College Sports

Vikings suspend starting guard indefinitely

Western Washington University men’s basketball player Andrew Higgins Ready was suspended from the team indefinitely on Friday following a court hearing that determined the junior will face assault charges stemming from a domestic violence arrest last week.

Ready, 21, was arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail on Dec. 7 on investigation of second-degree assault after allegedly choking his girlfriend during an argument, according to an e-mail from Bellingham Police spokesperson Lt. Flo Simon.

Ready, a 6-foot-1 guard from Chicago, had started every game for the Vikings this season. He was averaging 9.1 points per contest. He practiced with the team this week while awaiting Friday’s hearing.

According to a WWU press release, Ready has been suspended from the team pending resolution of the matter. A trial date has been set for March 10 in Whatcom County Superior Court. The Vikings finish the regular season on March 8.

“We will continue to monitor the situation,” WWU coach Brad Jackson said in the release. “For now Andrew will concentrate on this matter and his academics.”

Western (6-1) travels to Las Vegas next week for the Great Western Shootout. Ready will not be traveling with the team.