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Sweet 16 wrap, on to Elite 8

Yep, woke up this morning (mind you it wasn't too early), saw the newspaper and confirmed, Gonzaga is headed to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

Our coverage included a game story, John Blanchette column, notebook, slide show and the other Sweet 16 Game.

Now the Zags face Stanford, which kindly came to Spokane last November and pulled out a close win over the Zags. But as both teams have been saying today, that was a long time ago.

There will be much more from the Spokane Regional tonight and tomorrow.

For what else I've found for this morning, read on.

More to read until Sweet 16 tip-off

Good morning. Back to catch up with more stories out of the Spokane Regional of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament  before settling in to watch Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) and Tennessee against Ohio State in the Dayton Regional.

First is columnist John Blanchette's glance back as the group that got this all started for the Gonzaga women, who face Louisville and freshman sensation Shoni Schimmel (above).

There's more, read on.

Gearing up for Gonzaga Sweet 16 in Spokane

Home from the Arena and time to catch up on the women's basketball news.

We have filed our game advances for the Spokane Regional. I'm on the Gonzaga-Louisville game, Greg Lee has the North Carolina-Stanford game. Do you think I need to thank Courtney Vandersloot for the Zags drawing the 6 p.m. game? That 8:30 tip is going to be a deadline nightmare. There is also today's column with John Blanchette's column questioning Gonzaga playing here and the Chris Anderson/Dan Pelle slide show from today's practices at the Arena. (By the way, there are 11,200 tickets to be sold - 600 seats go to bands and other necessary personnel - and less than 1,000 remained as of 4 p.m. on Friday.)

Read on for more.

Buildup continues for Sweet 16

Boy, did this day get away from me. Writing a basketball story, hockey story and getting a handle on a track story for next week. I can't think any more. Time to go surfing.

Plenty of attention in Spokane for the NCAA Women's tournament. The Sweet 16 at the Arena on Saturday with links to the school releases as available. Both games on ESPN2:

6 p.m. - No. 11 Gonzaga (30-4) vs No. 7 Louisville (22-12)

8:30 - No. 5 North Carolina (28-8) vs. No. 1 Stanford (31-2)

Read on for what else I stumbled into.

North Carolina overwhelms GU, 98-77

Gonzaga’s season came to an end Friday night as top-seeded North Carolina rolled to an impressive 98-77 victory at FedExForum in Memphis.

North Carolina led by as many as 17 in the first half and settled for a 53-42 lead at the break. The Tar Heels (31-4) scored the first six points of the second half and were on top 66-45  on Wayne Ellington’s layup with 15 minutes remaining.

The fourth-seeded Zags finished 28-6, one win short of the school record of 29.

Back later with a game story and a short notebook.  

Game day for GU, UNC

Game day for Gonzaga and North Carolina in what appears to be a great Sweet 16 matchup. A couple of items in today’s S-R, authored by John Blanchette. First, his column on GU’s previous losses in the Sweet 16 and how it can avoid a similar fate tonight. There’s also a sidebar on the friendship of Mark Few and Roy Williams.

For North Carolina coverage, here’s a link to the Charlotte Observer and there’s numerous stories on GU-UNC.



GU updates from Memphis

Media day has come and gone, so I’ll post a couple of things rather than wait ‘til later and have one extremely long post.

Click below for the GU-UNC matchups and also for an unedited notebook.

Back with the game preview in about 90 minutes.


Coaching up the Zags

I solicited the opinions of three coaches — Maryland’s Gary Williams, Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg and Washington State’s Tony Bennett — who have experience facing Gonzaga and North Carolina. 

Read what they consider to be the key points in Friday’s GU-UNC matchup below in an unedited article that will run in Wednesday’s S-R.


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