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Bulldogs relaxed, ready to go

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS _ If Gonzaga women’s basketball players were miffed about being sent to Texas to play their opening round, they haven’t shown it here. Continue reading.


The No. 6-seeded Bulldogs smiled as Kelly Graves contested their shots in practice. Later, as other teams trudged back and forth to interviews, the Gonzaga players danced and played as they marched down the hallway inside Texas A&M’s Reed Arena.

The Bulldogs (29-4) take on No. 11 seed James Madison (28-5) at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

At the press conference Saturday, senior guard Jazmine Redmon (Mead), was asked about her first impression of Texas: “I was really surprised to see no mountains. That was kind of weird.”

Coach Kelly Graves said previous trips to the NCAA tournament have prepared his team for everything they face behind the scenes of such a big game.

“They have been at the interview table before,” he said. “Those kinds of things, if you haven’t experienced them, they might overwhelm you a little bit and maybe knock you off your rhythm or out of your normal comfort zone.

“This is something that our players expect to do. That’s why they come to Gonzaga. They want to be part of a winning program and a program that plays in postseason.”

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