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Day after BYU

Gonzaga took all the guesswork – other than seeding, opponent and location — out of Selection Sunday by winning the WCC Tournament title over BYU on Tuesday. Had the Zags lost, most pundits still had them in the NCAA field as an at-large team but it would have been an uncomfortable few days waiting for Sunday’s announcement. (I’m guessing an 8 or 9 seed, I’m pulling for a trip to San Diego).

GU did it with a near flawless first half, leading by as many as 21 before settling for a 17-point edge at the break. The cushion helped the Zags withstand BYU’s second-half rally for a 75-64 victory.

Here’s my game story, John Blanchette’s column and Colin Mulvany’s photos. The view from Utah here, here, here, here and here. The Zags doubled up on championships as Gonzaga's women thumped BYU. My game story here and Colin's photos.

Onward for my day-after BYU post.


Zags roll to another WCC title

Gonzaga rode its defense to another WCC title.

The Bulldogs limited BYU to 14 first-half points and cruised to a 71-57 victory Tuesday in the championship game at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Keani Albanez led the way with 20 points, Sunny Greinacher added 16 and Lindsay Sherbert had 15.

My unedited game story is below.

Gonzaga women advance to championship game

Haiden Palmer scored 16 points, Lindsay Sherbert had 14 in the first half and Shelby Cheslek added 11 points and 14 rebounds Gonzaga defeated Saint Mary's 68-60 on Monday.

The victory moves the top-seeded Bulldogs (28-4) into Tuesday's championship game against No. 2 BYU, a 77-64 winner over No. 3 Pacific.

Here's a link to my game story. Here's Colin Mulvany's photo gallery.


Saint Mary’s in path of GU men, women

The brackets for the men and women at the WCC tournaments look similar, at least from Gonzaga's perspective. The top four seeds in both tourneys advanced to the semifinals.

That means No. 1 Gonzaga will take on No. 4 Saint Mary's twice today. The women collide at noon, the men at 6. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Pacific tangle at 2 in the second women's semifinal. No. 2 BYU and No. 3 USF meet in the men's late-night semi.

Here are my advances of the GU men and GU women, and another advance from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Zags down Dons, advance to semis

Gonzaga's top-seeded women withstood a spirited effort from No. 8 San Francisco, posting a 81-68 victory that moves the Bulldogs into Monday's semifinals against No. 4 Saint Mary's, which rallied from 17 down to edge No. 5 San Diego.

Here's my game story and John Blanchette's column on Sunny Greinacher, who led GU with 22 points.

Four men's games today at Orleans Arena, beginning with No. 6 San Diego vs.. No. 3 San Francisco (upset alert) at noon. Gonzaga takes on Santa Clara at 6 — updates on twitter @SRjimm.


Kennedy signs with pro team in Germany

Former Lewis and Clark High star Brittany Kennedy has signed to play professional basketball in Germany. Read story

Graves looks at program, coming year

Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves talks to College Hoops Journal: Read story

Gonzaga recruit McClard backs out

Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves confirmed Wednesday that the school has granted a release to touted recruit Bayli McClard of Hanford, Calif.

McClard, a 6-foot-1 forward who was named the Fresno Bee’s Player of Year in 2012, spent one day in Spokane with her family in late August before returning home, Graves said.

“I think she just decided it was too far from home,” Graves said from the recruiting trail in Oregon.

Graves said he didn’t know McClard’s plans or if she’ll face any penalties if she wants to play college ball elsewhere. McClard had originally given Fresno State an oral commitment before changing her mind and selecting Gonzaga.

Her departure leaves Emma Wolfram, a 6-5 center from South Kamloops (British Columbia) High, as GU’s lone recruit for the 2013-14 season. The Zags graduated just two players from the 2012-13 team that won its ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title.

Two teams qualify for regional at Arena

Georgia built a big lead, gave it all away in 6 minutes, then bounced back Monday night for a 65-60 win over Iowa State in an NCAA tournament second-round game at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs advance to Saturday's Sweet 16 games at the Arena. California also qualified with an overtime win over South Florida. The field will be completed after the results of two games on Tuesday. Saturday's winners in Spokane will play in the Elite Eight on Monday. Read story Read California story

Destination: Spokane Arena

The field for Saturday's NCAA women's basketball Sweet 16 games at the Spokane Arena will start to take shape tonight. Fourth-seeded Georgia (26-6) and fifth-seeded Iowa State (24-8) will meet in 25 minutes at McCarthey Athletic Center. The winner will play at the Arena on Saturday against Tuesday's winner between Stanford (32-2) and Michigan (22-10). Also tonight, second-seeded California (29-3) and 10th-seeded South Florida (22-10) are playing in Lubbock, Texas, for a trip to Spokane. That winner will play Saturday against Tuesday's winner between third-seeded Penn State (26-5) and sixth-seeded LSU (21-11).

Georgia, Iowa State clash for right to stay in Spokane

Yes, Gonzaga's season ended too soon for loyal Bulldogs fans, but there's quite an NCAA tournament game scheduled Monday night at McCarthey Athletic Center. Fourth-seeded Georgia and fifth-seeded Iowa State will meet at 6:50 for a berth to next weekend's Sweet 16 game at the Arena. Read story

Poor shooting dooms GU in NCAA opener

Gonzaga's stay at the NCAA tournament was short. The Bulldogs stuggled with their field-goal shooting and fell to Iowa State 72-60 in an opener Saturday afternoon at McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga finished the season 27-6, with five losses coming when the Bulldogs shot 33 percent or less from the floor. Iowa State will play Georgia on Monday night at McCarthey for a berth to next weekend's Sweet 16 game at the Arena. Read story See big picture gallery

Gonzaga drops NCAA tourney opener

Chelsea Poppens, Hallie Christofferson and Brynn Williamson combined for 54 points and Iowa State shot 52 percent from the field Saturday afternoon during a 72-60 win over Gonzaga to open the NCAA tournament at McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga's defense forced 23 turnovers and its bench outscored Iowa State 25-0, but the Bulldogs shot 32 percent from the floor, including 27 percent in the second half. Gonzaga finished 27-6, lost an NCAA tournament game at home for the first time and had its 15-game winning streak snapped. Story to come

Gonzaga is off and running at NCAA

Gonzaga and Iowa State have begun their NCAA women's basketball tournament game at McCarthey Athletic Center.

Tourney games at Gonzaga feature big coaching names

NCAA women's basketball tournament games at McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday and Monday will be coached by some of the best-known and most successful names in the business. Read notebook

Gonzaga hopes to extend home edge in NCAA tourney

Gonzaga is 4-0 in NCAA women's basketball tournament games on its home floor at McCarthey Athletic Center. To make it 5-0, the 12th-seeded Bulldogs must defeat a talented Iowa State team on Saturday afternoon. Read story

Idaho’s Barr keeps grandmother in her thoughts

Idaho sophomore guard Stacey Barr, the MVP of last week's Western Athletic Conference tournament, has played with a heavy heart during the late stages of the 2012-23 season. She and the Vandals will play Connecticut at the NCAA tournament on Saturday. Read story

Eastern women set for postseason play

Last week's overtime loss in the Big Sky Conference tournament semifinals didn't end Eastern Washington's season after all. The Eagles will play at Washington on Friday night in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Read story

Vandals put it together when it counted

Few people would have seen the Idaho Vandals as an NCAA tournament team in late December, when their record stood at 3-9. But Idaho coach Jon Newlee liked his mixture of freshmen and returning players and watched his team catch fire at the right time. Read story

Foster won’t return at Ohio State

Ohio State parted ways with coach Jim Foster on Tuesday. Foster's Buckeyes were one of five teams to defeat Gonzaga this season, a 65-60 decision at McCarthey Athletic Center on Dec. 17. Read story

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