WNBA star Tamika Catchings remembers it starting for her in high school. Splitting time between Stephenson HS in Illinois and Duncanville HS in Texas due to her parent’s divorce, the popular thing before her basketball games would be for her team to surround each other, run through a couple of chants then lineup for player…More
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In 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.More
Washington lost 52-44 at Georgia Tech on Friday. Lack of offensive rebounds to cover up a stagnate offense was the issue.
The Huskies’ overall play looked good against the Yellow Jackets, who’ve become a perennial NCAA tournament team. Only the shots UW (7-3) created and fouls it drew resulted in misses. Washington was 14 of 54 from the field (25.9 percent) and outrebounded 63-37, 29-10 on the offensive glass.
Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis led the Huskies with 21 points (7 of 17). Freshman wing Aaliyah Whiteside (19 points) and junior G Tyaunna Marshall (15 rebounds) led Georgia Tech (5-5).
Heralded freshman Heather Corral (Prairie HS) made her college debut for Washington, entering the game early in the first half. She wore teammate Deborah Meeks’ jersey (No. 24), however, because Corral didn’t expect to play on the trip and didn’t pack her gear. She was expected to return for Washington’s Dec. 28 game at UC Davis (3-4).
Corral is recovering from a broken right wrist suffered in practice and wore a black brace.
Despite Washington gaining a player, it lost two in junior G Mercedes Wetmore and freshman post Mathlide Gilling getting sick on the trip. Gilling, a signee from Denmark, only averages 6.4 minutes as she adjusts to the American style of play . Wetmore, a starter, was replaced play junior G Kassia Fortier in the lineup. Wetmore is third-highest in the Pac-12 for minutes played (38.3) and averages 9.1 points and 4.0 boards.More