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January 8, 2014 at 8:52 AM

More on Washington State’s historic win to end 36-game losing streak

CougsLook who’s atop the Pac-12 standings. Due to scheduling, it’s the unlikely USC and Washington State at 3-0 to open conference play.

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.

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0 Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Washington, Washington State | Topics: Katie Collier, Lia Galdeira, Mike Neighbors

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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0 Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Polls | Topics: Cal, Chantel Osahor, Heather Corral

February 14, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Washington recruits make news and Huskies get NCAA tournament breakdown

Calling Washington signee Kelsey Plum about an honor is kind of boring. All she wants to hear about from the UW coaching staff is what she should be doing in order to be ready for her freshman season in 2013-14.

“I like a player like that,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said.

Whether Plum, a PG from California, wants to talk about it or not, she was named to her second All-American team on Thursday. She’ll represent the West in McDonald’s marquee game April 3 in Chicago. Plum is the second UW recruit to be named a McDonald’s All-American, post Katie Collier being the program’s first last year. Collier is out due to a season-ending knee injury, which could mean the pair play together for four years in Huskies purple.

Plum is one of three Pac-12 players named to the team of 24. Stanford signees Erica McCall and Kailee Johnson, both forwards, will also play for the West.

Plum was named a WBCA All-American earlier this month. She’s expected to play in the high school game at the NCAA Final Four in New Orleans on April 6.

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0 Comments | More in Pac-12, Recruiting, Washington | Topics: Katie Collier, Kelsey Plum, Kevin McGuff

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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0 Comments | More in Final Four, Pac-12, Polls, Recruiting, Washington | Topics: Chantel Osahor, Katie Collier, Kelsey Plum

January 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

TV Alert: Seattle University game on ESPN3; video from Washington Huskies practice

Seattle U forward Kacie Sowell named WAC Player of the Week
COURTESY OF ERIC BADEAU FOR GOSEATTLEU.COM

Seattle University ran through its final preparations for its second road game in the Western Athletic Conference. The Redhawks (6-6, 3-0 WAC) sit atop the conference alone. But its opponent on Thursday is New Mexico State (9-5, 3-1) is a tough matchup.

You can watch the game on your mobile devise or computer at ESPN3. com at 5:30 pm (PT). You can also click Aggie Vision.tv for other channels to catch the game in your area.

The Aggies are coached by Mark Trakh, the former Southern California coach. He added USC transfer G Stefanie Gilbreath, who he originally recruited, to the lineup this season. The redshirt senior is averaging a 14.7 points in her first season as an Aggie. Briana Gilbreath, Stefanie’s sister, played for the Phoenix Mercury last summer.

Trakh is in his second season coaching the Aggies. NMSU finished tied for seventh in conference play last year. It’s the first NMSU has played SU, but Trakh and Seattle U coach Joan Bonvicini coached against each numerous times when coached at Arizona.

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0 Comments | More in Gonzaga, Pac-12, Seattle U, Video, Washington | Topics: Joan Bonvicini, Katie Collier, Kevin McGuff

August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Washington freshman Katie Collier suffers season-ending knee injury

KCollier.jpgWashington can’t seem to escape its injury jinx, Katie Collier becoming the latest to dampen a previously highly anticipated season for the Huskies. The incoming freshman suffered a torn ACL in her right knee during a summer workout and will be out for the 2012-13 season.
Collier, a 6-foot-3 forward, is expected to have surgery later in August once the swelling subsides.
“I feel terrible because of all she has gone through this past year,” UW coach Kevin McGuff said in a released statement. “But at the same time, if there’s anyone who can handle this it’s her. She’ll be incredibly diligent in her rehab after surgery and no doubt in my mind she’ll come back stronger and better than ever.”
A McDonald’s All-American, Collier had already recovered this year from acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), a type of blood/bone marrow cancer. She was diagnosed in September 2011, but was able to play minimal minutes for her Seattle Christian team by winter and made onlookers forget the cancer existed by the time she appeared in the March All-American game.

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