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Originally published Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

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Washington women's golf team struggles in its spring start

Huskies take ninth out of 16 teams

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PALOS VERDES, Calif. — The Washington women's golf team didn't start off its spring season living up to expectations.

The Huskies, No. 1 in the country in some rankings, finished ninth out of 16 teams Wednesday in the Northrop Grumman Championship. Last fall, the Huskies won twice and took second twice in their four tournaments.

The Huskies had a 918, 66-over, at Palos Verdes Golf Club. UCLA won the title with an 18-over 870, and the Bruins were led by Erynne Lee of Silverdale, who took medalist honors with a even-par 213. Freshman Charlotte Thomas topped UW with a 7-over 220 to tie for ninth.

OTHER WOMEN'S GOLF

• Eastern Washington opened its spring season by taking eighth out of 11 teams at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. The Eagles finished with a 985 team score, far behind McNeese State's 914. Freshman Marissa Borja and sophomore Caitilin Rice both had a 244 for EWU to tie for 20th.

ELSEWHERE

• After spending the past 23 years at Nevada, Ken Wilson has been hired to coach linebackers at Washington State University. Wilson was on the coaching staff for 19 years at Nevada, the last five as associate head coach/linebacker coach. Wilson helped the Wolf Pack appear in 11 bowl games and claim nine conference championships. He has seen 16 of his former players sign pro contracts, including six linebackers who were under NFL contract in 2012.

Michael Duty, a former Bellingham Slam as well as Western Washington University and O'Dea High basketball player, has signed a contract to play professionally in Australia. The 6-foot-6 player signed with the Mackay Meteors of Queensland Basketball League.

From association reports.

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