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WSU women's basketball looks to start 2016 off right

June Daugherty seeks her 100th victory as a Cougar as Washington State (9-3) will tipoff in Salt Lake today against Utah (8-3) at 4 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network.

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It was a rough start to 2016 for WSU men's basketball, but WSU women's basketball hopes the new year starts out differently. A win today against Utah would do the trick. The Cougars dropped their Pac-12 opener in Beasley Coliseum last Tuesday when the rival UW Huskies came to Pullman. Saturday's match-up in Salt Lake will be the Utes first opportunity to gain a Pac-12 victory this season.

In her ninth season as WSU coach, June Daugherty is one win away from number 100 as a Coug. Daugherty will become the third coach to reach 100 WSU wins. She will also become the first coach in Pac-12 history to have recorded 100 wins with multiple Pac-12 schools (Washington).

Led by first-year coach Lynne Roberts and top-scorer Emily Potter (18.1 points per game), the Utes have started the season off 8-3. Meanwhile the Cougars have lost two of their last three and currently have a record of 9-3.

Despite Utah holding the overall advantage in the series, 11-5, WSU has had success as of late against Utah, coming away with wins the last three times that the two teams have battled on the hardwood. The last of which came in February of 2015 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake.

Let's hope the Cougars get it done today and Daugherty joins the 100 club.

Men's Basketball:

Slow Start Sets Cougars Back In Pac-12 Opener - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Cougars can't overcome first-half deficit in 90-77 loss at Beasley Coliseum.

USC races past Washington State 90-77 in Pac-12 opener - - Jan. 1, 2016
As the Washington State Cougars tried to sprint their way back into a game that was rapidly becoming unwinnable, Josh Hawkinson put just a bit too much air under his outlet pass to Ike Iroegbu, who was standing near midcourt.

Southern California Trojans vs. Washington State Cougars Recap -
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Nikola Jovanovic led Southern California with 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Trojans opened Pac-12 Conference play with a 90-77 win over Washington State on Friday night.


Ex-WSU safety now a linebacker for Cards | The Olympian
Deone Bucannon is fast enough to have played safety at Washington State and physical enough to have shifted to inside linebacker with the Arizona Cardinals.

Video of the day:

You all should check out this video, it is from October of 2015 but it is pretty awesome.