WSU basketball improves to 6-4

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Lost in the bowl game hubbub, the WSU basketball teams notched a pair of wins on Wednesday.

If you were in Kennewick on Wednesday night, you may have been one of the 2,911 people who watched the WSU men's basketball team beat San Francisco State 80-50. If you weren't and didn't watch the game on TV, here is the Kyle Sherwood Twitter recap:

Non-140 character recaps below.

Men's basketball:

Men's basketball: WSU 80, SFSU 50 - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Dec. 18, 2013
The Washington State men's basketball team cruised to an 80-50 win over San Francisco State on Wednesday in an, ahem, neutral arena.

Lacy Paces Cougars in Win Over Gators - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Throughout most of the first half Wednesday, Washington State didn't look like the Pac-12 team.

Football:

Washington State football practices in Albuquerque | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
Under mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 40s, Washington State had its first practice here Wednesday in the city that hosts Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl.

WSU bowl rewind: 1998 Rose Bowl - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Dec. 18, 2013
Mike Price and the Cougars returned to the postseason following the 1997 season. With ultra-talented quarterback Ryan Leaf at the helm of WSU's offense, the Cougars were 10-1 and ranked No. 8 in the country. Their opponent in Pasadena was Michigan, the consensus No. 1 team in the country with an 11-0 record.

Marcus Mason proves Cougars can use a running back | Cougar Football | The Seattle Times
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Let’s see: Jobs more expendable than running back in Mike Leach’s passing offense? Espresso vendor on Waikiki, perhaps? Ski-area developer in Kansas?

Near-miss Cougar - Spokesman.com - Dec. 18, 2013
Back in 2011, Garrett Grayson had a chance to be a member of the Washington State defensive backfield. The quarterback passed on WSU’s offer to play safety, and will try to pass all over the Cougars secondary on Saturday.

WSU's Pole ineligible, won't play in bowl - Spokesman.com - Dec. 18, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Washington State defensive end Kalafitoni Pole is academically ineligible and will not play in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday, The Spokesman-Review learned Wednesday evening.

Cal's Sonny Dykes: One win still nets $1.8 mil - San Jose Mercury News

Mike Leach, Washington State: $375,000 for each of six wins

Backs play key role for Cougars

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State coach Mike Leach disputes the notion that running backs are underutilized in his Air Raid offense.

Five players to watch in the New Mexico Bowl | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com

For a quick look at the New Mexico Bowl matchup Saturday between CSU and Washington State, you can focus on five key players who are bound to play a significant role in the outcome. Here are the five and why each is so important to his team:

Football recruiting:

Andre Dillard verbally commits to Washington State
At the recent team banquet commemorating Woodinville’s football season, assistant coach Mike Monan fired up the room with a big announcement: Offensive tackle Andre Dillard had given his verbal commitment to play football for the Washington State Cougars.

Women's basketball:

Cougar Women Work Overtime for Victory - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Lia Galdeira scored 23 of her team-high 26 points after intermission to lead Washington State to a 77-73 victory over UC Riverside in nonconference women’s basketball at the Toyota Center, Wednesday.

Women's basketball: WSU holds off UC Riverside | Women's College Basketball | Tri-CityHerald.com
When the Washington State women’s basketball team needed a big play Wednesday, the Cougars looked to their two stars.

Soccer:

Cougars begin search for coach - Spokesman.com - Dec. 18, 2013
Washington State will "commence immediately" with a national search to replace women’s soccer coach Keidane McAlpine, Cougars athletic director Bill Moos said Tuesday.

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