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UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Gonzaga women silence USF’s shooters, advance to WCC title game

Top-seeded Gonzaga strolled to a spot in Tuesday’s WCC women’s championship game when the Bulldogs took down No. 4 USF 77-46 on Monday at the Orleans Arena.


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Gonzaga women take on San Francisco in WCC tourney semifinals on Monday

Get through the quarterfinals. Check. Now Gonzaga has just one more game to cross off the list before getting to the West Coast Conference final.


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Gonzaga women shut down Pacific 91-59 in WCC opener

The Gonzaga women ran out on the Orleans Arena court Friday afternoon with a few chips on their shoulders. For one, the Zags were not going to let this opening …


UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Motivated by memory

The Gonzaga women haven’t forgotten what happened the last time they visited the Orleans Arena. Last March, the Zags fell to Santa Clara in their first game of the West …


Gonzaga sputters in crunch time, falls to BYU in rare close game

It looked like No. 1 Gonzaga was going to treat BYU the same way it treated its first 17 WCC opponents this season.


Blanchette: Zags get 29-and-oh-so-close

Just 29-1. How terrible could that possibly be?


TV Take: Announcers, like Gonzaga, have an off-night in The Kennel

As the Cougars’ 79-71 upset in the Kennel unfolded Saturday night on ESPN, those watching at home had to deal with translating what we were hearing from the television set.


BYU upsets Gonzaga, ends Zags’ bid at unbeaten regular season

It was a rout, then a ballgame and ultimately a nailbiter.


Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys to the Cougars’ 79-71 win

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 79-71 loss to BYU on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at the McCarthey Athletic Center …


Gonzaga’s Senior Night doesn’t go quite as planned

There were a few smiling faces left in the Kennel on Saturday night, but they weren’t wearing Gonzaga colors.


BYU stands out as last obstacle in Gonzaga’s pursuit of unblemished regular season

BYU was Gonzaga’s first test after the Zags reached No. 1 last month. GU won, 85-75, in Provo but was pushed by the Cougars. The Zags are still No. 1 …


BYU presents Gonzaga with tough tasks, inside and out

A look at the key matchups for Gonzaga in its men’s basketball game against BYU on Saturday, Feb. 25 2017.


Gonzaga faces its historically toughest conference opponent in pursuit of perfection

The last regular season game for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, and the final hurdle for them to clear before completing their perfect 30-0 season, is a home match versus the BYU …


Josh Perkins, Jordan Mathews shake off slight struggles to guide No. 1 Gonzaga’s romp

It was as if Gonzaga was allowed to diagram how it wanted the game against San Diego to unfold Thursday night.


No. 1 Gonzaga clinches outright WCC title with 96-38 win over San Diego

Gonzaga blew out San Diego early, rolling up a 28-point halftime lead and coasting to a 96-38 victory Thursday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego.


TV Take: ‘Total transmission failure’ happened to more than San Diego’s defense

The idea was a simple one. Watch the Gonzaga women play live in the McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday evening and set the DVR for the men’s game from San …


Gonzaga-San Diego: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 96-38 win

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 96-38 win over San Diego on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at the Jenny Craig …


Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga clean up boards to stifle San Diego attack

San Diego missed a lot of shots – 25 of them in the first half and 44 in the game – and often Gonzaga junior forward Johnathan Williams was there …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, 11:28 p.m.

Jock Landale leads No. 20 Saint Mary’s over Pepperdine in West Coast Conference men’s basketball

Jock Landale had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 20 Saint Mary’s to a 78-49 victory over Pepperdine on Thursday night.


Unbeaten, top-ranked Gonzaga aims for outright WCC men’s championship

Gonzaga coach Mark Few reminded the assembled media after last Thursday’s win over San Francisco that the WCC title remains one of the program’s fundamental goals.


Brett Bailey, Olin Carter lead Toreros

No. 1 Gonzaga (28-0, 16-0 WCC) can clinch an outright WCC championship with a road win over San Diego (12-16, 5-11) on Thursday. Gonzaga will try to replicate its defensive …


Gonzaga looks to stay hot at San Diego, where it has won seven of the last eight games

A look at the history between Gonzaga and San Diego in men’s basketball


Gonzaga thumps Pacific, earns another WCC title

The No. 1 ranking, the possibility of an undefeated regular season and a probable No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.


Gonzaga’s man-to-man defense delivers again in win over Pacific

There was a time in November and December when Gonzaga augmented its man-to-man defense with an occasional zone.


Blanchette: Bulldogs draw rave reviews in Las Vegas and cause a lot of trouble for sports books

Caveat: this column is for entertainment purposes only. Unlike all the other ones that are devoted solely to, you know, the dogged pursuit of truth.


Gonzaga-Pacific: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 82-61 win

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 82-61 win over Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at the McCarthey Athletic Center …


TV Take: Wide world of Williams on display during Gonzaga’s latest victory

There isn’t a cliché built around the name Williams, but maybe there should be. You know, like “keeping up with the Williamses” or “in like Williams.”


No. 22 Saint Mary’s beats BYU 70-57 to clinch second seed in WCC tourney

Calvin Hermanson scored 17 points and No. 22 Saint Mary’s cruised to a 70-57 victory over BYU on Saturday night, snapping a three-game road losing streak to its West Coast …


Gonzaga, Pacific tangle in rematch

The list of serious tests No. 1 Gonzaga has faced this season begins with Iowa State and Florida State in Orlando in late November and Arizona, Akron and Tennessee in …


Pacific’s dynamic backcourt fuels Tigers on offense

Pacific will be without guard T.J. Wallace (foot) in its rematch with Gonzaga, but sophomore wing Anthony Townes has emerged as a scoring option in the second half of the …