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Gonzaga can take gigantic step

Eight-time defending West Coast Conference champion Gonzaga can move closer to No. 9 tonight at McCarthey Athletic Center by defeating Saint Mary's. The Bulldogs (20-5, 10-1) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Gaels (16-6, 8-2) with the conference season winding down to its final two weeks. Gonzaga has won eight consecutive games since a 54-51 loss at Saint Mary's on Jan. 10. The Gaels are the only WCC team to win at Gonzaga since the 2009-10 season (66-63 on Jan. 14, 2012). Game time is 20 minutes away.

GU women await big Saint Mary’s rematch

The biggest remaining game of the West Coast Conference women's basketball season is Thursday at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs (10-1 WCC) can take a huge step toward wrapping up their ninth consecutive conference title by avenging last month's loss at Saint Mary's (8-2 WCC). Gonzaga has won eight consecutive games since its three-point loss at Moraga, Calif. Read story

UT Arlington makes change ahead of Idaho game

The Idaho Vandals will see a different UT Arlington team for Thursday's Western Athletic Conference road game. Coach Samantha Morrow resigned on Tuesday, never able to recreate the success she had with high school teams. The third-place Vandals beat UT Arlington 70-52 on Jan. 19 in Moscow. Idaho has won eight of its last 10 games.

Record-breaking Noyes full of class

This week's women's basketball notebook features Washington State senior Carly Noyes, a record-setting player from Moses Lake with a future goal of elementary school teacher. Read story

Gonzaga women notch eighth straight win

Junior Haiden Palmer and sophomore Keani Albanez scored 17 points apiece Saturday afternoon as Gonzaga strolled past Loyola Marymount 70-56 in West Coast Conference play at Los Angeles. GU (20-5, 10-1 West Coast Conference) jumped to a 15-0 lead and never faltered while recording its eighth straight victory and reaching 20 wins for the seventh consecutive season. The Bulldogs will host second-place Saint Mary's (8-2 WCC) on Thursday. Saint Mary's, the last team to defeat the Bulldogs, knocked off third-place BYU (7-3) on Saturday. Read story

Gonzaga’s Winters adds spark off the bench

Gonzaga senior reserve guard Meghan Winters has caught fire the last few games, using her 3-point shooting in key moments during the Bulldogs' seven-game winning streak. Read story

Eagles continue recent surge by slowing down Hornets

Lexie Nelson, Kylie Huerta and Carrie Ojeda combined for 42 points on 17-for-34 shooting from the floor Thursday night in Eastern Washington's 63-49 win over Sacramento State in Big Sky Conference play at Reese Court. EWU avenged an 85-70 loss to the Hornets four weeks ago and climbed within one game of first-place Montana. Huerta provided the biggest sparks during crucial EWU runs. She and Nelson showcased tough defense in holding the Hornets to 5-for-23 shooting on 3-pointers. Read story

Eastern defeats Sacramento State

Lexie Nelson scored 17 points, Kylie Huerta had 13 and Carrie Ojeda added 12 Thursday night as Eastern Washington defeated Sacramento State 63-49 in Big Sky Conference play at Reese Court. Huerta had 10 second-half points and a game-best seven assists. Ojeda added a game-best 15 rebounds. Story to come.

Eastern leads Hornets at halftime

The Eastern Washington women have hit 4 of 7 3-pointers to lead Sacramento State 30-26 at halftime in Big Sky Conference play at Reese Court on Thursday. Sacramento State, a run-and-gun team, has hit just 2 of 11 from long range. Lexie Nelson leads EWU's balanced scoring with seven points. The teams have exchanged scoring runs. The Hornets used a 12-2 run to take their biggest lead, 21-12. Eastern responded with an 11-0 run.

Eastern women welcome Hornets

We're 10 minutes away from a key Big Sky Conference game between visiting Sacramento State (12-8, 7-4) and Eastern Washington (12-9, 8-4). EWU is tied for third place with Montana State, one-half game behind Northern Colorado, which hosts first-place Montana tonight. The Eagles are looking to avenge an 85-70 setback at Sacramento on Jan. 12.

Cal State Fullerton assistant shot to death

Cal State Fullerton assistant coach Monica Quan and her fiance were found shot to death on Sunday. Quan was in her second season with the Titans. Cal State Fullerton played at Gonzaga on Dec. 9, an 83-44 Bulldogs win. Read story

Addition of Holsinger spurs Sasquatch

This week's women's basketball notebook focuses on Riley Holsinger, who is leading Community Colleges of Spokane in five big categories since her transfer from Boise State. Read story

First-place Gonzaga heats up from outside

Gonzaga hit a season-high 12 3-pointers Saturday to turn back Pepperdine in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center. The Bulldogs finished 12 of 24 from long range, with Haiden Palmer, Taelor Karr and Keani Albanez hitting three apiece. Gonzaga won its sixth consecutive game and improved to 8-1 in the WCC. Saint Mary's and BYU are both 6-2. Read story                                                                                                                      

Palmer powers Gonzaga

Junior guard Haiden Palmer scored 17 points Saturday afternoon as Gonzaga remained in first place in the West Coast Conference with an 81-52 win over Pepperdine at McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga had balanced scoring in a foul-filled game that turned testy at times. Story to come

Gonzaga takes control with 3-pointers

Haiden Palmer has scored 11 points to guide Gonzaga to 38-25 halftime lead over Pepperdine in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center on Saturday. Palmer has hit three of the Bulldogs' eight 3-pointers. GU leads the conference in 3-point shooting percentage and scoring defense. Gonzaga stormed to a 13-2 lead and has twice led by as many as 15 points. GU's Keani Albanez hit two 3-pointers after the Waves closed within eight points.

Gonzaga welcomes Pepperdine

Gonzaga's West Coast Conference home schedule is down to four games, including a sold-out matchup with the Pepperdine Waves that will start in 15 minutes at McCarthey Athletic Center. The first-place Bulldogs (17-5, 7-1) enter with a five-game winning streak, having won seven of their last eight. Last-place Pepperdine (4-15, 1-7) is on a six-game losing skid, including an 80-46 home setback to Gonzaga on Jan. 24. Pepperdine is the only team with three conference wins against Gonzaga since 2004-05.

BYU knocks Gaels out of tie with Gonzaga

Details of BYU's victory over Saint Mary's on Thursday night in Provo, Utah. Both teams now have two West Coast Conference losses, which means Gonzaga (7-1 WCC) is in control of its destiny if it continues to win. Read story

Greinacher’s career-best 21 boosts Gonzaga

Gonzaga's women took over first place alone in the West Coast Conference on Thursday night with a 79-57 win over Loyola Marymount at McCarthey Athletic Center. Sophomore Sunny Greinacher led the way for the Bulldogs with a career-high 21 points, including 17 in the second half. Read story See picture story

Gonzaga takes over first place alone

Sunny Greinacher scored a career-high 21 points, Jazmine Redmon added 12 and Taelor Karr scored 10, all in the first half, as Gonzaga (17-5, 7-1 West Coast Conference) defeated Loyola Marymount 79-57 at McCarthey Athletic Center Thursday night. Gonzaga took over first place alone because BYU defeated Saint Mary's (6-2 WCC). Story to come

Gonzaga leads LMU by 15 at halftime

Senior guards are leading the way for Gonzaga on Thursday night as the Bulldogs hold a 43-28 edge over Loyola Marymount in West Coast Conference play at McCarthey Athletic Center. Starter Taelor Karr has 10 points and reserve Meghan Winters has eight for the Bulldogs, who have led by as many as 21 points. Gonzaga has hit six 3-pointers, including two apiece by Karr and Winters. Hazel Ramirez leads the Lions with 10 points, including nine straight after Gonzaga took a 40-21 advantage.

First-place Gonzaga women host LMU

Gonzaga will play its first home game in two weeks when the Bulldogs (16-5, 6-1 West Coast Conference) tip off in 20 minutes against Loyola Marymount (8-12, 2-5) at McCarthey Athletic Center. GU has won four consecutive games and won't play any of the teams in the upper part of the conference standings for another two weeks. GU shares first place with Saint Mary's (14-5, 6-1), but the Gaels are at third-place BYU (13-6, 4-2) tonight. The Bulldogs own nine consecutive wins over LMU. The Lions have lost seven of their last nine games.

Stanford, Cal continue to lead way in Pac-12

Here's one writer's take on the Pac-12 women's basketball race to date. Read story

Zags women return home for two games

The Gonzaga women, tied for first place in the West Coast Conference with Saint Mary's, are set to play at home for the first time in two weeks. First up is Loyola Marymount on Thursday night, followed by Pepperdine on Saturday afternoon. Read story

NIC sophomores chart own course

This week's women's basketball notebook leads with Angela Woods and the sophomores from NJCAA Division I second-ranked North Idaho College. Read story

Gonzaga women stay atop WCC

A balanced attack helped the Gonzaga women to an 80-46 win at Pepperdine on Thursday night. The Bulldogs continue to lead the West Coast Conference, with Saint Mary's and BYU in pursuit. Read story

Salvatore goes to great lengths for Vandals

This week's women's basketball notebook features Idaho freshman guard/wing Christina Salvatore, who is ahead of pace to break the school's record for 3-pointers in a season. Read story

Gonzaga remains in first place

Junior guard Haiden Palmer scored 22 points Saturday afternoon and Gonzaga (15-5, 5-1) retained first place in the West Coast Conference with a 62-50 win at San Diego. Read Gonzaga release

Gonzaga takes over first place in WCC

Gonzaga received career scoring highs from Sunny Greinacher and Shelby Cheslek on Thursday night while jumping into first place in the West Coast Conference with a 74-59 home home over BYU. Read story

Gonzaga defeats BYU in key WCC game

Sunny Greinacher (17 points) and Shelby Cheslek (16) scored career highs and Taelor Karr added 15 points Thursday night as Gonzaga (14-5, 4-1 West Coast Conference) defeated BYU (12-5, 3-1) 74-59 at McCarthey Athletic Center. Gonzaga led  by as many as 27 points before BYU went on a 17-0 run. BYU had won nine straight. Story to come.

Gonzaga holds huge halftime lead

Gonzaga started the game with a 10-0 run and continued to build its lead on BYU in a key West Coast Conference game at McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday night. The Bulldogs (13-5, 3-1) lead the Cougars (12-4, 3-0) 37-19 at halftime, their biggest edge of the game. Haiden Palmer has 10 points and Sunny Greinacher eight for the Bulldogs. BYU's Jennifer Hamson (13 ppg) has missed her only two field-goal attempts.