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October 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM

Pac-12 media tabbed California as favorite in preseason poll

The Pac-12 press made its preseason predictions, selecting Cal to win the conference. Washington was picked to finish fifth while G Jazmine Davis was named to the preseason all-Pac-12 team. I had Stanford winning the conference in my poll entry simply because of history and having not seen anyone play or practice this season, which…

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September 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Pac-12 schedule released, Washington and Washington State open play on road

The Pac-12 released its conference schedule on Monday, including its projected broadcast slate. Washington will have 17 games on the Pac-12 Networks this season. The first is a nonconference finale against Texas A&M at Alaska Airlines Arena on Dec. 29 at 6pm. UW’s remaining TV games will be against conference opponents. TAMU won the NCAA title…

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June 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

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

UW guard Jazmine Davis drives to the hoop PHOTO: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times 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…

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March 6, 2014 at 10:30 AM

TV Alert: Pac-12 Networks airs tourney games starting at noon and other news

Washington State junior G Tia Presley has been working the phones since she realized she’d actually make it through her first Pac-12 season healthy and able to play in the conference tournament. A Spokane native, her family recently moved back East and hasn’t really seen Presley play college ball because of season-ending injuries her…

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February 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Postgame with UW guards Jazmine Davis, Kelsey Plum and Mercedes Wetmore (VIDEO)

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…

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February 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Northwest 11: Idaho closes in on history, Boise State keeps winning

Boise State freshman F Kenna McDavis is helping Broncos win Here’s the Northwest 11 weekly power ranking. The qualifying regional Division I 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…

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November 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Tuesday dribble: Tara VanDerveer seeks another milestone, Kelsey Plum honored and more bling

Tara VanDerveer

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer at the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle
PHOTO: AP/Elaine Thompson

History won’t be televised, again. Mass exposure is probably the last nugget to change in Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s storied career. She’ll aim for her 899th and 900th career wins in Mexico as part of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope this week.

When VanDerveer reaches the milestone, she’ll join an elite circle of five coaches to reach 900 or more career wins in former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (1,098), North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell (908), Rutgers’ C. Vivian Stringer (905) and former Texas coach Jody Conradt (900).

VanDerveer has led the Cardinal to 26 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and six consecutive 30-win seasons. The Card is the 13-time Pac-12 champion, winning the regular-season and conference tournament titles seven years in a row. Last season Stanford was a regular-season co-champion with Cal.

“She’s a legacy, she has an amazing legacy,” Washington State coach June Daugherty told the Associated Press. “She has mentored so many of us. I don’t think she gets enough of her due for what she’s done for Stanford basketball — Pac-8, Pac-10, Pac-12. She’s been innovative about her game. She is a first-class act.”

In speaking about the women’s basketball game for a feature on Pac-12 Networks, VanDerveer said the growth is beyond what she imagined. She also teased that her dad said she could never make a career out of basketball. Glad she was a rebel from the start.

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November 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Washington starters Jazmine Davis and Talia Walton injured

HuskiesLogoWashington could make its home debut on Friday without G Jazmine Davis and F Talia Walton, the top two scorers from the 2012-13 season. Walton has been out due to an injured right pinky while Davis suffered a concussion in the second half of a loss at Saint Mary’s last week.

Walton underwent surgery in October and had stitches removed on Wednesday, returning to practice. But she only participated in non-contact drills and is a game-time decision for UW’s game against Portland (1-1) at Alaska Airlines Arena. A redshirt sophomore, Walton averaged 13.6 points in an averaged 32.3 minutes for the Huskies last season.

Davis suffered a concussion after an accidental blow to the head. The Huskies led by 10 points when she suffered the injury with 8:01 remaining in the game. First-year coach Mike Neighbors said Davis had “that look that she was about to take over the game” before the injury. She finished with 23 points but the young team, already experiencing foul trouble, crumbled without her leadership.

“We didn’t have enough time to adjust to not having Jaz and they (SMC) saw it and seized the opportunity,” Neighbors said.

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November 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Media names Washington junior Jazmine Davis to All-Pac-12 preseason team

UW women's basketball team photos

UW junior Jazmine Davis

The final preseason predictions are being announced across the nation, the Pac-12 releasing its media poll on Tuesday. Washington junior guard Jazmine Davis was named to the five-player, preseason all-conference team. Already a two-time All-Pac-12 player, Davis’ squad highlights two high school All-Americans and is projected to finish fourth by media. Washington State was predicted to finish 10th.

UW is encouraged by its preseason predictions, aiming to advance to the NCAA tournament where its home court, Alaska Airlines Arena, was selected as one of the 16 sites for opening-round play. Some in WSU’s camp are irked. The Cougs only lost one starter and talented SG Tia Presley is back from a torn ACL suffered during conference play last season.

My preseason predictions are below. Although I’m eager to see the Cougs compete, sophomore Lia Galdeira being an early favorite player to watch, WSU has a gaping hole in the paint. C Carly Noyes, the program’s record-holder in blocks (158), graduated and junior Shalie Dheensaw is the projected replacement. A 6-foot-4 post, Dheensaw averaged 2.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 29 games off the bench last year.

“You would think we’re all mad and everything but it doesn’t matter until we actually start playing,” said Galdeira, whose team’s season-opener is Sunday against Syracuse at Beasley Coliseum. It’s WSU’s third annual Native American Appreciation Game. “At least it doesn’t matter to me until something really happens.

The Seattle Times began its college previews on Tuesday. Washington was up first. More on WSU is slated for Wednesday’s publication.

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April 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Mailbag: No disrespect, but another assistant who’s a black woman could coach at Washington

Washington has begun its search to replace women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff. And already I’ve heard rumors that because Tia Jackson failed as a coach, the Huskies wouldn’t hire another black woman assistant for her first head-coaching job.

This isn’t fair to coaches like Charmin Smith, the longtime assistant at California, and others who should receive consideration for the job. Or to UW, which, I assume, will hire the coach it thinks is best for the position.

True, UW’s hire of Jackson didn’t work out. She is a talented recruiter, earning praise for the skill at Duke and now as an assistant at Rutgers. Jackson recruited good players to Washington, too, including PG Jazmine Davis, the Huskies’ leading scorer last season and the Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2012.

But the example of Jackson’s unsuccessful run as a first-time head coach should not be a sweeping assessment of black women first-time head coaches. Nearly all current black women head coaches were assistants first. C. Vivian Stringer, Dawn Staley and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke are the only exceptions I can immediately remember.

Staley and Cooper-Dyke entered the field with instant credibility because of their success as Olympians, WNBA and college players. Staley, now at South Carolina, started her career at hometown Temple. Cooper-Dyke, after coaching the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, coached in college at Prairie View A&M, UNC Wilmington, then Texas Southern, before being hired at USC last month. Stringer was the trailblazer. She coached and taught at Cheyney State College (now Cheyney University), a historically black school.

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