WCC final: Gonzaga women vs. BYU

March 11, 2014 2:21 p.m.  •  0 comments

Keani Albanez scored 20 points and No. 18 Gonzaga dominated BYU defensively to win the West Coast Conference tournament for the sixth time in seven years, beating the Cougars 71-57 on Tuesday.

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The Bulldogs get ready to take the court against BYU at the start of the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Starters, Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Sunny Greinacher (14) and Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44), greet each other during player introductions during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) and Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) were all smiles before the opening tip off to start the the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon (34) has her shot blocked by Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kiara Kudron (23) looks to the basket as Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) defends during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) drives to the basket as Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) defends during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) and Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Sunny Greinacher (14) compete for a rebound with Brigham Young Cougars forward Morgan Bailey (41) during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon (34) drives into the key as Brigham Young Cougars guard Kylie Maeda (15) defends during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Keani Albanez (24) defends Brigham Young Cougars guard Kim Beeston (4) during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Keani Albanez (24) grabs a rebound from Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Gonzaga bench cheers on their Bulldog teammates during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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After stealing the ball from Brigham Young Cougars guard Stephanie Rovetti, in back, Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon (34) heads downcourt during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Sunny Greinacher (14) shoots from under the basket as Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson defends during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) takes a shot as Brigham Young Cougars guard Lexi Eaton (21) defends during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Heading to the basket, Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Lindsay Sherbert (33) has the ball stripped away Brigham Young Cougars guard Lexi Eaton (21)during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Eaton was called for the foul.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Kelly Graves is not happy with a foul call during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Keani Albanez (24) blocks a shot by Brigham Young Cougars guard Kim Beeston (4) during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Lindsay Sherbert (33) heads to the basket as Brigham Young Cougars guard Kim Beeston, left, and Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson, right, defend during the first half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Sunny Greinacher (14) defends Brigham Young Cougars guard Lexi Eaton (21) as she takes a shot during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Haiden Palmer (3) heads to the basket as Brigham Young Cougars guard Xojian Harry (11) defends during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Lindsay Sherbert (33) makes a pass as Brigham Young Cougars guard Ashley Garfield (3) defends during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) heads back to the bench during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga fans cheer on the Bulldogs during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Keani Albanez (24) maneuvers around Brigham Young Cougars guard Lexi Eaton (21) during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Kelly Graves give instructions Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon, left, and Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Sunny Greinacher (14) during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Haiden Palmer (3) pops the ball loose from Brigham Young Cougars guard Lexi Eaton (21) but pulls back to avoid the foul call during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) defends Brigham Young Cougars guard Stephanie Rovetti (10) as she shoots during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon (34) comes off the court for the final time during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament championship NCAA woman’s college basketball game, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon jumps into the arms of Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Haiden Palmer (3) as the Bulldogs beat BYU 71-57 to win the West Coast Conference tournament championship, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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After losing the Gonzaga 57-71, BYU head coach Jeff Judkins congratulates the Bulldogs, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Streamer fall as the Bulldogs celebrates their 71-57 win over BYU , Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Kelly Graves celebrates with his players after beating BYU 71-57, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jazmine Redmon (34) cuts down the net after the Bulldogs beat BYU 71-57 to win the West Coast Conference tournament championship, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga guard Jazmine Redmon (34) proudly displays the net she helped cut down after the Bulldogs beat BYU 71-57, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) celebrates her teams 71-57 win over BYU, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Bulldogs celebrate the 71-57 victory over BYU, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Chelsea Waters, left, hugs Gonzaga Bulldogs center Shelby Cheslek (44) after the Bulldogs beat BYU 71-57, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Elle Tinkle (31) carries the WCC championship trophy off the court, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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