Posts tagged: WCC Tournament
About 20 minutes from tipoff of the Gonzaga men's game against Saint Mary's at the Orleans Arena. We'll see if GU can make it 2 for 2 in title games.
The Gonzaga women shut down San Diego 62-50 earlier Monday to claim the WCC Tournament championship. The Zags are headed to the NCAAs for the fifth straight year.
My unedited game story is below.
In-game updates on the GU-Saint Mary's men at twitter.com/srjimm.
Press conferences Sunday at the Orleans on the day before the WCC Tournament title games.
S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered the GU women vs. BYU game in Las Vegas. GU women beat BYU 62-43. GU will face Saint Mary's-San Diego winner for title Monday. Check out a big picture gallery of his photos.
The West Coast Conference will change its men's and women's basketball tournaments when it becomes a 10-team league in 2014, scrapping the format that rewarded the top two teams with double-byes into the semifinals.
The WCC, which welcomes Pacific in 2013-14, will adopt a traditional 10-team tournament with the 10th seed playing No. 7 and No. 8 vs. No. 9 on the first day. The top six seeds will enter the tournament in the quarterfinals on the second day. Gonzaga's men and women have enjoyed double byes for years at the tournament.
ESPN.com first reported the format change. UPDATE: Here's a release from the WCC.
The conference tournaments will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas for at least one more year. The contract runs out after the 2013 event. The WCC is considering several other venues as well as re-upping with the Orleans.
On Feb. 25th, BYU had a chance to earn a co-WCC women's regular-season title with a win over Gonzaga but was routed 77-60 in Spokane. The Cougars had another opportunity against GU on Monday and this time they registered a 78-66 victory in the WCC Tournament championship at the Orleans Arena.
The Cougars made 60.4 percent of their shots while keeping GU standout duo Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon in check. The two combined for just three second-half field goals and were 9 of 27 from the field. BYU earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga believes it'll make the tournament field, too, but it will have to wait until Monday to find out.
You can read my unedited story below. Chris Anderson's photos can be found here.
It's championship Monday for the WCC men and women. It's the top two seeds squaring off in both title games.
We'll begin with the women, who tip at noon at the Orleans Arena. Here's my preview of No. 1 GU-vs.-No. 2 BYU and John Blanchette's column on Taelor Karr. More previews in the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News and Kitsap Sun.
The No. 2 Gonzaga men take on No. 1 Saint Mary's tonight at 6. Here's my preview: and others in the San Francisco Chronicle,Contra Costa Times and Seattle Times, Is BYU in or out of the NCAA Tournament?
You can follow both title games with in-game updates at twitter.com/srjimm.
Gonzaga fans are already filling up the lobbies, restaurants, casinos and seats at the Orleans. Later today, Gonzaga's men's and women's teams will arrive in Vegas as they await Saturday's semifinals.
Men's assistant coach Tommy Lloyd is already here. He was scouting the Thursday evening games, particularly San Diego's rout of Pepperdine. The Toreros earned a dat with third-seeded BYU tonight with GU awaiting the winner.
I ran into assistant coach Donny Daniels at the Spokane Airport yesterday at a morning hour neither of us should have been awake. He was heading over to Tacoma to watch the state basketball tournaments. It was the day after Sports Illustrated's article that portrayed UCLA basketball in disarray under the watch of coach Ben Howland. Daniels is mentioned in the story, as is ex-Bruins guard Matt Carlino now at BYU. Daniels declined my interview requiest. Carlino isn't saying much either.
We'll learn GU's semifinal matchups later — I'm heading over to the Arena for the Saint Mary's vs. Pepperdine women's game at noon, winner faces Gonzaga — and I'll post short previews here later.
It's the time of year where I have double duty, covering the GU men's and women's teams at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. So, I put together a short men's preview of the tournament that ran in Thursday's S-R and another for the women's team that will run Friday.
Here's a link to the men's article. Below, you can read an unedited version of the women's article.
Idaho gave Nevada fits for most of the game but the Wolf Pack pulled away with a 20-4 finishing kick and won 75-61 in the WAC women's tournament quarterfinals. It sounds like the Vandals will have a postseason opportunity in the Women's Basketball Invitational. They'll likely be on the road. An announcement could come by Monday.
Here's my game story.
Good morning from Las Vegas. One tourney down (WCC), one to go (WAC). We've got a ton of reading material from GU's men's and women's sweeps of Saint Mary's in the WCC title games.
Ladies first: Here's my game story, Chris Anderson's photos and a sidebar on the incomparable Courtney Vandersloot (pictured above). More from the San Francisco Chronicle, Contra Costa Times and Seattle Times.
Back with my game story and Chris Anderson's photos from Gonzaga's 75-63 victory over Saint Mary's on Monday night. GU earns the WCC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Zags will be making their 13th straight trip to the NCAAs.
The first day of the WCC tournaments had a little of everything.
On the women's side, No. 5 Santa Clara held off No. 8 San Francisco 62-58. SCU's Alyssa Shoji scored 18 points and Lena Gipson added 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Broncos face No. 4 Portland today at noon.
No. 7 San Diego thumped No. 6 Loyola Marymount 73-63 as Sam Child scored 19 points and Emily Hatch had 15 points and 13 boards. The Toreros meet No. 3 Pepperdine.
On the men's side, LMU made tourney history by becoming the first No. 8 seed to advance to the quarterfinals under the current format, which has been in effect since 2003, when it defeated No. 5 Portland 72-68. The last eight seed to win at the WCC tourney was LMU in 1997. LMU faces No. 4 Santa Clara tonight. More on LMU's win here.
No. 6 Pepperdine made 36 of 44 free throws to edge No. 7 San Diego 84-81. The Waves will face No. 3 San Francisco in tonight's late game.
I deliberately waited to post my article that will run on Thursday's Four Corners page in the S-R. The topic was the importance of earning a No. 1 or No. 2 seed as it relates to WCC Tournament success.
Gonzaga entered the night with an outside shot at keeping its streak of 10 consecutive WCC regular-season titles going, but San Diego, tied with LMU for last in the conference, stunned Saint Mary's and Gaels' standout Rob Jones appeared to suffer a rib-cage injury..
Now, Gonzaga can earn at least a co-WCC title by winning its last four conference games. The Bulldogs have two important games this week when fourth-place Santa Clara and San Francisco, tied with GU for second, visit the MAC.
When San Diego pulled off its upset, I did a quick re-write and here's a link to the article that will run tomorrow.
By the way, I visited briefly with Robert Sacre prior to Tuesday's practice and he said he's feeling much better after battling illness last weekend. He took it easy on Sunday and Monday and judging by the effort he expended in the first 30 minutes of Tuesday's practice, he appears to be feeling much better. Steven Gray, who was under the weather on last week's road trip, also practiced hard during the first half hour of Tuesday's drills.
“I've got my energy back,” Sacre said.
A number of links as Gonzaga’s women prepare to take on Santa Clara in WCC Tournament semifinals in about 25 minutes.
Back at half of the GU game for an update.
Back with the game story from Gonzaga’s convincing 94-59 win over Santa Clara. The unedited version is below.
UPDATE: No. 2 Saint Mary’s pulled away late for a 71-61 victory over No. 3 Portland. Patty Mills’ shot was a little rusty but the rest of his game looked pretty sharp, considering he was coming off a five-week absence due to a broken right hand.
Gonzaga’s women built a big first-half lead and held off several Loyola Marymount rallies to post a 74-63 win. The top-seeded Zags will meet No. 6 San Diego, which upset No. 2 Portland 74-64.
Read on for an unedited game story that will run in Sunday’s S-R. Check back later for a halftime update and the game story from the GU men’s semifinal game.
Meanwhile, here’s a column by John Blanchette on the WCC staging its tournaments in Las Vegas.
I filed a short advance of the WCC Tournament, which opens Friday in Las Vegas, that will run in tomorrow’s S-R. You can read the unedited version below.