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Washington State trails Stanford 35-23 at halftime of Friday's Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinal at KeyArena in Seattle. The Cougars haven't been able to stop 6-foot-4 junior forward Chiney Ogwumike, the Pac-12's player of the year, who has 17 points at halftime. WSU fell behind by 17 points (26-9) but cut the Cardinal's lead to eight points (31-23) before Amber Orrange and Ogwumike had baskets in the final 36 seconds. WSU head coach June Daugherty, who had an appendectomy on Thursday, is watching the game from behind the Cougars' bench but is joining in during timeouts.
Washington State head women's basketball coach June Daugherty, who had an appendectomy on Thursday, will sit behind the Cougars' bench as a spectator for tonight's Pac-12 Conference tournament quarterfinal against Stanford in Seattle. Daugherty's husband, Mike, will serve as interim coach, as he did for Thursday's opening-round win over Arizona State. Before coming to Pullman, the Daughertys coached together at the University of Washington. Both were excited to see the conference tournament move from Los Angeles to Seattle. June Daugherty's surgeon and WSU's team doctor cleared her to attend the game, just 24 hours after her surgery. The game will start in 15 minutes.
An emotional day for the Washington State women's basketball team began with head coach June Daugherty being stricken with acute appendicitis and ended with a win to open the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Seattle. Read story
Washington State's stay at the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Seattle is off to a shocking start, as head coach June Daugherty has been hospitalized with acute appendicitis. Daugherty started experiencing pain in the morning and started feeling worse during the team's shootaround at KeyArena. Daugherty was scheduled to have an appendectomy at the same time the eighth-seeded Cougars prepared for their opener against ninth-seeded Arizona State. Daugherty's husband, associate head coach Mike Daugherty, will serve as interim coach tonight. The couple have coached together for 24 years and have never missed a game together. June Daugherty is expected to be released on Friday and has vowed to coach if the Cougars win tonight and advance to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Stanford. WSU and Arizona State will tip off in 50 minutes. The Cougars are 2-0 against ASU this season.
Eighth-seeded Washington State will begin the Pac-12 women's basketball tournament in Seattle at 6 p.m. Thursday against No. 9 Arizona State. Read more
Gonzaga senior guard Taelor Karr was named West Coast Conference player of the year on Tuesday. Her coach and teammates know there's more to Karr than pure statistics. Read story
Few people expected Portland to give Gonzaga a big scare in the Bulldogs' final West Coast Conference game of the season on Thursday night. But Gonzaga needed some key free throws and a crucial steal in the final seconds to hold off the Pilots and take a 13-game winning streak into next week's WCC tournament. Read story
Gonzaga's offense wasn't at its sharpest Thursday night as the Bulldogs completed their regular season with a 59-56 win over Portland in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center. Jazmine Redmon preserved the win with two late free throws. The Bulldogs finished the regular season 25-5 and 15-1 in conference. Gonzaga will take a 13-game winning streak and the No. 1 seed into next week's WCC tournament at Las Vegas. Story to come
Gonzaga's quest to increase its winning streak to 13 games and close out the regular season with a win is getting a stiff challenge from Portland. Gonzaga leads the West Coast Conference game at McCarthey Athletic Center 27-24 at halftime. The Bulldogs have shot 9 for 31 from the floor, including 1 for 14 on 3-pointers. GU's starters are a combined 3 for 17 from the field. Only 9-for-29 shooting from the floor has kept the Pilots from taking the lead. Portland reserve guard Kari Luttinen has a game-high six points. Reserve guard Keani Albanez leads Gonzaga with five points.
Gonzaga (24-5, 14-1) has already clinched its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title and the No. 1 seed to next weekend's WCC tournament in Las Vegas. The Bulldogs will attempt to add to their 12-game winning streak when they complete the regular season tonight at McCarthey Athletic Center against Portland (10-17, 5-9). GU defeated the Pilots in Portland 82-51 on Jan. 14. The Bulldogs are honoring seniors Taelor Karr and Meghan Winters tonight. GU could be back home in three weeks from the school hosts the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament. The game will start in 25 minutes.
Washington State and Washington are the last hurdles for Stanford and California as the Bay Area schools attempt to win the Pac-12 Conference title when they travel to the Northwest. Winning conference titles is nothing new for Stanford, but Cal is looking for its first. Stanford may have the edge over Cal, because Washington has suspended three players for Thursday's game against the Cardinal. Read story
Gonzaga is on a roll, with 12 consecutive wins, a ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title and the No. 1 seed to the WCC tournament. The Bulldogs will cap their regular season at home Thursday against Portland. Read story:
Idaho senior post Jessica Graham is as healthy as she's been during a difficult college career that included multiple injuries to her left knee. Her Vandals, too, are having a healthy season in the Western Athletic Conference. Read story
The West Coast Conference preseason coaches' poll slightly favored BYU to unseat Gonzaga as conference champion. How sweet it must have been for the Bulldogs to clinch the title outright at BYU on Saturday afternoon. Stephanie Golden has been on fire for Gonzaga. Read more
Poor shooting Friday night kept the Washington State women from catching up to 20th-ranked Colorado. The Cougars have three Pac-12 Conference games remaining, including home games next week against highly ranked California and Stanford. Read story
Haley Steed and Jennifer Hamson scored 23 points apiece Thursday as BYU stormed past Portland 79-64. The game was barely over when the Cougars started thinking about Saturday's home game with Gonzaga. Read story
Taelor Karr's career-matching 27 points Thursday night sparked Gonzaga to its 11th consecutive win, 70-55 at Santa Clara. The Bulldogs clinched at least a share of their ninth straight West Coast Conference title. Only BYU has a chance to tie Gonzaga. Read story
This week's women's basketball notebook features Eastern Washington's Hayley Hodgins, whose basketball pedigree is impressive. Read more
All 14 players on Gonzaga's roster scored during Saturday's 101-65 rout of San Francisco at McCarthey Athletic Center. Sunny Greinacher led the way with 15 points and Stephanie Golden added a season-high 14 as the West Coast Conference-leading Bulldogs notched their 10th consecutive win. Read story
Sunny Greinacher scored 15 points, Stephanie Golden added 14 to reach a season high for the second consecutive game and Taelor Karr had 12 as Gonzaga eased past San Francisco 101-65 on Saturday afternoon at sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs (22-5, 12-1) won their 10th consecutive game and maintained their 2 1/2-game lead in the conference. Story to come
This is turning out to be quite a week for Gonzaga junior center Stephanie Golden. The Californian, who began the season in Gonzaga's starting lineup, has scored 12 points during the first half Saturday afternoon as Gonzaga leads San Francisco 47-29 at McCarthey Athletic Center. Golden has hit 6 of 8 from the field. Golden led Gonzaga with a season-high 13 points during Thursday's big home win over Saint Mary's. Her career high is 15 points.
Gonzaga vies for its 10th consecutive win this afternoon at McCarthey Athletic Center against San Francisco. The Bulldogs (21-5, 11-1) had a 10-game winning streak last season that ended with a home loss against Saint Mary's. Their current winning streak began after a road loss against Saint Mary's. Gonzaga leads the West Coast Conference by 2 1/2 games over BYU and Saint Mary's, both 8-3 in conference. The Bulldogs have just three WCC games left after today. San Francisco (10-15, 3-9) has lost 14 consecutive games to Gonzaga. The game will start in 20 minutes.
BYU strolled past Santa Clara on Thursday night and tied Saint Mary's for second place in the West Coast Conference after the Gaels lost at Gonzaga. BYU will host Gonzaga on Feb. 23. Note: The game story has BYU's conference record incorrect. The Cougars are 8-3. Read story
Stephanie Golden and Jazmine Redmon combined for 25 points Thursday night as Gonzaga moved a big step closer to a ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title with a 69-54 win over Saint Mary's at McCarthey Athletic Center. Golden and Redmon typically average a combined 10.7 ppg, but they were the big scorers as WCC scoring leader Jackie Nared (17.9 ppg) was shut down by Redmon's tough defense. Sunny Greinacher added 10 points and Taelor Karr nine for the Bulldogs, who have all but wrapped up the conference title with four WCC games left on their schedule. Read story See picture story
Balanced scoring powered Gonzaga to a 69-54 win over Saint Mary's on Thursday night at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs (21-5, 11-1 West Coast Conference) won their ninth consecutive game and took a 2 1/2-game lead over Saint Mary's (16-7, 8-3) and BYU (17-7, 8-3). Stephanie Golden scored a season-high 13 points, Jazmine Redmon 12 and Sunny Greinacher 10 for Gonzaga. Story to come
Junior guard Jazmine Redmon scored nine points to lead Gonzaga to a 36-24 halftime lead over Saint Mary's in a key West Coast Conference game at McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday. Redmon shot 4 for 5 from the floor and added three steals and two assists. First-place Gonzaga (10-1 WCC) holds a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Gaels (8-3), the last team to defeat GU this season (Jan. 10).
Eight-time defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga can move closer to No. 9 tonight at McCarthey Athletic Center by defeating Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs (20-5, 10-1) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Gaels (16-6, 8-2) with the conference season winding down to its final two weeks. Gonzaga has won eight consecutive games since a 54-51 loss at Saint Mary's on Jan. 10. The Gaels are the only WCC team to win at Gonzaga since the 2009-10 season (66-63 on Jan. 14, 2012). Game time is 20 minutes away.
The biggest remaining game of the West Coast Conference women's basketball season is Thursday at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs (10-1 WCC) can take a huge step toward wrapping up their ninth consecutive conference title by avenging last month's loss at Saint Mary's (8-2 WCC). Gonzaga has won eight consecutive games since its three-point loss at Moraga, Calif. Read story
The Idaho Vandals will see a different UT Arlington team for Thursday's Western Athletic Conference road game. Coach Samantha Morrow resigned on Tuesday, never able to recreate the success she had with high school teams. The third-place Vandals beat UT Arlington 70-52 on Jan. 19 in Moscow. Idaho has won eight of its last 10 games.
This week's women's basketball notebook features Washington State senior Carly Noyes, a record-setting player from Moses Lake with a future goal of elementary school teacher. Read story