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Ever so slightly overlooked in Gonzaga crashing yet another Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament this week was the morsel of the Bulldogs holding the nation’s sixth-highest scoring team 22 points shy of its norm. So the Zags played pretty good defense.
LAS VEGAS – It’s been 15 years in the making, but finally someone took it all away from the Gonzaga Bulldogs. All right, not all of it.
LAS VEGAS – This time Gonzaga cooled off and the opponent didn’t. The Bulldogs had no defensive answers for BYU’s inside-outside attack as the Cougars dominated the final 25 minutes and cruised to a 78-66 victory Monday in the WCC women’s basketball tournament championship game in front of 2,941 – perhaps 80 percent GU fans – at the Orleans Arena.
LAS VEGAS – A thrilling WCC basketball tournament championship game had been over for about an hour when Matthew Dellavedova and Mitchell Young jogged across the court inside a nearly empty Orleans Arena only to be stopped by a well-wisher. The two Saint Mary’s Gaels posed for pictures at center court and by one of the baskets. They cut down the net for the trip home to Moraga, Calif. Dellavedova, appropriately, was carrying the 2012 WCC tournament championship banner.
Saint Mary’s, which put an end to Gonzaga’s 11-year streak of regular-season titles, doubled its pleasure with a pulsating 78-74 overtime victory over the Bulldogs in front of 6,826 on Monday in the West Coast Conference championship game at Las Vegas. After earning their first outright regular-season title since 1989, the Gaels now own both of the WCC top prizes for the first time in school history.
This time Gonzaga cooled off and the opponent didn’t. The Bulldogs had no defensive answers for BYU’s inside-outside attack as the Cougars dominated the final 25 minutes and cruised to a 78-66 victory Monday in the WCC women’s tournament championship game in front of 2,941 – perhaps 80 percent GU fans – at the Orleans Arena.
LAS VEGAS – The new format for the West Coast Conference basketball tournaments influenced Gonzaga women’s coach Kelly Graves’ allotment of playing time in Saturday’s semifinals. The Bulldogs were locked in a close contest with Saint Mary’s. Graves kept his key players on the court longer, knowing if his team won it would have an additional day to prepare for Monday’s championship game because WCC newcomer BYU doesn’t play on Sundays.
LAS VEGAS – For all the talk about the addition of traditional power BYU and the chatter about the West Coast Conference being the best it has been in a long time, the regular-season race still came down to Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s. Just like it has the last eight seasons. The Gaels put an end to Gonzaga’s 11-year run of titles.
LAS VEGAS – Lots happening here at the West Coast Conference basketball tournament. Kevin Pangos is trending. Rob Sacre is back insisting that Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s hate each other, despite no one else agreeing with him. The big logo sticker at center court of the Orleans Arena that caused players to go all Splashdown on Saturday night has been yanked up, a blow for safety over marketing.
The top-seeded and 22nd-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (26-4) and second-seeded BYU Cougars (25-6) will tangle for the third time in less than a month today when they play for the WCC tournament championship at noon at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Cougars won Round 1, 70-40, in Provo. Gonzaga took the rematch 77-60, clinching the regular-season crown.
LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s game against Saint Mary’s brought back a fond flashback for Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves. Content to give a little early to gain a lot at the end, No. 1-seeded Gonzaga dialed up the pace to red-line levels and took control in the final 10 minutes for an 83-78 win over the fourth-seeded Gaels in the West Coast Conference tournament semifinals Saturday at the Orleans Arena.
Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few was feeling the pressure Saturday. No, he wasn’t too worried about the Bulldogs’ position in the eyes of the NCAA tournament selection committee.
Saturday’s game against Saint Mary’s brought back a fond flashback for Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves.
Gonzaga women celebrate a 83-78 win over Saint Mary's in their game at the WCC Championship Tournament in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 3, 2012. Gonzaga advances to the Monday Championship game.
LAS VEGAS – Gonzaga and BYU will meet for the third time this season and the second time in nine days – and the Cougars will be a bit healthier this time. Third-seeded BYU (25-7) outlasted San Diego 73-68 late Friday night at Orleans Arena to earn a spot in the West Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament semifinals against the second-seeded Bulldogs (24-5). No. 1 Saint Mary’s faces No. 5 San Francisco at 6 p.m. with GU-BYU tipping about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.