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KINGSTON, R.I. - Forget dunking a basketball.
Gonzaga women's basketball coach Kelly Graves' excitement prior to the final practice before his 11th-seeded Bulldogs face No. 2-seeded Kentucky tomorrow was all about Dunkin Donuts. Graves made his first trip to the famed joint last night on a walk.
The press conference remark, which will likely make its way into all the media coverage today, showcased how loose the Zags are during their cross-country trip for their Sweet 16 dance with the Wildcats. One thing about Graves and the Zags - they know how to let the good times roll, as highlighted in this morning's feature on sophomore guard Haiden Palmer.
More coverage later from myself and a picture story from S-R photographer Colin Mulvany.
Gonzaga fans hold up signs in the sold out arena as the team plays Miami in the second half of an NCAA tournament second-round women's college basketball game in Spokane Monday. Gonzaga beat Miami 65-54.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Ever so slightly overlooked in Gonzaga crashing yet another Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament this week was the morsel of the Bulldogs holding the nation’s sixth-highest scoring team 22 points shy of its norm. So the Zags played pretty good defense. And coach Kelly Graves was still playing it Wednesday. Perhaps you can imagine the reason. As was the case a year ago – and as it will be again next year – the Bulldogs bid for and won the right to host the first and second rounds at the McCarthey Athletic Center, though they still had to, you know, earn their way into the tournament itself. Which they did/John Blanchette, SR. More here.
Question: Are you following the Lady Zags now that the men are done with March Madness? Have you followed the all along? Or are you still not following them?
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.
There will be much more from the Spokane Regional tonight and tomorrow.
For what else I've found for this morning, read on.
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.
Less than an hour before Gonzaga and Louisville tip-off in the Sweet 16, the Spokane Regional of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.
And no, don't ask again, I'm not making my prediction public.
Just a couple of things I missed when I blogged at 6 a.m.. Bud Withers from The Seattle Times, which may make you nervous as it talks about the possibility of Graves coaching the Huskies; Michelle Voepel from ESPN.com looking at Courtney Vandersloot and Jackie Stiles.
Tennessee turns back Ohio State to make the Elite 8 in Dayton.
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.
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.
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.