Injuries have been rough on June Daugherty's teams the last couple of years, and unfortunately, the coach hasn't been spared: A WSU spokesperson said that after experiencing pain in her stomach today that wouldn't go away, Daugherty has been hospitalized with what has been determined to be acute appendicitis.
According to team physician Dennis Garcia, Daugherty's prognosis is good -- she's scheduled to have surgery to remove the offending organ tonight and be discharged in the morning.
This of course, is terrible timing: The Cougs are set to take on Arizona State tonight in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena in Seattle at 6 p.m. PT. It's unclear who will be coaching the Cougs, as Daugherty's top assistant is her husband, Mike.
WSU is the No. 8 seed, while ASU is the No. 9 seed, and a loss tonight would end the Cougars' season. A win, though, means the Cougs would play top seed Stanford tomorrow at 6 p.m. It's unclear whether coaching in that game is an option, but we're going to guess the answer is no.
Sadly, Daugherty is no stranger to health problems. Shortly after being hired at WSU, Daugherty suffered cardiac arrest during a routine physical. She made a full recovery and has spent the past six years raising awareness for heart disease, specifically in women.
If you want to watch the Cougs take on the Sun Devils, you can do so on Pac-12 Networks.