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Count down to women’s NCAA show

Time will drag for most of the day, awaiting the Selection Show for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

There are two items of local interest because Spokane is the first city the NCAA ever award first weekend games (at McCarthey Athletic Center Saturday-Monday) and a regional (at the Arena the next Saturday-Monday). 

I'll tweet the information as fast as my hands can type at

Gonzaga is in the field and at home, but who is filling out the pod? Gonzaga being in the field doesn't mean being slotted into the Spokane Regional, so how does it shape up?

We have some thoughts, read on.

Bjorklund nears end of journey; Idaho wins, Cougars fall

Loyal readers, you may not have believed this day would get here, the end of the line checking in with the area Division I women's basketball players from the Class of 2007 … at least those who are coming to the end of the line of their college careers.

Our final installment is two-time State Player of the Year Angie Bjorklund (University), who went off to Tennessee and reached heights no other Spokane basketball player did, winning a national championship and being ranked No. 1. There were also a few lower moments playing for that storied program, but overall it is a dream come true and more.

As for games, despite Jazmine Perkins reaching 1,000 career points, Washington State's season came to an end with a loss to USC in the Pac-10 tournament but Idaho overcame illness with Yinka Olorunnife to beat Boise State for the third time this season at the WAC Tournament and plays Nevada tonight. Eastern Washington swings into action tonight against Montana State in the Big Sky Tournament.

The updated ESPN Bracketology keeps Gonzaga as a No. 10, the opponent is now Houston, with UCLA a No. 2 and the Big Sky champ a 15, in the Dallas Regional. … That's probably close although if Houston doesn't win its conference tournament but is deemed good enough for an at-large bid, the same thing could be accomplished with the Zags at No. 7, the seeding they had last year with an identical record. 

Gonzaga isn’t the only women’s BB news

I figured those of you who read this women's basketball blog were up on the news of yesterday, Gonzaga's shocking upset to win the WCC Tournament and senior guard Courtney Vandersloot someone winning a national award … OK, maybe we weren't completely sure Vandersloot would win the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Awad but there was no way the Bulldogs weren't winning. Anyway, those stories were handled by the A team in Las Vegas, including Christopher Anderson's slide show, but I was waiting to give you my last women's basketball notebook, but alas it's not posted yet and I have somethings to take care of before a hockey game tonight. Check back tonight before 7 for the notebook, in the meantime there is some news for you, so read on.

Zags No. 22, Shadle’s Bishop honored

Angie Bjorklund's Senior Day at Tennessee was quite a game, which the Knoxville News Sentinel took care of quite a bit better than yesterday's wire story.

No big changes in this week's edition of bracketology. still has Gonzaga as a double-diget seed and not in the Spokane regional, which should be headlined by Stanford as the No. 1 seed.

(By the way, if you go to's women's basketball page and the picture of Gonzaga is still up, try to figure out what Kelly Bowen was eating on the bench to turn her tongue green. I didn't miss St. Patrick's Day did I?

The other news, Lexi Bishop (Shadle Park) is the Big Sky player of the week after helping Portland State to its first ever sweep on the Montana trip.

Gonzaga up to No. 22 in AP poll.

Cooper & Vandersloot PofW

The news is starting to pile up on the women's basketball beat and time is running out to post it. Read on.

Bjorklund could return to action soon

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt gives an encouraging update on the status of Angie Bjorklund, who has missed five games with a foot injury the school said was a sprain but speculation said was a stress fracture.  She is not expected to play Thursday night against South Carolina but maybe Monday against Georgia.

“I’m excited Angie Bjorklund is hopefully going to be back next week. That makes a difference – in terms of the best three-point shooter and she has a really great voice on this team.  I know she is excited and we just hope that she is going to get back.

Speaking of speculation, Charlie Creme's bracketology on, which I touched on a couple days ago, has an explanation of how geography plays into seeding.

Gonzaga rejoins AP Top 25

A smattering of women's basketball news today, starting with Gonzaga's return to the Top 25 and Bulldog star Courtney Vandersloot taking another step among the nation's elite, making the midseason Naismith cut (as did Tennessee senior Angie Bjorklund from U-Hi) and winning the local SWABS honor for female athletes.

For the rest, read on.

Redmon latest Zag Player of the Week

Gonzaga junior Katelan Redmon is the West Coast Conference  Player of the Week, the seventh time this season and third week in a row a Bulldog has been honored.  The Lewis and Clark graduate had 44 points and 13 rebounds as the Zags reached the midpoint of the WCC with a perfect 7-0 record, running their league winning streak to 23 games. She won the award the first week of the season. GU is 19-4 overall and can reach 20 wins for the for the fifth-straight season against Portland on Friday at McCarthey AThletic Center.

And the latest in bracketology, who does Charlie Creme predict is Spokane bound? Keep reading.

Interesting Monday in women’s basketball

Getting ready for what we hope is a good game … but won't bet on it because the Gonzaga women are so disappointing at home. OK, that's not fair. I'm being facetious The GU women are really good at home, many of the games are disappointing. Hopefully Southern Utah will put up a good fight tonight at McCarthey. GAme time is 6 p.m.

We'll talk about that in moment, but first, Gonzaga's Kayla Standish (above left in GU photo) gets her second WCC Player of the Week award, who replaces UConn at No. 1 in the AP poll and Charle Creme of ESPN has his latest bracketology with a couple of interesting twists predicted for Spokane, which we'll also discuss below.

First bracket for NCAA women in Spokane

It’s going to be a long season here at Spokane women’s basketball central because there are four rounds, two weekends of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane.

The first weekend includes Gonzaga as a host site and if all goes well the Bulldogs should be playing there.

The second weekend marks the third time the regional has come to the Arena with Washington State as the host. You might remember the first two, when the Huskies won their first game but were denied a trip to the Final Four by Jackie Stiles; and when Stanford and Maryland put on one of the great games ever in the Arena, men or women.

So read on. (And to prepare for the 8 p.m. Tuesday Gonzaga men’s game, settle in early to watch No. 1 UConn and No. 2 Baylor battle in the first women’s basketball marquee game of the season.)

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