Washington opens spring ball after semifinal appearance

SEATTLE (AP) — A little over a week after his sophomore season ended, Trey Adams sat down and watched Alabama and Clemson play in a memorable national championship game.

Coming off a Pac-12 Conference title and an appearance in the College Football Playoff, where they lost to Alabama, the Huskies opened spring practice Monday.

A significant amount of attention was on quarterback Jake Browning and his recovery from minor shoulder surgery during the offseason.

Browning threw for a school-record 43 touchdowns and 3,430 yards last season but was bothered late in the year by shoulder trouble that ultimately required the surgical procedure after the Peach Bowl.

Petersen also talked for the first time about two coaching additions with the hiring of Scott Huff as offensive line coach and Matt Lubick as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator.

Lubick spent the past four seasons at Oregon, serving as offensive coordinator last year before Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich was fired Nov. 29.

Spring snapshot: A look at Huskies at start of spring football

We will get our first look at this year’s Washington Huskies squad on Monday, when the team kicks off four weeks of spring football. The practices are closed to the public until the annual “spring preview” at Husky Stadium at noon on April 22.

Washington hires Cameron Dollar as assistant coach

Dollar returns to where he became a highly regarded assistant under former coach Lorenzo Romar.

Hopkins says Dollar “brings a wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and valuable relationships” to the program.

Stanford rallies, edges Notre Dame 76-75 to reach Final Four

(AP) — Alanna Smith’s jumper with 23 seconds left capped Stanford’s rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half, Erica McCall blocked a last-second shot and the Cardinal edged top-seeded Notre Dame 76-75 Sunday to reach its first Final Four since 2014.

Brittany McPhee scored 27 as the second-seeded Cardinal (32-5) won its eighth in a row overall.

Top high school prospect Michael Porter Jr. picks Missouri

(AP) — Michael Porter Jr., rated as the nation’s top high school basketball prospect in his class by multiple recruiting services, says he plans to play for Missouri.

Porter tweeted his college selection Friday on his verified account, one day after Missouri announced that his father had accepted a position as an assistant coach on the Tigers’ staff.

Tipping Off: Baylor women hope for better luck in OKC

The Huskies made a surprising run to the Final Four last season and are looking to get to Dallas this year for the national semifinals.

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer is no stranger to trying to stop great offensive players.

Notre Dame will be missing star forward Brianna Turner, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament as well as the lateral meniscus and sustained other damage to her knee in the Irish’s second round game.

For the second consecutive season, Notre Dame and Stanford are back in Lexington, Kentucky, for their regional.

Second-seeded Stanford played its first two rounds at Kansas State as the Cardinal couldn’t host because of a gymnastics event at the school.

The team couldn’t fly back right away to California after its second-round win Monday, so coach Tara VanDerveer talked to the captains and decided to stay in Kentucky instead of making the cross-country flight twice.

AP Basketball Writer Stephen Hawkins contributed to this story from Waco, Texas, and Associated Press Writer Tom Coyne contributed to this story from South Bend, Indiana.

Report: Washington releases Michael Porter Jr. from commitment

The University of Washington has released Nathan Hale’s Michael Porter Jr. from his commitment to play for the school, according to a Thursday report from Christian Caple of The (Tacoma) News Tribune.

Mike Hopkins heads out on his own as new coach at Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Hopkins watched the NCAA Tournament tinged with the slightest bit of jealousy.

The newest Washington coach was introduced on Wednesday with the type of flair typically reserved for head coaches with a lengthy list of credentials, not someone who has nine career games as an interim head coach.

[…] that speaks to the regard Hopkins is held in through the coaching community during his two decades as an assistant at Syracuse and how much of a coup Washington believes it has pulled off by convincing him to leave behind all he’s known at Syracuse for the opportunity in Seattle.

By making the move to Washington, Hopkins gets to be a creator, taking a program that has gone six straight seasons without making the NCAA Tournament, but is less than a decade removed from multiple trips to the Sweet 16.

Former coach Lorenzo Romar was fired on March 15; Hopkins signed a memorandum of understanding on March 17; and he was announced as the new coach early on March 19.

The priority now is trying to keep as much of next year’s roster and recruiting class intact as possible.

In a rare confluence of timing, Hopkins’ introduction happened at the same time as star Washington recruit Michael Porter Jr., was being presented with the Gatorade National Player of the Year award and told reporters he had yet to speak with the new Huskies coach.

Michael Porter Jr. named Gatorade player of the year

Nathan Hale high school senior — and as-of-this-moment University of Washington commit — Michael Porter Jr. was named the Gatorade national boys basketball player of the year on Wednesday.

QB Falk returns as Washington St. seeks 3rd straight bowl

(AP) — The return of record-setting quarterback Luke Falk for his senior year highlights Thursday’s opening of spring practice for the Washington State football team, which is seeking a third consecutive bowl game.

The Cougars have 15 returning starters, including All-America offensive guard Cody O’Connell, a trio of established running backs and veteran linebackers Peyton Pelluer and Isaac Dotson.

After surgery, former Husky Sidney Jones says he'll play in 2017

Former Washington cornerback Sidney Jones, who suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the Huskies’ pro day, believes he will play in 2017 after undergoing surgery on Tuesday.

Plum scores 38 as Washington races past Oklahoma 108-82

SEATTLE (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 38 points, adding another record to her career resume, and No. 3 seed Washington raced past No. 6 seed Oklahoma 108-82 on Monday night to earn a berth in NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

The Huskies (29-5) are going to the Sweet 16 in consecutive years for the first time in school history, thanks to an offensive showcase against the Sooners where Plum didn’t do it alone.

Plum passed another Jackie Stiles’ record to become the all-time single-season scoring leader, having already topped Stiles’ all-time career scoring mark last month.

During the review of a flagrant foul in the opening moments of the second half both benches engaged in a dance off much to the delight of the crowd.

Three minutes later, Plum scored on a driving layup for the 1,064th point of the season passing yet another record held by Stiles.

What they're saying about UW Huskies' hiring of Mike Hopkins

The speed at which new Washington head men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins was hired by Huskies athletic director Jennifer Cohen — just four days following the dismissal of Lorenzo Romar after 15 years in charge of the program — leads one to believe he was at the very top of Cohen’s list, if not the only name on it.

Matchup inside will be key when Oklahoma faces Washington

[…] as she showed in Oklahoma’s first-round NCAA Tournament win over Gonzaga, she can control the interior on the defensive end with a school-record nine blocked shots.

Who can control the matchup in the inside between Pierre-Louis and Osahor will be a major factor in Monday’s second-round game between the sixth-seeded Sooners and No. 3-seed Huskies.

The winner gets a spot in the regional semifinals on Friday night in Oklahoma City against No. 2 seed Mississippi State.

Washington and Oklahoma played a two-year, home-and-home series that wrapped up during the 2015-16 season.

The game in Norman featured Plum scoring a then career-high 45 points in the loss, a mark that stood until she erupted for 57 points in the final regular season home game of her career last month against Utah.

The Sooners were a No. 6 seed that year and beat third-seeded UCLA in the round of 32 to advance to the regional semifinals in nearby Oklahoma City.

Maryland cruises past West Virginia 83-56 into Sweet 16

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland was already enjoying a heck of a second quarter when Destiny Slocum scrambled in position to take a buzzer-beating shot.

Slocum’s 70-foot shot capped a pivotal run, and the Terrapins blew past West Virginia 83-56 Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Brionna Jones had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Slocum scored 21 and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough added 19 for third-seeded Maryland (32-3), which will next face the winner of Monday’s game between No. 2 seed Duke and Oregon.

After opening with a 23-4 surge, the Terrapins gave up two straight baskets — the last with 4 seconds left — before Slocum connected.

The 5-foot-7 freshman was immediately swarmed by her teammates while the fans in Maryland’s home arena stood and cheered.

[…] it did.

West Virginia took a five-game winning streak into the contest, including an upset of Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament championship.

On this day, however, the Mountaineers were no match for a Maryland squad that entered the NCAA Tournament with a surly attitude.

If Maryland wins its next game, a matchup with unbeaten UConn in the Huskies’ home state looms in the round of eight.

Washington tabs Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins as new coach

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has moved quickly in filling its basketball coaching vacancy, hiring longtime Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins.

Washington announced the move Sunday, four days after Lorenzo Romar was fired following 15 seasons at his alma mater and the Huskies’ sixth straight season in missing the NCAA Tournament.

Plum leads way as Washington beats Montana State 91-63

SEATTLE (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 17 of her 29 points in the second half, Chantel Osahor had her 28th double-double of the season with 16 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 3 seed Washington pulled away in the second half for a 91-63 win over 14th-seeded Montana State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night.

Plum, the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history, didn’t quite match the output of her last game on the Huskies home court when she scored a school record 57 points to become the premier scorer in NCAA history.

Perhaps more impressive than Plum was the performance of Montana State’s Peyton Ferris, who tied her career-high with 33 points in her final college game and kept the Bobcats hanging around into the third quarter before Washington pulled away.

Montana State was making just its second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.

Ferris finished her senior season scoring in double figures in all but three games and the 33 points topped her season-high of 32 against North Dakota.

What a difference a year makes for No. 3 seed Washington

[…] Neighbors focused on one specific aspect Friday as the Huskies prepared for their first-round matchup against No. 14 seed Montana State.

In Saturday’s opener, No. 6 seed Oklahoma faces No. 11 seed Gonzaga, with the Bulldogs looking to make another deep postseason run as a double-digit seed.

The Bulldogs would like to add another tournament victory to their resume after missing the NCAAs last season for the first time since 2008.

The Huskies stumbled at Notre Dame and Oregon State, and at home against Stanford in front of the largest crowd in school history.

The Sooners closed the regular season losing two of their final three games then were routed in the Big 12 quarterfinals by West Virginia.

Montana State’s reward for winning its final seven games of the regular season, the Big Sky Tournament title and earning just the second NCAA Tournament bid in school history is trying to stymie Plum, the best scorer in NCAA history.

Nigel Williams-Goss fashions lead role for Gonzaga

In Gonzaga’s NCAA Tournament opener, Williams-Goss shot just 4 for 13, but had four assists and just one turnover in the Zags’ 66-46 win over South Dakota State on Thursday in Salt Lake City.

He can score when he has to, he can hit the deep 3, he can come off a ball screen, usually routinely defends the other team’s best player, rebounds well for his size.

Williams-Goss started his college career on the other side of the Evergreen State.

Despite leading the Huskies in scoring and assists for two seasons, Williams-Goss decided to leave the program.

[…] just the fit, the mentality of the team, their preparation for games and practice, I felt like it was a great overall fit, along with the style of play and the pieces that were in place.

Williams-Goss turned out to be a perfect match for Few’s system and the blue-collar work ethic of Spokane.

Despite Gonzaga’s success, Few has stuck to the recruiting principles of limited resources in the early days of the program, signing players with high character who fit into his system.