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In brief: Gonzaga’s Standish earns WBCA honor

Women’s basketball: Gonzaga senior Kayla Standish was selected as a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention after helping lead the Bulldogs to their third straight Sweet 16 appearance this season.

Standish, who was named an Associated Press All-America honorable mention earlier in the week, became the second Gonzaga player to garner both honors. Courtney Vandersloot was a three-time WBCA and AP All-American.

The 6-3 forward from Ellensburg led GU with per-game averages of 16.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

Lin’s season probably over

NBA: The New York Knicks say Jeremy Lin is having left knee surgery and will miss six weeks, likely ending his amazing breakthrough season.

The team said the point guard had an MRI exam last week that revealed a small, chronic meniscus tear.

Lin, an undrafted Harvard alum, became a starter in February and turned in a series of brilliant performances. He is averaging 14.1 points and 6.1 assists.

Associated Press

Team ends tragic year with title

Women’s basketball: As Tiffany Bias climbed a ladder to cut down the net after Oklahoma State’s WNIT championship, coach Jim Littell instructed her to take it all down except one last string.

At the end of a season marked by the deaths of head coach Kurt Budke and three others in a November plane crash, he wanted someone special to share in the triumph. Budke’s widow, Shelley, climbed up to do the last snip.

“I have never been more proud of a group of young ladies than I have this group,” said Littell, Budke’s former top assistant who took over after the crash.

“They set the goal in November to pay honor, and I promise you they paid honor today and in this tournament.”

Oklahoma State beat James Madison 75-68 on Saturday to win the WNIT championship.

Associated Press