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Lisa Fortier got the news Thursday afternoon, the final blow in a tough week for Gonzaga women’s basketball. Three days after a one-point loss to Portland in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament, the coronavirus crisis dealt the Zags an even bigger hit.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few was literally 20 seconds into answering a question live on ESPN when he was interrupted by Rece Davis.
The sun did come up Tuesday morning in Southern Nevada, though it was hidden by clouds as heavy as the ones surrounding Gonzaga’s chances of hosting NCAA Tournament games next week.
Australian accents tickled Hayden Mispley, an affinity shared by many.
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.
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.
Twenty minutes of game time is a small sample size, but the Gonzaga women appear to be recapturing their offensive rhythm.
Last weekend, the Zags swept USF and Santa Clara by holding those teams to 34% shooting and dominating on the boards.
The Naismith list will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists on March 4, and the finalists will be revealed on March 19.
Moments after putting away Santa Clara and capping Senior Day with another conference title, Gonzaga Coach Lisa Fortier was equal parts cheerful and relieved.
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.
As her teammates warmed up on the practice floor Tuesday afternoon, Katie Campbell grabbed a basketball and started shooting 3-pointers.
As the Gonzaga women warmed up for practice Tuesday afternoon, Jill Townsend was asked whether it was difficult to play while wearing a protective facemask.