GU back in polls; Pangos honored
Men’s basketball: Gonzaga, in and out of the rankings a couple times this season, returned to the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls at No. 24 after wins over Saint Mary’s and Loyola Marymount last week.
The Bulldogs (20-4), who face road games at Santa Clara on Thursday and San Francisco on Saturday, share the AP’s 24th spot with Wichita State. Saint Mary’s dropped from 16th to 21st in AP and from 13th to 16th in ESPN/USA Today after losing to Gonzaga 73-59. BYU is fourth in the AP’s “receiving votes” category (29th overall).
Saint Mary’s leads the WCC at 12-1, followed by Gonzaga (10-2) and BYU (9-3).
• GU freshman guard Kevin Pangos, who scored 27 points against Saint Mary’s and 21 points and nine assists against LMU, was named WCC player of the week for the third time this season. He made 16 of 28 shots, including 10 of 13 3s.
Pangos averages a team-high 13.9 points and 3.5 assists.
WAC salutes Idaho’s Barone
Men’s basketball: Idaho’s Kyle Barone is the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
The junior center led the Vandals to a 3-0 record last week, helping extend Idaho’s win streak to a season-high four games with wins over Seattle, New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech.
Barone led Idaho with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Seattle, added a 16-point, eight-rebound outing in the victory over New Mexico State and finished with 14 points and a career-high-tying 15 rebounds against Louisiana Tech for his 10th career double-double.
Eagles’ Ryan repeats honor
Women’s basketball: Eastern Washington senior Brianne Ryan was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week for the second-consecutive week and fourth in a row for EWU.
Ryan scored a career-high-tying 33 points in the Eagles’ win over Weber State.
Ryan was also recognized by College Sports Madness as the top player of the week, which marks the second time this season she has received a shout out from that organization.
Ryan has also received a weekly honor this year from NetScouts Basketball.
Ryan has four 30-plus scoring efforts this season – the most by any player in the Big Sky. Ryan leads the conference in scoring, while ranking 15th nationally (19.8 ppg).