Roundup: Beavers get it done in Seattle
What a week in Seattle. The Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament was full of excitement and nail-biting finishes and was capped off by Oregon State handling UCLA in the tournament final. Here’s Michelle Smith’s feature story on the Beavers claiming their first Pac-12 tournament championship. The Beavers’ big three of Jamie Weisner, Ruth Hamblin and Sydney Wiese combined for a whopping 86 percent of the team’s scoring over their three games in Seattle.
After the loss, UCLA head coach Cori Close said her team will not lose confidence from the defeat to Oregon State. The Bruins figure to have plenty of basketball ahead of them – Charlie Creme has the Bruins as a No. 2 seed in his latest bracketology.
Colorado women’s basketball coach Linda Lappe has stepped down from her post, Colorado announced Monday morning. It was a mutual decision between her and CU AD Rick George after the Buffs went 7-23 (2-16 Pac-12) in the 2015-16 campaign.
The women’s basketball tourney crown wasn’t the only conference title handed out this weekend. Up in Federal Way, Wash., Stanford men’s swimming won the Pac-12 title for the 32nd time and the first time since 2012.
Also, Oregon men’s basketball clinched the Pac-12 regular-season title by winning at USC 76-66. Tyler Dorsey led the way with 19 points for the Ducks.
Things were looking dark for the Ducks at one point in that game, mainly because the lights went out at the Galen Center.
Handing out his own Pac-12 awards, Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports believes Utah’s Jakob Poeltl is the Pac-12 Player of the Year for men’s basketball. Poeltl also lands on USA Today’s All-America first team.
What a senior day for Arizona basketball’s Gabe York, who scored a career-high 32 points to lead the Wildcats to a 94-62 thrashing of Stanford. He tied a school record by drilling 9 3-pointers.
The Washington State football coaching staff will be getting raises, Jacob Thorpe notes. Mike Leach will get a bump in pay of $200,000 more per year, while the assists will split $375,000 in raises, according to Stefanie Loh of The Seattle Times.
Jeff Faraudo looks at the potential candidates to replace Jared Goff as Cal’s starting quarterback.
Watch out now – Washington receiver John Ross III ran a 4.25 40-yard dash on Sunday after missing the 2015 season with knee surgery.
Jeff Metcalfe features Arizona State baseball’s Jeremy McCuin, who is looking to nab the starting third baseman gig.
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