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And for your halftime reading, women’s hoops

Back in the old days - or is that the young days - today would be the start of my personal two-day vacation. After the deadline stress of state basketball, two days of recliner basketball recharged the batteries. (I think I'm starting to sound like our Cougar writer).

Gonzaga has changed all of that - in a good way. So what do we have about women's basketball as the NCAA Tournament bears down?

Well, so far I haven't found anything on Courtney Vandersloot winning another award (though I have the all-District team that was announced Wednesday) - but it's still early.

Central Washington has released its long time women's coach and given former Mead star Stacy Clinesmith the option to stay in an interim basis and apply for the head job.

Read on for my other discoveries.

The NCAA has capsules but I'm only linking the Spokane Regional. … Leftcoasthoops predicts a couple Gonzaga wins but in the end, it's Stanford and Xavier.

From the Gonzaga pod: Iowa expects fast-paced game with Zags in their “small” gym.  UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell has IT, but the Bruins are a little miffed at their seeding. UCLA defense is going to put the pressure on Montana.

Other stuff from the Spokane Regional: I've found a good column on the retiring UC Davis coach, which I included because of Aggie senior Heidi Heintz (Central Valley), the Aggies were here a few years ago for a first round WNIT game and I know the writer and she is good. … Stanford basketball can be irritating and is the best program in the Bay Area. … WAC champion Fresno State starts with GU's opening opponent from last year but North Carolina is in a better place this year - the Tar Heels were a 10 seed.

Green Bay (hello Mike Divilibiss) is making (mid) major noise; a day with super star Maya Moore.

Outside of the tournament, I found a story on a former Husky coach that had dropped out of sight.

There must be more but seriously, it's time to recline.

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Jim Allen Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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