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WNBA tips off tonight, locals meet Sat.

The WNBA season opens tonight but the first game for the local trio is Saturday.

The Chicago Sky, with rookies Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga) and Angie Bjorklund (University HS) opens at Indiana, with third-year veteran Briann January (Lewis and Clark HS).

Preseason stories for the Sky and Fever project both Vandersloot and January as starting point guards and calls each of them the “Player on the Spot” for their team.

You can find information about the two teams and the league in general at ESPN.com, WNBA.com and Sports Illustrated. Most predictions have the Seattle Storm repeating as WNBA champion with Indiana expected to make the East Division playoffs. It's about 50-50 on the Sky making the top 4 in the East for the first time ever.

Seattle raises its banner Saturday in a noon game on ABC.

Chicago-Indiana is at 4 p.m., and it can be followed through the WNBA website or the team websites.

By the way, the game tonight, 8 p.m. , is Minnesota, with No. 1 draft pick Maya Moore, at Los Angeles and Candace Parker.

Indiana plays its only game at Seattle on June 17, Chicago's only trip is the season finale on Sept. 11 (you don't suppose that will get overshadowed quite a bit, do you?).

Each team only has one appearance on ESPN2 (full schedule below), Tulsa at Indian on June 14 and Seattle at Chicago on July 19.

Vandersloot and Bjorkland and WNBA draft roundup

Better late than never, my story on Gonzaga's Courtney Vandersloot and U-Hi grad Angie Bjorklund both being drafted by the Chicago Sky of the WNBA.

For other stories I found, keep reading.

Last minute Vandersloot reading

Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves is in Conneticut but there is no truth to the rumor that he is replacing UConn Geno Auriemma, who is headed to coach UCLA so he can be closer to Hollywood.

No, Graves is joining his star point guard Courtney Vandersloot at ESPN for today's WNBA Draft. He flew into Hartford on Sunday and is now in Bristol.

Some last minute reading as you wait for the Draft, which begins at noon … ESPN will be sure to let you know where to tune in.

ESPNW projects Vandersloot at No. 5 to Los Angeles Sparks, but anticipates a trade. WNBA.com had a Q&A with Vandersloot. In case you missed it, Saturday's post had several other links relating to Vandersloot and local product Angie Bjorklund awaiting the draft. Plus, Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times checks in with Vandersloot and the prospects of a couple other local products.

Wanted to throw in this story and another on 6-8 Australian teenager who said she has been misunderstood.

Check back early this afternoon for news on the draft or follow tweets at SRtrim.

Vandersloot & Bjorklund talk draft

I visited with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund about Monday's WNBA Draft, as well was local WNBA player Briann January. Needless to say, Vandersloot is now a media darling, that's for people who waited until the NCAA Tournament to learn what we've known around here. But she's the subject of a story on ESPNW and she wrote a diary item for USA Today. Just as impressive, she was third in the Wooden Award voting behind Maya Moore and Brittney Griner, impressive company.

Vandersloot, Bjorklund await WNBA draft

Spare time this week was spent connecting with Courtney Vandersloot and Angie Bjorklund as they await Monday's WNBA draft. Our story for Sunday's paper, which includes  local product Briann January, a former first-round pick, giving her thoughts, will be up late Saturday or early Sunday, so be sure to come back.

There are other stories, plenty from ESPN.com, which, of course, has a vested interest as the host for the draft. The 12-team, 3-round draft is at noon on the ESPN stations. Vandersloot is going to go in the Top 10, Bjorklund is also considered a top prospect.

For a roundup, try Jayda Evans' women's hoops blog at The Seattle Times, which indicates some area stars might be shopping for places to go after going with Xavier and Cal, which lost their coaches. It might help that the X coach is now running the Huskies. The Cal coach bolted for Virginia, and of course UCLA is open with Nikki Caldwell headed to LSU.

Gearing up for Gonzaga Sweet 16 in Spokane

Home from the Arena and time to catch up on the women's basketball news.

We have filed our game advances for the Spokane Regional. I'm on the Gonzaga-Louisville game, Greg Lee has the North Carolina-Stanford game. Do you think I need to thank Courtney Vandersloot for the Zags drawing the 6 p.m. game? That 8:30 tip is going to be a deadline nightmare. There is also today's column with John Blanchette's column questioning Gonzaga playing here and the Chris Anderson/Dan Pelle slide show from today's practices at the Arena. (By the way, there are 11,200 tickets to be sold - 600 seats go to bands and other necessary personnel - and less than 1,000 remained as of 4 p.m. on Friday.)

Read on for more.

Bjorklund, Tennessee kick-start NCAA women

Were your eyes open enough to see the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament get off with a bang … Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) hitting her first three 3's, to be 19 of 21 over five games, as Tennessee beat somebody … and an early upset, Marist over Iowa State, which I picked.

Anyway, now we focus on McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga faces Iowa at 1, followed by Montana and UCLA.

For all we can find in the time we have … read on.

Bjorklund nears end of journey; Idaho wins, Cougars fall

Loyal readers, you may not have believed this day would get here, the end of the line checking in with the area Division I women's basketball players from the Class of 2007 … at least those who are coming to the end of the line of their college careers.

Our final installment is two-time State Player of the Year Angie Bjorklund (University), who went off to Tennessee and reached heights no other Spokane basketball player did, winning a national championship and being ranked No. 1. There were also a few lower moments playing for that storied program, but overall it is a dream come true and more.

As for games, despite Jazmine Perkins reaching 1,000 career points, Washington State's season came to an end with a loss to USC in the Pac-10 tournament but Idaho overcame illness with Yinka Olorunnife to beat Boise State for the third time this season at the WAC Tournament and plays Nevada tonight. Eastern Washington swings into action tonight against Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament.

The updated ESPN Bracketology keeps Gonzaga as a No. 10, the opponent is now Houston, with UCLA a No. 2 and the Big Sky champ a 15, in the Dallas Regional. … That's probably close although if Houston doesn't win its conference tournament but is deemed good enough for an at-large bid, the same thing could be accomplished with the Zags at No. 7, the seeding they had last year with an identical record. 

Idaho comes up short; PSU wins Sky

There is a ton of women's basketball news, and between the two State B championship games I'm covering I'm going to catch you up.

Read on.

Zags No. 22, Shadle’s Bishop honored

Angie Bjorklund's Senior Day at Tennessee was quite a game, which the Knoxville News Sentinel took care of quite a bit better than yesterday's wire story.

No big changes in this week's edition of bracketology. ESPN.com still has Gonzaga as a double-diget seed and not in the Spokane regional, which should be headlined by Stanford as the No. 1 seed.

(By the way, if you go to ESPN.com's women's basketball page and the picture of Gonzaga is still up, try to figure out what Kelly Bowen was eating on the bench to turn her tongue green. I didn't miss St. Patrick's Day did I?

The other news, Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) is the Big Sky player of the week after helping Portland State to its first ever sweep on the Montana trip.

Gonzaga up to No. 22 in AP poll.

WCC bracket, Bjorklund shines on Senior Day

OK, I'm running a little late, but you should see the progress made on the boss' remodel project … crown molding is up. (It pays to have talented friends.)

Anyway, as promised, here's a real story on Washington State's inability to Washington. The bracket for the WCC Tournament. Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) had a big day for Tennessee on her Senior Day (I happened to see the start on ESPNU before the work started and saw the little ceremony, someone please tell Jim Bjorklund that was one ugly, not-even-Tennessee, orange sweater!)

This week's Top 25 is below..

Cooper & Vandersloot PofW

The news is starting to pile up on the women's basketball beat and time is running out to post it. Read on.

Top 25 and women’s roundup

Going to take care of business, starting with women's basketball, because if have to get in a Top 25 vote, posted below, with other links.

Bjorklund could return to action soon

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt gives an encouraging update on the status of Angie Bjorklund, who has missed five games with a foot injury the school said was a sprain but speculation said was a stress fracture.  She is not expected to play Thursday night against South Carolina but maybe Monday against Georgia.

“I’m excited Angie Bjorklund is hopefully going to be back next week. That makes a difference – in terms of the best three-point shooter and she has a really great voice on this team.  I know she is excited and we just hope that she is going to get back.

Speaking of speculation, Charlie Creme's bracketology on ESPN.com, which I touched on a couple days ago, has an explanation of how geography plays into seeding.

Evans gets record, Gonzaga at home, Bjorklund still out

Before I get to the women's basketball preview for the weekend, kudos to Eastern Washington senior guard Kyla Evans. Despite missing too many games with a bad back that has hampered her throughout her career, she returned Tuesday night to set the Eagles' career record for 3-pointers. However, the struggling Big Sky Conference champions lost badly at Seattle.

Read on for more, including an injury update for the most heralded member of the local Class of 2007 we've been following this year.

UPDATED: A link that dicusses the professional potential of Angie Bjorklund.

Washington State women get sweep

Totally remiss in my women's basketball duties … enjoying a lovely day downtown on Saturday, especially the walk through the park but the basketball game at the Arena was less satisfying. Today, don't ask but it involved a lot of honey-do's if the Super Bowl gets on the calendar. But first, a Top 25 and roundup of what happened around here. Read on.

Baker has surgery, Bjorklund questionable

Before we get to the women's basketball advances for this weekend's game, tough news out of Missoula where sophomore Katie Baker (Lake City) had an emergency appendectomy and could miss the rest of the season.

Also, senior Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) is likely to miss Tennessee's game tonight with a foot problem. “It's time for (teammates) to tell Angie 'Don't worry about it. We've got your back,' ” Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt said.

Read on for the roundup.

UPDATE: 2 p.m. (links fixed),  For more on Gonzaga's game with Saint Mary's, LeftCoastHoops checks in with Gaels' coach.

Zags roll, Bjorklund gets record

Shoutout today for Tennessee's all-time leader in 3-pointers - Spokane's own Angie Bjorklund, above in a Knoxville News-Sentinel photo and the Stanford women.

Where does the time go? The plan was an early morning women's basketball post and then start the long weekend. Started the long weekend, thanks to unexpected company and a wonderful morning visit. Then the afternoon bike ride, now a little slice of work. That probably doesn't help those who do their internet reading while at work. Sorry. But there is plenty of news.

Lots of news in women’s basketball

It’s a fun time in women’s basketball with Spokane on the edge of the excitement, three months before two weekends of the NCAA Tournament is going to be here.

The UConn juggernaut continues to roll … winning its 88th straight on Tuesday, led by Maya Moore, who squared off against the Spokane Stars several times a few summers back.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer is likely to win her 800th game tonight … and mentioned one of the memorable wins came in Spokane.

U-Hi grad Angie Bjorklund could become Tennessee’s all-time leader in 3-pointers tonight … she’s four short of the record.

And Gonzaga (and Claire Rapp in the Colin Mulvany photo above) is finding its form … rolling feature league rival BYU 91-64 on Tuesday. As junior forward Kelly Bowen said, “I think we’re nearly there. Coach said that’s the best he’s seen us play. … If we’re not there right now, we’re pretty close.”

There’s more.

Idaho buries Montana in second half

A little women’s basketball news to catch up on, starting with a nice comeback win for Idaho over Montana on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, South Dakota State got the Cougars.

Basketball Youth Day at the Spokane Arena:  June Daugherty and the Cougars will join Ken Bone and the men’s basketball team for Cougar Basketball Youth Day on Friday at the Spokane Arena. The clinic begins at 4 p.m. and is open to all kids ages 8-14. The clinic will precede the men’s basketball game vs. Texas-Pan American at 7 p.m. 

For Gonzaga fans, ESPN.com has a story on Saint Mary’s senior Louella Tomlinson, who has the NCAA blocked shots record until Britney Griner passes her.

Speaking of Griner, Tennessee and Angie Bjorklund (University) are at Baylor on Tuesday, which is an ESPN 2 game, along with the Lady Vols’ game the following Sunday against visiting Stanford.  Tipoff for both are 4 p.m.

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