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PULLMAN, WA - FEBRUARY 11: Washington State Women’s Basketball versus the UCLA Bruins at Beasley Coliseum - Washington State center Bella Murekatete (55) Jack Ellis/CougCenter

The WSU women’s basketball team—WSU’s best basketball team, I should add—is in Berkeley tonight to end the regular season against the California Golden Bears. In seasons prior to last year, this would pretty much cap off the season, with only a Pac-12 Tournament game left, and those tended to end after one game for WSU.

But after the school’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in a generation last year, expectations have risen, and this year’s team is something special. The Cougs are on the verge of a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance—something unfathomable just a few seasons ago. The job Kamie Ethridge and her staff have done with this program is one for the ages.

With a win today at Cal, WSU will have 19 wins in the regular season and 11 conference wins. Both achievements would be program records (at least since the team was governed by the NCAA). More importantly, a win will bolster WSU’s tournament chances. ESPN currently has WSU as a 10 seed in its latest Bracketology, which was updated yesterday morning. WSU had been on the bubble in previous editions, but it seems like a near-lock as we read and write this. A win today and another in the Pac-12 tournament will guarantee a spot in the tournament, and more Pac-12 Tournament wins will only improve the seed. How great it is to be a Coug.

WSU is currently tied with Oregon for second in the Pac-12. Never thought I’d write that sentence! Make sure you read Nate’s outlook on the seeding scenarios. WSU can clinch the no. 2 seed with a win today and a Utah win over Oregon. Go Cougs. Go Utes.

Cougs and Cal tip off at noon PT on the Pac-12 Network. Go Cougs

Football attendance is down across the country. Discuss.

College football attendance declines for seventh straight season to lowest average since 1981 - CBSSports.com
Even the best teams and conferences across college football saw attendance drops this season.

Links

Cougs Look to Cap Off the Regular Season with a Historic Win - Washington State University Athletics
BERKELEY, Calif. – The Washington State women's basketball team looks to cap off one of the best seasons in program history with a record-setting win at California.

Cougars Head to New York for Weekend Matches - Washington State University Athletics
Cougars look to end four-match skid Saturday against No. 45 Iowa State.

Women's Golf Opens the Spring this Sunday at the Westbrook Invitational - Washington State University Athletics
PEORIA, Ariz. – The Washington State women's golf team kicks off its 2022 spring season in the Grand Canyon State this weekend to participate in the Westbrook Invitational.

Washington State women look to pad NCAA Tournament resume at Cal; Cougar men aiming for back-to-back rivalry wins | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State suffered a defeat, but the Cougars bolstered their reputation in the process.

NCAA Women's Bracketology - 2022 women's college basketball projections
A busy bubble on Thursday ended with DePaul and Duke, mainstays all season, out of the field, and Kentucky back in after a nearly month-long absence.