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Gonzaga women will play Saint Mary’s for WCC title

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier celebrates with her team after beating San Francisco in their WCC semifinal game, March 6, 2017, at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier celebrates with her team after beating San Francisco in their WCC semifinal game, March 6, 2017, at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga earned a spot in the West Coast Conference championship game at 1 p.m. on Tuesday after the top-seeded Zags topped No. 4 San Francisco on Monday 77-46. It’s the first time Gonzaga has made it to the conference’s final matchup in two years.

Gonzaga will face No. 3 Saint Mary’s, which is coming off a 59-49 semifinal win over No. 2 BYU on Monday.

The Zags are 2-0 against the Gaels this season, but Saint Mary’s put up a fight in both meetings. In their most recent matchup, the Zags edged Saint Mary’s by one point on the Gaels’ home court.

Despite the regular-season sweep, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier said the championship trophy and a bid to the NCAA tournament won’t be easy prizes. She’s ready for a fight.

“There’s going to be a good basketball game out there for everybody to watch,” Fortier said. “At this point, we’re just trying to stick to who we are and what we do well.”

The finale will be aired on ESPNU and can also be viewed online on Watch ESPN.


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