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Head coach Lisa Fortier and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are 7-4 entering the start of West Coast Conference play. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 7:53 p.m.

WCC women’s preview: Gonzaga still the top dog entering league play

Eleven games into the season, so much has changed for the Gonzaga women – and so little. Despite key injuries and the inexperience of youth, the Bulldogs are back where they started, favorites to repeat as West Coast Conference champions. ...

Gonzaga’s Jill Barta hits a 3-pointer during the Bulldogs’ 85-60 victory over Western Illinois on Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane. Barta finished with a team-high 21 points. (Gonzaga Athletics / Courtesy)

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Gonzaga women get tough against Leathernecks, win 80-65

Basically, the Gonzaga women had a great game Thursday night. The Bulldogs beat Western Illinois, 80-65, the old-fashioned way; they hit the short jumper, crashed the boards and got to the line.

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Jenn Wirth drives against UNLV during the first half of a college basketball game on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. Wirth played a key role in Gonzaga’s win over St. Francis on Dec. 17. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Jenn Wirth steps up, Gonzaga topples Saint Francis 97-74

Just before finals week, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier sifted through her bench for a bandage against UNLV. With the Zags’ top shooter Jill Barta out with an ankle injury, Fortier needed someone to take her place, and fast.

Gonzaga forward Jill Townsend slaps the ball away from Eastern Washington’s Violet Kapri Morrow during Thursday’s game at the McCarthey Athletic Center. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga women turn up pressure to ease past Eastern Washington

Back home after almost a month, the Gonzaga women also got back to basics Thursday night. The Bulldogs crashed the glass, forced turnovers and basically forced Eastern Washington out of its comfort zone in a 69-45 nonconference basketball win at ...

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DePaul defeats Gonzaga women with 3-point barrage

Chandler Smith scored a career-high 19 points and DePaul made 17 3-pointers in an 88-71 victory over Gonzaga at the women’s Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas. For Gonzaga, Jill Townsend had 11 points and four rebounds, Jill Barta 10 points ...

Gonzaga forward Jill Barta set the school record with 22 rebounds in a loss to Belmont on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. (File photo / SR)

Belmont defeats Gonzaga women despite Jill Barta’s 20-20 game

LAS VEGAS — Belmont defeated Gonzaga 71-63 at the Play4Kay Showcase, overcoming Jill Barta’s 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Though Gonzaga led 15-11 after the first quarter, the Lions took a 36-25 halftime lead and maintained their ...

Gonzaga joins powerhouse programs Stanford and Ohio State at this weekend’s Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Gonzaga women set to face Belmont in Vegas tournament opener

It’s only November, but the Gonzaga women are in Las Vegas for a potentially season-defining tournament. And unlike the West Coast Conference championships in March, this week’s Play4Kay Showcase will be a stern test of the Bulldogs’ abilities. “There’s not ...

Gonzaga forward Jill Barta (13), shown in a 2017 WCC Tournament game, led the Bulldogs with 14 points and 10 rebounds in their season-opening loss to Colorado State on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 8:54 p.m.

Gonzaga women fall to Colorado State in season opener

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Gonzaga women’s basketball team got off to a fast start in its season opener but it didn’t last in a 65-49 loss to Colorado State on Monday night. The Bulldogs raced to a 20-11 lead ...

Season status

Record: 27-6 (14-4)

Previous game:
Gonzaga 86, Saint Mary's 75

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