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Cougar women still alive, but we’re headed home

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Another night, another upset for the WSU women's team. But this one was much bigger. Read on for more.

Larry Scott speaks, but not about Vegas

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FROM LOS ANGELES — We caught the first bit of Larry Scott's meeting with the media on Wednesday before driving down Figeuroa for the WSU women's game. You can read the full transcript of Scott's comments after the jump.

OSU 69, WSU 64: postgame transcripts

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FROM LOS ANGELES — We have postgame press conference transcripts for both teams to pass along. (Props to Ryan Divish for schooling me on the benefits of Scribd, which is a slick way to post entire documents in blog posts.)

The game that was: Oregon State 69, WSU 64

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Is WSU's season over? That's a question we addressed in our game story. For now, we'll recap this loss to Oregon State the same way we always do.

Pregame from Staples Center

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Is there a single Pac-12 basketball fan who will miss watching this tournament in this big, empty arena? Can't imagine there is. Anyway, we're here, and we have some thoughts before Washington State and Oregon State get things started at noon. Read on.

Pac-12, WAC women’s hoops tournaments start tomorrow

The Washington State and Idaho women's basketball teams are set to begin conference tournament play after wrapping up their regular season schedules last week. Two players from WSU were also honored on Tuesday as the Pac-12 announced its all-conference teams.

More below. 

On eve of Pac-12 tourney, we have links

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FROM LOS ANGELES — It's the Tuesday before the Pac-12 tournament, which means we have a look back at the conference's regular season awards, as well as ahead to what the tournament may have in store. We have links that cover both categories.

Pac-12 tournament is set

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FROM LOS ANGELES — WSU had the day off yesterday while the rest of the Pac-12 tournament seeding shook itself out. We have a look at what lies ahead this week after the jump.

WSU focus shifts to Pac-12 tourney

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FROM LOS ANGELES — The regular season is over, but Washington State's time here is not. The Cougars have three days to prepare for Oregon State, their first-round opponent on Wednesday at the Pac-12 tournament. But the Pac-12 regular season doesn't officially end until later today. We take a look at those games, plus the ones that transpired Saturday.

The game that was: WSU 43, USC 38

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Well, that wasn't pretty. But the Cougars got what they were after  — a win, no matter how it came. We have our postgame review after the jump.

The regular season ends at Galen Center

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FROM LOS ANGELES — As I type, there are about seven players from both teams shooting on the court. Wonder if there will be that many people in the seats today. Read on for some thoughts.

Links on the season’s final Saturday

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FROM LOS ANGELES — It's the final Saturday of the Pac-12 regular season. For some, that means a lot. For others — such as WSU — all that's on the line is a chance to build momentum heading into the conference tournament. We have links around the conference after the jump.

Cougars search for answers on day after

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FROM LOS ANGELES — WSU has a lot to figure out after Thursday's disaster at UCLA. That's both bad and good. Bad because those kind of results were supposed to be behind them. And good because they have a chance to sort things out against the worst team in the Pac-12. Read on for some day-after notes and links around the conference.

The game that was: UCLA 78, WSU 46

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FROM LOS ANGELES — That was the most frustrated postgame session I've had yet with this team, and understandably so. We sift through the wreckage with our game in review. Read on.

Pregame from the Sports Arena

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FROM LOS ANGELES — Inside this old, empty building, it feels like business as usual. But will it remain that way once the game starts? We have some thoughts, so read on.

In LA, but no partying

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FROM LOS ANGELES — We've made it to warmer climes, but haven't seen any UCLA players out partying yet. What gives? We have links, anyway.

Call this Turmoil Wednesday

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FROM PULLMAN — Yes, turmoil. Not for Washington State. But for a couple other teams around the conference — particularly UCLA — Tuesday's news isn't great. Regardless, we pass it along after the jump.

Last Monday of the season

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FROM PULLMAN — Some more snow tonight, but the Honda managed to make it all the way to my apartment building last night, so all is well. We have a couple Pac-12 games to recap on our last Monday of the regular season, so read on.

It’s that time again

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FROM PULLMAN — The students are camping outside Beasley as we speak (type? read?). It's senior night. The Huskies are in town. Should be a fun one tonight. More  good news: We have plenty of reading for you to start it off.

On the eve of game day, we have links

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FROM PULLMAN — At 5 p.m. tonight, students can begin lining up for the campout outside Beasley Coliseum. Twenty-four hours after that, the Cougars will tip-off against the Huskies. About five seconds from now, you'll be reading this morning's links.

Is Motum POY worthy? That, plus links

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FROM PULLMAN — The Cougars have a chance to climb back above .500 today against Arizona State, as well as a shot to avenge one of their poorer performances of the season. That and more after the jump.

Area women’s basketball roundup

Local NCAA Division I women's basketball teams had a successful Saturday - with the exception of Washington State, which lost at UCLA

We were at Gonzaga today, where the Bulldogs turned up the heat in the second half and beat a defensive San Diego team. John Blanchette wrote this column on the Zag women in the post-Courtney Vandersloot era, Jesse Tinsley told the game story through his photo lens, and here's the link to my game story.

The Eastern Washington women continued their quest for a Big Sky Conference title with a win at Sacramento State and the Idaho women picked up their second Western Athletic Conference win in a late game at San Jose State.

Saturday morning links on UCLA day

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FROM PULLMAN — The Cougars will atempt to do something today they haven't done since 1993. Right now, I'm doing something I haven't done in about 24 hours. Writing a morning post. Read on for today's Pac-12 hoops rundown.

Area women’s basketball teams have themselves a nice little Saturday

It was a pretty fantastic day for area women’s basketball teams.

The No. 22 Gonzaga Bulldogs avenged a rare West Coast Conference loss with a win over Saint Mary’s, Washington State pulled together for a Pac-12 victory over Arizona and the Eastern Washington women defeated Montana State to complete their first sweep of the Montana schools on the road. The Idaho women didn’t fare as well, falling to Utah State.

Golden sparkles in Gonzaga women’s win over LMU

Stephanie Golden had a career-high 15 points and the No. 22 Gonzaga women's basketball team earned a 79-61 win over Loyola Marymount at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night. As you'll see in my story, I overheard a fan throw out a horrendously obvious pun after the game. I'd like to thank that fan. After he said it, I couldn't get it out of my head. Hence, the first couple paragraphs.

Oh well.

Keep reading for more on area women's basketball teams.

Cougar women fall short against Cal

The Washington State women’s basketball team came up just short on Sunday against Cal. The 60-55 loss was Cal’s sixth-straight win, and you can read The Daily Californian’s game story here

Nothing but college hoop news

A GRIP ON SPORTS

It was a perfect night for Inland Northwest men's college basketball teams, despite the weather. Gonzaga handled USF rather easily at home and Washington State rallied from 13 down in the second half to top Pac-12 front-runner Stanford. It wasn't as perfect for me as we spent the last part of both games away from the television set and computer snowblowing a two-block long path to allow my wife to make it home. Read on.

BCS playoffs - a radical solution

Before the “glow” wears off from the BCS title game, I just have to throw in my idea for playoff system for major college football. It's radically different from most proposals, because we should be asking less, not more, of the student/athletes/gladiators who make this game of college football what it is.

A hello, and some Pac-12 links

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FROM PULLMAN — Whew. OK. We're finally up and running. I'm the new guy who will attempt to fulfill all of your WSU sports news needs. And we have some links for you. But first, an introduction.

Zags eye 8th title; Cooper leads EWU

Three of the four area Division I women's basketball teams start conference play on Thursday. That is the topic for this week's notebook, leading off with Gonzaga's quest for an eighth-straight WCC title. I also realize I neglected to link to last week's story on Eastern Washington mighty mite Chene Cooper, who leads the Big Sky in assists and is about to set the Eagle record for steals.