Third Time, Still a Charm

The Cougs have won their third straight over Oregon, 75-70.

I thought WSU had a very good chance to win this game, but I’m surprised at how they did it. If you had told me Wednesday night that UO would shoot over 50%, I would’ve almost guaranteed a Cougar loss. But the offense prevailed by opening a 20-point first half lead that was just enough to stave off a furious Duck comeback in the closing minutes.

There’s something about the Ducks that brings out the best in Derrick Low; last night he was phenomenal again with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He was one of four Cougar starters to score in double-figures.

WSU now faces Stanford for a chance to advance to their first-ever Pac-10 championship game. I would make a pregame post, but you know the story here: Lopez twins vs. Baynes/Cowgill, a chance to avenge two tough regular season losses, and a very realistic opportunity to improve seeding going into the Big Dance. The selection committee has said they plan to put greater emphasis on conference tournaments this year; let’s hope it works out in the Cougs’ favor.

Also, a bit of women’s basketball news to pass along: Katelan Redmon will be leaving the University of Washington. Redmon was the young woman who had originally asked to be released from her LOI after Washington fired June Daughery last spring. However, Todd Turner denied the request, and Redmon played for the Huskies, earning a spot this year on the conference all-freshmen team. The only question remaining now is whether or not she will rejoin Daugherty and become a Coug. I certainly hope so.

Yesterday I had a chance to visit the Roman Art collection sent over from the Louvre at the Seattle Art Museum. But I know what you’re all thinking: what does Tyrone Willingham think of modern-day football armor versus Roman gladiatorial armor?

Well, worry no longer! Thanks to the SAM’s free audio tour of the exhibit you can hear Willingham and Governor Christine Gregoire share their thoughts on completely random parts of the gallery. I’m not making this up.

Unfortunately, Coach Willingham does not share his thoughts on why modern football gear fails to protect his Husky defense from an Alex Brink 36-yard touchdown pass.

Finally, about that ‘Scholarship Chart’ link that you see now at the top of the page and along the sidebar. This was a project of mine to help me sort out the basketball team’s scholarship information over the next few years, as it currently stands. Thanks to some help from the Cougfan Forums it is now finished to the best of my knowledge. However, feel free to pass along any information or suggestions that you may have regarding the chart in the comments section.