Wazzu Weekly Dec. 9, 2022

Largest comeback in WSU women’s basketball history, transfer portal overshadows bowl prep

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HAILEE SPEIR

WSU guard Charlisse Leger-Walker drives toward the hoop during an NCAA women’s basketball game against Montana, Dec. 2.

SAM TAYLOR, Evergreen sports editor

This is the final week of production for the fall semester. Thank you to every writer, editor, photographer and illustrator that brought the stories we told to life. This semester could not happen without you.

Read my full leditor here.

You can also read our deputy sports editor Trevor Junt’s leditor here.

On Wednesday, Coug fans were treated to a doubleheader as WSU men’s basketball took care of business on their home court against Northern Kentucky and WSU women’s basketball completed the largest comeback in program history, surmounting a 19-point deficit to beat University of Portland 69-63.

WSU football is preparing for the bowl game with at least 12 fewer players on their roster. These 12 players include starting receivers De’Zhaun Stribling and Donovan Ollie and starting linebackers Travion Brown and Francisco Mauigoa.

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WSU wide receiver De’Zhaun Stribling celebrates with teammates after defeating Colorado State 38-7, Sep. 17.

Former WSU football player and Evergreen columnist Beau Braden previews the bowl game and the positional answers the Cougs might have to their transfer portal-induced questions.

Evergreen reporter Jake Hull takes a look at some other positional solutions the Cougs might have.

And Evergreen columnist Brandon Willman explores why the transfer portal is so popular in the first place.

Evergreen deputy sports editor and football reporter Trevor Junt takes a looks at the 2022 senior class and their careers and the state of college football at Wazzu.

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WSU recognizes senior linebacker Daiyan Henley before the Apple Cup, Nov. 26.

WSU volleyball

Volleyball saw its season come to a close once again in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cougs faced an array of challenges this year from their associate head coach, Burdette Greeny’s health and injuries that required players to find new positions.

Throughout the season, players cited the 2022 squad as the closest team they have ever played on. What accounts for this family atmosphere and how did the Greeny family create such a tight-knit program?

Cougar volleyball a source of family

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WSU libero Karly Basham celebrates with her teammates after scoring a point during an NCAA volleyball match against UW, Nov. 25.

“He exemplifies what it means to be a fighter” 

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WSU volleyball associate head coach Burdette Greeny celebrates after sweeping Utah, Nov. 18.

More volleyball:

WSU volleyball season ends with loss in second round

Player Features

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WSU defender Mykiaa Minniss and Utah forward Katie O’Kane battle for the ball during an NCAA women’s soccer match, Oct. 2.

Evergreen reporter Gabrielle Bowman spoke with Mykiaa Minniss about her record-setting soccer career at WSU.

Mykiaa Minniss: most improved player

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WSU edge rusher Ron Stone Jr. celebrates after defeating Colorado State 38-7, Sep. 17.

Ron Stone Jr. is one of the most popular players on the roster and on Dec. 2, he got to be an analyst for the Pac-12 Network in Las Vegas during the Pac-12 Championship. Evergreen reporter Alena Rinehardt spoke to Stone about his passion for broadcasting.

Ron Stone Jr. takes the football and journalism world by storm

More than a game: Dean Janikowski’s mission

The World Cup

World Cup, round of 16 Recap 

2022 World Cup Group Stages Recap 

FIFA’s hands are not clean

Columns

Erick’s Hardwood Hypothesis Week 8

Joe Burrow’s 2019 season was legendary 

Sex scandals in sports

Willman’s final Heisman top five 

College conference championship craziness continues

That is all for this week and semester. The Evergreen sports section will be back in January. Thank you for reading and go Cougs!