Northwest Notes May 22, 2019

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Gonzaga women to play in Gulf Coast Showcase

ESTERO, Fla. — The Gonzaga women’s basketball team will play in the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. The three-day tournament takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the 8,284-seat Hertz Arena.

The tournament field includes eight teams and will feature four games a day over the three-day event. The 2019 field features six teams that won at least 20 games during the 2018-19 season and five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament; both Gonzaga and Arizona State advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament while Auburn, Drake and Maine each fell in the first round. The full bracket, along with first-round matchups, will be released at a later date.

This will be Gonzaga’s first trip to the Gulf Coast Showcase since its inception in 2013, while Arizona State, Dayton, Maine, Middle Tennessee and Purdue have each played in the tournament previously. The tournament field features three potential first-time opponents for the Zags in Auburn, Drake and Maine.

Ukrainian center signs with WSU men’s

basketball team

PULLMAN — Volodymyr Markovetskyy (7-0, 230, center, Truskavets, Ukraine), has signed a national letter of intent and will join the Washington State men’s basketball program beginning with the 2019-20 season, Cougar head coach Kyle Smith announced.

At the 2018 FIBA U18 European Championships, Markovetskyy averaged 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in 24.3 minutes per game as the Ukraine went 2-5 in the tournament. He plays for Zalgiris II, and played for Zalgiris Junior Team, in Lithuania, where he has competed in the Adidas Next Generation Tournament (ANGT), Kaunas Tournament (ANGT), and Lithuanian NKL.

Markovetskyy will come in as a freshman and have four years of eligibility.


transfers to

WSU women’s

basketball team

PULLMAN — Reuniting with her former floor general, Washington State women’s basketball head coach Kamie Ethridge announced the signing of transfer Krystal Leger-Walker (Waikato, New Zealand) from Northern Colorado.

Leger-Walker will sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules before playing her senior season with the Cougars in 2020-21. Leger-Walker is the fifth player to join the Cougars this recruiting period along with freshmen Leah Mafua (Wellington, New Zealand), Bella Murekatete of Genesis Prep (Ngoma Huye, Rwanda), Emma Nankervis (Mount Eliza, Australia), and Grace Sarver (Seattle).

A 5-9 combo guard, Leger-Walker spent the last three season’s leading the Bears to the most successful era of basketball in UNC history. With Leger-Walker on the court, the Bears won 69 games in three seasons while advancing to the postseason each of the last seasons, including the program’s first NCAA appearance in 2018. Leger-Walker posted 378 assists in three seasons, the fourth most in UNC history. Her 148 assists as a junior ranked seventh all-time in Bears’ single-season annals and second in their Division I history despite missing four games due to injury. In 27 games last year, Leger-Walker averaged 5.5 assists per game, leading the Big Sky while ranking 26th among all Division I players. In all, Leger-Walker finished her third season at UNC averaging 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.

NIC golf coach

Grove tied for

fifth in Kent

KENT, Wash. — North Idaho College golf coach Russell Grove is tied for fifth with three others, shooting a 6-under 138 after the second round at the Muckleshoot Casino Washington Open at Meridian Valley Country Club.

Grove, who shot a 69 on the tournament’s first day, hit the number again on Tuesday to finish the round tied with five-time champion Jeff Coston of Semiahoo Golf and Country Club, Liam Kendregan of Sand Point Country Club in Seattle and amateur Mason Koch of George Fox University.

The tournament concludes today.

Washington State women to

play in 2019 Paradise Jam

The Washington State women’s basketball team will head to paradise over Thanksgiving break to take part in the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

The tournament is held from Nov. 28-30 at the University of the Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Cougars will play three games over three days against top tier talent. In the Reef bracket of the tournament, the Cougars will take on 2019 national champion Baylor (Nov. 28), 2017 national champion South Carolina (Nov. 29), and Indiana (Nov. 30). In the Island bracket WSU’s Pac-12 foe Oregon headlines while taking on the likes of South Carolina, Oklahoma State, and Texas-Arlington.


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