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Nine days after beating the Portland Pilots for the second time, the Gonzaga women will need to do it again on Monday afternoon if they hope to win the West Coast Conference Tournament title that eluded them last year.
The Gonzaga women can’t wait to get back on the court for the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Since the West Coast Conference Tournament moved to Las Vegas more than a decade ago, Gonzaga has been one of the best bets in town.
Before the season began, fans and rivals wondered how the Gonzaga women would stay atop the West Coast Conference after graduating three seniors.
Jill Townsend did a little of everything for the Gonzaga women this year, and that meant a lot during one of the most successful seasons in school history.
With a week off until their next game, the Gonzaga women really do have some time to rest on their laurels. And those laurels are quite impressive. With the regular season complete, the Zags are a program-best 28-2, and go into next week’s West Coast Conference Tournament on a five-game winning streak. They also got a bonus Monday night, when the latest NCAA bracket reveal projected them as a No. 3 seed, hosting first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games. They’re also ranked 12th in the nation this week, dropping one spot Monday despite a 14-point win at Portland on Saturday.
LeeAnne Wirth had 14 points while twin sister Jenn Wirth had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 11 Gonzaga wrapped up its best regular season in program history with a 56-42 victory over Portland on Saturday.
There will be plenty at stake Saturday afternoon when the visiting Gonzaga women take on the Portland Pilots.
Until this week, no GU women’s team had broken into the top 10 of the coaches or the Associated Press media poll.
In every way, the Gonzaga women are back on track.
Jill Townsend scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading No. 13 Gonzaga past Pepperdine on Saturday in Malibu, California.
Twenty minutes of game time is a small sample size, but the Gonzaga women appear to be recapturing their offensive rhythm.
Jill Townsend scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds as No. 13 Gonzaga took over in the second half en route to a 75-47 victory over Loyola Marymount on Thursday in Los Angeles.
Last weekend, the Zags swept USF and Santa Clara by holding those teams to 34% shooting and dominating on the boards.
The Hall of Honor class, which includes one former student-athlete from each WCC school, will be formally inducted at the WCC Hall of Honor Brunch on March 7 at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel.
The Naismith list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on March 4, and the finalists will be revealed on March 19.
Jenn Wirth grabbed 15 rebounds and scored 11 points as No. 15 Gonzaga clinched at least a share of the West Coast Conference regular-season championship with a 53-46 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Saturday’s game against Santa Clara will also serve as Senior Day for Loera and put her on the spot no matter what happens in the game.
Emotions are sure to flow Saturday afternoon at the McCarthey Athletic Center as the Gonzaga women celebrate Senior Day.
There won’t be another 21-game winning streak for the Gonzaga women, at least not this season.