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…More
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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
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 WEEK 4 (Rank/Last Week/ School/Record: Comment) 1. (1) Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1…More
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.More
Washington 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.More
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.More
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.More
In two years, Washington coach Kevin McGuff has experienced success that the program hasn’t seen in decades. No wonder his contract was extended through 2020. Terms of the deal were not immediately released.
McGuff, whose team’s season ended Sunday with a second round loss in the WNIT, had back-to-back 20-wins seasons — a first for Washington since the 1990s. He also recruited the program’s first McDonald’s All-Americans in F Katie Collier and PG Kelsey Plum. Collier didn’t play this season, however, due to a knee injury while Plum was also selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American.
McGuff replaced Tia Jackson in April 2011, after the latter dragged the school through four consecutive losing seasons — a first for UW. He originally signed a five-year contract worth $475,000 annually plus incentives. It makes McGuff the highest-paid coach in UW women’s basketball history. He’s also the program’s first male coach.
Jackson did recruit some eventual star players in PG Jazmine Davis, the Pac-12′s Freshman of the Year in 2012. She’s just the second in UW program history to receive the honor. Jackson also recruited underclassmen forwards Talia Walton and Aminah Williams and senior Jeneva Anderson.
But the culture this season was vastly different than under Jackson. The current players that remained through the change from June Daugherty to Jackson in 2007 didn’t have any ill-will, but often admitted McGuff was more casual than Jackson. Senior G Kristi Kingma said the 2012-13 season was her favorite of the five years she spent in the program.More
FOR THREE: Pacific is busting Washington’s zone by popping three-pointers, a fave shot by the Tigers this season. It’s up 64-55 with 9:33 on the clock. Three players are in double-figure scoring for Pacific. Kingma is stuck on 17 and Williams has 14 points with eight rebounds. I’m out to focus on the newspaper version of the story. Winner of this game faces the winner of the Utah-San Diego matchup slated for Monday.
THAT’S WHY: My bad for forgetting Johnson and Davis know each other from ball in California. Davis is doing a supreme job covering her rival, but Johnson did get past Davis for a layin. Add more buckets from Rodriguez and it’s 57-53 Pacific with 11:38 left. UW is getting crowded by aggressive defense from Pacific and not getting the needed rebounds. The Huskies are shooting 26.7 percent from the field after the break.More
HUSKIES WIN: As usual, Kingma finds the perfect time to hit a shot. Her only three-pointer of the game with 4:10 left in the second overtime proved to be the final go-ahead bucket UW needed to win 65-60 in double overtime. “The familiarity of the players with each other put it in a situation where nobody was in awe or anything of anyone else,” EWU coach Wendy Schuller said. “It was just two teams with a bunch of girls from Washington jumping out on the floor and getting after each other.” Ain’t that the truth. Huerta’s family from Covington took up an entire front row courtside, someone guy stripping to a bare chest as the game drew closer. UW shot a dismal 22.2 percent from the field in the second half and took 85 attempts in the game overall, rallying the EWU crowd. “This was definitely a better atmosphere than at home,” Hodgins said. “That helped get us going, everybody going crazy.” But outscoring EWU 12-7 in the final OT was enough for UW to advance. Washington (21-11) hosts Pacific (26-7) on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the second round of the WNIT. Washington is 3-1 all-time against Pacific, last playing the Tigers in 1996-97. “It’s another great opportunity to play here in front of our home crowd,” McGuff said. “I know they (Pacific) have had a really good year and the program is really solid.” Davis led all scorers with 22 points while Walton and Williams had 14 rebounds apiece. Hodgins led the Eagles with 20, but missed a three-pointer with nine seconds left that could have pushed a third OT. Huerta had 15 points. “It’s not easy,” said Hodgins of the loss. “You come this far, we played 50 minutes, it’s definitely hard. But I have three more years left. I was more disappointed we couldn’t get it done for the seniors on the team.” Washington is undefeated in the pseudo true “Apple Cup,” defeating Washington State twice and EWU and Seattle U once. UW and Gonzaga haven’t resumed its series. Like UW, EWU is expecting some talented recruits and SU returns its core as do the Zags. That bodes well for the future of the women’s programs in this state. “I wouldn’t call this a wake-up call,” Kingma said of Friday’s game. “We knew they (EWU) were going to be good and we knew it was going to be a battle. It definitely puts our mindset in the right place going forward.” And maybe Sunday the shots will drop.More