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OPENING STATEMENT: Good afternoon, everybody. (I'm) proud of our efforts this weekend. I thought that in the Utah game we played 40 minutes of basketball and we've been looking for that on the offensive and defensive end all year. I think it was a real confidence builder for us to turn around and head over to Colorado. I thought our kids played enormously hard and physical for 40 minutes of that game. A lo of people saw it; it was on national TV. It was very physical and we were in a lot of foul trouble and we prevailed. We're excited about both wins and we want to continue to get better.
Going into the weekend we talked about how our rebounding was not where we needed it to be. I thought that was a key in both victories that we did a much better job, especially on the offensive boards. Obviously you can't overlook the performance of Tia Presley and the weekend that she had. Congratulations to Tia on the Pac-12 Player of the Week, it's great to see a Coug be honored that way, it was obviously well deserved with two wins on the road and the way that she played.
Questions after the jump.
FROM PULLMAN — There was nothing wrong with the quality of basketball played at Beasley Coliseum yesterday. But for fans of the WSU women's team, there was something wrong with the outcome. Hint: it's the same thing that's been wrong since 1995, as far as the Washington series is concerned. Read on.
FROM PULLMAN — The biggest story on the Palouse yesterday didn't involve Mike Leach. Or Brock Motum. The WSU women's basketball team stole the spotlight for a day. Read on.
June Daugherty summed it up quite simply.
“We have to be able to rebound,” the Washington State women’s basketball coach said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Daughtery was speaking literally, of course, about rebounding in order to get more looks at second and third shots in an effort to jumpstart the Cougars’offense – which has been out of sync and is still adjusting after losing guard Ireti Amojo, a key component to WSU’s offense.
It’s not just the Cougars that need to rebound, however. After last week, all area Division I women’s basketball teams are looking to bounce back from losses – some more surprising than others. Read on for the rest of my unedited area college women's basketball notebook, which will run in tomorrow's paper.
Update 10 a.m.: How's this for a little notoriety and a lot of pressure? ESPN.com picks Gonzaga's Katelan Redmon as one of the top small forwards in the game. The 6-1 senior from Lewis and Clark is rated No. 3 in a category that has 6-5 Elena Delle Donne at No. 1 and Tennessee's 6-2 Shekinna Stricklen No. 4.
Our first women's basketball notebook for the season, it's a long trip home for Kate Loper but she made it early as the sophomore at Hofstra plays at Gonzaga on Friday to open the season and stays for a game Sunday at Eastern Washington, giving family and friends from Post Falls a chance to watch her.
We have also confirmed that Washington State "executed an amendment" to coach June Daugherty's contract, extending her through the 2015-16 season. Since she was under contract through next season, that amounts to a two-year extension, which would put her tenure at the school to nine seasons.
Today is National Letter of Intent Day. All four area Division I teams should have an announcement about the signing of two or three future players. However, the news won't be released until all signed letters have arrived and for some that may take a few days. We'll update as they come.
Thursday is our college basketball preview, which includes junior college through Division I. That includes a some information about the women's programs. Stay tuned.
The national previews continue at espn.com - where there will be a Gonzaga story tomorrow - and espnw - which has its Pac-12 preview, with a note about the Cougars having a tough non-conference schedule.