SEATTLE — The event was titled A Night With Cougar Football and Washington State athletic director Bill Moos spent much of Friday evening at the Bell Harbor Conference Center discussing that program and the new Football Operations Building he hopes will enhance it. But that did not prevent CF.C from catching up with Moos afterward to discuss the state of the university’s basketball teams.
SEATTLE – The Washington State women’s basketball team had yet to play a game this season when June Daugherty promised the Cougars would make their first post-season appearance In more than two decades. The veteran coach was not about to back down from that statement after the Cougars lost to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals Saturday night.
PULLMAN — It was a fitting conclusion. A senior dominating on a night when he was honored. Forward D.J. Shelton, who most memorably delivered a thunderous tomahawk slam dunk with less than 9 minutes left to play, finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds to help fuel Washington State to a stunning 73-55 upset victory against UCLA before 3,142 fans Saturday night at Beasley Coliseum.
SEATTLE – Seeding for the Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball tournament would indicate that Washington State’s latest and greatest victory constitutes an upset. No one at KeyArena was buying it Friday night, least of all the California Bears.
WASHINGTON STATE'S high-scoring women's basketball team pulled off a rousing upset of second-seeded California tonight in the second round of the Pac-12 tournament in Seattle. After pouring in 107 points in their opening-round win over Oregon, the CouGals nearly hit the century mark again, winning 91-83
NO GREAT LEAPS are required to presume Ken Bone’s tenure as Washington State’s men’s basketball coach is down to a matter of days. There is tremendous intrigue, however, in the approach athletic director Bill Moos will take in finding Bone’s successor.
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PULLMAN – After losing what he called a “huge opportunity” for a victory, Royce Woolridge admitted Thursday’s game plan was to allow USC to shoot until they started knocking them down. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that strategy proved only partially effective as they ended up on the wrong side of a 16-2 second-half run en route to a 79-68 loss.
SEATTLE – It was basketball on Red Bull. A track meet in high tops. And, most significantly, one of the most entertaining events at KeyArena since the Sonics were banished to a dirt patch in the middle of nowhere. Washington State’s 107-100 win over Oregon was not just a score-a-thon, but it was one that produced the most points by both a single team and combined in a Pac-12 Tournament game.
THE FINE LINE in college coaching between stability and polishing up the resume was never clearer for Washington State quarterbacking legend Jason Gesser than it was this past season. Two plays, one at Nebraska in the opener and another against San Jose State at mid year, effectively were the difference between the Wyoming Cowboys going 7-5 or the staff, including Gesser, being swept out.
WASHINGTON STATE'S inconsistent play early in the baseball season likely can be traced at least partly to lousy weather for practices and games, but improved weather is in the forecast this weekend for the Cougars’ final games prior to Pac-12 Conference play.
HEADING INTO THE home stretch of Washington State’s 2013-14 men’s basketball season – and likely Ken Bone’s Cougar coaching tenure – an interesting opinion came out over the weekend regarding who’s to blame for WSU’s basketball mess.
AS WASHINGTON STATE prepares for the final week of the regular season, coach Ken Bone took time during his Tuesday teleconference to reflect on the contributions of his seniors. Bone also talked about the Cougars’ upcoming opponents — USC and UCLA — and the importance of those games headed into the Pac-12 Tournament.
GIVEN THE FACT the teams combined for 338 points in their two previous meetings this season, Washington State women’s basketball head coach June Daugherty probably wasn’t too far out on a limb Tuesday when she told reporters the WSU-Oregon match up Thursday in Seattle is likely going to be the most exciting first-round game of the Pac-12 women’s tournament.
IF YOU THINK the Pac-12 TV money is enough that Washington State (and others) don’t feel an overwhelming need for more revenue streams, consider this: Texas, the school that pulls in more than anyone else in college football by a wide margin, has decided to sell beer at Longhorn sporting events including football. The question now becomes can the Cougs afford not to expand their alcohol sales?
PULLMAN – Most basketball fans only know Washington State star Tia Presley as an athlete. A fearless, hard-nosed, relentless athlete. It would be safe to say that most fans would be surprised to learn about the “other” Tia Presley.
WE’RE INTO the “last of …” phase of Washington State’s 2013-14 basketball season, an end that can’t come soon enough for some Cougar fans. The Cougs play their final regular season road game this week when WSU makes the short flight across the state to play Washington at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
A BLACK CLOUD seems to be following the Washington State baseball team. Literally and figuratively.
The Cougars are 1-5 after a snow-shortened homestand, and rain is in the forecast during WSU’s upcoming trip to Cal State Northridge.
THE CALL WAS so preposterous that even The Sporting News felt compelled to weigh in on the New Year’s Eve technical foul that wound up costing Washington State a victory in its 2009-10 conference basketball opener against Oregon. In overtime, you may recall, WSU’s DeAngelo Casto scored what by all rights was the winning basket on a layup with 0.3 seconds left.
Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis defensive lineman Thomas Toki recently transferred to the Golden State from Washington and it could play a role in his recruitment.
ALL BUT ONE of the numbers for Deone Bucannon has come in from the NFL Combine. So how did the All-American Washington State safety grade out, and did he boost his draft stock?
SPECULATION ABOUT THE future of Washington State coach Ken Bone has ramped up as multiple media outlets have published pieces about it in recent weeks as the Cougars have lost six consecutive games. Some even discussed a “blueprint” for success at WSU. CF.C asked Bone what he believes that is during his Tuesday teleconference.
First, let it be said that Ken Bone, the Washington State basketball coach, is a man of integrity, somebody who always represents his institution well.
But as the season winds down at WSU, this is also inescapable: The team he coaches is talent-shy and in danger of a third last-place finish in the Pac-12 in his five years.
The Cougars’ game at Oregon on Sunday night was a bit...
BOWL SEASON, it seems, just ended. Yet this Thursday will mark the one-month countdown to the start of spring football practices at Washington State. For five Cougar players -- three bearing the tandem weight of expectation and golden opportunity, and two looking to rebound from injury -- the spring session figures to be far more than just 15 days of drills and scrimmages.