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November 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Seattle U, Washington State and Gonzaga dominate in exhibition matchups

Seattle U started its season Saturday with an exhibition game against Central Washington at Connolly Center. The Redhawks made its debut with three new starters to replace graduated seniors in F Kacie Sowell, G Sylvia Shephard and F Ashley Ward. SU’s young lineup of sophomore PGs Kaylee Best and Alexis Montgomery, freshman wing Jacinta Beckley,…


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Seattle U, Video | Topics: Joan Bonvicini, Lia Galdeira, Lisa Mispley Fortier

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.


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

November 5, 2013 at 3:48 PM

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

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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.


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Pac-12, Polls | Topics: Jazmine Davis, Lia Galdeira

August 16, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Washington State returns from European basketball tour

CougsWashington State PG Lia Galdeira gained a bit of experience this summer. She was invited to USA Basketball’s training camp for its FIBA U19 World Championship team. Galdeira didn’t make the cut like Washington in-coming freshman PG Kelsey Plum. But the training against the high-caliber players coupled with her Cougs’ recent winning swing through Europe should benefit her sophomore campaign at WSU.

Galdeira was one of the freshman highlights in the Pac-12 last season. She averaged a team-leading 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds as her team finished 11-20 overall. WSU lost 79-60 in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena in March.

WSU coach June Daugherty recently released her nonconference schedule. The Cougs will play in the Rainbow Wahine Classic in November in Galdeira’s native Hawaii. Overall, WSU will face six NCAA and three Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) teams from the 2012-13 season. The Pac-12 regular-season schedule won’t be released until September.

Here are more details about the European trip from the desk of WSU:

PRAGUE – The Washington State University women’s basketball team defeated Slavia Praha, 80-68, at Hala Telocvicny in Prague, Thursday. The game was WSU’s final of a four-game tour through Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic.


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Washington State | Topics: June Daugherty, Lia Galdeira

May 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Around the Pacific rim: Sue Bird update, national tryouts and NCAA rules changes

BasketballStorm PG Sue Bird underwent left knee surgery Thursday to remove a cyst. The procedure was a success, according to the team. Bird, 32, stated earlier she’d be on crutches for about six weeks as she begins rehabilitation in Connecticut. When she’s able to travel, she’ll return to Seattle to complete rehab and attend Storm games.

“I feel fine and am at home resting,” Bird said in a released statement. “Looking forward to being in Seattle with my teammates!”

Despite missing the 2013 season due to injury, Bird does count against the Storm’s maximum 11-player roster for the regular season and her guaranteed $107,500 salary counts against the cap. Veterans Tanisha Wright, Camille Little, Tina Thompson and second-year wings Shekinna Stricklen and Alysha Clark are the other players returning from the 2012 squad that finished 16-18, losing in the opening round of the playoffs to Minnesota.

Storm coach and GM Brian Agler signed PG Temeka Johnson to fill Bird’s starting position. Free agents in veteran G Noelle Quinn and post Nakia Sanford were also signed to possibly start. The moves technically leave two roster spots open, one likely to go to No. 6 overall draft pick Tianna Hawkins (Maryland). Agler has seven free agents in camp who he’s also evaluating.

Seattle will open exhibition play Sunday against Los Angeles at Long Beach State’s Pyramid. The season opener is May 26 at the Sparks’ Staples Center. The regular-season roster is due May 23.


Comments | More in Gonzaga, Northwest Ballers, Olympics, Pac-12, Storm | Topics: Kelsey Plum, Lia Galdeira, Sue Bird

November 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Washington State, Seattle University get big wins at home Saturday

It’s early, but Washington State and Seattle University collected significant wins to give reason the schools may be headed toward positive seasons despite a rough start.

WSU defeated BYU 67-52 at home on Saturday. The Cougs held their visitors to 27.5 percent shooting and outrebounded them 54-40. BYU (3-3) was picked to win the West Coast Conference, edging eight-time champion Gonzaga (6-1) by one point in the preseason coaches’ poll.

Cougs freshman G Lia Galdeira led her team with 15 points while sophomore PG Tia Presley added 12 points with a career-high seven assists. WSU (2-3) plays two road games next week at UC Riverside (3-2) on Wednesday and Fresno State (2-1) on Friday.

At the Connolly Center, Seattle University was jumping for joy at center court after battling for a 74-70 win against Sacred Heart in its Thanksgiving Tournament. It’s the first time SU has won the title since coach Joan Bonvicini formed the holiday event in 2010.


Comments | More in Seattle U, Washington State | Topics: Lia Galdeira, Tia Presley

November 18, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Washington, Washington State lose on Sunday

Huskies2.jpgWashington won the rebounding battle on Sunday, but poor shooting from its top two players led to a 71-62 road loss at Long Beach State (2-2).

Sophomore PG Jazmine Davis, the team’s leading scorer (23 points), was 1-for-6 from the field for six points and had five turnovers. Senior G Kristi Kingma played 31 minutes like Davis, but Kingma finished with 10 points.

The Huskies (2-1) outrebounded the 49ers 45-40 in the game. It was a first for the season. UW was outworked 119-70 in its opening two games but won both.

Sophomore F Aminah Williams led the change in effort on the boards. She finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds against LBSU, only her team trailed 40-26 at the break.

Junior G Mercedes Wetmore had leg cramps in a win against Seattle U (0-3) on Wednesday. She returned to play 40 minutes Sunday, contributing nine points, six assists, and five boards.


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Pac-12, Washington | Topics: Aminah Williams, Jazmine Davis, Kristi Kingma