Even casual women’s basketball fans have heard of Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins.
Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said Ohio State senior guard Tayler Hill is right behind those three when it comes to the next WNBA draft.
Hill, however, struggled during Saturday’s 62-55 loss at Washington State, shooting 3 of 17 from the floor, including 0 for 9 on 3-pointers. Now Hill and her 20th-ranked Buckeyes (6-3) must regroup to play at Gonzaga (9-2) at 6 tonight at McCarthey Athletic Center. The teams have never met.
Hill leads the Buckeyes in scoring (19.1 ppg), 3-pointers (24), assists (27) and steals (26).
“They have a marquee player we’re going to have to contend with,” Graves said.
Guard Amber Stokes (11.2) and 6-foot-5 center Ashley Adams (10.4) also score in double figures for the Buckeyes.
“Ohio State is Ohio State,” Graves said. “They’re always good, they’re always big, they’re always well-coached.”
Gonzaga’s scoring is topped by guard Haiden Palmer (12.5 ppg) and reserve guard Keani Albanez (8.5). Leading rebounder Sunny Greinacher (5.3 rpg) has scored 38 points in GU’s last three games.
Jazmine Davis scored 19 to lead Washington (7-2) to a 62-48 win over Idaho (3-7) in Seattle on Sunday.
The Huskies scored the last eight points of the first half to lead 29-22. Idaho never came closer than six points after that.
Alyssa Charlston led Idaho with 15 points and 14 rebounds. She was 6 of 13 from the field, but her teammates made only 10 shots in the game.
• Amelia Cook hit 8 of 10 shots from the floor, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, to score 25 points and power the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (5-4) to a 65-59 victory over the Bellevue Bulldogs on the final day of the Lane Crossover tournament in Eugene, Ore.
Rylie Holsinger had a double-double – 12 points, 10 rebounds – for CCS.
Brady Bagby tossed in a game-high 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds to propel the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch (8-4) to a 94-80 win over the Mt. Hood Saints (3-7) on the final day of the Bellevue Crossover on Sunday.
Kwinn Hanson added 20 points and eight boards for the Sasquatch, while reserve Jarid Downey scored 12.