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June 28, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Replay: Storm star Camille Little scores career-high 31 points

Storm F Camille Little scored a career-high 31 points in a win against Minnesota on Friday. She’s the fifth player in team history to reach the mark. C Lauren Jackson has scored 30-points or more 27 times in her 12-year Storm career. PG Sue Bird has scored 30-points or more twice in her 12-year career…

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April 1, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Gonzaga senior guard Haiden Palmer an AP honorable mention All-American

From the Zags: SPOKANE, Wash. – (April 1, 2014 – www.GoZags.com) Gonzaga University women’s basketball senior Haiden Palmer was recognized as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press Tuesday. Palmer is the fourth Bulldog to earn Associated Press All-America accolades, joining Zag greats Shannon Mathews (2005), Stephanie Hawk (2007) and Courtney Vandersloot (2009,…

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March 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Jayda Evans’ picks for 2014 All-American, Coach of the Year and Player of the Year

It’s the eve of Selection Monday. The latest ESPN tournament prediction still has the Pac-12 advancing five teams to the NCAA tournament. And the schools listed to play at Alaska Airlines Arena this weekend remain conference tournament champions Gonzaga (West Coast Conference), Southern California (Pac-12), Nebraska (Big Ten) and Idaho (Western Athletic…

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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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December 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Washington freshman Chantel Osahor out indefinitely with stress fracture

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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.”

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October 31, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Storm 2013 Exit Interviews: All-Star Sue Bird returns to play after offseason knee surgery

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Storm All-Star Sue Bird shots a layup
PHOTO: Courtesy of UMMC Yekaterinburg

Series Note: The Storm was swept in the opening-round of the WNBA playoffs by Minnesota on Sept. 22. Game 2 was played at the Tacoma Dome due to a scheduling conflict at the team’s KeyArena court by one of its sponsors, Microsoft. Minnesota went on to win the WNBA championship as Seattle players dispersed to offseason destinations the following days after holding exit interviews with coaches and the media. This series will feature conversations from the 11-player roster.

The WNBA offseason won’t feel as long given news the league should generate on the business side. The league’s collective-bargaining agreement expired Sept. 30 and a new agreement will need to be in place before free-agency can open as tentatively slated in February. The 2014 WNBA schedule likely will be moved up to accommodate for the 2014 FIBA World Championships in Turkey from Sept. 27-Oct. 5.

Storm-wise, the team could remain the same in 2014. Here’s a conversation with PG Sue Bird, who missed the WNBA season along with  C Lauren Jackson (hamstring) due to offseason knee surgery. Bird, who turned 33 in October, returned to play with her Russian team, UMMC Yekaterinburg, on Oct. 15. She played 25 minutes and finished with 16 points and six assists in the team’s 87-64 Premier League debut at Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Bird has played three games overall to date, one in the Russian Cup series, to average 13 points and 3.7 assists. She’s teaming with former Storm posts Ann Wauters and Eva Kobryn on a stacked roster. You can catch the promo video below. Bird didn’t play the WNBA season but counted on the roster and was paid her WNBA-maximum salary in order to rehabilitate her injury through the organization with first-year Storm strength and conditioning coach Susan Borchardt. This conversation with Bird is bits and pieces throughout the season as well as before she left for Russia, so it’s extremely long. It may take the entire offseason to read. But first, that promo video:

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September 10, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Around the Rim: Zags, Eastern, and the Pac-12 release schedules; Seattle U makes a hire

BasketballSeattle’s expecting 90-degree weather on Wednesday, but that didn’t stop leaves from falling from trees to signal fall and the start of the NCAA basketball season. Washington’s D-I schools are gearing up for some highly anticipated seasons, Tuesday being the Pac-12′s official first look at who’s playing who. (Yeah, some PR blip caused an early posting of UW’s sked. Considering the talent Montlake is expecting this season, you can understand why it jumped the gun)

The Pac-12′s 266-game schedule tips Nov. 8. The conference will make a league-record over 100 television appearances during the regular season, including 101 telecasts on the Pac-12 Networks and five on the ESPN networks as part of the conference’s television package. Among those 106 appearances, all nine games of the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle will be televised, with nine appearing on the Pac-12 Networks and the championship game on ESPN on March 9.

ESPN2 will also televise the USC at Stanford contest on Jan. 27, 2014 for the Pac-12′s first-ever “Big Monday” appearance. Stanford will travel to California on February 2 for an ESPN2-televised game, while Washington hosts the Cardinal on ESPNU on Feb. 9.

Stanford’s trip to UConn on Nov. 11 is part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The game from Storrs will air on ESPN2. USA Basketball recently announced UConn coach Geno Auriemma would return to coach the national team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Cal, which won its first share of the Pac-12 regular-season championship last season, will be on ESPN2 on Dec. 22 taking on defending NCAA Champion Connecticut in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

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