NO MATTER the sport, the change from one coaching staff to another is a disruption that can rock a program for years. Smooth transitions tend to be more the exception than the rule and the players have as much to do with the size of the ripples as the staff. So as we close the book on THE Cougars’ basketball season, four much-deserved shout outs are in order.
March 10, 2017
IN THE MIDST OF a 16-2 run that would help Washington State build a 19-point lead in the first half of Thursday's Pac-12 Tournament game against Colorado, the poet color analyst Bill Walton declared, "the Cougars are playing with the confidence of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce." Somewhere thereafter the history lesson seemed to be lost on the Cougs.
March 8, 2017
THE COUGARS responded. After Ernie Kent ripped his team following a mistake-filled loss to Arizona on Thursday, Washington State (12-15, 5-10) played one of its best games of the season in an 86-71 win over Arizona State (13-15, 6-9). The victory completing a WSU season sweep of a conference opponent for the first time since 2011-12. The win also featured the Cougars flipping the script on so many trouble spots this season.
February 18, 2017
WASHINGTON STATE had what it wanted. The Cougs were within one score late in the game, on the road, vs. No. 7/9 Arizona. But with the score 56-53 and 8:19 remaining on the clock, a 19-4 run by Arizona in five minutes' time slammed the door shut and the Cougs fell 79-62 on the road. There were two major regrets for Ernie Kent after the loss.
January 26, 2017