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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

Gray not suited up

Gonzaga's Steven Gray isn't suited up while his teammates go through pre-game drills for tonight's showdown with Xavier at 8. Gray left Saturday's win over Baylor with back spasms and didn't practice Monday or Tuesday. No starters listed on the scoreboard as of 7:15.

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WSU makes a statement in Hawaii 17 

COUGARS Washington State went into the Diamond Head Classic hoping to make a name for itself nationally. The second half of its first game, a 83-57 whipping of Mississippi State, should have done that. And the Cougars will have an even better chance Thursday, when…

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MSU leads 40-39 at half 11 

COUGARS Washington State had an opportunity to put Mississippi State away early, but missed free throws – WSU was 4 of 10 for the half – and some defensive lapses out front kept the Bulldogs within range early. WSU lead 25-17 with 9:05 left before…

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View from Xavier

A couple of links prior to the Gonzaga-Xavier game: Previews in Cincinnati Enquirer and S-R, and a Blanchette column on Marquise Carter. Sounds like Steven Gray wasn't able to practice Tuesday. He sat out Monday, too.

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BYU's Mindy Bonham (22) fouls Gonzaga's Claire Raap (35) in the first half Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 in the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Lots of news in women's basketball 

It’s a fun time in women’s basketball with Spokane on the edge of the excitement, three months before two weekends of the NCAA Tournament is going to be here. The UConn juggernaut continues to roll … winning its 88th straight on Tuesday, led by Maya…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Gonzaga rolls BYU 

Gonzaga buried BYU in the second half, letting their future conference foe know who is the top dog in the West Coast Conference. The final was 91-64. Check the photos out here. "I know we need to go through them to win a championship so…

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Vandals down Ducks in Eugene 

The Vandals' final nonconference game before WAC play turned out to be a noteworthy tuneup. Idaho withstood Oregon, 69-65, in the Ducks' final nonconference game at McArthur Court. This was Vandals' first victory over a Pac-10 team since December 4, 2002, when UI beat Washington…

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WSU looks forward to MSU matchup 

COUGARS Washington State opens the Diamond Head Classic – see the link for one coach's definition of a "classic" – tomorrow against Mississippi State. The Bulldogs will be missing a couple of players. Read on for our advance.

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Cougs hope schedule yields

Getting ready to watch a pair of 8-3 women's basketball teams with combined 11-game winning streak ... right now it's just a sometimes rival in the west but next year it's going to be a WCC rivalry when Brigham Young joins Gonzaga in the West…

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Recruit switches from Idaho to Beavers 

When I spoke with Robb Akey a week after the season, he mentioned the Vandals were competing against a Pac-10 school for a recruit. "That’s not an everyday occurrence," he said. But it now appears Idaho has lost out on that player -- partly because…

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Eagles easing into title game preparations

Coach Beau Baldwin and his top-ranked Eastern Washington football team will get in a couple of practices prior to taking a brief break for the upcoming Christmas holiday. And once the Eagles return, they will begin all-out preparations for their Jan. 7 showdown against Delaware…

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UConn coach Geno Auriemma, center, and assistants Chris Dailey, left, and Shea Ralph express themselves during the first half of the Huskies’ win over Baylor. (Associated Press)

Just enjoy UConn's streak 

It's been interesting as the UConn women's basketball team neared, has now tied, and will soon pass the record of 88 straight wins achieved by the UCLA men's team when I was young enough to be influenced into becoming a sports writer.What we have here…

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Gonzaga notebook

Media day today and I put together a notebook, with the first item an update on Steven Gray's back, that will run in Tuesday's S-R.Gray was in good spirits after Monday's practice (he was a spectator, not a participant), but he's still dealing with a…

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WSU's win over Santa Clara, next-day look 

COUGARS • UPDATE: 2:20 P.M. Let's see. The Cougar men's basketball team will be taking the long flight to Hawaii today, where it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 degrees when they disembark. Here in Eastern Washington, more snow fell over night, which…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2010

WSU trails 35-29 at half

COUGARS Foul trouble. Turnovers. Average shooting. It all adds up to Santa Clara building a 35-29 lead at halftime. The Broncos have hit the offensive glass hard, with a 7-2 lead in second-chance points. But the biggest Santa Clara edge in the first half? The…

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UConn, Tennessee get big wins 

Took Saturday off and fell way behind. Waiting for a game or two to end so I can do my Top 25, some links.Eastern Washington (Kyla Evans continues her blog) and Washington State lost big on the road on Saturday. In a pair of TV…

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WSU set to face Santa Clara 

COUGARS We're going to be monitoring the Washington State game tonight from Spokane and, like a lot of you, I'll be listening to Bud Nameck and following gametracker. Then I'll be putting together a writeup for tomorrow's paper. We have some thoughts, so read on.

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