The Women's basketball team deserves better coverage then is provided by the student newspaper. I find it appalling that they have started the conference season off with a 3-1 record, the best start since 1977-78 and yet The Daily Evergreen staff didn't see fit to publish one word about them in the first issue of the semester. Their strength of schedule is one of the top 10 in the country, and four of their losses have come to top 25 teams. To top it off your largest sports article was about the men's teams struggles, about three quarters of a page, instead of celebrating the best start the women's team has had since before Title IX. Talk about lack of equality.
I have been attending women's basketball for more than ten years now and this is by far the most athletic, talented, exciting and coached team I have had the pleasure of watching. They truly have an opportunity to make it to a post-season tournament, but could use some help from the true Cougars out there. The largest crowd was against No. 13 Louisville the 19th of December, sadly it was a very Louisville tainted crowd — two Louisville fans to every Coug fan. This was a sad fact and maybe a more partisan crowd could have help the women beat their first-ranked opponent, not sure how long I have never seen it. They lost the game by four in the last minuets.
The women's team has four loses of five points or less, including the loss to Louisville and a lose with a shot made with less then three seconds left to the No. 24 Gonzaga. The conference loss occurred last weekend with a made free throw by the Buffalos and a miss by us with less then 11 seconds on the clock.
Finally, it is my hope that you will give more coverage to the Women's Basketball team and more individuals (especially students) will attend the games. We have a great chance to beat the Huskies on Saturday night for the first time in a long time. This game is televised and we as fans could do our part to help in Coach Daugherty and staff in recruiting by showing up and cheering the Cougs on to victory over the Huskies. Go Cougs.
James R Lohr II
There have been many articles recently detailing the football buzz around Pullman and I, like almost every other Cougar fan, am excited about our potential in the upcoming 2012 season. However, upon the release of the schedule, I can’t help but express my disappointment with our home schedule, well two games in particular. The Seattle home game this year is against Oregon, one of the most entertaining teams to host with their high-octane offense and Chip Kelly’s risk taking game strategy. I think the students in Pullman have stood through enough landslide games to earn the right to watch what will arguably be one of the best games in our season at home in Martin Stadium. Now that our team finally has a chance to compete and even beat Oregon, the game is being played on the other side of the state.
My second issue is obviously with the Apple Cup. The biggest game of the season being scheduled on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is an interesting choice. It is my understanding that this date was chosen as a result of a television contract, which is beyond our control. However, this game will cut our breaks short if students choose to return early for the game, which most will try to do! The point is, for the games against Oregon and the University of Washington, students will have to travel, which results in spending more money we don’t have, in order to be present for these great football matchups.
We truly are undefeated fans, so why can’t we be rewarded for our loyalty and dedication to the team we love? Go Cougs!
Sophomore communication major