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Mon., Nov. 14, 2011, 8:38 a.m.

Mixed bag on opening weekend

The definition of a good weekend: A miserable day outside so you have time when your best friend visits town, with lots of interesting games on in the background; a good day outside so you can get a lot of things done after your friend leaves, plus a radio on to keep up with the games. Oh, yeah, no work, no computer, which means there is a lot to catch up with. For women's basketball news, read on.

Gonzaga passed the Stanford test but failed theOgwumike sisters test, Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 33 points and 18 rebounds, Chiney had 19 points. If you think you've read that story before ... check here.

Washington State bounced back against UNC-Wilmington after giving No. 12 Penn State a  good run.

Eastern Washington beat Corban but was completely exposed by Hofstra.

The view from the Hempstead, N.Y., school on its loss to Gonzaga and win in Cheney. Post Falls grad Kate Loper had a solid weekend. Although not projected as a starter, she was given the starting nod in both games and responded with 18 and 15 points. Loper is enjoying life across the country. "It's awesome out there, it's a good atmosphere. I like being around basketball players that love the game. There's always something to do. It's fun." She said homesickness was just a fleeting feeling last year. "I did, everyone has their moments. Our team is so close, there's never a dull moment, you're never by yourself, you're never sitting your room by yourself, you never go to eat by yourself, we're always together. They do a good job keeping me from getting homesick."

Idaho struggled against Corban, is at North Dakota tonight. Our weekly women's basketball notebook, which comes out Wednesday, has a good Vandal tale this week, plus a lot of other tidbits. Stay tuned.




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