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January 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Northwest 11: Gonzaga faces big week in conference play

BasketballIn this new Monday feature, I’ll take a look at the Northwest’s 11 Division I teams and give a weekly power ranking. The regional schools are Washington, Washington State, Seattle U, Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Oregon, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, Idaho and Boise State. Idaho State will not be included due to Pocatello’s more eastern location.

NORTHWEST 11 WEEK 1

1. Gonzaga (12-3, 2-1 WCC): The WCC has worked hard to build parity within its conference and whether this is the season for it to blossom could be determined this week. The Zags face a competitive lineup in hosting BYU on Thursday and undefeated San Diego on Saturday. The Toreros (15-0, 4-0) defeated now-No. 24 Arizona State to open the season and Saint Mary’s, 80-70, last week. It jumped into the AP poll at N0. 24 on Monday, the program’s first-ever ranking. GU’s sole conference loss was 79-78 in overtime to SMC. So, somebody is good in this conference, maybe two teams are among the nation’s best. But who is it really?

2. Washington State (8-6, 2-0 Pac-12):  The Cougs collected its second win against a nationally ranked team, beating No. 24 Arizona State 85-78 in a sweep of the desert schools last weekend. Will that matter in basketball’s Apple Cup this week? WSU has a 36-game losing streak against UW.

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December 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Washington freshman Chantel Osahor out indefinitely with stress fracture

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Washington F/C Chantel Osahor

Washington (2-3) returns to Alaska Airlines Arena to face Wisconsin (6-3) on Friday but will be without freshman Chantel Osahor due to a stress fracture injury in her right leg. She did not practice this week, wearing a walking boot on the sideline.

The low-post threat had a good debut in two games in Texas after missing the team’s opening three games due to a shoulder injury. Osahor, a 6 foot 3 post from Phoenix, had her best game in the loss at then-No. 23 Texas A&M (6-2), using a three-point play and made three-pointer to help UW slim its deficit to three points late in the second half.

“She shoots those scud missiles,” A&M coach Gary Blair told UW coach Mike Neighbors of Osahor’s flatfooted three-pointers that twice drained through the net in her 17 minutes of play. Osahor finished with nine points in the 74-68 loss.

But a stress fracture in her right leg could keep Osahor out for the season. Osahor is officially listed as day-to-day and will not play in the weekend’s games against Wisconsin and Montana State (4-2) on Sunday. Neighbors is contemplating redshirting the freshman as the severity of the injury continues to be evaluated.

“It’s kind of a precautionary thing,” Neighbors said of Osahor. “It could break. We’ll see how the rehab goes (but) you’re getting now to where do you use a redshirt? I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But she played great…I hate all injuries but that one really gave me a pit in my stomach when I got the text that said it’s a pretty severe stress fracture.”

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February 23, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Mailbag: Washington wants fourth place in Pac-12; Gonzaga goes for outright WCC title and other notes

Once again, Washington coach Kevin McGuff will be watching for the “hangover” with his team. UW lost 60-46 at Utah on Friday, a game it needed to win to keep NCAA tournament hopes alive. Washington continued its poor shooting stretch against Utah. The Huskies shot 30.5 percent from the field overall, 8 for 32 in the second half.

“That was as good as we’ve played defensively in a long time,” Utes coach Anthony Levrets told reporters on Friday. Former Cleveland HS standout Cheyenne Wilson had five points in the game.

Washington didn’t have a “hangover,” sulking its collective head in playing USC the following Sunday after the four-point loss to No. 17 UCLA at Alaska Airlines Arena, however. Aside from McGuff’s concerns, UW beat USC 61-58 the following Sunday. Will that be true this Sunday at No. 20 Colorado?

Sure, the Utah loss is a prick in Washington’s NCAA bubble, but UW (19-7, 11-4) still has plenty it needs to accomplish.

The Huskies are tied for third with the Bruins (19-6, 10-4) in Pac-12 standings. UCLA hosts rival USC (8-17, 5-9) on Sunday. A UW win against CU (21-5, 10-5) would clinch at least fourth-place for the Huskies, which includes a bye in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament in March at KeyArena. Third place would mean UW could stay out of No. 4 Stanford’s bracket.

And there’s always the National Invitation Tournament, which has its own seeding process. UW needs a strong finish to seal a good seed there if overlooked for the NCAA tourney.

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February 5, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Poll: Which team has a better chance of making it to the NCAA tournament

Here’s a fun one. I believe it’s the only time a woman’s sport in Seattle is the overwhelming favorite in our unscientific polls. Vote below. Be sure to also read our latest journal entry on Washington post Katie Collier, who’s working her way back from a season-ending knee injury. In other news, UW…

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