From the Pac-12: SEATTLE – A panel of Pac-12 women’s basketball media members who cover the league voted STANFORD SR F Chiney Ogwumike Pac-12 Player of the Year and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, the panel selected WASHINGTON G Kelsey Plum Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and OREGON STATE head coach Scott Rueck…More
Seven times I’ve asked either Kelsey Plum or Washington coach Mike Neighbors how the guard felt about being named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week and seven times Plum has said, “I don’t care.” For a little spice, the seventh time, which happened to be a Pac-12 record for the weekly honor initiated in 2012-13,…More
Pac-12 Networks will re-air Washington’s 70-65 upset of No. 18 Cal on Monday at 12:30pm (PT) in Washington. Freshman G Kelsey Plum scored 22 points, including four key shots from the foul line in the waning minute, to seal the win. The Bears, however, played without floor-leader Brittany Boyd (knee). The…More
The Pac-12 regular-season concludes this week with majority of its tournament positions undecided. No. 5 Stanford secured its 14th-consecutive regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament set to play out at KeyArena from March 6-9. The rest? Well, No. 18 Cal should solidify the No. 2 seed this week,…More
Here’s a little bit of this and that with Washington’s star backcourt Jazmine Davis, Kelsey Plum and Mercedes Wetmore. You might think the giddiness is due to the 108-100 win against Oregon on Friday. It’s not. The trio, and entire team, are normally engaging after games — win or lose. It’s part…More
Confession: If the Super Bowl, Sochi Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Washington’s upset of then-No. 3 Stanford were on the old-school VHS, I would have worn out my copies by now, film rippling out of the VCR (look it up kids). Thankfully On-Demand and my Watch ESPN app are fulfilling my addiction to replay…More
After Washington freshman G Kelsey Plum’s performance in an upset against No. 3 Stanford on Sunday and consistency this season, I wondered whether the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association would make her part of the 10 players added by the WBCA on Monday to the “Wade Watch” list. UW junior Jazmine Davis was…More
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
I’m a day late from the official announcement, but Washington G Kelsey Plum was named the Pac-12′s Freshman of the Week on Monday. It’s her second honor of the season, highlighting the Huskies’ positive vibes headed into winter break.
UW finished 2-1 in the “Duel in the Desert” hosted by UNLV last weekend. The Huskies (6-4) missed a chance to get another win complimentary to their victory against Wisconsin, dropping a 73-66 decision to DePaul. But considering what the team went through just to finish the tournament, the trip was a signature win regardless.
“It’s an NCAA-tournament type team,” first-year Washington coach Mike Neighbors said of DePaul. “We had just enough spurts that we weren’t very good that we couldn’t overcome…but overall, considering all of the crazy things that happened to us with the sicknesses and injuries, they fought so hard. They played smart. ”
The Huskies left wing Heather Corral in Seattle to get microscopic surgery on her surgically repaired knees. She’s expected to return mid-January. Corral, a reserve, wasn’t the sole loss, however.
Neighbors quasi teased with officials about rules on using a four-player lineup to balance foul trouble with a seven-player rotation. Of course the response was no, so Neighbors worked with losing C Mathilde Gilling (sickness) and Katie Collier (hamstring). Technically F Talia Walton was out with what Neighbors suspects was really food poisoning, yet she played 25 minutes in the loss to DePaul and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.More
I’m helping out with The Seattle Times’ coverage of the NCAA volleyball championship this week. No. 3 seed Washington made the Final Four, creating a unique vibe around KeyArena. There were scattered single tickets available on Wednesday, more could pop up Thursday as teams return what they couldn’t sell to their own fans.
UW plays No. 2 seed Penn State 30 minutes after defending champion Texas, a No. 1 seed, faces No. 12 seed Wisconsin at 4:30pm (PT) on Thursday at KeyArena. The matches will air on ESPN2. The championship match is set for Saturday night.
“You’ve gotta be there,” UW coach Jim McLaughlin said of his team knowing all season the Final Four would be in its hometown and wanting to be part of the field.
“You’ve gotta work real hard and take advantage of this opportunity that some other people gave you,” he continued of the planning that was involved in bringing the championship to Seattle. “So it’s a very, very special thing to be here in front of our fans and then have the whole United States volleyball come to Seattle which is kind of neat. These guys have prepared for every week for every challenge, and the challenges have become more significant. They know they have prepared…and they know that they’re ready for this.”More