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Gonzaga’s Graves gets 300th win

Sorry about the late post. Computer problems in Moscow and obligations this moring. But without further ado, hats off to Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves for his 300th win as a college basketball coach and a good win for Eastern Washington.

Mixed bag on opening weekend

The definition of a good weekend: A miserable day outside so you have time when your best friend visits town, with lots of interesting games on in the background; a good day outside so you can get a lot of things done after your friend leaves, plus a radio on to keep up with the games. Oh, yeah, no work, no computer, which means there is a lot to catch up with. For women's basketball news, read on.

Countdown to tip-off

It's time for some basketball - and a welcome home to Kate Loper (above) - so hunker down for some serious reading about the area Division I women's teams.

EWU women add two to front court

Eastern Washington women's basketball program only signed two players but they got some bang for the buck.

The Eagles are adding 6-foot-4 center Hanna Mack from Eugene, Ore., and 6-foot CeCe Pearl from Peoria, Ariz.

PSU, La Tech favored in women’s basketball

Eastern Washington was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big Sky Conference and Idaho was voted near the bottom of the Western Athletic Conference in women's basketball polls released on Tuesday.

Big Sky coaches picked EWU seventh and the media had the Eagles sixth. Sherri Murrell's Portland State Vikings were picked first in both polls. Montana and Northern Colorado had the next two spots.

Six teams advance to the league tournament at the home of the regular-season champion. PSU won the tournament two years ago in Cheney and the Grizzlies won it at Portland State last year.

Louisiana Tech has the top spot in the WAC  with Idaho tabbed for seventh in the coaches poll and by the media. Utah State and Fresno State also received first-place votes. Utah State's Ashlee Brown was the preseason choice as Player of the Year.

As long as we're on the subject of women's basketball, one website is ranking the top 100 women's programs. It started with 71-100, followed by 41-70. Looks like tomorrow is when it's going to get interesting locally, which is quite a compliment to a program that has sold more than 4,000 season tickets for this season. Yes, that would be Gonzaga.

By the way, the Pan American games are undway, which means Gonzaga is practicing without senior starters Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon, who are on Team USA. Their first game in Mexico is Friday.

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

Season ends for EWU

UPDATE: 10:40.

Portland State, with strong games from GSL grads Kelli Valentine (Mead) and Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) turned back Eastern Washington in the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament (will link after hockey). Chene Cooper, Brianne Ryan and Julie Piper had big games for the Eagles. The Vikings play Montana for the NCAA berth after the Grizzlies, behind Katie Baker (Lake City) beat Northern Colorado.

The season ended for freshman Kate Loper (Post Falls) as Hofstra falls in the CAA tournament but Heidi Heintz (Central Valley) and UC Davis plays for the the Big West title.

Interesting nationally, Houston falls, which I think opens the door for Gonzaga to be a No. 7 seed, instead of a No. 10.

Eagles win, Vandals fall

One and one is the verdicdt in women's basketball tonight. Eastern Washington, behind a career high 25 from Tatjana Sparavalo, beat Montana State, and Lyndi Seidensticker (Lewis and Clark) who had 14 points,  for the first time in three tries this season, maybe a little payback for a year ago, but Idaho runs out of gas close to the finish line and bows out of the WAC tournament against Nevada. The Eagles, losers to Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament in Cheney last year, now face league champion Portland State, and GSL grads Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) and Kelli Valentine (Mead) on Friday night. In the other game, Montana, with 12 points from Katie Baker (Lake City)  turns back Idaho State and faces Northern Colorado.

Also, freshman Kate Loper and Hofstra win the first game of CAA tournament and tonight UC Davis and Heidi Heintz (Central Valley) play in the second round of the Big West. Loper had 8 points in her first postseason game, Heintz had 10 in the Aggies opening win.

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. 

Vandal women clinch 5th seed

Idaho got a key win for seeding purposes but Washington State couldn't close in Los Angeles and Eastern Washington can't find the touch. Our women's basketball roundup, read on.

Busy closing week for women’s basketball

Welcome from the State B basketball tournament at the oud Arena, where I'm set up for coverage of the 2B boys. But there is still some women's basketball news, starting with Hofstra freshman Katie Loper (Post Falls) scoring a career high in a win. Read on.

Eastern Washington women end long skid at Missoula; Cougs fall

Gonzaga's expected wrap-up of a perfect West Coast Conference season wasn't the only big news in women's basketball on Saturday.

Eastern Washington won at Montana for the first time in two dozen years - yes, 24 - a 27-game losing streak back to 1987 when the Eagles won their only Big Sky Conference tournament. … Washington State just can't beat Washington. (I'll link a different story on Sunday when I file my Top 25 vote.)

For other news, keep reading and I'll be back, if possible, during the hockey game, to give you the Washington-Washington State game, which the Cougars trail 30-25 at halftime.

Class of 2007 highlight of women’s roundup

Good morning … a little slow on the uptake. Staying up late for a truly great basketball game on TV and awaking to the sound of a roadgrader with its blade down … five driveways, two cups of coffee and a hot chocolate later, the fingers work.

Onward, there was more news in women's basketball on Thursday than just Gonzaga's well-orchastrated symphony. Read on.

Game on at GU despite weather

Wow, what a morning, but five clean driveways and a friend's rig now functional, it's time to get going.

First news: game on. Despite no classes, Gonzaga women's basketball team is going to take the court tonight to face second-place Saint Mary's. Read on for the rest of the area roundup (and pardon the typos that sneak through, my fingers may never unthaw).

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.

Gonzaga clinches, key win for EWU

The area Division I teams broke even on Thursday. The big, but not not surprising news is that No. 25 Gonzaga clinched a tie for its seventh-straight WCC title. The most important news is Eastern Washington finished strong to inch closer to a Big Sky tournament berth. Washington State and Idaho lost, but both those teams are going to be in league tournaments. Read on.

Key games down the stretch

As you might expect with just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, there are some big women's basketball games this weekend. Read on.

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.

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