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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6, 2010

Nilles commits to Gonzaga

West Valley standout Shaniqua Nilles, a 5-11 guard, has committed to the Gonzaga women's basketball team."I always wanted to go there," she said. "It's close to home. I've known coach (Kelly) Graves for a long time. They have a good program. My best friend, Jazmine...

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MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010

Women start basketball practice early

Most women's basketball teams started practice today, well before the men, because of a new NCAA rule. They still get the same number of practices, they're just spread out more. Some schools are ignoring the earlier opportunity, some welcome it and you can check that...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

Stacy Clinesmith at 2007 Hoopfest. (Ingrid Lindemann / File/The Spokesman-Review)

Clinesmith now assistant at Central

Former Mead standout Stacy Clinesmith has been hired as an assistant with the Central Washington women's basketball program. The information is below, but it doesn't say what the former pro did in the last year ... which I believe was coaching high school in the...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

Frieson cut

Tulsa Shock coach Nolan Richardson announced that Vivian Frieson and Juanita Ward were released from their training camp contracts on Wednesday, according to Tulsa World reporter Lynn Jacobsen, making room for Ivory Latta, who is expected to join the team on Thursday.Frieson was a third-round...

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

Bowman signs with Storm 

Heather Bowman, Gonzaga's and the West Coast Conference's all-team leading scorer, has a chance to continue her basketball career close to home. The Lewis and Clark graduate has signed a free-agent contract with the Seattle Storm.It's not on the WNBA team's website but we have...

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Redmon MVP, Nicholas does well

Information from the Washington-Oregon basketball game, where Mead's Jazmine Redmon was the MVP in the girls game and G-Prep's Ryan Nicholas had a big game for the boys.Redmon and future Gonzaga teammate Danielle Walters of Pasco made the difference down the stretch while Nicholas was...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

GU senior Vivian Frieson has her eye on the ball during practice Friday. (Colin Mulvany)

Frieson drafted

Calling it more than a dream come true, Gonzaga senior Vivian Frieson was selected in the WNBA Draft Thursday afternoon.Frieson was picked by the Tulsa Shock with the seventh pick in the third round, 31st overall. The Shock is a the highly successful (on the...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010

Gonzaga University assistant women’s basketball coaches Jodie Kaczor Berry, left, and Lisa Mispley Fortier are expecting children. (Dan Pelle)

Fortier has baby 

Gonzaga assistant basketball coach Lisa Mispley Fortier (above right with pregnant GU assistant Jodi Kazor Berry with players hamming it up in the background of this Dan Pelle photo) gave birth to a boy Saturday morning.Marcus William, whose dad Craig is also a coach, an...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2010

Xavier’s Ta’Shia Phillips shoots over Gonzaga’s Katelan Redmon. (Colin Mulvany)

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...

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Gonzaga’s loss was not for a lack of effort as Courtney Vandersloot dives for a loose ball ahead of Xavier’s Amber Harris.  (Associated Press)

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....

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SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

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...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Gonzaga's Vivian Frieson has a laugh during practice Friday,  March 26, 2010, in Sacramento's Arco Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

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...

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The Gonzaga women's basketball team ham it up for the cameras after their practice session Friday, March 26, 2010, in the Sacramento's Arco Arena. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

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...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010

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...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

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...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

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...

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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...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010

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,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

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.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010

Schuller coach of year

The women's basketball notebook this week is a short visit with the local players for NCAA-bound Portland. As usual, there are more notes than will ever make the paper, so read the story below.As expected Wendy Schuller is the Big Sky Coach of the Year.The...

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MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010

Gonzaga women face Tar Heels 

It's the kind of matchups teams like Gonzaga crave - a name program on a neutral court.That's the first take on the Bulldogs' NCAA Tourmanet bracket, a chance to play North Carolina.But wait, Gonzaga is the higher seed, the Tar Heels having stumbled in the...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010

Eastern women fall

The magic ended for Eastern Washington as sixth-seeded Montana State pulled away in the closing minutes to defeat the Eagles in the Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals at Reese Court on Friday.Mike Vlahovich's unedited game story is below. However, the season isn't over as the...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2010

EWU to face MSU 

It's a good thing we told you in the advance the Big Sky Conference women's basketball court at Eastern Washington's Reese Court was all about parity or you might think the first day was full of upsets with the No. 6 and No. 5 seeds...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010

Special news from EWU women

Attention shifts away from Gonzaga, safely in the NCAA Tournament, to the hopes of Eastern Washington, Idaho and Washington State, who play in league tournaments this week.The Eagles have the best shot as Big Sky Conference champion and host for the league tournament, which begins...

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MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

Piper is Big Sky MVP

Eastern Washington junior Julie Piper is the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, which came out shortly before the league announced the 6-2 junior from Roseburg, Ore., was the league MVP. The Eagles have never had a league MVP before and haven't had a...

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