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 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 7 (Rank/Last Week/ School/Record: Comment) 1. (1) Washington (15-10, 8-6…More
Pac-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.More
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.More