WSU coach June Daugherty, who had surgery for acute appendicitis on Thursday, was at KeyArena for the Cougars' game against Stanford. With Daugherty watching, and sometimes coming to the floor to talk to her team during timeouts, the Cougars lost, 79-60.
Washington State women’s basketball coach June Daugherty tried to sit still, but the pull was too strong.
She popped up from her second-row seat early in the second half of the eighth-seeded Cougars’ 79-60 loss to top-seeded Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament at KeyArena. And she didn’t stop until she was on the court, talking to her team during a timeout.
Nothing unusual. Except for the fact that less than 24 hours earlier she had undergone surgery for acute appendicitis.
Daugherty, who suffered a cardiac arrest in 2007, was cleared to attend the Cougars’ quarterfinal matchup. She was released from a Seattle hospital Friday morning and rested at the team hotel until the evening matchup, where she was supposed to keep calm.
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But by the second timeout in the second half, she was standing on the sideline with her husband, assistant coach Mike Daugherty. He was charged with coaching the game, but June continued to participate in timeout huddles until the final buzzer.
“I’m all taped up and ready to go,” Daugherty said before the game.
Thursday, Daugherty began to feel pain in her stomach during her team’s shoot-around. The WSU team physician advised the couple to take a taxi to a hospital, but June insisted her husband stay to coach the team’s first-round game against Arizona State.
Mike Daugherty told media after the game that June was feeling fine and warned that if she was able to get to the hotel Friday, she would be on the sideline.
But June’s presence couldn’t help her WSU team, which found itself down 15-6 early Friday. Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike had a double-double five minutes into the matchup and finished with 23 points and a tournament-record 21 rebounds, her second 20-20 game of the season.
“I haven’t smiled that much in a long time playing,” Ogwumike said
WSU freshman guard Mariah Cooks made a layin with 1:47 remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to eight points (31-23), but WSU never led.
The Cougars have lost all 55 games they’ve played against the Cardinal (29-2).
UCLA 54, Utah 43
Utah sophomore Cheyenne Wilson, a former star at Cleveland High School, was doing everything she could against UCLA.
Wilson nailed a jumper with 9:27 to play to give the Utes their first lead of the game and visions of an upset over the third-seeded Bruins. But UCLA shut down the Utes the rest of the way.
No. 14 UCLA (23-6) will play California in a semifinal matchup at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Forward Atonye Nyingifa and guard Jasmine Dixon scored 11 points each for the Bruins.
Wilson finished with 10 points for Utah (18-12), as did Taryn Wicijowski and Michelle Plouffe.
California 78, USC 59
USC’s plan was to deny Gennifer Brandon rebounds.
The California junior had recorded a Pac-12-record 26 in an eight-point overtime victory over USC in January and 10 in a seven-point win in February. In a quarterfinal matchup Friday, Brandon grabbed 17 more to help the Golden Bears win easily over USC.
“I knew they were going to try to box me out, so I just slithered my way through it,” said Brandon, who also had a team-high 16 points.
The Bears (28-2), who won a share of their first regular-season conference title in program history, advanced to the semifinal round at 6 p.m. Saturday against UCLA.
USC (11-20) has not advanced to the NCAA tournament since 2006.