MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010, 1:59 P.M.

Bowman signs with Storm

Heather Bowman, Gonzaga's and the West Coast Conference's all-team leading scorer, has a chance to continue her basketball career close to home. The Lewis and Clark graduate has signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Storm.

It's not on the WNBA team's website but we have it from a good source.

We'll use that as a jumping off point to catch up on women's basketball news. Keep reading.

Bowman joins Seattle's second-round pick, Tanisha Smith of Texas A&M at camp next week. Gonzaga knocked off the Aggies in the second-round of the recent NCAA Tournament to reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The first preseason game for the Storm is May 2 and the regular season opens May 16.

Bowman's teammate Vivian Frieson heads to Tulsa for camp. Frieson, the second-round pick of the Shock, has a preseason game against Seattle in Tulsa on May 9 before opening the season May 15.

Gonzaga finished 12th in the postseason coaches poll. And there's a postseason poll why?

The Bulldogs are ESPN's pick to win the WCC next year - big surprise there with six straight titles under their belt - but only has them 39th in the country since Bowman and Frieson need to be replaced. Actually, Redmon and Standish need to be replaced - since Katelan Redmon and Kayla Standish are going to be just fine stepping into increased roles. Finding a 3-point shooter to replace Tiffany Shives may be tough, although the word is Meghan Winters should be the one to light it up. That's no surprise consider her father, Brian, was a pretty fair shooter during his nine years in the NBA. Eastern Washington, with everyone back, gets the nod as the Big Sky Conference favorite, checking in at 61, which is too low. There are more than three conferences weaker than the Big Sky.

Just a reminder - the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are at Gonzaga next spring and if Eastern wins the Big Sky, chances are good that's where the Eagles will go, similar to Portland State going to Seattle this year. That pod had a 2 (A&M) vs. a 15 (PSU) and a 7 (Gonzaga) vs. a 10 (North Carolina). Then the Sweet 16/Elite 8 returns to the Arena for the third time. Should be a fun March.

We'll throw it in here again - GU signees Jazmine Redmon (Mead) and Danielle Walters fared well in Washington's win over Oregon on Saturday. Redmon was the MVP and the link provides photos of both as well.

Washington State lost freshman starter KiKi Moore, as well as reserve Danielle LeNoir, and added Rosetta Adzasu during the spring signing period. (Cougar stats here.) The word is Moore wanted to be closer to her San Francisco home while LeNoir, a sophomore from Los Angeles, wanted more playing time. However, I've also heard Moore was shown an interest in transferring to numerous schools, some on the east coast.

Speaking of transfers, there's a mass exodus from Oregon State, although last I heard is Lewis and Clark grad Brittney Kennedy hadn't left, but probably would. The word was there were maybe two players left. Needless to say, there's nothing on the Beavers' website. Leading scorer Talisa Rhea is going to Seattle U.

Andrea Riley of Oklahoma State won the Lieberman Award as the top point guard. Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga, who led the nation in assists, made the final four. Vandersloot was also Associated Press honorable mention All-American for the second straight season, a first for GU.

Might as well editorialize here. I put Vandersloot on the first team (we had to vote for three teams and each team had to be a lineup you would put on the floor). That could be somewhat of a hometown vote but what the heck, in addition to leading the nation in assists she was sixth in steals and her team was pretty decent as most of you know. However, for those who chalked that up to a weak WCC or an overall lack of competition, so be it - voting was done at the end of the regular season. When the team came out, Vandersloot is HM. Fine. Until you see the teams.

The first team has one guard and not a true point guard in Monica Wright of Virginia, although Maya Moore of UConn can play any position on my team. The second team had two guards and two centers. Then came the third team, which includes outstanding freshman Elena Delle Donne. Don't get me wrong, she's good, 26 points, 8 rebounds - but she's also 6-4 so she should be good in the CAA, where the Blue Hens, 21-12 overall, went 11-7. Like seriously?

OK, back to the work at hand.


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