Older Sister Wins Sibling Rivalry
SPOKANE, Wash. — As they have for the better part of the last three decades, Gonzaga and Eastern Washington staged yet another basketball battle Wednesday night. Among the many things at stake in the latest edition of this regional rivalry were family bragging rights.
Jazmine Redmon and her sister, Jade Redmon, put their spin on sibling rivalry when their respective teams met at the McCarthey Athletic Center on Wednesday night. Older sister Jazmine helped Gonzaga get by Jade and Eastern Washington 78-58.
“It was kind of awkward at first because we weren’t sure if we were supposed to smile or say hi,” Jazmine said. “But I’m really glad I got to experience this because she’s my little sister and it’s the last chance we’ll ever get to do this, so it was pretty fun.”
A hearty portion of the 5,375 fans eager to witness this nonconference clash of Inland Empire neighbors included the sisters’ parents, Fred and Shaney Redmon, and other members of the Redmon family. Many of them sported specially made red T-shirts that simply read, “J. Redmon,” and included a 34, the jersey number of both sisters.
Jazmine, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, started for Gonzaga, tallying two points, four rebounds and a season-high seven assists in 28 minutes of action. Jade, a 5-7 freshman, came off the bench and played 21 minutes for Eastern Washington. She finished with three points, three rebounds and two steals.
“It was a really cool feeling,” Jade said. “The last time I was on the court with her was high school, so it was a really nice feeling. It was just good to be back on the court with my sister.”
Save for some one-on-one showdowns in the driveway of their parents’ Spokane home, Wednesday’s game marked the first time the Redmon sisters competed for opposing teams. They briefly played together at Mead High during the 2009-10 season, when Jazmine was a senior and Jade a freshman. The sisters helped Mead reach the championship game of the Washington Class 4A tournament that year.
“It brought back memories of us just playing outside in the backyard,” Jazmine said. “She has grown up, so it was really exciting to be out there playing with her. I’m really proud of her.”
This is not the first time a Gonzaga player has competed against a sibling. Jami Bjorklund, who played at GU from 2005-09, faced her younger sister, Angie Bjorklund, in two matchups with the University of Tennessee. More recently, current Zag Elle Tinkle battled her sister, Joslyn Tinkle, when Gonzaga hosted Stanford last season.
This is, however, the first time Gonzaga has emerged victorious in a showdown of sisters. The Bulldogs have won 13 of the last 15 meetings with Eastern, including nine straight, and hold a 27-13 advantage in the series.
When asked if she might ever feel inclined to remind her younger sister that she now has the advantage in their personal series, and likely always will barring a postseason encounter, Jazmine said the following.
“No, I’m a nice sister,” she said. “Jade probably wouldn’t say that, but I’m pretty sure I’m a nice sister.”