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Mixed bag in women's basketball action

Portland's Lauren Angel (50) and Nakeisha Brown (24) vie for rebounding position against Gonzaga's Shannon Reader (31) and Jazmine Redmon in the first half, Feb. 4, 2011 in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Portland's Lauren Angel (50) and Nakeisha Brown (24) vie for rebounding position against Gonzaga's Shannon Reader (31) and Jazmine Redmon in the first half, Feb. 4, 2011 in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Sorry for the late start for the women's basketball roundup ... trying to make final connections with the some of the Class of 2007, our on-going look at that remarkable class of local players as most near the end of their college careers.

Thursday night didn't go so well, as Washington State ran into No. 3 Stanford and Idaho was too sloppy with the ball against Utah State. Gonzaga, however, keeps chugging along in the WCC (this time it was Shannon Reader, 31, off the bench with a career high). Some area players fared well, keep reading.

As posted last night, Gonzaga ended up with its usual result but it sure seemed like a little more of a struggle. But that was on offense. The Bulldogs relentless defense eventually made Loyola Marymount completely cave.

Idaho really had an amazing game from its five starters, but too many turnovers and no bench points were costly. Part of that can be blamed on being down a regular starter because of an injury. The Vandals hope to rebound with a season sweep of Boise on Saturday. And there are academic honors for a senior.

Things may be looking up for Washington State, (check out those Pink Zone sneakers) but not when the Cougars play Stanford. The important game is Saturday night on FSN when WSU plays at Cal, which lost to Washington, allowing the Huskies to catch the Cougars in the Pac-10 standings.

Tara Cronin (G-Prep) had a big game as Portland downed Pepperdine in double overtime. The Waves come to Spokane for Gonzaga's Pink Zone game Saturday afternoon. The Waves were in second place until the loss. ... Is it just me, but I can't help but be amazed when I check on Katie Baker (Lake City) and see what she's done in the last three games for Montana so soon after surgery. ... Montana State and Lyndie Seidensticker (Lewis and Clark) came up short in a showdown at Northern Colorado and Portland State's hot streak was halted at Idaho State despite another double-double from Kelli Valentine (Mead). ... Freshman Kate Loper (Post Falls) hits double figures in Hofstra win.




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