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Nunez finds fit at Gonzaga

Angel Nunez spent a good portion of his 21st birthday Saturday roughly 35,000 feet in the air. Nunez, the former Louisville Cardinal who committed to Gonzaga on Friday night, flew from Spokane to his native New York on Saturday.

In a telephone interview, Nunez said he was blown away by the family atmosphere at GU during his visit. He was a highly touted prep prospect, but struggled to find a spot in Louisville's rotation, mainly for defensive reasons, according to this article. Gonzaga hopes to help the 6-8, 200-pound Nunez, who has been compared to ex-Zag Micah Downs, turn his considerable potential into on-court production.

Read on for my article on Nunez (pronounced NOON-yez) that will run in Sunday's S-R.

Muhammad Ali At 70

Earlier today, Shirlee Smith holds a copy of a Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper photo of her at Central High School's 1960 graduation showing student council president Jerry Link, 17, left, the then cheerleader Shirlee Lewis, 17, and Cassius M. Clay, 18, a light-heavyweight member of the U.S. boxing team headed to the Olympics the following August. Ali is preparing to turn 70 next week. He’s coming home for a birthday bash at the downtown Louisville cultural center and museum bearing his name. The private party Saturday night, Jan. 13, will double as a fundraiser for the 6-year-old Muhammad Ali Center, which promotes ideals of tolerance, respect and individual achievement. (AP Photo/Brian Bohannon)

Question: Do you have a favorite boxer other than Muhammad Ali?

Close, but Cougs fall to No. 14 Cards

What a nice drive home from Pullman - hard to believe Christmas is almost here. Also hard to believe that's my last road trip for The Spokesman-Review, but that's another story. Kudos to the Washington State women's basketball team, they battled another ranked team, but they need to pull out one of these. This time it was No. 14 Louisville escaping Beasley with a 75-71 win.

Gonzaga finally got its regular-season statement game, rallying to beat No. 13 Georgia.

Sweet 16 wrap, on to Elite 8

Yep, woke up this morning (mind you it wasn't too early), saw the newspaper and confirmed, Gonzaga is headed to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

Our coverage included a game story, John Blanchette column, notebook, slide show and the other Sweet 16 Game.

Now the Zags face Stanford, which kindly came to Spokane last November and pulled out a close win over the Zags. But as both teams have been saying today, that was a long time ago.

There will be much more from the Spokane Regional tonight and tomorrow.

For what else I've found for this morning, read on.

Gonzaga joins the Elite

Gonzaga made history Saturday night - women's division - by becoming the lowest seed (11) to make the Elite Eight of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. They did it by holding up down the stretch to beat seventh-seeded Louisville 76-69 before more than 10,700 fans at the Arena.  As usual, Courtney Vandersloot (21) led the charge, setting a NCAA single season assist record and the WCC career steals record along the way.

They get a rematch with Stanford … the Cardinals won 84-78 in McCarthey the second game of the season … after the top-seeded Cardinal survived No. 5 North Carolina 72-65.  We're limited by deadline and exhaustion from providing you more than the story and an amazing 41-picture slide show from Chris Anderson and Dan Pelle. Tomorrow you get John Blanchette's column and a notebook.

You can find a lot more goodies on ESPN.com and a Bud Withers story in the Seattle Times.

More to read until Sweet 16 tip-off

Good morning. Back to catch up with more stories out of the Spokane Regional of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament  before settling in to watch Angie Bjorklund (U-Hi) and Tennessee against Ohio State in the Dayton Regional.

First is columnist John Blanchette's glance back as the group that got this all started for the Gonzaga women, who face Louisville and freshman sensation Shoni Schimmel (above).

There's more, read on.

Gearing up for Gonzaga Sweet 16 in Spokane

Home from the Arena and time to catch up on the women's basketball news.

We have filed our game advances for the Spokane Regional. I'm on the Gonzaga-Louisville game, Greg Lee has the North Carolina-Stanford game. Do you think I need to thank Courtney Vandersloot for the Zags drawing the 6 p.m. game? That 8:30 tip is going to be a deadline nightmare. There is also today's column with John Blanchette's column questioning Gonzaga playing here and the Chris Anderson/Dan Pelle slide show from today's practices at the Arena. (By the way, there are 11,200 tickets to be sold - 600 seats go to bands and other necessary personnel - and less than 1,000 remained as of 4 p.m. on Friday.)

Read on for more.

Buildup continues for Sweet 16

Boy, did this day get away from me. Writing a basketball story, hockey story and getting a handle on a track story for next week. I can't think any more. Time to go surfing.

Plenty of attention in Spokane for the NCAA Women's tournament. The Sweet 16 at the Arena on Saturday with links to the school releases as available. Both games on ESPN2:

6 p.m. - No. 11 Gonzaga (30-4) vs No. 7 Louisville (22-12)

8:30 - No. 5 North Carolina (28-8) vs. No. 1 Stanford (31-2)

Read on for what else I stumbled into.

Zags respect Louisville & more notes

A late post with a few things I've stumbled onto and a story on Gonzaga's reaction to facing Louisville on Saturday instead of Xavier. Read on.

Louisville upsets to fill Spokane Regional

There will be no rubber match between Gonzaga and Xavier in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament as the second-seeded Muskateers just got smoked down the stretch by seventh-seeded Louisville. Read one.