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UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Gonzaga women get good news early on NCAA Tournament placement

Sometimes March Madness really is a walk in the park. That’s where Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier found herself at noon Monday, when her phone buzzed with talk of …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

How we voted: One day after NCAA seeds are unveiled, most voters come to consensus on top six teams

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 8:21 p.m.

Gonzaga women learn their NCAA Tournament destination on Monday

Good thing this is a business trip. The most talked-about NCAA Tournament destinations for the Gonzaga women aren’t exactly Spring Break hot spots.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

Gonzaga baseball wins rubber game of WCC series against BYU

Gonzaga closer Alek Jacob fired 3 2/3 shutout innings to earn a lengthy save and help the Bulldogs win the rubber game of a West Coast Conference-opening three-game series 4-2 …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Injuries forcing Gonzaga women to rethink rotations ahead of NCAA Tournament

Even with injuries to a pair of key players, the Gonzaga women won’t necessarily be out of their depth in the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 11:18 p.m.

Injuries to Laura Stockton, Jill Townsend have bracketologists split on Gonzaga’s NCAA Tournament seeding

Will the NCAA add insult to the injuries already suffered by the Gonzaga women’s basketball team? Quite possibly.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Brother of Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier dies of complications from muscular dystrophy

Fortier had been with her brother since Tuesday afternoon, when she was pulled from the Gonzaga bench in the fourth quarter of the Zags’ West Coast Conference championship game against …


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

How we voted: ACC’s blue bloods heading in opposite directions as March Madness nears

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


My kind of town: Gonzaga looks to extend WCC dominance with pair of wins in Las Vegas

For two-plus decades, the West Coast Conference Tournament has mirrored the WCC regular season. Gonzaga has ruled both, only slightly less so when it comes to the conference tournament.


Best is yet to come: Gonzaga women must take care of business at WCC Tournament in hopes of hosting NCAA rounds

Should the Gonzaga women advance to Tuesday’s West Coast Conference Tournament final, they could face BYU for a third time after a pair of two-point losses to the Cougars.


John Blanchette: 1993-94 team paved way for Gonzaga’s high postseason expectations

Before Gonzaga took up more or less permanent residence in the high rise that is the NCAA Tournament bracket, the Bulldogs had to get past the doorman. And before that, …


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

WCC Tournament: Darryl Polk Jr. helps Pepperdine past Pacific in opener

Colbey Ross had 14 points for Pepperdine. Jade Smith added 10 points. Victor Ohia Obioha had four blocks for Pepperdine.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

Gonzaga women focusing on the finer details during lengthy break before WCC Tournament

The Gonzaga women spent Wednesday afternoon working on a few fine points. They certainly have the time – perhaps too much.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Lisa Fortier named WCC Coach of the Year; senior trio on first team

For the fourth time in her five years in charge of the Gonzaga women’s basketball program, Lisa Fortier is the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 9:23 p.m.

No. 14 Gonzaga women could be here or there come NCAA Tournament time

Will they stay or will they go? Gonzaga women’s basketball fans will be asking that question for two more weeks, even if the Zags manage to win another West Coast …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga inching toward top overall seed, but ACC’s best could provide challenge

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 5:35 p.m.

Gonzaga seniors Zykera Rice, Laura Stockton, Chandler Smith ready for spotlight ahead of Senior Day

Gonzaga seniors Zykera Rice, Chandler Smith and Laura Stockton had perhaps their best combined game of the season on Thursday in a big win over Pepperdine.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 27, 2019, 6:14 p.m.

Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier named one of 15 finalists for Naismith Coach of the Year award

Other finalists include eight-time winner Geno Aueriemma of Connecticut; Muffett McGraw of defending NCAA champ Notre Dame; Kim Mulkey of Baylor and Tara Vanderveer of Stanford.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Gonzaga women keeping focus on the court ahead of Senior Day festivities

It’s easier to keep your eyes on the prize when you’re not daubing them with a tissue.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 10:16 a.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga’s return to No. 1 means more exposure, pressure as postseason nears

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 8 p.m.

Gonzaga women’s seniors will say goodbye, then possibly come back for more

Three Gonzaga seniors – Laura Stockton, Zykera Rice and Chandler Smith – will play their final games this week at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Unless Gonzaga is seeded in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 6:47 p.m.

Gonzaga women’s basketball knows it has ‘less room for error’ on road trip to Santa Clara, San Francisco

The Zags are 23-3 overall and ranked 15th in the nation, but at 12-2 are just one game ahead of BYU in the West Coast Conference race going into the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Gonzaga women still projected to host NCAA Tournament games after close loss to BYU

There was no finger-pointing, coach Lisa Fortier said after Tuesday’s practice ahead of the Zags’ final road trip of the regular season.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Second loss to BYU only dropped Zags two spots in AP poll

Perhaps Gonzaga’s


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:16 p.m.

How we voted: A shift of power in the SEC after Kentucky’s upset of top-ranked Tennessee

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Gonzaga women look to ‘right the ship’ when BYU visits the Kennel

Looking ahead to Saturday’s big game against BYU, Lisa Fortier didn’t want to talk about revenge.


Gonzaga slotted as No. 4 seed in first NCAA bracket reveal

It’s hard to believe, but life is getting even better for the Gonzaga women’s basketball team and their fans. On Monday night, the NCAA’s


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 7:25 p.m.

How we voted: ACC’s quality revealed once again in second meeting between heavyweights Duke, Virginia

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 65 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll this season. Every week throughout the 2018-19 campaign, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Gonzaga women’s basketball brings balanced approach to contest at Portland

A self-described student of the game, Gonzaga guard Katie Campbell smiles when she looks at her team’s season stats.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Finding her range: Gonzaga’s Katie Campbell has settled into do-it-all role on, off the court

When you’re among the best long-range shooters in college basketball, expectations can get a bit surreal.