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For the Gonzaga women’s basketball program this past decade, the ride never stopped.
Jill Townsend led the 17th-ranked Gonzaga women out of a 20-point hole to a 62-57 win over Portland in their WCC opener.
For the second straight year, the Zags have a shot at hosting first- and second-round games in the NCAA Tournament.
Moments after their biggest win of the season Friday night, the Gonzaga women got a surprise pep talk from someone who already knows how to hit the heights. “We didn’t even know she was an astronaut,” Gonzaga guard Katie Campbell said after meeting Lt Col Anne McClain, a Spokane native who’s been on three space missions. Added Campbell: “She had a lot of wisdom for us.”
For the second year in a row, the Gonzaga women are flying high in nonconference play. After Saturday’s lopsided win over Texas Southern, the Zags are ranked No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press poll.
It’s barely begun, but the week couldn’t be going any better for the Gonzaga women. On Sunday, the Zags (8-1) thumped Washington State, 76-53. A day later they moved up another spot, to 17th, in the Associated Press poll.
They didn’t earn a win, but the Gonzaga women just gained the nation’s respect. Barely 12 hours after falling in overtime at No. 3 Stanford, the Zags rose into the Top 25 of the Associated Press media poll.
McKayla Williams, a four-star recruit from Los Angeles who gave an oral commitment last summer to play for Gonzaga, has made it official.
No matter how this season turns out for the Tennessee Martin women’s basketball team, the Skyhawks aren’t afraid of a challenge.
Looking for an early trend in the Gonzaga women’s basketball season? The Zags like to share the ball – a lot.
Long before tipoff Sunday afternoon, Jenn and LeeAnne Wirth wore big smiles, ear-to-ear and full of anticipation. For the first time since high school, they were in the starting lineup together. The smiles only grew from there during Gonzaga’s 92-48 season-opening win over Cal State Bakersfield. By game’s end the junior forwards had combined for 31 points and eight rebounds. The operative word is “combined.”
The Gonzaga coaching staff will be doing some cramming this weekend.
Mention the word “project” around Gonzaga women’s assistant basketball coach Craig Fortier and you’ll get a friendly lecture on the dangers of jumping to early conclusions.
By every measure, last year’s Gonzaga women’s basketball team had the best nonconference season you could hope for.
It was a little too quiet Monday afternoon as the Gonzaga women warmed up for practice in the Volkar Center. The Zags were two days removed from a 60-point exhibition win over Warner Pacific but a long way from the real thing.
According to Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier, one of the best things about foreign athletes is that they don’t know the difference between a mid-major and a drum major.
On so many levels, this will be quite a homecoming for Matt Gregg.
Did Gonzaga really lose three starters from last year?
The Gonzaga women are getting plenty of preseason respect, but not too much.
After a trip to Europe and fall practice, the Gonzaga women have gotten to know each others’ tendencies a bit too well.