February 28, 2010 in Sports

GU women deserving

The Spokesman-Review
 

First of all, let there be no doubt the basketball teams fielded by the Gonzaga men’s program in the last 10 years are among the greatest in the history of the school. Mark Few has done a tremendous job.

However, I am happy to see that through John Blanchette’s superlative column (“They got game, too,” Feb. 21) that the women’s team is finally getting recognition it so richly deserves. My gosh, it has won six straight WCC titles. Kelly Graves and his players deserve all the accolades they can get.

As mentioned in his column, my wife and I are among the 90 percent who attend their games because we could not get tickets to the men’s. We do not regret the choice.

These beautiful and talented young women, led by Heather Bowman, Vivian Frieson and Courtney Vandersloot, play with skill, speed and talent. It’s only because they lack height that they cannot perform the showy slam dunks, but they make up for that in their play.

They are feminine young women, but when they take the floor there is nothing prissy about their play. It’s all business and they are tough. I have seen many players on Gonzaga and its opposition get knocked on their backsides and more than a few have been elbowed.

If you have not seen the Gonzaga women’s basketball team in action, you owe it to yourself to come out and see a game. Unfortunately, the home season has ended, but you still may catch a game or two on TV. Indulge yourself. You’ll be glad you did.

Steve Hughes

Otis Orchards


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