The Gonzaga women (24-5, 17-1) earned the top seed in the West Coast Conference and will open WCC Tournament play against either No. 8 Pepperdine (9-19. 5-13) or No. 9 Santa Clara (9-20, 5-13) in the quarterfinals Friday at noon at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
The Zags honored Emma Stach and fifth-year senior Emma Wolfram in a Senior Day ceremony just before tipoff. Wolfram, who redshirted her freshman year under Kelly Graves, was sidelined for the majority of the season with a knee injury.
Josh Perkins hit two 3-pointers in Gonzaga's 81-67 win over Pepperdine on Saturday to move him into 10th on Gonzaga's all-time list for career 3s with 188. That number passed Matt Bouldin's 187, which was achieved from 2007-10.
After Whitworth’s roller coaster of a week last week, the Pirates were aching for a breather. Whitworth started last week with a tough one-point loss to No. 1 Whitman then finished with a narrow three-point win over George Fox three days later. The Pirates (21-3, 13-2 Northwest Conference) finally slowed down and followed five starters in double digits to an 86-75 win over the Linfield Wildcats (16-7, 10-5) on Friday night.
After Brigham Young put a wrinkle in Gonzaga's nearly perfect regular season record last year, it's not a wonder that Saturday's rematch inside the Kennel could have stirred up some vengeful emotions. In previous seasons, some Gonzaga students have expressed their spite with costumes that tend to mock the Mormon faith. But this season, students called for a change in tradition.
The fourth annual Silver Skaters women’s hockey jamboree in Spokane, which started Saturday, attracted 30 skaters this year, all at least 50 years old. Thirteen were from the Spokane area, while others came in from British Columbia and Idaho.
Nearly five minutes into the Bulldogs’ 82-73 win over San Francisco, Johnathan Williams lost his shoe going up for an offensive rebound before Josh Perkins buried a long 3-pointer to give the Zags an 18-7 lead.