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Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss eyes the basket against San Diego on Jan. 26. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:06 P.M.

Nigel Williams-Goss expected back for Gonzaga-LMU game

Top-ranked Gonzaga is optimistic it will have its top player, Nigel Williams-Goss, for Thursday’s road game against Loyola Marymount. Williams-Goss practiced Tuesday and Wednesday and is on track to return after missing last Saturday’s rout over Santa Clara with a sore ankle.

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Utah forward Tyler Rawson, left, and Washington State guard Malachi Flynn go after the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pullman, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Utah won 88-47. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:05 P.M.

Washington State looks to be more competitive in rematch against Utes

PULLMAN – The last time Washington State faced Utah, the Cougars suffered one of the worst defeats ever on their home court – an 88-47 beat-down in Beasley Coliseum. The Cougars (11-12, 4-7 Pac-12) have become a more competitive bunch since that loss. They will try to prove it on Thursday at 6 p.m. during the rematch against Utah in front of what is sure to be a large, hostile crowd in Salt Lake City.

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Laura Stockton (11) and the GU women face an improving Loyola Marymount team Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:04 P.M.

Gonzaga women not sure which LMU team they’ll face

The Gonzaga women will be focusing mostly on themselves Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. That’s as it should be, but there’s a bit more uncertainty going into their West Coast Conference matchup against Loyola Marymount. The question of ...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:04 P.M.

High-flying Eastern Washington faces tough road trip

Literally and figuratively, the Eastern Washington players have come back to earth. In North Dakota. In the dead of winter. Five days ago the Eagles posted a record-setting win that also propelled forward Jacob Wiley to national prominence. “It was ...

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Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss shoots against BYU forward Yoeli Childs in last Thursday’s game in Provo. (Jeff Swinger / AP)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:03 P.M.

Nigel Williams-Goss makes Wooden Award late season top 20

Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss on Wednesday was named to the Wooden Award late season top 20 list. The awards is presented to college basketball’s most outstanding player. Williams-Goss leads Gonzaga in scoring (15.6 points per game), assists (4.8) and steals (1.7), ...

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Arizona guard Allonzo Trier slips past Stanford guard Marcus Sheffield during the second half on Wednesday. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 11:01 P.M.

Allonzo Trier helps No. 9 Arizona hold off Stanford

Allonzo Trier scored 22 points, including 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, and No. 9 Arizona escaped with a 74-67 victory over Stanford in Pacific-12 Conference men’s basketball action on Wednesday night in Tucson, Arizona. Trier’s biggest offensive output ...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2017, 10 P.M.

Area Sports Menu for Thursday, February 9

BasketballCollege men: Pac-12: Washington State at Utah, 6 p.m.; Washington at Colorado, 7. WCC: Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 7 p.m. Big Sky: Eastern Washington at North Dakota, 5 p.m.; Idaho at Northern Colorado, 6. College women: WCC: Loyola Marymount at ...

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In 1974 many schools were still in the process of starting their girls basketball programs. In spite of that, the first WIAA girls state tournament was held. Central Washington University ...