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Cougar women still alive, but we’re headed home

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Another night, another upset for the WSU women's team. But this one was much bigger. Read on for more.


Yes, the WSU women continued to make history last night, turning in the biggest upset in the history of the Pac-12 tournament, seed-wise, and as a result becoming the lowest-seeded team to play in the semifinals (obviously, since they're the 11th seed and there's never been more than 10 teams before). They'll face No. 2 seed California at 2:30 p.m. today for a chance to play in the final, likely against No. 1 Stanford. We won't be there, though, because we're about to get on a plane — the reason this morning post will be brief — and fly to Seattle, then to Spokane, then drive to Pullman. Can't complain one bit about spending the last nine days in sunny California, but I'm not upset to be headed home to the comfort of my own bed. Of course, I'd also like to stick around to watch the women play, but the cost of staying another night and changing my flight just wasn't worth it. …The Cougar men had themselves a very long trip home Thursday, delayed by airplane problems and layovers and the like. Here's hoping we don't run into the same problems on our way back to Spokane. … WSU will hold its Pro Day this afternoon, featuring such players as Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Jared Karstetter and Marshall Lobbestael, among others. Won't be back in time to see the workouts, though.

In yesterday's Pac-12 action …

Oregon State 86, Washington 84: Since we were at the game, we decided to go ahead and write about it. So did the Seattle Times, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Oregonian and the Eugene Register Guard. The gist from the UW side — the Pac-12 is now in extreme danger of sending just one team to the NCAA tournament, and the Huskies may be on the NIT side looking in.

Arizona 66, UCLA 58: The Wildcats have to like what lies ahead — a semifinal win over against Oregon State today would put them one win away from stealing the Pac-12's automatic tourney bid. The Bruins will hope the NIT comes calling.

California 77, Stanford 71: The Bears are exhausted, but did what they couldn't against the Cardinal last week — win.

Colorado 63, Oregon 62: The Buffs' slim NCAA hopes are on life support, but they're still alive. The Ducks' fate was sealed when Devoe Joseph missed a 3-pointer.

And today's games …

No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 9 Oregon State, 6 p.m. (FSN)

No. 2 California vs. No. 5 Colorado, 8:30 p.m. (FSN)

All for now. We're traveling all day, but will be back if events warrant.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple


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