Gonzaga's top-seeded women withstood a spirited effort from No. 8 San Francisco, posting a 81-68 victory that moves the Bulldogs into Monday's semifinals against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which rallied from 17 down to edge No. 5 San Diego.
Four men's games today at Orleans Arena, beginning with No. 6 San Diego vs.. No. 3 San Francisco (upset alert) at noon. Gonzaga takes on Santa Clara at 6 — updates on twitter @SRjimm.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
When we woke up this morning, there was just a hint of the sunrise to come. Just enough light in the house that the phone/flashlight was not needed. But it will be tomorrow. Yep, we spring ahead in the wee hours of the morning (miss you Frank) as Daylight Savings Time kicks in. And you know what? It's too darn soon for that. Heck, this weekend is so crowded, we need all the hours we can get. We can't lose one. Read on.
From Pullman — Washington State knocked off No. 20 California last night to return to the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals for the second time in three years. Thomas Clouse watched watched Lia Galdeira scored 28 points to lead the Cougars in their 91-83 win and has a game story from Seattle. The baseball team also won on Friday, taking a series opener from Texas State. Suiting up as Cougars for the final time in Pullman will be D.J. Shelton and Will DiIorio. A football player whose time at WSU has passed is getting ready for the NFL draft. Yesterday the State Senate passed a resolution honoring WSU's 1915 Rose Bowl team.
ESPN's Pac-12 blog takes a look at each team's safety depth … Washington's Spring practices may not be pretty … The Huskies are also getting ready to say goodbye to their seniors … The Ducks have one more chance to show they're legit, against No. 3 Arizona … Utah looks to cap an impressive late-season run against Stanford … The Beavers hope everything comes together against Arizona State … Cal and Colorado will have a lot of chips on the table in today's game.
S-R photojournalists Colin Mulvany and Tyler Tjomsland covered the State B semifinals at the Arena. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
From Pullman — The Washington State Senate has been a tumultuous place the last few years. Senators have crossed party lines in recent years to pass the biennial budget causing consternation and the formation of a new caucus. But the senate came together on Friday to unanimously pass SR 8715, a resolution honoring William “Lone Star” Dietz's 1915 Washington State football team that won the 1916 Rose Bowl over Brown University to finish the season 7-0.
The bipartisan resolution was sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner with Sen. Joe Fain, Sen. Mark Schoesler, Sen. Linda Parlette, Sen. Sharon Brown, Sen. Andy Billig, Sen. Doug Ericksen, Sen. Janea Holmquist-Newbry, Sen. Brian Hatfield and Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles signing on as co-sponsors.
The full text of the resolution can be found here.
After last night's 79-76 win over Chicago State, Idaho is still in play for the No. 4 seed in next week's WAC tournament. But it could also drop down as low as the seventh seed depending on what happens tomorrow. The full scenarios are below. The Vandals (13-17, 6-9) close the regular season at Missouri-Kansas City. Tipoff is 7:35 p.m. PST.
Possible seeds for Idaho:
4 If Idaho beats UMKC and Seattle U beats Chicago State
5 If Idaho beats UMKC and Chicago State beats Seattle U OR
If Idaho loses to UMKC, Chicago State beats Seattle U and UTPA beats Grand Canyon OR
If Idaho loses to UMKC, Utah Valley beats Bakersfield, Chicago State beats Seattle U and Grand Canyon beats UTPA
6 If Idaho loses to UMKC, Utah Valley beats Bakersfield and Seattle U beats Chicago State OR
If Idaho loses to UMKC, Bakersfield beats Utah Valley, Chicago State beats Seattle U and Grand Canyon beats UTPA
7 If Idaho loses to UMKC, Bakersfield beats Utah Valley and Seattle U beats Chicago State
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Some mornings you just feel like whining a bit. But what good would that do? The day is still going to happen. And you are going to be a part of it. It's better than the alternative, right? Read on.
From Pullman — For awhile it seemed that the USC game could very well be Washington State's last win of the season. Then last night they lost it thanks to a brutal second half. Here's our game story from the loss. Before the game former WSU safety Deone Bucannon met with the media to talk about his preparations for the upcoming NFL draft. We've got video of the All-American, as well as post game videos of a couple players and coach Ken Bone. We also had a blog post on former WSU RB/DB Clarence Williams who is on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
On the women's side the Cougars hit the century mark, again, in a win over Oregon to start of Pac-12 tournament play.
In the day's other game Washington fell to UCLA at home.
The top-seeded Gonzaga men's basketball team will face No. 9 Santa Clara in the quarterfinals Saturday at 6 at Orleans Arena.
The Broncos (14-18) thumped No. 8 Pacific 81-64 late Thursday night. Guards Jared Brownridge (20 points), Evan Roquemore (17) and Brandon Clark (15) led the way with a combined 52 points. Gonzaga swept Santa Clara during the regular season, winning 54-52 on Sam Dower Jr.'s 3-pointer in the closing seconds in Santa Clara and 74-60 in Spokane.
The No. 1-seeded GU women will take on San Francisco on Friday at 6 p.m. The eighth-seeded Dons (12-18) upended No. 9 Loyola Marymount 63-62 on Thursday on Taj Winston's layup with one second remaining. Gonzaga swept USF during the regular season.
It looked like Idaho might absorb another excruciating loss after going up big on Chicago State. This time, though, it was the Vandals who made the winning plays in the closing seconds — on the road, no less.
Connor Hill carried Idaho in the first half and buried the game-clinching free throws with 6 seconds left in the Vandals' 79-76 win at Chicago State on Thursday night. UI nearly let a 17-point lead disappear, but the Cougars missed four straight foul shots and threw the ball away with 11 seconds left to help Idaho escape.
From Pullman — Deone Bucannon was at today's Washington State basketball game against USC to accept the CFPA Elite Defensive Back trophy at halftime. Before the game he spoke with the media to talk about his preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft, his performance at the recent NFL Combine and the award.
S-R photojournalists Dan Pelle, Jesse Tinsley and Colin Mulvany are covering the action at the State B's. Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.
From Pullman — On Thursday the National Football Foundation released a list of 81 candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Washington State running back Clarence “Clancy” Williams was among those nominated.
More after the jump.
I believe it was Bill Murray who best described post-season basketball: “OK, I guess we're playing for keeps now.”
OK, I might be taking his line a tad out of context, but it's too late to type another intro. Gonzaga's men and women — I take on double duty at the WCC tournaments — move into their respective tournaments as the top seeds, awaiting Thursday's outcomes before learning their first-round assignments. Gonzaga's women open Friday, the men Saturday.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Isn't it just like Spokane? I commit to spending most of the next three days indoors at the State 2B basketball tournament and the weather turns nice. Highs in the high 40s and low 50s and sunshine, at least Friday and Saturday. The perfect time to step outside for a long walk after the interminable 30-degree days (and lower) of winter. But basketball is basketball. Read on.
The Idaho men's basketball team finishes the regular season with two games against beatable opponents — Chicago State and MIssouri-Kansas City. The problem for the Vandals? Both games are on the road.
It's almost been two full months since the Vandals last won away from Moscow, and they've won a total of three road games all season. After the jump, we take a look at what's gone wrong for Idaho (12-17, 5-9) on the road ahead of tonight's game at Chicago State and overall the last two seasons under Don Verlin. Read on.
From Pullman — The vocal majority that despises a proposed NCAA football rule change that would give defenses 10 seconds to substitute got welcome news yesterday. The proposal has been tabled, effectively cast off into a sea of bureaucracy and red tape from which it will never emerge … Today the Washington State basketball team will do battle with USC in a titanic matchup (“Titanic” referring to the ship, not the forebears of the Greek Pantheon). We've got our Four Corners preview of the game and a local college basketball notebook … Former WSU football player Steve Broussard has been hired at SMU.
Wednesday night's 3-1 loss at Kelowna leaves the Spokane Chiefs with six games on their regular-season schedule: two against Prince George and Tri-City, and one apiece against Seattle and Everett. Spokane is one point ahead of Everett in the chase for the Western Conference's No. 5 seed to the playoffs. Read story