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Welcome to women’s basketball

I hesitate to start writing this because I know once I do the avalanche begins.

However, welcome to our women's basketball blog. We do this because there is no longer enough room to get all the news and notes into the newspaper related to women's basketball in the Inland Northwest.

We try to cover four Division I teams (Gonzaga, Eastern Washington, Washington State and Idaho) equally as warranted, like to touch bases with our D-III team (Whitworth) and ocassionally touch bases with a pair of junior colleges (Spokane, North Idaho).

Mix in 14 young ladies from our area high schools playing D-I ball outside of our area and another 20 or so playing D-II, D-III or NAIA and that's a lot of follow.

Then figure the eyes of the women's basketball world are going to be trained on Spokane in 2011, with the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament here, and well, that's a ton of news to track.

I can't promise a daily post - and I won't post during vacations, I'm not allowed to post during my furlough and I have hockey and figure skating in my future - but I'll do my best to keep you informed.

Keep reading for our first installment - and tomorrow's notebook, which focus' on Washington State and the Cougars' recent game with St. Mary's


Among the information, I'll post my weekly ballot for the AP Top 25, stories from games I cover, plus addition notes, and links to the local games, my weekly notebook (which often will be longer on-line that what we are able to get into print), and notes I stumble on during my research, which is often related to our players out of the area.

Next year we'll be more national in scope.

For starters, here are the first (on Idaho and PG Charlotte Otero), second (on Whitworth) and third (on Idaho and Gonzaga facing Top 10 teams) notebooks and Gonzaga's games with USC, Washington and Eastern Washington, two earlier blog posts (here and here) and a national story calling GU point guard Courtney Vandersloot possibly the best in the country.

Please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions. Meanwhile, I'm posting tomorrow's unedited notebook and heading off to a hockey game.

By Dave Trimmer

June Daugherty has been a head basketball coach for two decades and was an assistant at Stanford after an All-American career at Ohio State.

Yet she was surprised by what she saw last week in Beasley Coliseum when her Washington State team lost to St. Mary’s 80-70.

“It was one of the quirkiest games I’ve ever seen,” she said. “I went back and watched the tape and it’s even quirkier.”

The Cougars grabbed 38 offensive rebounds, which led to 103 shots, and held the Gaels to just 37 shots while forcing 36 turnovers.

“How do you lose the game?” Daugherty wondered.

The trouble was WSU shot just 26.2 percent for the game while St. Mary’s was a blistering 67.6 percent – and a staggering 10 for 12 on 3-pointers.

“It was the weirdest,” she said. “You have to credit St. Mary’s.”

She didn’t blame youth, though she starts three sophomores and two freshmen.

Kiki Moore, a 5-foot-8 point guard out of San Francisco is making the biggest impact. She is averaging 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds with 31 steals and 27 assists in seven games.

Her arrival has allowed sophomore April Cook to settle in at shooting guard and lead the team in scoring at 15.1. Cook, Jazmine Perkins, who averages 12.6 points, and Rosie Tarnowski, who just getting up to speed after minor knee surgery this fall, were starters as freshmen. Cook and Perkins averaged 14.0 and 13.8 points, respectively and Tarnowski was second in rebound at 5.3.

Carly Noyes, a 6-5 post from Moses Lake, has moved into the starting lineup and gives the Cougars a solid inside presence.

All the backups are young as well.

Point guard Danielle LeNoir is a sophomore, wing Katie Grad missed her true freshman season with a knee injury, junior Katie Madison sat out last season after transferring from Idaho and sophomore forward Lexie Pedersen (Shadle Park) has missed four games because of a concussion.

“All of them are dad gummed young, but they’re so talented and they’re soooo competitive,” Daugherty said. “Each practice you can see them get better, each game you see them get better. We’re excited.”

Even with a few quirky games thrown in.

On tap

Washington State (3-4) is at Montana State on Friday and is home Sunday to meet Portland. The Pilots (5-3) are at Idaho (1-7) on Friday and then the Vandals go to Montana (2-5 with a game tonight) on Sunday. … Gonzaga (7-2) faces the two teams picked to finish 1-2 in the Big Sky Conference with Montana visiting on Friday before a road trip to Portland State (4-5) on Sunday. … Eastern Washington (5-3) ends a week off against Montana Tech (7-2 with two games before hand) Saturday afternoon. It is the last trip “home” for Freeman grad Jessica DePell. The Oredigger senior leads the team in scoring at 17.1 points. … Whitworth (3-3) has its home opener on Friday against the College of Idaho with Walla Walla University in on Saturday.


Junior Courtney Vandersloot is 16 points from becoming the 14th member of Gonzaga’s 1,000-point club. … Bulldogs coach Kelly Graves is five wins shy of 250 in his 13th season as a Division I coach. He also has 45 in three seasons at Big Bend CC in Moses Lake. … The Bulldogs could have junior Janelle Bekkering (strained knee) back for this weekend, definitely by next weekend’s road trip. … Washington State lost freshman Ireti Amojo, who is from Germany, for the season to a knee suffered in practice after the season opener, when she scored seven points in 19 minutes. Jessica Oestreicher, a 6-8 freshman from Shasta Lake, Calif., had offseason knee surgery and is redshirting.

Junior Lyndi Seidensticker (Lewis and Clark) had a season high 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting as Montana State rebounded from its loss to Gonzaga with an 89-59 win over NAIA Montana State-Northern. Her career high is 14. … Senior Tonya Schnibbe (University) is 22 assists shy of the Weber State career record. … Junior Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) had xx 3-pointers and a game-high 15 points as No. 5 Tennessee destroyed No. 17 Texas 78-58 on national TV Sunday evening. She now has 153 3’s, fourth on the Lady Vols’ career list, eight behind third place. The UT record is 266 (Shanna Zolman) and second is 256 (Kara Lawson, who was on Sunday’s ESPN2 broadcast team). … Redshirt junior Heidi Heintz (Central Valley) is second in scoring and rebounding (10.9, 4.3) for 5-3 UC Davis. She was just named the Big West player of the week after averaging 13.3 points in three wins. … Portland State junior Kelli Valentine (Mead) sprained an ankle in the opening minute of the Vikings’ last game and her status is questionable.

Eastern Oregon opened Cascade Conference road play with a split as senior Ashlee Michelson (North Central) had 18 points and 9 rebounds and 17 points and 13 rebounds in the two games. … Junior Dara Zach (U-Hi) had back-to-back double-doubles of 12-16, 13-10, and junior Roni Jo Mielke (Sprague-Harrington) had a season high 16 points, as St. Martin’s won three games last week to improve to 5-2.

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