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Loper returns home; WSU extends Daugherty

Update 10 a.m.:  How's this for a little notoriety and a lot of pressure? picks Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon as one of the top small forwards in the game. The 6-1 senior from Lewis and Clark is rated No. 3 in a category that has 6-5 Elena Delle Donne at No. 1 and Tennessee's 6-2 Shekinna Stricklen No. 4.

Our first women's basketball notebook for the season, it's a long trip home for Kate Loper but she made it early as the sophomore at Hofstra plays at Gonzaga on Friday to open the season and stays for a game Sunday at Eastern Washington, giving family and friends from Post Falls a chance to watch her.

We have also confirmed that Washington State “executed an amendment” to coach June Daugherty's contract, extending her through the 2015-16 season. Since she was under contract through next season, that amounts to a two-year extension, which would put her tenure at the school to nine seasons.

Today is National Letter of Intent Day. All four area Division I teams should have an announcement about the signing of two or three future players. However, the news won't be released until all signed letters have arrived and for some that may take a few days. We'll update as they come.

Thursday is our college basketball preview, which includes junior college through Division I. That includes a some information about the women's programs. Stay tuned.

The national previews continue at - where there will be a Gonzaga story tomorrow -  and espnw - which has its Pac-12 preview, with a note about the Cougars having a tough non-conference schedule.

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