Before EWU downed the Bobcats (7-10, 4-3), it upset rival and preseason conference favorite Montana 78-71 on Jan. 10, the Eagles’ first back-to-back wins of the season.
In fact, the Cougars’ 78-66 loss to Stanford at high noon on Saturday was a mad dash into an open manhole. If somebody slides the cover back on, we may never see them again.
Sleepy passes flew into the scorer’s table. Botched defensive assignments led to unchallenged dunks. Point-blank layups rolled around the lip of the rim and fell right out.
Katie Campbell had 17 points and Laura Stockton had 10 assists, both career highs, and Jenn Wirth added a double-double, leading No. 13 Gonzaga to an 86-61 win over San Diego.
Dominic Green hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points off the bench, Matisse Thybulle added 13 points, and Washington improved to 5-0 in conference play for the first time in 35 years with a 71-52 win over California on Saturday.
Seven players scored in double figures, led by Rui Hachimura’s 17-point output, as No. 5 Gonzaga downed Portland 89-66 on Saturday at the Chiles Center.
Sabrina Ionescu scored 31 points and No. 5 Oregon fought off a late 3-point barrage and outlasted No. 19 Arizona State 77-71 on Friday night.
Trevon Allen is bent low, maintaining a dribble about eight inches off the court. His eyes are forward, looking, looking while a Montana State defender looms over him.
CJ Massinburg ended a four-game slump by scoring 31 points, leading No. 16 Buffalo to a 77-65 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday night.
Washington State no doubt cleared a major hurdle Thursday night, beating Cal by a healthy margin to snatch its first Pac-12 Conference win and put a six-game losing streak to rest. One down, 14 to go.
Eastern will have plenty more time to savor its last victory, but head coach Shantay Legans prefers to embrace the extra rest and practice time afforded his team.
The only GU women’s team to match that start was Kelly Graves’ 2004-05 squad, which went on to sweep the WCC regular-season and tournament titles.
Four games into the WCC season it’s apparent opponents are going deeper into the playbook when facing fifth-ranked Gonzaga.
Portland has struggled with consistency and rhythm offensively. That includes guard Marcus Shaver Jr., but the 6-foot-2 sophomore is trending up again.
Nowell, who averages 16.7 points per game, ranks third in the Pac-12 in two-point field-goal percentage at 56.8. But it’s not just about the numbers Nowell is producing – it’s the manner in which he’s producing them.
Dominant defensively early and poised down the stretch, Oregon played a second straight solid all-around game since losing to the Bruins, holding off Arizona 59-54 Thursday night in Tucson.
Asia Durr scored 20 points in 23 minutes as No. 4 Louisville routed Virginia 91-43 on Thursday night.
Fully healed from the hip injury that kept him off the court for almost a month, Robert Franks helped Washington State repair many of its own wounds Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum – most of them on the offense end – and guided the Cougars to a dominant 82-59 win over the Golden Bears in a matchup of the only two teams without a Pac-12 win.
Actual human engagement returned to McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night, and not a minute too soon.
Gonzaga has made strides taking away the opponent’s primary scoring option over the last eight games, something it struggled with during the first month of the season.
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