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Coach Lisa Fortier guides Gonzaga women back to top of WCC Tournament

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Lisa Fortier celebrates the Zags’ 86-75 victory over Saint Mary's on Tuesday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas and her first West Coast Conference tournament title as head coach. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
WCC commissioner Lynn Holzman handed out the championship hardware and asked Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier to address the crowd. Let me take this picture first,” said third-year coach Fortier, staying true to her team-first approach.

Gonzaga runs past Saint Mary’s 86-75 in WCC championship

UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Zykera Rice (0) and Gonzaga guard Elle Tinkle (31) make confetti angels on the court after beating Saint Mary's 86-75 to win the WCC title game, Tues., March 7, 2017, at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
When in doubt, pass the ball to Jill Barta. That seemed to be the general consensus among the Zags on Tuesday when the Gonzaga took down Saint Mary’s 86-75 for the West Coast Conference title.

Gonzaga women will play Saint Mary’s for WCC title

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier celebrates with her team after beating San Francisco in their WCC semifinal game, March 6, 2017, at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga earned a spot in the West Coast Conference championship game at 1 p.m. on Tuesday after the top-seeded Zags topped No. 4 San Francisco on Monday 77-46. It’s the first time Gonzaga has made it to the conference’s final matchup in two years.

Gonzaga women clamp down on Dons’ high-scoring guards

Mon., March 6, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Kiara Kudron (23) blocks pass to San Francisco forward Alicia Roufosse (23) and forces a turnover during the first half of a WCC Tournament semifinal basketball game, Mon., March 6, 2017, at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Top-seeded Gonzaga bottled up San Francisco’s high-scoring tandem of Rachel Howard and Anna Seilund in a 77-46 blowout Monday in the WCC women’s basketball tournament semifinals at Orleans Arena.

Gonzaga women shut down Pacific 91-59 in WCC opener

UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Gonzaga forward Kiera Kudron defends a shot by Pacific guard Emily Simons during the second half of a WCC Tournament quarterfinal basketball game on Friday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The Gonzaga women ran out on the Orleans Arena court Friday afternoon with a few chips on their shoulders. For one, the Zags were not going to let this opening matchup slip through their fingers like it did in last year’s West Coast Conference tournament, when the Zags fell to Santa Clara.

Motivated by memory

UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Gonzaga women’s coach Lisa Fortier is counting on a better performance than the last two years at the WCC tournament. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
The Gonzaga women haven’t forgotten what happened the last time they visited the Orleans Arena. Last March, the Zags fell to Santa Clara in their first game of the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas. It was the second year in a row that Gonzaga had not at least reached the conference championship after making it to the final game for eight straight years.

Gonzaga women fall after fourth-quarter run by BYU

Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 11:54 p.m.

Kalani Purcell scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and BYU used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to beat Gonzaga 71-63 on Saturday in Provo, Utah, in the West Coast Conference regular-season finale for both teams.

BYU last regular-season stop for WCC champion Gonzaga women

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 11:48 p.m.

Gonzaga women’s players celebrate after Thursday’s win against the San Diego at that wrapped up the West Coast Conference regular-season championship. (James Snook / For The Spokesman-Review)
Although the Gonzaga women’s basketball team has clinched the regular-season championship in the WCC, there is one more stop to make before heading to Las Vegas next week for the WCC conference tournament. The Bulldogs head to Provo, Utah, and will face BYU on Saturday in their final game of the regular season.

Gonzaga women rally on Senior Night, secure WCC title

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:56 p.m.

Gonzaga players celebrate after defeating San Diego to wrap up the WCC championship on Thursday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center. (James Snook / Special to The Spokesman-Review)
The excitement built up from the majority of wins throughout the regular season doesn’t usually linger for long. Sure, the Zags celebrate and they congratulate each other, but there’s no relishing the moment. By the time the clock runs out, they’re already focusing on the next game.

GU women’s three seniors go out with a WCC title

Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:14 p.m.

Elle Tinkle’s second senior night went differently than her first. This year, Tinkle was in uniform and she left the McCarthey Athletic Center an outright WCC champion. Following the game, she raised the trophy and helped cut down the net with her teammates.

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