Even a full month out from Selection Monday, there was an angsty little subtext mixed into Saturday’s doings at McCarthey Athletic Center that went beyond how much space exists between Gonzaga and Brigham Young in the West Coast Conference standings.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s big game against BYU, Lisa Fortier didn’t want to talk about revenge.
The Gonzaga women are cruising to another West Coast Conference title, but they’re not driving while distracted.
It’s hard to believe, but life is getting even better for the Gonzaga women’s basketball team and their fans. On Monday night, the NCAA’s
Zykera Rice had 14 points and Laura Stockton scored 13 to help No. 13 Gonzaga beat Portland 93-62 and extend its win streak to six games. Jill Townsend added 12 points while Katie Campbell and Louise Forsyth each scored 11 points for Gonzaga.
When you’re among the best long-range shooters in college basketball, expectations can get a bit surreal.
As road trips go, it doesn’t get much better than Gonzaga’s excursion last week to Northern California. Not only did the GU women sweep would-be contenders Pacific and Saint Mary’s, they also moved into sole possession of first place in the West Coast Conference after BYU stumbled twice.
Jenn Wirth had 14 points and seven rebounds and No. 15 Gonzaga never trailed in its 66-52 win over Saint Mary’s. Jill Townsend added 12 points, while LeeAnne Wirth and Katie Campbell scored 10 apiece, for Gonzaga.
Laura Stockton scored 15 points with seven rebounds and five assists and Zykera Rice added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (20-2, 9-1 West Coast Conference), who pulled into a tie with league-leading BYU after the 25th-ranked Cougars lost at Loyola Marymount.
Halfway through the West Coast Conference season, the Gonzaga women have seen every team and know them well. Or do they?
It’s halfway through the West Coast Conference women’s season, which would be the perfect time for a breather. No chance of that for Gonzaga, which faces perhaps its toughest road trip of the season this week against Pacific on Thursday and Saint Mary’s on Saturday.
The Gonzaga women’s basketball team jumped three spots to No. 15 in the latest AP poll released on Monday. The Bulldogs (19-2), coming off wins last week over San Francisco and Santa Clara, will play at Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m.