Just had a good talk with Whitworth senior guard Emily Guthrie. She and Washington State freshmen Lia Galdeira are featured in this week's women's notebook. Read more:
Emily Guthrie's scoring average has dropped off slightly from last year, but Whitworth (4-1) is getting scoring depth.
"Any person can come off the bench and score 15 points," Guthrie said. "It's nice, because I know I don't have to score. I can dish off."
Guthrie originally didn't expect to play college basketball. She came to Spokane for a golf tournament during her senior year in high school and heard Whitworth golf coach Warren Friedrichs speak. She sent information to Friedrichs, not knowing that she was also on the radar of Whitworth women's basketball coach Helen Higgs.
"The community really drew me in," Guthrie said. "I didn't look at any other school."
Although there's a small spillover between golf and basketball seasons, the Pirates' coaches have gladly shared the reliable senior.
As for choosing one sport over the other, Guthrie said she enjoys the calming nature of golf but sometimes needs the intense, team-driven sport of basketball to get her charged up.
She figures feeling comfortable in intense surroudings will help her if she ends up as an ER nurse, which is her goal.
As for WSU freshman Lia Galdeira, she said she feels "blessed" to play with upperclassmen who have treated her nicely on and off the court.
She said Pullman may seem 100 percent different from Hawaii, but she's at heart a small-town person who felt right at home on the Palouse.
"When we had our first snow, I went crazy," she said.
Galdeira said she watched plenty of Pac-12 basketball on TV in Hawaii and will be ready when conference play starts in early January.
"I was ready to play," she said of her quick start. "It doesn't matter who it was against. I was ready."