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July 15, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Incoming Washington State guard to play for Greek national team

From WSU: Incoming Cougar Named To U18 Greece National Team Washington State women’s basketball incoming freshman Pinelopi Pavlopoulou has been selected to play for the Under-18 Greece National Team this summer. The U18 European Championship will be held July 17-27 in Matosinhos, Portugal. Greece is in Group B and will play Belgium July 17, Lithuania July 18…


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June 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

ICYMI: Signings, hirings, mock WNBA drafts and a trip to Mexico

In the shadow of the WNBA, a lot has happened on the local college scene. I’m sure you heard about Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves accepting an offer for a similar position at Oregon. Well, he’s rounded out his staff, including Storm F Nicole Powell as an assistant. Graves’ replacement at GU,…


Comments | More in Eastern Washington, Gonzaga, Northwest Ballers, Seattle U, Washington, Washington State | Topics: Jazmine Davis, Mike Neighbors

May 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Washington State and Stanford achieve Academic Progress Rate honor

Washington State joins Stanford as the only Pac-12 women’s basketball teams and Division I hoop team from the state of Washington, to be recognized as part of the NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards for the 2012-13 academic year, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The honor is given to programs whose multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores are among…


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Pac-12, Washington State | Topics: June Daugherty, Stanford

February 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

TV Alert: No. 3 Stanford’s swing through Washington on Pac-12 Networks, ESPNU

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…


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January 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM

More on Washington State’s historic win to end 36-game losing streak

CougsLook who’s atop the Pac-12 standings. Due to scheduling, it’s the unlikely USC and Washington State at 3-0 to open conference play.

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.


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Washington, Washington State | Topics: Katie Collier, Lia Galdeira, Mike Neighbors

December 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Washington State looks to build on big upset in Nebraska

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…


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August 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Washington State returns from European basketball tour

CougsWashington 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.


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March 4, 2013 at 11:08 AM

UPDATE: My ballot for Pac-12 postseason awards

Stanford Forward Chiney Ogwumike celebrates during a Cardinal win (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Stanford Forward Chiney Ogwumike celebrates during a Cardinal win
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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.


Comments | More in Pac-12, Washington, Washington State | Topics: Cal, Jazmine Davis, Kristi Kingma

February 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Around the Pac-12: Washington’s run helping conference grab more respect

Washington forward Talia Walton shoots a jumper

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.


Comments | More in Pac-12, Washington, Washington State | Topics: Cal, Kevin McGuff, Stanford

January 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Around the Pac-12: Washington poised to attack?

Guard Mercedes Wetmore looks to pass

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.


Comments | More in Pac-12, Washington, Washington State | Topics: Kristi Kingma, mercedes wetmore, Skylar Diggins

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