chilling. With its dual champions in No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 California already crowned, focus has turned to the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena from Thursday to Sunday.
Fifth-seeded Washington (19-10, 11-7 Pac-12) hosts last-placed Oregon at 8:30pm on Thursday. Cross-state rival Washington State (10-19, 6-12) is seeded eighth and plays Arizona State at 6pm. Day 1 action begins with No. 7 seed USC (7-11, 10-19) against No. 10 Oregon State (4-14, 10-20) at noon.
Postseason awards should be announced this week. My ballot is below. If I could give an award for sportsmanship or most heart, UW G Kristi Kingma would be my first pick. But other more talented players made the list of top-15 ahead of her. Kingma, a redshirt senior, was voted All-Pac-12 as a junior.
I debated Huskies coach Kevin McGuff for Pac-12 Coach of the Year. But, until someone handily beats the Cardinal, it always feels like punishing coach Tara VanDerveer for being a good leader, recruiter and constantly winning if I don’t vote her as conference COY.More
Washington was already elated after a needed sweep of the desert schools to remain tied with No. 17 UCLA for third in Pac-12 standings. Now the Huskies are getting national looks by Associated Press reporters.
A panel of 40 vote weekly to determine the top-25 teams in women’s basketball. UW (16-5, 8-2 Pac-12) received four votes. I didn’t make it five because I’m waiting for Friday’s matchup against the Bruins (17-4, 8-2) at Alaska Airlines Arena. UCLA defeated Washington 85-68 at Pauley Pavilion in January.
Washington led at halftime and used a 17-7 run to take a 59-58 lead with 9:30 remaining in the game. UCLA responded with its own 11-2 spurt to prevent UW from getting any closer than five points the remainder of the game. The loss was part of a disappointing road trip, Washington also losing 81-72 at USC (8-13, 5-5).
The Huskies defeated the Bruins 67-59 last season at Hec Ed behind C Regina Rogers’ 22 points and 11 rebounds. PG Jazmine Davis added 18 points.
If UW were to defeat UCLA there’s no question I’d vote for them. I consider my last five spots in the poll “guest appearances” for teams I’m eying to possibly move up. It’s difficult to really see all of the women’s basketball teams due to lack of television coverage compared to the men. The team’s I have in those slots this week all have RPI’s higher than Washington in Wisconsin-Green Bay (19), Villanova (14), Pacific (28) and Michigan (39) — although I have seen those teams play.More
Washington (14-5, 6-2) is in a peculiar position at the quasi midway point of the Pac-12 conference season. Win its home games to date? Check. Sweep standard rival WSU? Done. Work way to a slot in the standings with room for error? Well…
With 10 games remaining in conference play, UW is tied with No. 18 UCLA (15-4, 6-2) for third. It appears cushy, until you realize four of the remaining games are against teams ranked nationally in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Poll. The good news? The UCLA, No. 4 Stanford (18-2, 7-1) and No. 6 Cal (17-2, 7-1) games are at Alaska Airlines Arena. And the Huskies only play the Cardinal and Bears once.
UW coach Kevin McGuff doesn’t like to speculate about the season or whether the Huskies put themselves in position to really make a run at a finish in the Pac-12′s upper half. But some players like to watch the standings, making last weekend’s wins against Oregon (Sunday) and Oregon State (Friday) even sweeter. The team had to play without PG Jaz Davis, who suffered a concussion in a road win against Washington State.
“These are really crucial wins for us,” Washington junior G Mercedes Wetmore said after beating Oregon. “We’re hoping we can take care of a lot of the Arizonas, the Oregons and the Wazzus. That was our goal.”
UW has a chance to sweep the desert schools in its road trip to Arizona (Friday) and Arizona State (Sunday) this week. But sweeping Oregon State won’t be easy. OSU coach Scott Rueck is bitter about the finish in regulation that led to the overtime loss at Hec Ed.More
HUSKIES WIN: Here’s a prediction. By the time Galdeira and Cooks are seniors, WSU will have defeated UW at least once. Sunday wasn’t it, losing 79-72 in a highly entertaining game. Hovering within two buckets of a lead late, Galdeira missed three FTs after being fouled by Corral on a three-pointer. Galdeira also teamed with Presley and Cooks to miss five field goals overall in the final minute to kill any chances of snapping the 36-game losing streak to UW. Kingma saved the win by making five of six FTs late. Davis exited the game with 10:49 remaining and the Huskies down four due to a blow to the head. After the game she said she was fine, but McGuff is going to have her evaluated for a possible concussion. “I’m especially proud of how we battled back, especially after Jaz went down,” said Kingma, who scored 13 of her final with 16 points in the second half. She also had six rebounds and four assists. “And just being low in numbers in general and having people step up who might not have stepped up before,” Kingma continued. “It was huge.” Corral was particularly a game-saver for UW. She played six minutes in the first half, not attempting a shot. Her first in place of Davis was a three-pointer. She finished with nine points, making 3-of-4 three-pointers in a season-high 17 minutes. “Heather is really good, she’s really talented and I’ve almost been waiting for a game like this where she really breaks out,” McGuff said. “As they say, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. I had to keep her out there and I think that was a really good thing for her and for us.” Corral said the extra playing time was good to get adjusted to the college game, but she also had the bandaging from her broken right hand removed, freeing her stroke. “It’s hard when your floor leader is not out there,” Corral said. “But I felt that Kristi and Cedes (Mercedes) and Talia all had great energy and made me feel comfortable even though it was a close game.” Davis led the team with 18 points. Williams perked up her game to finish with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Presley scored 12 of her team-high 15 points in the second half. Cooks and Galdeira combined for 26 points and 11 rebounds. UW (12-5, 4-2 Pac-12) gets a rest and will host Oregon State (9-9, 3-3) on Friday. WSU (5-12, 1-5) hosts Oregon (2-16, 0-6) next.
BREAK: I’m out to focus on the newspaper version. Time is ticking on UW getting control of this game. The Huskies are down 61-59, letting out-of-state freshmen Cooks (California) and Galdeira (Hawaii) run a muck. Cooks has nine points off the bench. UW is shooting 39 percent in the second half. with 14 assists on 23 field goals overall. Davis is on the bench, not even getting up to join huddles during timeouts. I’ll have more later.
BLOCKED: Noyes nullified a UW steal by freshman G Heather Corral, blocking Kingma’s layin attempt. UW is down 57-53. WSU is still making three-pointers to stay in the game. Bobbles on offense and overplaying help defense has the Huskies in a scramble. Romberg has 13 points for WSU. UW has three players in double digit scoring, led by 18 points from Davis. Daugherty is getting 21 points from the bench in her 12-player rotation. McGuff is sticking to his normal seven-player rotation, Corral only contributing a three-pointer so far.More
HUSKIES WIN: McGuff wanted to highlight the defense in the game. I’m a big fan of defense, but ugly offense does not equate good defense. And Tuesday was more of an ugly offensive game by both teams. UW simply was lucky it could hit free throws, making 20 of 28 overall to preserve a 60-53 win on Tuesday. The Huskies’ win streak against the Cougs extends to 35 games. Otherwise, if Sage Romberg or Edmondson, or Galdeira made their three-point attempts in the final 90 seconds, UW’s streak might have ended in a thud. But FTs saved the Huskies and serve as a lesson to any team on how important the shot is to the game. Davis was 9-of-12 from the line while Kingma was 6-of-8 to lead the team. Kingma made 5 of 6 FTs in nthe final 55 seconds to preserve the win. The redshirt senior had 14 points and eight rebounds in her final home game against the cross-state rival. Davis led the Huskies with 21 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field. Walton had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Galdeira led the Cougs with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but was forced into six turnovers that slowed her team’s momentum. UW (11-5, 3-2 Pac-12) and WSU (5-11, 1-4) face each other again on Sunday to complete the series for the season. “It is odd,” McGuff said of the schedule. “For both teams, we’ll probably have a good feel for what we’re trying to do. From a preparation standpoint, there’s not (more) film to watch outside of tonight’s game.”
BREAK TIME: I’m out to write the newspaper version. It’s 47-39 UW with 7:51 remaining in the game. Davis has 18 points for the Huskies and teammate Walton has 15 points with 10 rebounds. Cooks has nine points for WSU while Noyes has seven. Galdeira has 12 rebounds for the Cougars.
MAKE NOYES: Noyes is finding her way around the smaller Walton to help WSU cut the lead to 43-39. Williams responded with a short jumper, but the Cougs are building some momentum.
COMEBACK?: Cooks hit a jumper to cut UW’s lead to single digits at 40-31. Her team is also keeping Washington to one shot attempts on offensive possessions. The WSU bench and solid contingent of fans behind it are starting to get into the game.More
Washington had a chance to make the Pac-12′s weekend really eventful. Instead UW was outscored 27-9 in the final nine minutes of a 85-68 loss to No. 14 UCLA on Sunday. Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis had 19 points for the Huskies and redshirt freshman F Talia Walton added 18 with two blocks.
“Usually when we start games and we know it’s a great team we want to start with (a high level) of intensity (on defense) and force those turnovers,” Davis told reporters afterward. The Huskies forced 16 turnovers in the opening half to lead 34-33 at halftime.
“But then toward the second half we just lost that intensity,” Davis continued. “I lost it, everybody lost it in my opinion, and it was too late to regain it back. They just played off of that and killed us with it.”
Jasmine Dixon had a season-high-tying 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins (13-2, 4-0 Pac-12). F Atonye Nyingifa had 17 points.
UCLA is tied with Southern California atop the conference standings after No. 7 Cal upset No. 5 Stanford 67-55 at Maples Pavilion. The loss snapped the Cardinal’s 81-game win streak against Pac-12 opponents – the second massive record to fall for Stanford (14-2, 3-1) this season. No. 3 UConn defeated Stanford 61-35 to end the Card’s overall 82-game win streak at home.
“I want them to enjoy it. This team hasn’t kind of had that celebration moment,” second-year Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb told reporters after the game. “I think it does put us maybe in a different class where now we have beaten a team that’s ranked above us. That’s a big step. These players always knew that we could win and always play like we can win, but to actually do it, I hope gives us a boost of confidence that will be good for us going forward.”More