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March 9, 2009 in Sports
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Austin Daye of Gonzaga is fouled as he goes strong to the basket against John Bryant of Santa Clara on Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night.

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Micah Downs flies past the basket to save a loose ball against Santa Clara on Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night.

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Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga blows through the Santa Clara defense to score Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night.

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Gonzaga fans have some fun as their team beats Santa Clara 94-59 Sunday March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night.

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Gonzaga fans cheer as a timeout is called on the court with their team leading by a big margin over Santa Clara on Sunday March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night with a convincing 94-59 win.

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Austin Daye, left, and Jeremy Pargo, right, of Gonzaga combine to stymie John Bryant of Santa Clara, center, Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night.

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Josh Heytvelt of Gonzaga, left, and John Bryant of Santa Clara wrestle for position during first-half action Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night with a convincing 94-59 win.

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Will Foster, of Gonzaga, right, tries to tip in a rebound past John Bryant of Santa Clara during second-half action Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night with a convincing 94-59 win.

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Micah Downs of Gonzaga tries to avoid smashing his head on the basket support as he gets a dunk in the second half against Santa Clara Sunday, March 8, 2009.

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Matt Bouldin takes his dribble up the right side toward the basket against Santa Clara during first-half action Sunday March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night with a convincing 94-59 win.

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Jeremy Pargo of Gonzaga, center, in white, flies past John Bryant, left, and Marc Trasolini of Santa Clara to score in second-half action Sunday March 8, 2009.

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Steven Gray of Gonzaga throws down a reverse dunk as an exclamation point to a 94-59 win over Santa Clara on Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their semifinal game in the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. Gonzaga advanced to the championship game Monday night.

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Gonzaga University cheerleader Ben Glade keeps the large GU fan contingent pumped up during the Sunday March 8, 2009, games at the WCC Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas. The GU women beat Loyola Marymount 74-63 to advance to the finals Monday.

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Gonzaga forward #12 Vivian Frieson is fouled by Loyola Marymount’s #3 Alex Cowling during second-half action of their WCC Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday March 8, 2009.

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Gonzaga guard #21 Courtney Vandersloot is fouled on her drive to the basket by Loyola Marymount’s #22 Candice Nichols as she leads Gonzaga to a 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

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The arms of Loyola Marymount defenders frame Gonzaga guard Courtney Vandersloot as she scores to lead Gonzaga to a 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas, Sunday March 8, 2009.

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Jami Schaefer looks for an opening to drive to the basket during Gonzaga’s 74-63 win over Loyola Marymount in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday March 8, 2009. Schaefer came back from injury this season to help the Zag women win the league, and she scored 20 points in Sunday’s game.

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Heather Bowman of Gonzaga turns around the defense of Loyola Marymount’s #20 Aleyse Evans and is fouled during Gonzaga’s 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas Sunday March 8, 2009. Bowman is a graduate of Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School.

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Jami Schaefer, of Gonzaga, elevates above the defense to score during first-half action in a 74-63 win over Loyola Marymount in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009. Schaefer scored 20 points in the game.

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Gonzaga #44 Kelly Bowen battles with an Loyola Marymount player to control a rebound during early action in the Gonzaga 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009. Bowen took a blow to the face and had to leave the game to treat a bleeding nose.

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The Gonzaga bench rushes the court during a timeout to celebrate as they pile up a 14-point lead over Loyola Marymount in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009. Gonzaga went on to post a 74-63 win to advance to the championship game Monday.

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Gonzaga’s #12 Vivian Frieson, left, rejects a Loyola Marymount shot in the first half of their WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

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Jami Schaefer of Gonzaga, rear, and Alex Cowling of Loyola Marymount watch the bounce of a rebound as they fight for position during Gonzaga’s 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

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Loyola Marymount’s #21 Jessica Vargas, left, and Gonzaga’s #21 Courtney Vandersloot pass over the WCC Tournament logo at midcourt Sunday, March 8, 2009, during their game in Las Vegas.

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The biggest crowds of the weekend wear Gonzaga colors as they cheer the Zags on Sunday, March 8, 2009, at the WCC Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas.

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The Gonzaga women’s basketball team signals their win Sunday March 8, 2009 over Loyola Marymount, which put them into the WCC Basketball Tournament Championship game Monday.

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Loyola Marymount’s #10 Renahy Young runs into the teeth of the Gonzaga defense as #35 Claire Raap, left rear, and #11 Janelle Bekkering, rear right, rise up to block her shot Sunday, March 8, 2009, at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.

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Cassady Moore of LMU, left, has her shot blocked by Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga, right, during Gonzaga’s 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

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Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga flies to the basket as Loyola Marymount’s #22 Candice Nichols jumps just out of reach Sunday, March 8, 2009, during the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.

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Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga, in front with ball, dribbles past the defense of Loyola Marymount’s #12 Lisa Helmers en route to a Gonzaga 74-63 win in the WCC Basketball Tournament semifinal game in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 8, 2009.

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Heather Bowman of Gonzaga puts up a shot and scores against Loyola Marymount on Sunday, March 8, 2009, during the Zags’ 74-63 semifinal win at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.

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Gonzaga Coach Kelly Graves makes a point to one of his players as the Zag women beat Loyola Marymount 74-63 Sunday at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas. They advance through the semifinal to the championship game Monday.

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Gonzaga forward #44 Kelly Bowen heads to the bench to have her bloody nose treated after a rebound battle Sunday March 8, 2009. Gonzaga won their semifinal game against Loyola Marymount 74-63 to advance to the Monday championship game at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.