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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Gonzaga women hoping to rebound from hard-fought loss to BYU

The only GU women’s team to match that start was Kelly Graves’ 2004-05 squad, which went on to sweep the WCC regular-season and tournament titles.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:24 p.m.

First place on the line as Gonzaga women head to BYU in showdown of WCC unbeatens

The bull’s-eye is forever on their backs, so the Gonzaga women have decided to offer a moving target.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m.

Better shot selection, inside dominance have helped Gonzaga elevate 3-point shooting percentage

The Gonzaga women are definitely finding their range this season, and the reasons are no surprise: hours of practice, a stronger inside game and better shot selection.


With both teams highly ranked, Gonzaga’s No. 1 in ‘combined’ poll

The Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball teams are tops in the country in terms of their combined ranking in their respective AP polls.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 10:45 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Zykera Rice reaches for the sky on, off court

Last week, Zykera Rice set the record straight about her blue do.


Gonzaga women ranked school-best 14th in AP Top-25 poll

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Gonzaga women roll into West Coast Conference play after program-best nonconference slate

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth rely on each other on, off the basketball court

On the court, the twins are a big reason the Zags are 10-1 and off to the best start in school history going into Thursday’s home game against Idaho.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Smith’s double-double helps No. 21 Gonzaga women hold on

Chandler Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Zykera Rice added 13 and eight and No. 21 Gonzaga held off Missouri State 70-67 on Sunday.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 6:33 p.m.

No. 21 Gonzaga women face test at Missouri State

The Gonzaga women have seen a little of everything this year.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Chandler Smith, Jill Townsend stepped up big time against Stanford

Beating Stanford on Sunday is already paying some big dividends for the Gonzaga women. Less than 24 hours after their epic 79-73 win over the eighth-ranked Cardinal, the Zags reaped …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Gonzaga guard Jessie Loera gives Bulldogs a boost of energy on the court

“I have tended to have too much energy at moments, but now I feel like I’m bringing the right pace,” said Jessie Loera, the quickest player on the team and …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Zykera Rice collects double-double, Gonzaga women slow down Colorado State

It may have been their lowest scoring game of the young season, but the Gonzaga women did just enough to win, defeating Colorado State 50-39.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Gonzaga women seek payback after last season’s loss to Colorado State

Gonzaga’s women’s basketball team, off to its best start in the Lisa Fortier era, seeks a small bit of revenge Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Gonzaga women bounce back to beat Rutgers at Vancouver Showcase

Zykera Rice scored 16 points and Gonzaga topped Rutgers 57-40 in the consolation semifinals of the Vancouver Showcase at the Vancouver (B.C.) Convention Centre on Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 12:05 a.m.

Gonzaga women’s basketball adds Kayleigh, Kaylynne Truong in 2019 recruiting class

Gonzaga women’s basketball head coach Lisa Fortier announced the signing of Houston-area standouts Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong to National Letters of Intent for the 2019-20 season on Wednesday.


Gonzaga women working through changes ahead of game at Eastern Washington

The weaknesses – inconsistent rebounding and some defensive lapses in the second half of Wednesday night’s game against Montana – are all relative. After all, the Zags won 76-52 in …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Gonzaga’s depth leads to blowout victory over Montana in women’s basketball season opener

The turning point Wednesday night at the Kennel came when Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier turned to her bench.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Melody Kempton, a Post Falls graduate, enjoyed her first taste of college basketball

Quality minutes can be measured in many ways. For Melody Kempton, it was the 5,000-plus fans who watched her and Gonzaga beat Carroll College last Friday night at the McCarthey …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

Balanced offense leads Gonzaga women to blowout exhibition win over Carroll College

Most notable in the Zags’ offensive performance was the distribution of scoring. All but two of the 11 players who played scored and five players finished in double figures.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

Gonzaga women focusing on playing their game in exhibition against Carroll College

For now, expectations for the Gonzaga women don’t extend beyond Friday night’s exhibition against Carroll College.


Gonzaga women: Bulldogs primed for another run at NCAA Tournament berth

The Zags are going for their third straight West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and they have just the personnel to do it.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Gonzaga women picked to repeat as West Coast Conference champions

There’s a lot to like about this year’s Gonzaga women’s basketball team. The Zags are deep, experienced and savvy.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

FanFest scrimmage results in a tie, lengthy to-do list for Gonzaga women’s basketball

Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier casually chatted with fans before Numerica FanFest on Saturday and took a seat at the scorer’s table for the team scrimmage.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Three Gonzaga seniors have high expectations as women’s basketball practice opens

Great expectations are the norm every fall at the Kennel. That goes triple for the three senior starters on the Gonzaga women’s team, who also expect to win a third …


Gonzaga women to open Vancouver Showcase against defending national champion Notre Dame

Gonzaga will face defending national champion Notre Dame in the opening game of the inaugural Vancouver Showcase on Nov. 22, organizers announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Visit from Stanford highlights nonconference schedule for Gonzaga women’s basketball

Gonzaga women’s basketball fans may be getting the best of all worlds in the nonconference schedule announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Change in West Coast Conference scheduling makes travel plans easier for Gonzaga women’s basketball

Basketball season will always be a grind, but life will get a bit easier this season for the Gonzaga women. After a two-year hiatus, the West Coast Conference is going …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 5:25 p.m.

Gonzaga women sign 6-foot-5 post player from Romania

The Gonzaga coaches must have liked what they saw last November from Anamaria Virjoghe of Northwest Christian College. In an exhibition game at the Kennel, the 6-foot-5 Romanian had seven …


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Gonzaga women’s basketball overcame long odds en route to another successful season

The Gonzaga women overachieved again this year, and probably will need to do it again next season.