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Three starting dates for women’s basketball

NCAA women's basketball teams have 40 days to get in 30 practices, beginning yesterday, which means there are three different starting days for area teams.

Eastern Washington and Washington State started Monday and Idaho hits the floor today. Gonzaga commences on Thursday.

The men don't join the action until a week from Friday.

WSU women particpate in Midnight Mayhem with the men Friday, Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. The men will have a scrimmage and dunk contest while the women will participate in a 3-point contest and games with fans. The Cougars play Seattle Pacific in their first exhibition game on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.

Gonzaga is having a Fan Fest on Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. There will be a scrimmage and a variety of other activities. The Bulldogs play Corban in a scrimmage the following Saturday at 6.

Idaho has an exhibition game on on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. against Warner Pacific in Memorial Gym. Eastern plays Warner Pacific the following Sunday at 1 p.m.

Season openers/Home openers

Washington State: Friday, Nov. 11 at Penn State Tournament/Wednesday, Nov. 30 vs. Gonzaga.

Gonzaga: Friday, Nov. 11, vs. Hofstra

Eastern Washington: Friday, Nov. 11 vs. Corban

Idaho: Saturday, Nov. 12, vs. Corban

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