Even during a 26-point win over Portland, the Zags found some teachable moments ahead of next week’s West Coast Conference showdown at BYU.
Last week, Zykera Rice set the record straight about her blue do.
At first sight, this would be the perfect time for the Gonzaga women to look past their next opponent.
For the Gonzaga women’s basketball players, Monday morning was spent in sweaty, ignorant bliss. After two hours of hard practice at the Kennel, the Zags were ready for lunch. They were also served up with the news that they moved up to 14th in this week’s Associated Press Top-25 poll. That’s the highest spot in program history. Then again, no other GU team has been 15-1.
The Gonzaga women were tested in so many different ways Saturday, but responded with grit, power and waves of energy from the bench in an 88-65 win over Pacific.
The show isn’t for the squeamish but it ends happily enough, with GU taking a 74-62 win over the Gaels before a sellout crowd at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
The start of the New Year also offers the Gonzaga women a chance to finish off some old business against Saint Mary’s.
Zykera Rice matched her career high of 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting and No. 17 Gonzaga rolled to its ninth straight win, defeating Pepperdine 79-54 on Monday.
The Gonzaga women climbed three spots to No. 17 in the latest AP rankings released on Monday. The Zags play at Pepperdine at noon on Monday.
Zykera Rice scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack and No. 20 Gonzaga dominated the second half to defeat Loyola Marymount 78-53 on Saturday in the West Coast Conference women’s basketball opener.
The Zags are 11-1 – the best nonconference mark in program history – ranked 20th in the polls and a lofty 15th in the Rating Percentage Index entering Saturday’s league opener at Loyola Marymount.
Zags climb one spot in poll as UConn remains No. 1 after a pair of close games last week.