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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.

Bjorklund, Tennessee kick-start NCAA women

Were your eyes open enough to see the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament get off with a bang … Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) hitting her first three 3's, to be 19 of 21 over five games, as Tennessee beat somebody … and an early upset, Marist over Iowa State, which I picked.

Anyway, now we focus on McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga faces Iowa at 1, followed by Montana and UCLA.

For all we can find in the time we have … 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. 

Idaho comes up short; PSU wins Sky

There is a ton of women's basketball news, and between the two State B championship games I'm covering I'm going to catch you up.

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. ESPN.com 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 ESPN.com'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.

WCC bracket, Bjorklund shines on Senior Day

OK, I'm running a little late, but you should see the progress made on the boss' remodel project … crown molding is up. (It pays to have talented friends.)

Anyway, as promised, here's a real story on Washington State's inability to Washington. The bracket for the WCC Tournament. Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) had a big day for Tennessee on her Senior Day (I happened to see the start on ESPNU before the work started and saw the little ceremony, someone please tell Jim Bjorklund that was one ugly, not-even-Tennessee, orange sweater!)

This week's Top 25 is below..

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 ESPN.com, which I touched on a couple days ago, has an explanation of how geography plays into seeding.

Evans gets record, Gonzaga at home, Bjorklund still out

Before I get to the women's basketball preview for the weekend, kudos to Eastern Washington senior guard Kyla Evans. Despite missing too many games with a bad back that has hampered her throughout her career, she returned Tuesday night to set the Eagles' career record for 3-pointers. However, the struggling Big Sky Conference champions lost badly at Seattle.

Read on for more, including an injury update for the most heralded member of the local Class of 2007 we've been following this year.

UPDATED: A link that dicusses the professional potential of Angie Bjorklund.

G-Prep’s Cronin makes mark for Portland

The latest from the outstanding Spokane Class of 2007 in women's basketball, Portland senior Tara Cronin (G-Prep), the subject of our notebook this week. (University of Portland photo)

Also, Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) - the headline in the Class of '07 - is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. There are 10 finalists, somehow Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga isn't one of them. The winner is determined by fan voting and you can vote once a day. To see the final 10 and vote, check here.

There's more. Read on.

Tatum shoots Vols to lead at half

Tennessee’s Cameron Tatum scorched Gonzaga with four 3-pointers and a career-high tying 19 points in the first half to stake the Volunteers to a 40-33 halftime lead. Tatum’s deep 3-pointer gave the Vols their biggest lead 31-16 before GU battled back.

The Bulldogs actually led 6-0 at the outset as UT missed its first six shots, but Tatum started a 19-3 run with a 3-pointer and quickly followed with two more from long distance. The Bulldogs rallied behind Matt Bouldin’s 12 points and three rapid-fire 3s of their own by Ira Brown, Josh Heytvelt and Steven Gray to close within 33-27. GU cut the margin to 36-31, but J.P. Prince’s two free throws with 38.9 seconds left bumped Tennessee’s lead to seven.

Gonzaga was getting handled on the boards (15-7 at one point), but made up most of the deficit (22-19 at half), which corresponded with its comeback. The Bulldogs misfired at the free throw line, making just 5 of 12. Jeremy Pargo had a tough half, committing five turnovers and making just 1 of 5 shots.

More later.

Gonzaga, Tennessee ready for round three

For the third time in just over a year, Gonzaga and Tennessee will square off. Tennessee won last season in Seattle, Gonzaga won five weeks ago in Orlando. The third meeting is Wednesday night at 6 PST at Tennessee’s Thompson-Boling Arena, which hasn’t been too hospitable to visitors.

More below an unedited preview that will run in Wednesday’s S-R.

(Apologies for the late post, but no free wireless connection at two airports en route to Knoxville, where it is pouring rain.)

  

Vols fall to KU

Tennessee got off to a slow start — much like Gonzaga against UConn, Portland State and Utah — and never fully recovered, falling to Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday. More here, here and here.

Gonzaga visits Tennessee in Knoxville on Wednesday.

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