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Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against Tennessee Saturday. (Ted Warren / Associated Press)

WCC may be down, but skill persists

By most accounts, the WCC is down this season but the conference has retained its reputation for skilled players. In my notebook that ran in today's S-R, I looked at the WCC's dependence on 3-point accuracy, how the league is going smaller while GU is...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

WCC race about to begin

In a couple of days, Gonzaga will open its WCC schedule against Santa Clara. It seems odd that GU will be playing two WCC games before New Year's Eve, but that's how the 18-game schedule shakes out with 10 members. The WCC started off white-hot...

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MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013



Gonzaga encounters physical play

Gonzaga is taking everybody's best shot, sometimes literally, in the WCC. Opponents have become increasingly physical trying to defend Gonzaga's main scoring options, particularly the inside tandem of Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris, which is understandable because the Zags play a physical brand of basketball....

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Zags team to beat in WCC 

For the umpteenth straight season, Gonzaga is the team to beat in the WCC. For the first time in a dozen seasons, the Bulldogs are not the defending champions. Saint Mary's broke through last year and snapped Gonzaga's WCC title streak at 11. The Gaels...

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Pacific to join WCC

Pacific will become the 10th member of the WCC in 2013, the conference announced this morning. I checked in with league sources and Gonzaga's Mike Roth, who is pleased that the WCC will have an even-numbered membership, which alleviates some of scheduling issues that came...

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Pacific expected to join WCC 

Numerous reports this morning that Pacific will leave the Big West Conference to become the 10th member of the WCC, effective in the 2013-14 season. The move could become official as early as this afternoon. The WCC's membership was stable for three decades before BYU...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2012

Gonzaga's Katelan Redmond, right, lets out a victorious howl at teammate Kayla Standish, left, after sinking a clutch fall away jumper with three seconds left on the shot clock in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs pulled away from the San Diego Toreros. (Jesse Tinsley)

Area women's basketball roundup

Local NCAA Division I women's basketball teams had a successful Saturday - with the exception of Washington State, which lost at UCLA. We were at Gonzaga today, where the Bulldogs turned up the heat in the second half and beat a defensive San Diego team....

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SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

Nothing but college hoop news 

A GRIP ON SPORTS It was a perfect night for Inland Northwest men's college basketball teams, despite the weather. Gonzaga handled USF rather easily at home and Washington State rallied from 13 down in the second half to top Pac-12 front-runner Stanford. It wasn't as...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 28, 2011

Eastern Washington University’s Chene Cooper leads the Big Sky in assists.

Zags eye 8th title; Cooper leads EWU

Three of the four area Division I women's basketball teams start conference play on Thursday. That is the topic for this week's notebook, leading off with Gonzaga's quest for an eighth-straight WCC title. I also realize I neglected to link to last week's story on...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 24, 2011

WCC on the upswing 

An early post today because 16 hungry people are about to arrive and I've got an appointment with a deep fryer. Gonzaga isn't done with non-conference play (at Xavier on Dec. 31), but its next ball game will begin the WCC slate. Struggling Portland visits...

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Vandals, Spartans coming up

Idaho and San Jose State tip in about 15 minutes in the WCC men's tournament quarterfinals. In-game updates at (Same goes for the Idaho women vs. Nevada tonight at 6). I'll post a game story here about two hours after the final horn.

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Gonzaga isn't the only women's BB news

I figured those of you who read this women's basketball blog were up on the news of yesterday, Gonzaga's shocking upset to win the WCC Tournament and senior guard Courtney Vandersloot someone winning a national award ... OK, maybe we weren't completely sure Vandersloot would...

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Courtney Vandersloot of Gonzaga drives through the lane and the Saint Marys defense to score at the womens WCC Championship game in Las Vegas  on Monday, March 7, 2011. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga thumps SMC to win title

LAS VEGAS – Courtney Vandersloot scored 18 points and handed out a WCC Tournament-record 16 assists, breaking the record of 14 she set 24 hours earlier, and Gonzaga overcame a sluggish first half to throttle Saint Mary’s 72-46 in the championship game Monday at the...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2011

WCC bracket, Bjorklund shines on Senior Day

OK, I'm running a little late, but you should see the progress made on the boss' remodel project ... crown molding is up. (It pays to have talented friends.) Anyway, as promised, here's a real story on Washington State's inability to Washington. The bracket for...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 8, 2011

GU-Portland game story

A little later than usual (I drove home while waiting for the link to be posted), here's my game story and a nice photo by S-R's Jesse Tinsley of Steven Gray shooting a 3-pointer in Gonzaga's 74-61 win over Portland. Check back tomorrow for a...

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Tip in about 10 minutes

Gonzaga and Portland are about 10 minutes from tipping off at the Kennel. Live updates at, check back here at the final buzzer for a quick recap and then about two hours later for my game story.. GU starters: Gray, Goodson, Sacre, Harris and...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011

View from Portland, around the WCC 

The start of the WCC season means a wider selection of stories around the conference. My WCC preview ran in today's S-R (uncut version is in the previous post). Elsewhere, Portland, Gonzaga's opponent on Saturday, won 12 pre-conference games; Saint Mary's, which ranks in the...

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GU: Nothing easy about WCC grind

With Gonzaga a few days away from its conference opener against Portland, I put together a look at the WCC for the debut of the Four Corners page that will run every Thursday in the S-R. Gonzaga has won 10 straight WCC titles, tied for...

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