SEATTLE – As Nneka Ogwumike and Skylar Diggins-Smith sat side-by-side Monday morning at the Seattle Storm Champions Center, the Space Needle loomed in the view from the window to their left. While Seattle’s star signings spoke, the needle’s golden elevator traveled the same 41-second, 520-foot track.
Coming off its second loss of the season – but still with a two-game lead atop the Big Sky standings – the Eastern Washington men’s basketball team is back on the road for two games this week: Thursday at Northern Arizona and Saturday at Northern Colorado.
Facing $100 million in debt and an uncertain athletic future after the Pac-12 Conference imploded, Washington State University officials told state lawmakers Wednesday that they will channel their inner underdogs and do what 'Cougs' have always done: persevere.
PULLMAN – By now, the scouting report is out on Washington State. The Cougars are huge, ranking first nationwide in average height, a key reason why they toppled Arizona last month in Pullman, the program’s first home win over a top-10 foe in four calendar years.
That leaves two viable candidates in redshirt sophomore guard Vukasin Masic and 6-foot-8 freshman guard Tyler Harris. The nod goes to Masic, who has been a fixture in the starting lineup while Harris, one of the top freshmen in the conference, is just returning from an ankle injury. Masic, a Serbian native, has good size (6-5 and 210 pounds), is a capable ballhandler (leads the Pilots in assists in conference at 3.7) and connects on a team-leading 39.6% beyond the 3-point arc.
Gonzaga's four-game closing stretch begins Thursday against Portland, which won’t generate nearly as much hoopla as Saturday’s contest against Santa Clara or next week’s road swing against San Francisco and Saint Mary’s, but the outcome matters a great deal.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Another Wednesday, another notes column. Except this one has a special note. Spring training is full-go in Arizona and Florida. The training part is immaterial. The spring part is what matters.
PULLMAN – Jaylen Wells has picked up a favorite hobby on the court. He’ll put the ball in the basket for Washington State, maybe via 3-pointer or a midrange jumper, and immediately turn to the opposing coach.
Tuesday marked the first state basketball games in Ridgeline school history. While both teams played in elimination games, the girls had the luxury of playing at home, while the boys were on the opposite side of the state.