Sorry for the delay in posting information - it's holiday time.
Below is the unedited notebook I filed for Wednesday's paper and my vote for the AP top 25.
A couple of links for you enjoyment. A look at the Las Vegas tournament Gonzaga just play, which described the Zags as a one-and-done NCAA team (the story by Charlie Creme, ESPN's bracketologist, seems to forget this same group won a game last year). UConn and Stanford stories for Wednesday afternoon's big showdown (2:30 p.m., ESPN2). Also, U-Hi's Angie Bjorklund takes leadership responsibility in Tennessee's loss at Stanford, while Lady Vol's coach Pat Summitt also took some blame and was still looking back two days later. The Left Coast women's hoops blog looks at LV and UT-Stanford.
By Dave Trimmer
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Kelly Graves didn’t sugarcoat the results but given a little time he preferred to accentuate the positive of his basketball team’s foray into the land of the giants, literally and figuratively.
The Gonzaga women’s basketball team lost 70-49 to now 5th-ranked Baylor on Saturday night and trailed No. 10 Texas A&M by 20 with less than 10 minutes to go Sunday before losing 80-76 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
“Obviously we’re disappointed we lost both games,” he said. “We wanted to win, no question. I thought we did some good things. There are some areas to at least build on.”
The positives out of the Baylor game included few turnovers (22-17), holding the Bears to 14 points below their average on 45 percent shooting (six percent below their average). But in the end, with 6-foot-8 freshman Brittney Griner guarding the middle, the Zags couldn’t shoot, 31 percent. That was reflected in the free throws as well with GU going 2-2 to Baylor’s 22-25.
Griner had 18 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks.
“Her biggest impact … our players didn’t feel like we could take
it in the lane against them,”
Against the relentless defensive pressure of Texas A&M the Bulldogs had a miserable first half but when all was said and done, the GU had the ball, down three, with less than a half-minute left. Unfortunately there was a turnover.
“Hopefully we’ll build on that,”
Slow starts haven’t generally been a problem for the Bulldogs and
the biggest worry
“We have not been able to shoot from perimeter, I don’t know why,”
Texas A&M beat then No. 13 Arizona State 72-62 and Baylor beat the Sun Devils 70-66.
The games at the South Point Arena were played with baskets and the court borrowed from The Orleans, where Gonzaga plays the West Coast Conference Tournament.
The Bulldogs (9-4) return to action on Sunday against U.C. Irvine
For fans, No. 2 Stanford at No. 1 Connecticut this afternoon at 2:30 on ESPN2 is a must see, a possible preview of the national title game and a rematch for Final Four semifinals the teams split the past two seasons. The Cardinal (9-0) throttled No. 3 Tennessee (9-1) 67-52 on Saturday although Angie Bjorklund (University) had 15 points for the Lady Vols.
Senior Tonya Schnibbe (University) broke