This is how profoundly COVID-19 has altered the landscape of college basketball.
Three days before Thanksgiving, the COVID-19 pandemic dished out another thankless task to Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier.
No ear-piercing crescendo of noise from 6,000 jammed inside the McCarthey Athletic Center after a highlight-reel dunk or clutch shot in the closing seconds. Gonzaga basketball won’t look the same at home games with fans expected to be benched by COVID-19 safety protocols. It sure as heck won’t sound the same.
The Kennel Club, regarded as one of the best student sections in the country, is working with the athletic department to figure out ways to still have an impact despite not being allowed in the Kennel.
In yet another preseason milestone, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team opened the year ranked 20th in the first USA Today/WCBA Coaches poll released Thursday.
The graduation percentage of Gonzaga student-athletes leads the WCC and ranks among the best nationally, according to the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released by the NCAA.
Senior Jill Townsend is the first Gonzaga women’s player to be named to the preseason watch list for national player of the year.
The NCAA announced Monday it is planning to move the entire 68-team tournament to a single geographic area and is in negotiations with Indianapolis, originally scheduled to host the Final Four in April.
Surrounded by friends and family at her high school, the highest-rated recruit in Gonzaga women’s basketball history signed a letter of intent to play with the Zags.
Gonzaga has inked its second player in as many days during the NCAA early signing period.
Esther Little, a 6-foot-2 guard-forward from England with more than 50 games’ worth of international experience, has signed a letter of intent to play for Gonzaga in the fall of 2021.
Considering the circumstances, the basketball season couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Gonzaga women.