Northwest Notes May 21, 2019

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Zag women add Vanderbilt transfer Walker

SPOKANE — Cierra Walker, a transfer from Vanderbilt and a native of Oregon City, Ore., signed a financial aid agreement at Gonzaga University and will join the women’s basketball team.

She will be eligible for the 2020-21 season after sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. Walker will have one year of eligibility remaining.

In her first three seasons at Vanderbilt, Walker averaged 8.9 points per game, shooting 39.1 percent from the floor and 39.2 percent from long range. She added 2.6 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists per game.

During her junior campaign in 2018-19, Walker emerged as one of the top 3-point shooting guards in the SEC, leading the Commodores and ranking sixth in the conference in 3-point percentage at 39.1. She also ranked seventh in both 3-pointers made (70) and 3-pointers attempted (178). She ranked second on the team in scoring at 10.8 points per game

Out of high school, Walker was the No. 25-ranked prospect by ESPN HoopGurlz and No. 21 by Prospects Nation.

Walker left Oregon City High as the all-time leader in 3-point field goals made with 249 and career assists with 416.

Olerud, Larsen items up for bid in fundraiser

A bat and ball autographed by former Seattle Mariners and Washington State Cougars star John Olerud are among the featured items at the fifth annual auction, raffle, walk and picnic benefiting the Scleroderma Foundation Spokane Support Group.

The fundraiser will be held Saturday, June 8 at Mirabeau Meadows Park in Spokane Valley.

Other auction or raffle items include an autographed photo of World Series perfect game pitcher Don Larsen, bicycles, tickets for the Spokane Comedy Club, Spokane Indians and Spokane Chiefs, etc.

An event T-shirt is included in the $25 cost for adults ($30 the day of the event, when a T-shirt can’t be guaranteed) and $10 for children aged 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Teams and individuals may register at

An estimated 300,000 Americans suffer from scleroderma, an autoimmune disease for which there is no cure at this time. Most victims are women of child-bearing age. The disease causes tightening and thickening of the skin and damage to major organs.

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