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Gonzaga roundup

With a few minutes before it’s time to head to the airport, I’ll pass on as much information as possible from last night’s Not-so-Sweet 16 game. Xavier’s size eventually wore Gonzaga down, helped by outside shooting the Musketeers didn’t have when they met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year.

We squeezed in a game story and John Blanchette’s column, plus Colin Mulvany’s photos, including the one above.

At least we got to write for the paper, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s  John Erardi had to put his story on the website and Jimmy Spencer’s sidebar on Amber Harris and the BIG matchup with Stanford, plus a gallary of photos from Joseph Fuqua II.

The Sacramento Bee “boxing” story and notebook,  there  is a local tie that’s not the Stanford coach, but it isn’t connected. Tara Vanderveer’s sister Heidi, coached at Eastern Washington. Finally, the Bee’s Ailene Voisin has a column that’s a nice read on the good side of a rivalry.

Gonzaga X’d out of NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga’s magic basketball season came crashing down, as did Bulldogs point guard Courtney Vandersloot in the Colin Mulvany photo above, as Xavier dominated the second half for a 74-56 win in the Sweet 16 game Saturday night at Arco Arena.

The unedited game story is below. Not much time for anything else. We will return to links and more information, dependent on the travel situation.

It’s over for Lady Vols

While watchng Baylor and Tennessee to kick off a women’s Sweet 16 … ooo Lady Vols lose, should be interesting reading - the comments, more than the stories, on Sunday.

Onward with Gonzaga-Xavier, tonight at Arco Arena.

The Cincinnati Enquirer looks at a Vivian Frieson-Amber Harris matchup and notebook.

The Sacramento Bee capsules.

A repeat of our story, John  Blanchette’s column but our caps didn’t make it on-line so they’re posted below.

A vote for Frieson

Vivian Frieson, who enjoyed a laugh at practice Friday in Arco Arena captured by Colin Mulvany,  led the Gonzaga women’s basketball team to the Sweet 16 but don’t go crazy about it, she might think it was creepy. Besides, according to John Blanchette’s column, it’s not like she hasn’t faced challenges before and come through.

Rematch, repeat, not really

It may seem like deja vu with Gonzaga facing Xavier in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament for the second year in a row but it’s really not. At least that’s what the take we got today as the teams prepared for Saturday night’s Sweet 16 showdown. The story is below, the team is above, posing at Arco Arena and captured by Colin Mulvany.

Lady Zag family getting bigger

Back with tomorrow’s story on the Gonzaga women’s basketball team. There’s a little inside joke, and no doubt someone out there is going to take this wrong, but it’s a story with the, awe, never mind, I’m too tired to take grief. Anway, Kelly Graves always talks about the Bulldog family. Well, it’s about to get bigger. Heck, it could be getting bigger between the time I write this and the time you read it. The story is posted below, Dan Pelle’s picture is above. looks at the Sweet 16 matchups, with Gonzaga’s Kayla Standish in the spotlight; the three experts also pick … UConn, Duke, Stanford, Tennessee, Nebraska, … well, check it out. There’s also 16 questions, including on on Courtney Vandersloot. And there’s a little more love in this breakdown. Leftcoasthoops checks in with the Zags.

There’s also some links to pass on. San Francisco fires its coach; the CincinnatiEnquirer story on Xavier’s win over Vanderbilt on Tuesday. Been trying to catch up on some notes, but I’ll got by memory. Monday was junior Angie Bjorklund’s (U-Hi) 100th game with Tennesee. She also has 100 3’s, which I believe is 3 shy, maybe 5 of the school record for a season. Will keep an eye over the weekend. The lady Vols’ game with Baylor and Brittney Griner, who blocked like 14 shots, a tournament record, in a win over Georgetown, which may have been a little intimidated, shooting 17 percent, is at 9 a.m. on Saturday. They played in the season opener, with UT winning.

Gonzaga-Xavier, a review before preview

Thursday is the travel day for Gonzaga, headed to the Sweet 16 and a date with Xavier Saturday night at ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

We’re working on a feature story, but thought we would revisit some history - Gonzaga’s historic victory over Xavier in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It’s posted below, above is a picture of Ta’Shia Phillips splitting Heather Bowman and Vivian Frieson on her way to 26 points and 18 boards.

Graves injures thumb after win

Just kidding, but you might wonder why.

Kelly Graves was enjoying a little mid-day R&R when we found him.

One question had to be asked - and of course I asked more than one - but didn’t we leave you hanging with one big one after Gonzaga earned its first trip to the Women’s Sweet 16 last night? Aren’t we wondering how many messages a phone can hold after a team upends a two-seed 72-71 on national television?

Now we know. Keep reading.

And while you’re at it, here’s an piece on GU taking the next step; the College Station, Tex, newspaper story on the A&M loss (with all the reasons why, which we didn’t get to use because we were looking at all the reasons why the Zags won); San Antonio story; Seattle Times story and blog; Everett Herald story; and the Associated Press story.

Zags a true team

The Gonzaga women’s basketball team is going whether no other has gone, the Sweet 16. The true talent of this team was on display in a 72-71 win over Texas A&M because they did it with the best player not at her best. S-R columnist John Blanchette’s column is below.

Will try to get to some links some time tomorrow but there’s a drive home, a hockey story to do and travel plans to make. I will get to it as soon as possible.

Gonzaga women off to Sweet 16

Vivian Frieson just couldn’t contain herself.

“How sweet it is,” she said, warning everyone before she said it that the cliche was about to come.

Why not, did a little bit of everything, including hitting the game winning shot, in a 72-71 decision over Texas A&M to send Gonzaga to its first Sweet 16.

The unedited game story is below and we’ll be back a little later with John Blanchette’s column.

GU women face A&M

A little morning surfing before the Gonzaga women face Texas A&M tonight in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament. The game is  n ESPN2 and 1510 AM radio. Tip-off is about 6:40, after the 4 p.m. games that includes Tennessee.  Keep reading for stories we’ve found.

Bulldog women ready for rematch

Gonzaga women basketball players get a chance to erase the memory of their lowest point of the season with what would be the high point of their athletic lives, not to mention the high point in program history.

The Bulldogs play Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA Tournament - the unedited game story is below - along with a couple of notes.

Gonzaga gets signature win

At times it appeared the Gonzaga women’s basketball team was playing against the jersey, which shouldn’t be surprising since the first round oppenent in the NCAA Tournament game was at North Carolina.

And there were moments it appeared the Bulldogs might be over-whelmed by the big, fast and athletic Tar Heels.

But in the end they proved they were an outstanding basketball team, emphasis on team, in an 82-76 win. The unedited game story is below.

The color purple and more

Picked up a few notes from practices for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament doubleheader at UW.

It includes an adverse reaction to the color purple, a presidential brush-off and Kobe. Keep reading, there are probably too many note to make Saturday’s paper.

Pargo on SI cover

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated includes six regional covers featuring teams advancing to the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA men’s basketball championship:  Gonzaga, Jeremy Pargo; Michigan State, Kalin Lucas; North Carolina, Ty Lawson; Oklahoma, Blake Griffin; Pittsburgh, Levance Fields; and Syracuse, Jonny Flynn, are featured on the covers, with the billing Let’s Get It On.


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