Sports Nov. 15
Brock Motum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field to help Washington State crush Utah Valley 72-49 on Wednesday night.
Mike Ladd added 13 points, DaVonte Lacy chipped in 11 and hit three 3-point baskets and contributed with six assists to help Washington State (2-0) start its season perfect.
Washington State ended the half with a commanding 45-22 lead which included nailing seven 3-pointers in the half. The Cougars would stretch their lead to 64-36 with just over 11 minutes to play.
The Cougars executed the perfect inside-out game plan and the Cougars exposed the undersized Utah Valley posts. Washington State would outscore the Wolverines 40-20 in the paint and shoot 58 percent from the field in the first half.
Utah Valley (1-2) would end the night shooting 51 percent from the field.
Washington Women Top Seattle 77-75 In OT
Kristi Kingma scored 22 points and Jazmine Davis had 21, including a key three-point play late in overtime, and Washington defeated Seattle 77-75 Wednesday night.
Davis' basket and free throw with 16 seconds to play in overtime gave the Huskies (2-0) a 77-73 lead.
Talia Walton added 15 points and four blocked shots, and Mercedes Wetmore scored 12 for Washington.
Kacie Powell led Seattle (0-2) with 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ashley Ward scored 17 for the Redhawks and Sylvia Shepherd added 14 points.
Seattle outrebounded the Huskies 59-36, with Shepherd and Brenda Adhiambo each getting 10 boards for the Redhawks.
Warlick's 1st Class Includes Nation's Top Recruit
Tennessee coach Holly Warlick has produced mixed results on the court early in her debut season. Her first recruiting class looks like a winner.
Warlick demonstrated the Lady Vols could attract elite talent in the post-Pat Summitt era Wednesday by receiving a letter of intent from Springfield (Ore.) post player Mercedes Russell, rated by ESPN's HoopGurlz recruiting service as the nation's No. 1 player in her class.
Tennessee also signed Owings Mills (Md.) New Town guard Jannah Tucker, the No. 8 player in the HoopGurlz rankings. Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic guard Jordan Reynolds, ranked 42nd by HoopGurlz, has verbally committed to Tennessee and expects to sign with the Lady Vols on Friday.
Tennessee officials said Russell is the highest-rated prospect to sign with Tennessee since Candace Parker in 2004.
Kelly Says Undefeated Seasons Can't Be Diminished
Coach Brian Kelly says No. 3 Notre Dame's season won't mean any less if the Fighting Irish go undefeated and don't win a national championship.
Kelly said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press that he would tell his players that they did everything they could and they are champions because of it. He says it would still be a magical season.
The Irish are 10-0 for the first time since 1993 with games remaining against Wake Forest and at Southern California.
Kelly says he believes Kansas State and Oregon are higher in the BCS standings because they started the season ranked higher and have stayed there.
Injuries And Inconsistency Dog Some Pac-12 QBs
Oregon State's quarterback shuffle is emblematic of what has been happening around the Pac-12 all season. Injuries and inconsistency have dogged many teams in a league that has always been known for its strong quarterbacks.
The No. 15 Beavers started out the season with Sean Mannion under center. Because of injury they went to Cody Vaz. Then it was back briefly to Mannion. This week it's undetermined.
Other Pac-12 teams that have switched quarterbacks include No. 14 Stanford, which started with Josh Nunes but swapped him for dual threat Kevin Hogan, and beleaguered Colorado, which started the season with Kansas transfer Jordan Webb but is now looking toward Connor Wood and Nick Hirschman.
Washington State has gone back and forth between Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday.
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