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February 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Northwest 11: Oregon State revival continues with seven-game win streak

UW GJazmine Davis (32) denied by OSU F Breanna Brown (4)LINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES 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…

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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 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

TV Alert: A Washington replay and rematch to air on Pac-12 Networks

UW F Talia Walton defends StanfordLINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES Confession: If the Super Bowl, Sochi Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Washington’s upset of then-No. 3 Stanford were on the old-school VHS, I would have worn out my copies by now, film rippling out of the VCR (look it up kids). Thankfully On-Demand and…

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February 10, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Northwest 11: #DubsUp #ThatIsAll

UW F Talia Walton shoots over Stanford F Chiney OgwumikeLINDSEY WASSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES 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…

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January 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Northwest 11: Washington State on historic ride

Here’s the Northwest’s 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 3 (Rank/Last Week/ School/Record: Comment) 1. (2) WSU (11-7, 5-1…

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December 24, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The Dribble: Washington’s Kelsey Plum honored and Merry Christmas

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UW freshman Kelsey Plum

I’m a day late from the official announcement, but Washington G Kelsey Plum was named the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Week on Monday. It’s her second honor of the season, highlighting the Huskies’ positive vibes headed into winter break.

UW finished 2-1 in the “Duel in the Desert” hosted by UNLV last weekend. The Huskies (6-4) missed a chance to get another win complimentary to their victory against Wisconsin, dropping a 73-66 decision to DePaul. But considering what the team went through just to finish the tournament, the trip was a signature win regardless.

“It’s an NCAA-tournament type team,” first-year Washington coach Mike Neighbors said of DePaul. “We had just enough spurts that we weren’t very good that we couldn’t overcome…but overall, considering all of the crazy things that happened to us with the sicknesses and injuries, they fought so hard. They played smart. ”

The Huskies left wing Heather Corral in Seattle to get microscopic surgery on her surgically repaired knees. She’s expected to return mid-January. Corral, a reserve, wasn’t the sole loss, however.

Neighbors quasi teased with officials about rules on using a four-player lineup to balance foul trouble with a seven-player rotation. Of course the response was no, so Neighbors worked with losing C Mathilde Gilling (sickness) and Katie Collier (hamstring). Technically F Talia Walton was out with what Neighbors suspects was really food poisoning, yet she played 25 minutes in the loss to DePaul and finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

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November 26, 2013 at 10:53 AM

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

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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 1, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Gonzaga ranked in AP preseason poll for first time in school history

ZagsLogoGonzaga coach Kelly Graves said he doesn’t pay attention to preseason hype but for the first time in his program’s history, the Zags are getting attention before playing a game.

The Associated Press poll was released Friday and Gonzaga is ranked 25th. The Zags return 12 players, including four starters, from its squad that finished 27-6 overall, 15-1 in the West Coast Conference last season. It won its ninth-straight WCC title and made its fifth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Zags are predicted to win the WCC, again, this season.

I had the Zags ranked 25th, too, but will admit I don’t even give much weight to the rankings. There are already some key injuries and untested returns that could make a huge difference in how the season begins for some of the ranked teams. But below is the way I’m starting my season outlook and you can keep track of all 40 media members’ votes throughout the season.

In our state, preseason predictions are promising. The NCAA tournament sites were announced earlier and Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena was selected as one of the 16 cities for open-round play. And it looks like one of the state’s five Division I programs will be seeded at UW’s host site. Along with Gonzaga’s conference prediction, Eastern Washington is predicted to win the Big Sky and Seattle U is projected to repeat its regular-season title in the Western Athletic Conference. Washington was pegged fourth in the Pac-12 while Washington State is motivated by being snubbed, again, and picked to finish ninth in the conference.

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August 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Washington freshman Kelsey Plum brings back World Championship gold

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Oregon State star Jamie Weisner (left) was named to FIBA U19 All-Tournament team/COURTESY OF FIBA

My first Seafair weekend will be remembered as sparkles and flowers. Everything I witnessed, whether it was the crowning of Miss Seafair 2013 or the FIBA U19 World Championships in Lithuania, the young women we doted with exquisite jewels, flowers, and medals. Well, the winners were.

In-coming Washington freshman Kelsey Plum was one. She was a deep reserve for the USA Basketball u19 World Championship team, but she did score a bucket in the gold-medal game against France. The Americans (9-0) defeated the French (7-2) on Sunday, 61-28. As the tournament grew, Plum could be seen getting more confident but definitely needs work on consistently hitting her shot.

Plum, a 5 foot 9 PG, averaged 5.2 points in an averaged 14.6 minutes. But Plum shot 27.3 percent from three-point range.

Under former coach Kevin McGuff, UW used the outside shot to counter its lack of size inside. First-year coach Mike Neighbors said the overall coaching philosophy will mirror McGuff, but the team obviously won’t have to rely on the outside shot with C Katie Collier able to play.

Still, everyone needs to be an offensive threat for the Huskies to be the successful team it envisions. Plum is already in the gym working on improving her game, hopefully that work and experienced gained overseas translates to her first year at Washington.

Here’s a clip of Plum in action against Japan. You’re supposed to be able to hear her talk about the gold-medal game but none of my electronic devises are allowing me to access the clip. Maybe you’ll have better luck.

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July 26, 2013 at 11:30 AM

TV Alert: USA Basketball, WNBA All-Star Game on tap during Seafair weekend

WNBAAllStar2013Thank goodness for my iPad. It’s going to be a busy weekend trying to fit in my first live Renton River Days and Seafair weekend (can’t wait to see the Miss Seafair coronation at the Torchlight Parade) while also keeping up with the FIBA U19 World Championship and 2013 WNBA All-Star Game, the league’s 11th annual.

The WNBA is up first online at ESPN3.com. The league will air the Western and Eastern Conference practices from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut on Friday at noon PT. Storm All-Star Tina Thompson will rep Seattle. Follow her Instagram account (@iamtinathompson) for cool pics from the weekend and even the kickoff with former teammates and family after Seattle defeated her native Los Angeles on Thursday at Staples Center.

Next up is the USA U19 squad. The winner of the Americans game against Japan on Friday will face Australia in the U19 World Championship semifinal in Lithuania on Saturday. In-coming Washington freshman PG Kelsey Plum is on the team, although UConn stars Breanna Stewart (18.2 points), Morgan Tuck (15.3 points) and Duke standout Alexis Jones (4.5 assists) are the headliners.

The first semifinal matchup airs on ESPN3 at  8am PT between Spain (7-0) and France (6-1). The Aussies (6-1) are expected to play the Americans at 10:15am on ESPN3.com on Saturday.

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