Seems to be too much news in the world of women’s basketball.
Washington State’s list was in the previous post, along with Eastern’s (those are the ones we know committed but EWU won’t have an announcement until all letters of intent are returned. Idaho has one letter back: Tayler Weiks, a 5-foot-9 guard from Tumwater High School in Tumwater. A two-time all-league selection averaged 15.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.8 assists last season.
Gonzaga is waiting for all letters and local products Shaniqua Nilles of West Valley and Shelby Cheslek of Pullman, were meeting for dinner in Spokane Wednesday night to sign their letters of intent together. The Great Northern League rivals (both are also volleyball players and participate in track) were teammates with the Spokane Stars in the off-season.
In the meantime, ESPN.com continues its season preview. It’s top 5 at each position includes Gonzaga’s Courtney Vandersloot at PG and Tennessee’s Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) at shooting guard. Notice two players from Stanford, which is feature in the preview - the Cardinal will be here a week from Sunday (the 21st) to play GU, plus there is the usual Pac-10 visit to Pullman. There are also a pair of Xavier players, a team GU faced and split with in the past two NCAA Tournaments, and North Carolina and Texas A&M, teams the Zags beat in the NCAA last year. And there is a play from Notre Dame, whom the Zags see in Seattle after Christmas. Impressive.
While surfing … Vandersloot and EWU’s Kyla Evans had posted their most recent blog entries.
Portland State senior forward Kelli Valentine (Mead) should easily join the 1,000-point, 500-rebound club at PSU this season, which would make her the 10th player in Viking history to accomplish the feat. Valentine needs 33 more points and 51 more boards to reach each barrier. Only 13 Vikings are in the 1,000-point club - so does that mean before Claire Faucher a PSU player had to rebound the ball to score, rather than get a bucket on an easy assist?