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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.


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

December 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Washington freshman Chantel Osahor out indefinitely with stress fracture


Washington F/C Chantel Osahor

Washington (2-3) returns to Alaska Airlines Arena to face Wisconsin (6-3) on Friday but will be without freshman Chantel Osahor due to a stress fracture injury in her right leg. She did not practice this week, wearing a walking boot on the sideline.

The low-post threat had a good debut in two games in Texas after missing the team’s opening three games due to a shoulder injury. Osahor, a 6 foot 3 post from Phoenix, had her best game in the loss at then-No. 23 Texas A&M (6-2), using a three-point play and made three-pointer to help UW slim its deficit to three points late in the second half.

“She shoots those scud missiles,” A&M coach Gary Blair told UW coach Mike Neighbors of Osahor’s flatfooted three-pointers that twice drained through the net in her 17 minutes of play. Osahor finished with nine points in the 74-68 loss.

But a stress fracture in her right leg could keep Osahor out for the season. Osahor is officially listed as day-to-day and will not play in the weekend’s games against Wisconsin and Montana State (4-2) on Sunday. Neighbors is contemplating redshirting the freshman as the severity of the injury continues to be evaluated.

“It’s kind of a precautionary thing,” Neighbors said of Osahor. “It could break. We’ll see how the rehab goes (but) you’re getting now to where do you use a redshirt? I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. But she played great…I hate all injuries but that one really gave me a pit in my stomach when I got the text that said it’s a pretty severe stress fracture.”


Comments | More in Washington | Topics: Chantel Osahor, Mike Neighbors, UConn

December 3, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Tuesday dribble: Washington hits road, Seattle U heads to KeyArena and WNBA draft lottery set

HuskiesLogoPac-12 pride brimmed at Washington practice last week. While the Huskies enjoyed a Thanksgiving holiday without basketball due to a scheduling conflict, the conference was busy knocking down teams ranked in the AP top 25.

“They’re genuinely excited,” said Washington coach Mike Neighbors of his team’s reaction to the conference going 4-2 against ranked teams the past week after an 0-7 start. “They see that you have to make the most of your opportunities when you play a ranked team.”

UW’s first chance is Saturday when it plays at No. 23 Texas A&M (4-2). Washington plays at Houston (3-4) on Wednesday. Naturally, the Huskies (1-2) would like to sweep to flex its Pac-12 muscle like its rivals.

Washington State (4-4) made 12 three-pointers to defeat then-No. 10 Nebraska 76-72 on Saturday. Playing before 5,933 fans, it was the Cornhuskers’ first loss in its sparkling new Pinnacle Bank Arena. It was the Cougs’ first win over a Top 10 team in program history.

“A lot of our girls had never played in an arena this loud, so for us to keep our composure and poise when they came back on us showed that we can hang with some of the top teams,” WSU junior G Tia Presley told reporters in Lincoln, Neb. She scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, none from three-point range.


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Polls, Seattle U, Washington, WNBA Draft | Topics: Mike Neighbors, Tia Presley

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.


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, Washington | Topics: Jazmine Davis, Mike Neighbors, Talia Walton

August 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Mailbag: Lauren Jackson returns, UW releases nonconference schedule and a TV Alert


Storm center Lauren Jackson
Photo courtesy The Border Mail

Storm All-Star Lauren Jackson returned to the court on Wednesday after a 10-month layoff due to hamstring surgery in January. A three-time WNBA MVP, Jackson joined her native Australian national team to defeat New Zealand 66-50 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Oceania championship.

Jackson, a 6-foot-6 center, scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in her first organized game since Seattle lost 73-72 to Minnesota in the decisive Game 3 of the WNBA playoffs opening-round in October 2012. Jackson finished that road game with nine points on 1-for-7 shooting with six rebounds, missing a possible game-winner with 1.2 seconds left. Immediately following the loss Jackson, 32, wondered if she’d play, again.

“I’m just happy I got that game out of the way. It feels so good to be out there pain free,” Jackson told Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News after Wednesday’s game. “I couldn’t walk before I had the surgery. I’m feeling pretty good about things, now. There was a period where I thought I’d never play, again, but to come out here tonight…New Zealand is our neighbor, so it feels like home a bit and it feels good.”

The Opals face the Tall Ferns on Sunday in Canberra. The teams are vying for slots at the FIBA World Championship in Turkey from September 27 to October 5, 2014.


Comments | More in Mailbag, Olympics, Twitter | Topics: Lauren Jackson, Mike Neighbors

August 8, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Washington takes social media to another level

HuskiesLogoWashington basketball coach Mike Neighbors will be busy Tuesday morning. In a new move, the first-year coach will announce the 2013-14 nonconference schedule via Twitter. It’ll take a while because he’ll also share thoughts about the opponents in the 140-character limit.

Here’s the full release about the experiment:

SEATTLE — The Washington women’s basketball program looks to continue its upward trend in 2013-14. It will all begin with the non-conference schedule where the Huskies hope to get off to a hot start and put themselves in position to be considered an NCAA Tournament caliber team.

The non-conference schedule we be announced on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. via twitter. New head coach Mike Neighbors will tweet each opponent from his personal account. You can follow Coach Neighbors (@coachneighbors) to get the news.


Comments | More in Pac-12, Twitter, Washington | Topics: Mike Neighbors

July 19, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Game Day: Washington guard Kelsey Plum and USA U19 team play China

UW guard Kelsey Plum UPDATE: The USA U19 Team defeated China 103-56 in the second game of the FIBA U19 World Championship on Friday. UW freshman PG Kelsey Plum was scoreless in 12 minutes of play, missing her three three-point attempts. The Americans (2-0) will play Mali (0-2) on Saturday at 10:15 am…


Comments | More in Northwest Ballers, TV Alert, Washington | Topics: Kelsey Plum, Mike Neighbors, UConn

June 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Washington gearing up for summer basketball camps

  First-year Washington coach Mike Neighbors and his staff are preparing for summer camps. The first begin June 18 with shooting and skills drills. Here’s the information: 2013 Washington Girls’ Basketball Camp Dates –Day Camp: July 29-August 1, 2013 – $300 (Grades 3-6) (9:00am – 4:00pm each day) (Boys and Girls) –Elite Camp: August 3-4, 2013 – $200 (Grades 7-12)…


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May 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Catching up with former Washington coach Kevin McGuff


OSU coach Kevin McGuff

Former Washington coach Kevin McGuff is still in Seattle, technically. He may have accepted a similar position at Ohio State in April, jetting to the school and quickly donning a Buckeyes tie for a press conference about the hiring, but trucking his family of six kids isn’t that simple. McGuff returns to his Bellevue home for family-time while he works out moving logistics with his wife, Letitia. McGuff even made time to take his oldest daughters to a Storm exhibition game to watch Tulsa rookie Skylar Diggins, a grad at Notre Dame where McGuff and his wife once coached.

In a recent conversation, however, McGuff said he’s is steering clear of his former Montlake territory. If it weren’t for UW athletic director Scott Woodward and senior associate AD Shondell Reed’s successful stopgap hiring of former assistant Mike Neighbors three-days after McGuff’s departure, the former coach could be persona non grata around UW. Neighbors, 44, signed a five-year, $1.9 million contract.

McGuff was hired in April 2011 to replace Tia Jackson. The latter compiled a Washington-low in four consecutive losing seasons (45-75) and couldn’t land talented in-state athletes. McGuff overhauled the program in two years with back-to-back 20-win seasons, two berths to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and signing All-American Katie Collier (Seattle Christian HS) while helping PG Jazmine Davis become the Pac-12’s freshman of the year in 2012.

In March, Woodward singed McGuff to a contract extension through 2020 after the success. Twenty-two days later, McGuff left for OSU.


Comments | More in Washington | Topics: Kevin McGuff, Mike Neighbors

April 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM

UW introduces coach Mike Neighbors

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2330807973001″/] Washington introduced Mike Neighbors today as the school’s 20th women’s basketball head coach. He replaced Kevin McGuff, who left last week for Ohio State. The Huskies promoted Neighbors, who had been a UW assistant the past two seasons, in a move that’s somewhat risky considering he’s never been a head coach. The decision to promote…


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