It’s been nearly a year since Gonzaga lost a basketball game. On February 22nd, 2020, the Bulldogs, ranked 2nd in the country at the time, were upset on the road by BYU 91-78. That memory was still fresh in the minds of several players last night as the now Number 1 ranked team in the country headed for Provo.
Gonzaga got the lead early last night and never looked back as the Bulldogs topped the Cougars 82-71. Jalen Suggs shook off first-half foul trouble to lead the way with 24-points. Drew Timme had 20-points and 13-rebounds for his 3rd double-double of the season.
Andrew Nembhard added 15-points while Corey Kispert had 13 as the Bulldogs improved to 19-and-oh on the season, 10-and-oh in West Coast Conference play. The top-ranked Zags are down to six conference games left, provided postponed games against Santa Clara and Loyola Marymount are rescheduled.
Gonzaga had its game with Santa Clara called off for a third time. The two were supposed to meet this Thursday, but the Broncos are still dealing with COVID-19 issues. So, next up for the Bulldogs is a road game at San Francisco Saturday.
Gonzaga remains #1 in country
Gonzaga remained atop both the Associated Press and Coaches polls Monday…
The Bulldogs received 55 first place votes in the AP poll and remain right where they’ve been since the pre-season. Baylor got 8 first place votes and are #2. Michigan, Ohio State and Villanova finish out the top 5.
Hailey Van Lith’s Louisville Cardinals dropped to Number 3 in this week’s Associated Press Women’s poll. South Carolina jumped to Number 1, receiving 29 of 30 first place votes. UConn is second while NC State, who handed Louisville its only loss of the season last week, is Number 4. Stanford is ranked 5th in the country while Oregon is 11th and Gonzaga 17th.
WSU’s de Laura arrested for DUI
Washington State’s starting quarterback last season has been suspended by the team after being arrested in Pullman last weekend for a DUI…
Jayden de Laura, who started all four of WSU’s games this season, was pulled over at 2:13am Saturday after driving through a stop sign and traveling the wrong way on a one-way street. According to an article in today’s Spokesman Review, De Laura failed a field sobriety test but refused to take a breathalyzer.
A team official confirmed de Laura’s suspension from the team after the news was first reported by SWX.
De Laura was expected to be in a quarterback competition this spring with redshirts sophomore Cammon Cooper and Tennessee graduate transfer Jarrett Guarantano.
Competition future for area high school teams hangs in phasing balance
This is a big week in determining the future of high school sports in our region…
Friday marks the end of the current two-week data collection to determine if the North Central Region in the state’s roadmap to recovery moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2. Practice for sports is expected to start next week, regardless of phasing, but according to Wenatchee athletic director Jim Beeson, most competitions won’t be allowed during Phase 1.
Competitive Dance and Cheer, cross country and girls swim and dive are the only sports that would allow for competition in Phase 1 because of their low risk status. Phase 2 is necessary for football, volleyball and girls soccer to move towards competitions.
If the North Central Region doesn’t move into Phase 2 this week, the next round of data collection won’t be inputted until the end of the month. That’s the same time games in those higher-risk sports are scheduled to start.
Mariners pack up and move camp to the desert
We are just 8-days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in Peoria for the Seattle Mariners. Monday was packing day…
Pitchers and catchers will have their first workout February 18th. Position players are to report on February 22nd. And the first Cactus League game is scheduled against San Diego February 27th.
On the NHL Scoreboard Monday…
Semyon Varlamov made 30-saves as the Islanders blanked the Rangers 2-nothing and gave Barry Trotz his 850th coaching win, moving him to 3rd all-time.
Jack Roslovic’s goal with less than 5-minutes to go gave Columbus a 3-2 win over Carolina.
Edmonton skated into Ottawa and handed the Senators a 3-1 defeat.
Toronto defended the home ice with a 3-1 win over Vancouver.
Anthony Cirelli lit the lamp twice in Tampa Bay’s 4-1 win over Nashville.
And Arizona and St. Louis went into a shootout to determine the winner as the Coyotes edged the Blues 4-3.
On the slate today, the Flyers skate at the Nationals. The Panthers host the Red Wings. The Oilers remain in Ottawa. The Predators host the Lightning. Chicago visits Dallas. The Golden Knights welcome the Ducks. The Sharks travel to L-A. And the Flames host the Jets.