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Gonzaga guard Georgia Stirton (5) heads to the basket as Utah guard Danielle Rodriguez (22) defends during the second half of the second-round WNIT Monday in the McCarthey Athletic Center. COLIN MULVANY (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2016, 11:51 P.M.

GU women’s season ends in second round of WNIT

Despite the finality of the moment, the eyes were still dry – defiantly so – outside the Gonzaga women’s lockerroom late Monday night. The Bulldogs’ season – and the collegiate careers of Shelby Cheslek, Shaniqua Nilles, Chelsea Waters and Georgia Stirton – had just ended in a 92-77 loss to Utah in the second round of the Women’s NIT.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016, 11:22 P.M.

Gonzaga women happy to play Utah in WNIT second round

For once, Shelby Cheslek will be looking up at the competition – and she’s looking forward to it. Gonzaga’s 6-foot-5 senior post will be giving up an inch to Utah sophomore Emily Potter when they meet on Monday night in a second-round Women’s NIT game at the McCarthey Center.

Gonzaga guard Shaniqua Nilles, left, and UC Riverside guard Michelle Curry collide during the second half of a WNIT first round game on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. Nilles was injured and taken to the hospital, but released. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016, 11:36 A.M.

Shaniqua Nilles ‘doing fine’

Gonzaga University senior guard Shaniqua Nilles has no serious aftereffects from an injury suffered in the Bulldogs’ Women’s NIT game Thursday night. “She’s doing fine,” GU coach Lisa Fortier said. Late in the third quarter of the Bulldogs’ 88-54 win ...

Gonzaga head coach Lisa Fortier and the Bulldogs have a lot to get excited about. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016, 12:11 A.M.

Gonzaga hosts WNIT; EWU snubbed

The Gonzaga women’s basketball team earned its 10th straight postseason appearance Monday night, when the Women’s National Invitation Tournament extended an invitation to the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs (18-13) will host UC Riverside on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier believes her Bulldogs are still the team to beat heading into the WCC tournament despite a No. 5 seed. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016, 11:15 P.M.

Gonzaga women still have targets on their backs

LAS VEGAS – For the first time since 2006, Gonzaga enters the WCC women’s tournament without the No. 1 seed attached to its name. The Zags are seeded fifth, but coach Lisa Fortier isn’t sure reality matches perception. “We finished ...

Idaho senior Christina Salvatore is averaging 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds a game for the Vandals this season. (Courtesy of the University of Idaho)

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016, 10:52 P.M.

Christina Salvatore puts the zip in surprising Vandals

At first glance, a mid-December trip to Cancun seemed the perfect opportunity for the Idaho women’s basketball team to chill out. Instead, the Vandals warmed to the idea of disproving their doubters, including the Big Sky Conference coaches who picked ...

FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016, 10:20 A.M.

GU women face a tougher WCC this year

If she didn’t know already, Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier got confirmation this week that the West Coast Conference is tougher this season than usual. Conversations this week with rival coaches erased any doubts. “I had wondered, ii it just ...

EWU’s Ashli Payne, at right battling GU’s Elle Tinkle last November, is a big reason the Eagles are the surprise team of the Big Sky. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2016, 11:09 P.M.

Women’s basketball: Ashli Payne ignites Eastern

When the season began, the Eastern Washington women’s basketball players didn’t know what to expect. Neither did forward Ashli Payne, a junior college transfer from Oregon who was part of an influx of new players into coach Wendy Schuller’s program. ...

FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016, 8:51 A.M.

GU women beat LMU, the morning after

Faced with more adversity, Shaniqua Nilles and the Gonzaga women didn’t just stare it down. They smiled in its face. Coming into Thursday’s game against Loyola Marymount, the Bulldogs had lost five of their previous six games, then lost yet ...

Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier has seen her team lose five of its last six games and is considering a change in the starting lineup. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016, 11:42 P.M.

Gonzaga women: Lisa Fortier may tinker with lineup

After watching her team lose five of its last six games, Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier says she’s considering changing her starting lineup. “We’re open to whatever is going to be best for Thursday,” Fortier said of the Bulldogs’ ...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016, 11:21 A.M.

GU women’s goal is still the same: the NCAA Tournament

Nothing has changed for the Gonzaga women, even after three losses in their last four games. By one path or another, the goal is still the same: to get to the NCAA Tournament. This program has known almost nothing else ...

TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016, 11:07 P.M.

Borislava Hristova putting together impressive season for WSU

The women’s basketball season is heading down the home stretch, but opponents still haven’t figured out WSU freshman Borislava Hristova. One thing for sure: They figure to give Hristova a long look when they vote for Pac-12 Freshman of the ...

MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016, 2:37 P.M.

Women’s basketball: Vandersloot, January could be going for gold

Nobody was playing, but Monday was a pretty good day for women’s basketball in the Inland Northwest. The big news: Two players with regional ties have a chance to represent the United States in this year’s Summer Olympic Games in ...

SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2016, 8:30 P.M.

Gonzaga women bounce back against Pacific

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to get out of a hole. Contrary as that sounds, it was the winning formula Saturday afternoon for the Gonzaga women in their 68-61 West Coast Conference win over Pacific at the ...

FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2016, 6:10 A.M.

GU women: the morning after Saint Mary’s

An hour after Gonzaga’s heartbreaking 69-68 loss to Saint Mary’s on Thursday night, the McCarthey Athletic Center was populated by two custodians, a sportswriter and a freshman who just wants to get better. That’s right: Jill Barta was back on ...

Gonzaga guard Laura Stockton (11) makes a pass around Saint Mary's guard Samira McDonald (24) during the first half of a woman's college basketball game, Thur., Jan. 21, 2016, in the McCarthey Athletic Center. COLIN MULVANY (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2016, 11:37 P.M.

Gonzaga women’s last-second shot just off mark in loss to Gaels

As the final seconds ticked away Thursday night, the Gonzaga women had one last chance to make things right. Down by a point to Saint Mary’s and with the McCarthey Center crowd of 5,536 in full roar, the Bulldogs needed just one play to atone for the missed free throws, spotty defense and errant 3-point shooting.

Gonzaga guard Elle Tinkle, playing against Stanford last season, has been granted a medical redshirt and will play for the Zags next season. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016, 11:25 P.M.

Elle Tinkle’s season at Gonzaga is over

Practice had barely ended Tuesday afternoon at the Martin Centre when emotions came to the surface. The Gonzaga women got the word a day earlier: Elle Tinkle’s season is over. A day after their senior captain underwent knee surgery, the ...

Gonzaga guard Elle Tinkle, right, will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016, 2:15 P.M.

Elle Tinkle to miss rest of senior year with knee injury

Gonzaga women’s basketball head coach Lisa Fortier confirmed Elle Tinkle will be out for the remainder of the season with an injury to her right knee.Tinkle suffered the injury earlier in the season and had surgery Monday. “Injuries are always ...


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