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RECORD: 11-10 overall, 3-6 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight vs. USC, 7:05; Saturday vs. UCLA, 2 (Root)
PULLMAN – While assessing the first half of Washington State’s basketball season, the truth of an old adage used by coach Ken Bone was reaffirmed before he could even get the words out of his mouth. “Can’t look back,” Bone said Tuesday. “Or you …”
TEMPE, Ariz. – This scene is becoming too familiar for the Washington State men’s basketball team. Once again, the opponent had few answers for junior forward Brock Motum, who scored 34 points on Saturday, a career high.
RECORD: 11-8 overall, 3-4 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight at Arizona, 7:30 (Root); Saturday at Arizona State, 2 p.m. (Root)
Faisal Aden’s big weekend against Stanford and Cal may have earned him a spot in Washington State’s starting lineup against Arizona tonight. Then again, it may not have. Coach Ken Bone hasn’t decided yet. And he’s not so sure that it matters either way.
Layshia Clarendon scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half as California beat Washington State 60-55 in Berkeley, Calif., on Sunday for its sixth straight win. Gennifer Brandon had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Talia Caldwell had 12 points for Cal (15-5, 5-2), the second-place team in the Pac-12. The Golden Bears next face conference leader, No. 4 Stanford on Saturday.
PULLMAN – Of all the last-minute madness witnessed at Beasley Coliseum on Saturday, one image endures. It is of Washington State coach Ken Bone, and his fist, and his arm, both of which sliced through the air around him as DaVonte Lacy’s 3-pointer split the twine, and Lacy screamed in celebration after a foul was called against California guard Jorge Gutierrez.
PULLMAN – Every dribble, every corner, every square inch of the Beasley Coliseum hardwood feels like home to Washington State senior Charlie Enquist. “I’ve been practicing on this court for five years,” the 6-foot-10 forward said. “I pretty much know every dribble that I take, how it’s going to bounce.
RECORD: 9-8 overall, 1-4 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight vs. Stanford, 7:05; Saturday vs. California, 3:05
SEATTLE – It’s not inaccurate to say Terrence Ross stole the show Sunday afternoon, sparking a second-half burst that helped Washington run Washington State out of Hec Edmundson Pavilion in a 75-65 Huskies win. But Ross – UW’s sophomore guard who scored 26 of his career-high 30 points in the second half – and his teammates took something else from the Cougars, too.
SEATTLE – The essence of Washington’s most dangerous player is captured via conversation with two players who must defend him this afternoon. The mention of Tony Wroten, UW’s freshman point guard and the Pac-12’s second-leading scorer, evokes different reactions among Washington State’s basketball players.
PULLMAN – It’s supposed to be the simplest shot in basketball. Yet on Saturday night for the Washington State women, trying to convert an uncontested layup – just like trying to break a 16-year hex against its chief rival – was a tortuous experience. The Cougars had three gimme layins rim out in the first few minutes, and they went on to shoot a frigid 27 percent from the field in a 60-51 loss to Washington in front of 1,310 at Friel Court.
PULLMAN – There was a time, assistant coach Curtis Allen recalls, when Washington State’s recruiting presence on the west side of the state was so scant that many Seattle-area prospects weren’t interested in taking visits here. Allen, who now recruits the Seattle area for the Cougars, was one of those recruits as a 2000 graduate of Wilson in Tacoma.
RECORD: 9-7 overall, 1-3 Pac-12 COMING UP: Sunday at Washington, 4 p.m. (Root)
RECORD: 9-5 overall, 1-1 Pac-12 COMING UP: Tonight at Utah, 6; Saturday at Colorado, 1 p.m. (Root)
After getting smoked Thursday night by Oregon in their Pac-12 opener, the Washington State Cougars knew they needed to change a few things against Oregon State on Saturday afternoon. Well, actually, a lot of things.
RECORD: 8-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-12 COMING UP: Today vs. Oregon, 6 p.m. (Comcast SportsNet NW: Comcast 179); Saturday vs. Oregon St., 3 p.m. (Root). Games at Spokane Arena
If there was one thing Washington State basketball fans could count on the first two years of Ken Bone’s coaching career, it was Reggie Moore and Klay Thompson would be on the court. Together. Thompson, the shooting guard, averaged nearly 35 minutes a game last season, a little more the year before. And Moore, at the point, was right around 33 minutes in both.
SEATTLE – Washington State basketball coach Ken Bone knows the area around Seattle’s Key Arena well. His father, Walt, coached for years at the now-closed Queen Anne High, less than 10 blocks north of the Key.
PULLMAN – There is one opponent that seems to wear down college basketball players with a mind-numbing consistency. Final exams.