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Stories tagged: 2018 WCC Tournament


Sixth-ranked Gonzaga hits its stride with NCAA Tournament approaching

The question was telegraphed and Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins intercepted it like an All-Pro cornerback.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

John Blanchette: Sixth straight tournament win just as sweet for Gonzaga

The last sliver of confetti had settled on the floor at Orleans Arena and the net had been scissored into souvenirs, so the Gonzaga Bulldogs drifted away toward their locker …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Amid adverse season, BYU sees NCAA Tournament hopes crushed in loss to Gonzaga

Brigham Young’s 2017-18 basketball season took its first nosedive months before the Cougars reconvened in Provo for preseason workouts.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins mixes in some scoring to go with big assist numbers

One by one, the Gonzaga Bulldogs climbed the ladder to the hoop and cut off pieces of the net.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie voted WCC Tournament most outstanding player

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie was asked for one word in his native French to describe how the Zags played in


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga does it all in blowing out BYU, claiming another WCC Tournament title

It was one highlight play after another on an endless loop. Slick passes, 3-pointers that barely ruffled the net, suffocating defense, steals, smart passes, run-out layups.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 74-54 victory

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 74-54 win over BYU in the championship game of the WCC Tournament on Tuesday, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga overpowers BYU, thrills ESPN crew again

Simply put, that was impressive. Not just Gonzaga’s defense-powered 74-54 win over BYU to win the West Coast Conference Tournament – and the league’s NCAA automatic berth – for the …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

Analysis: Spotlight again shines on Gonzaga’s Jill Barta in WCC Tournament title game

Just after Gonzaga’s 79-71 win over San Diego, the lights and cameras gravitated to Jill Barta, who had finished the game with a game-high 32 points and eight rebounds. She …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:30 p.m.

San Diego’s Sydney Williams, a Coeur d’Alene native, scores 20 points in final contest vs. familiar Gonzaga team

Gonzaga has seen plenty of Sydney Williams over the past four years. Granted, not nearly as much as the San Diego senior has seen of the Zags over the course …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 11:55 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Killian Tillie leads the way as Gonzaga thumps BYU 74-54 for WCC Tournament title

Killian Tillie continued his scoring clinic as the sophomore forward scored a team-high 22 points to lead top-seeded Gonzaga to a 74-54 rout of BYU in the WCC Tournament championship …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 5:10 p.m.

Jill Barta scores 32 points, leading Gonzaga women to repeat WCC Tournament title

Gonzaga won the conference title in 2017 and now has eight WCC championships. The Bulldogs, who only lost once to a WCC opponent this season, secured an automatic bid to …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Johnathan Williams pick up District IX honors

Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Johnathan Williams earned United States Basketball Writers Association District IX honors.


Gonzaga Bulldogs have teamed up on BYU’s Elijah Bryant

BYU’s Elijah Bryant has had mixed results against the Zags in two previous matchups.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Gonzaga women face tough task against San Diego with WCC Tournament title on the line

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have just one more team standing in the way of their eighth West Coast Conference championship in program history.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

John Blanchette: Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie threw himself a birthday bash, San Francisco had a front-row seat

But on Killian Tillie’s 20th birthday here at the Orleans Arena, he did become very much eligible for the Most Outstanding Player award at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s upset by Yoeli Childs, BYU in WCC semifinal

Yoeli Childs scored a career-high 33 points, Elijah Bryant chipped in 25 and third-seeded BYU beat second-seeded Saint Mary’s 85-72 Monday night in a WCC semifinal game at Orleans Arena.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:11 p.m.

Dressed in uniform from head to toe, Gonzaga president Thayne McCulloh embracing school spirit at WCC Tournament

If the Gonzaga Bulldogs needed an extra man on the sidelines, Thayne McCulloh is ready to step in.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Crowd split on Josh Perkins’ first dunk in a Gonzaga uniform

Junior point guard Josh Perkins ended his dunking dry spell Monday in his 111th career game as a Zag. Or did he?


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:10 p.m.

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins taking selfless route in WCC Tournament

Don’t accuse Josh Perkins of being a ball hog. “I’m not a selfish guy,” he said.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:22 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga puts hurt on San Francisco with torrid shooting, strong defense

Until further notice, Gonzaga’s record for shooting percentage in a half is under siege.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

Gonzaga-San Francisco: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 88-60 victory

The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 88-60 win over San Francisco in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament on Monday, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

TV Take: Gonzaga’s rout of San Francisco takes backseat when Dick Vitale is on the call

If there is one word that could never be used to describe an ESPN college basketball broadcast, that word would have to be “understated.” Especially when Dick Vitale is involved.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Killian Tillie shines as top-seeded Gonzaga routs San Francisco in WCC Tournament semifinals

Killian Tillie scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-11 shooting to lead top-seeded Gonzaga to an 88-60 rout of No. 5-seed San Francisco in the West Coast Conference Tournament semifinals …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:25 p.m.

Analysis: Gonzaga women produce plenty of highlight moments in WCC Tournament semifinal victory over San Francisco

The Zags had plenty of celebrations to review after their 65-53 win over fifth-seeded San Francisco in the West Coast Conference semifinal on Monday – Emma Stach’s game-high four 3-pointers, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Emma Stach stymies USF leading scorer Anna Seilund in semifinal victory

Seilund, an All-WCC first-teamer coming off a 28-point outing in the quarterfinals against Loyola Marymount, was held to nine points on 3-of-11 shooting by Gonzaga in a 65-53 Bulldogs win …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

Gonzaga women pull past San Francisco 65-53 to clinch WCC title game berth

The Gonzaga women sweated out a few scary moments against San Francisco, but Jill Barta led a second-half charge and finished with 19 points and eight rebounds to help the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

John Blanchette: Zags to the MWC? That’s hysterical, or good sense

Wandered down to the sports book at the Orleans Casino and, you guessed it, those best of buddies and Zags fans, Hysteria and Horse Sense, were sitting side by side …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:19 p.m.

Gonzaga men set for another tough test from fourth-seeded Dons

You’ve been warned. “Great shooters, and the point guard (Frankie Ferrari) is playing great. Another game just like this,” said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, previewing Monday’s WCC Tournament semifinal date …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

Frankie Ferrari keeps pedal down for Dons’ offense

Frankie Ferrari may look unassuming at 5-feet-11 and 180 pounds, but the junior guard triggers a San Francisco offense that gave Gonzaga fits in two regular-season meetings.