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Women’s basketball: Vandersloot, January could be going for gold

Nobody was playing, but Monday was a pretty good day for women’s basketball in the Inland Northwest.

The big news: Two players with regional ties have a chance to represent the United States in this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Former Gonzaga star Courtney Vandersloot and former Lewis & Clark High standout Briann January are among 25 players named as finalists to the USA team. Even more intriguing: both are point guards, and figure to compete for one of 12 spots on the final roster.

Meanwhile, Washington State forward Borislava Hristova is only the second Cougar to win back-to-back Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors. Hristova, the Cougars’ leading scorer, is on pace to break every WSU freshman record.

Next year, the Cougars could have three more freshmen making a mark in the record books: two of their high school recruits were nominated as McDonald’s All-Americans.

Finally, former Clarkston star Jamie Weisner continues to lead the scoring for Oregon State, which moved up to No. 9 in this week’s poll. The Huskies broke into the poll for this first time in 13 years.

 




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Jim Allen
Jim Allen joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a reporter for the Sports Desk covering Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, Gonzaga Universtiy women's basketball and college and high school soccer.

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