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The Cougars have arrived in Texas.
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One of the cool parts of participating in a major event is the anticipation of the event; in this case, for the Washington State Cougars, it’s all the days leading up to the opening game of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Having not been to the Big Dance in 30 years leads a program to want to soak every step of the process, and that’s exactly what the Cougs did yesterday as they traveled to Texas, where they’re preparing to take on the South Florida Bulls in the first round (Sunday, 6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2).

Here’s a look at their journey, via the miracle of digital media.

What’s next? I’d expect the team to hold their first practice in Texas today, so you might see some video of that. Typically, a team would do some sight seeing, but ... yanno. No chance there.

Since WSU is actually in Austin and not San Antonio, here’s to hoping they can at least get some takeout beef brisket from Franklin Barbecue or some beef ribs from La Barbecue or one of the many, many barbecue joints around town (Stiles Switch BBQ is awesome, too). Gotta let all those international players experience some authentic American food!

Michelle Smith Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Feature: NCAA Preview | Pac-12.com
9 Washington State (12-11) vs. 8 South Florida (18-3)

The Cougars, making their first tournament appearance in three decades, will be facing off against one of the top mid-major programs in the country in South Florida. But Washington State, who has three wins against ranked teams this season, won’t be intimidated.

Women's basketball tournament 2021 -- Players and teams to watch, region by region | ESPN.com
The region's first-round matchup between No. 8 seed South Florida and No. 9 seed Washington State features two of the most multinational teams in the field. The Bulls have 11 players from eight countries outside the United States, and the Cougars have nine players from seven nations other than the U.S.. Both teams made history this season: South Florida won its first American Athletic Conference tournament crown, and Washington State is making the program's first NCAA appearance since 1991.

Volleyball’s got a COVID mess

The Cougars were cruising toward a massive matchup with the Washington Huskies this weekend — WSU sits in first place in the Pac-12 at 10-2 and UW is in second at 13-3. Alas, it will not come to pass, as WSU has a COVID situation. Sigh.

Washington, Washington State volleyball series canceled because of COVID-19 | The Seattle Times
The Washington volleyball team’s weekend series at Washington State has been canceled because of COVID-19 developments in the Cougars program.

Washington State-UW Volleyball Matches Canceled - Washington State University Athletics

Jehlárová Named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week - Washington State University Athletics

Baseball wins again!

Always nice to beat a team whose primary color is purple.

Area roundup: Montez, Manzardo homer in WSU baseball win | Sports | lmtribune.com
PORTLAND, Ore. — Collin Montez and Kyle Manzardo each homered and singled as Washington State defeated Portland 6-4 on Wednesday in a nonconference baseball game.

College baseball: Collin Montez leads Washington State past Portland | The Spokesman-Review
Collin Montez clobbered a three-run homer, and five Washington State relievers combined for 6⅓ innings with no earned runs in a 6-4 nonconference baseball win over Portland on Wednesday.

Manzardo, Montez Each Homer in Win at Portland - Washington State University Athletics
WSU improved to 10-2 for the first time since 2010.

Links

Chloe Larson Heads To 2021 NCAA Championships - Washington State University Athletics
Larson will compete Thursday and Saturday on ESPN3.

Bonton takes home NABC All-District honors - Washington State University Athletics
The senior earned his first all-district award of his career.

A song to inspire future WSU generations – The Daily Evergreen
The Andy Grammer Song, “Back Home” has become synonomous with the WSU community. It has been played at football games at the end of the first quarter since 2015. Anyone who has attended a football game probably knows that when this song is played the entire stadium goes crazy. People cannot help, but sing the...

It’s time to change name of Martin Stadium – The Daily Evergreen
News broke on Friday that WSU had reached a ten-year, $11 million deal with Gesa Credit Union to name the field inside of Martin Stadium. This is an incredible deal for Pat Chun and appears to be the first time a corporation has purchased the naming rights for a WSU Athletics facility. However, it should...

Plew’s bounce-back paying off for LCSC | Sports | lmtribune.com
Moving from Pac-12 play on the Palouse to an NAIA power in the valley was a fresh start for Dillon Plew — a “reset” on a collegiate baseball career that

Mullins represents WSU in cross country championship – The Daily Evergreen
The WSU cross country program had a great season given the circumstances with many athletes getting to stretch their legs during these historic times. It was Erin Mullins who capped off the season for the Cougars with an appearance in the NCAA Cross Country Championship. Mullins, a redshirt junior from Leavenworth, Washington and Evergreen tennis...