Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:53:29 UTSEATTLE (AP) — On a recent Wednesday night at Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Michael Porter Jr. walked out of the locker room with a security detail at his side, pausing only momentarily for a photograph with a fan in a purple Washington hat who had found his way into the hallway behind the court. [...] Romar's future is hazy as the Huskies are headed toward likely their worst of his 15 seasons, and a sixth straight season of missing the NCAA Tournament. The potential of next year and the reality of this troubled season, combined with the past six seasons without an NCAA appearance, have created an uneasy dynamic with the Huskies headed into the final couple weeks of the regular season. Washington is 2-13 in conference play, having lost nine straight, tied for the longest losing streak in school history. In the past 12 months, the Huskies won a national title in women's golf, and made deep NCAA tournament runs in volleyball, softball, baseball and men's soccer. If he can't win with possibly the best recruiting class in school history — combined with a core group that played extensively during their freshman and sophomore seasons and should be better suited for complementary roles — it will be clear the Huskies should move on.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:55:24 UTLOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington guard Kelsey Plum's postgame celebration Sunday consisted of hugs with family and friends, pictures with kids, autographs and then she was headed to ESPN's nearby studios for a SportsCenter appearance, her second in two days. Plum scored 35 points to move into second place on the NCAA's career scoring list and help No. 9 Washington beat Southern California 87-74. Plum needed just three points to tie former Baylor star Brittney Griner on the list, and she hit a 3-pointer with 3:35 left in the first quarter to tie for second. Chantel Osahor had 16 points and 12 rebounds and became Washington's career rebounding leader, finishing the game with 1,150. Adams suffered a season-ending ACL injury in November, so Simon wore her No. 1 jersey to honor her. The Huskies rebounded from its loss Friday at UCLA, which was just its third loss of the season. USC couldn't capitalize on an early lead against the Huskies but played respectably on senior night. The Trojans played well on offense in spreading the ball and had 16 assists. The Huskies have clinched a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, but they'll try to improve their seeding for the NCAA Tournament. USC will try to finish the regular season on a strong note by traveling to Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Sunday.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 04:38:07 UTArizona (25-3, 14-1 Pac-12) remained on top of the conference standings and won its fourth straight, doing it short-handed with starters Dusan Ristic and Kadeem Allen out because of injuries. Chance Comanche's rebound and dunk with 52 seconds left finally gave Arizona enough of a cushion to hold on in the final moments. Whether it was Ray Smith's season-ending injury, Parker Jackson-Cartwright missing a month, or Trier missing two-thirds of the season due to suspension, the Wildcats have never been whole. Allen dislocated a finger on his shooting hand in practice earlier this week and never left the Wildcats' bench. Markelle Fultz scored 26 points for Washington, but the Huskies (9-18, 2-13) picked the wrong time to go cold. David Crisp's 3-pointer snapped a nearly five-minute drought without a field goal by Washington, but Markkanen scored four straight points to push the lead to 67-58 with 7:20 left. Center Malik Dime played for the first time since breaking a finger in his shooting hand last month and since serving a suspension for slapping a fan at Colorado. Dime played just 20 minutes due to foul trouble but at least gives the Huskies another size option on the interior the final few weeks of conference play.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:25:46 UT(AP) — After its home loss to No. 5 Arizona on Thursday, Washington State coach Ernie Kent called out his seniors, and vocalized the team's need for better leadership. Ike Iroegbu finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Washington State overcome an early deficit and win. Conor Clifford had 19 points, Malachi Flynn 14 points and seven assists, and Hawkinson 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Cougars, who nabbed their first season sweep of a conference opponent since 2011-12. After Andre Adams finished a baseline dunk, Clifford threw away the inbounds pass to Evans who immediately hit a corner 3 to cap the run. MILESTONE Besides being a school record, Hawkinson's 54th double-double is also the highest active total in Division I. He tied the WSU record held by Steve Puidokas (1974-77) last week against Utah.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:16:27 UTThe junior guard scored 22 points to lead UCLA to a 90-79 upset victory over No. 9 Washington. The Bruins (19-7, 10-5 Pac-12) weren't sure if Canada would play since she left the previous game with a neck injury. Washington's Kelsey Plum, the nation's leading scorer, scored 39 points in the loss. Chantel Osahor had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. UCLA coach Cori Close said the Bruins had a team meeting after its loss to Oregon, which was the third defeat in its four-game road swing. UCLA: played well and put its unproductive four-game road trip, in which it lost three games, in the rear-view mirror with a good offense and doing just enough on the defensive end. Each player and coach walked around Nell & John Wooden Court holding a sign that said: "I play for ..." UCLA, which had been ranked in the top 10 earlier this season, could move up after the impressive victory. The Huskies already beat the Trojans 77-67 in January.