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Fans of the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team considered Jessie Loera bulldog, both of the upper-case and lower-case variety; a Bulldog who played with the energy, grit and doggedness of a bulldog.
For the second year in a row, the Gonzaga women must find a way to bounce back from adversity.
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.
Melody Kempton had a career-high 18 points, LeeAnne Wirth and Jessie Loera each scored 12, and No. 22 Gonzaga beat Purdue 63-50 on Sunday night to win the Gulf Coast Showcase.
The women’s basketball season has barely begun, yet Gonzaga and Eastern Washington already have a common opponent.
Central Valley graduate Lexie Hull had a big finish in the final 3 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing a big rebound, as No. 3 Stanford beat Gonzaga 76-70 in overtime Sunday night.
They’ve already raised their game. Now Katie Campbell and Jessie Loera are raising their voices.
Considering they lost three starters from last year, the Gonzaga women are walking and talking with a lot of confidence. And they should.
This is Jessie Loera’s team now, though she deflected that notion with the same grace she shows on the court.
SWX's Rob Jesselson caught up with Jessie Loera, as the Zags locked up the #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament - their highest ever - and will take on Little Rock in the first round on Saturday.
Heading in with a bye into the semifinals, Gonzaga is ready to take on the WCC field as the top seed after clinching the regular season title.
The Gonzaga women picked up their seventh-straight win and shot 55.7 percent from the field in a 71-44 rout of San Diego.
“I have tended to have too much energy at moments, but now I feel like I’m bringing the right pace,” said Jessie Loera, the quickest player on the team and a fan favorite the past two years as a backup to Laura Stockton.
There were several worthy contenders, but Jessie Loera probably had Gonzaga’s best stat line in Friday’s WCC Tournament win over Pepperdine.
Jessie Loera enjoys the sound of a basket just as much as the next player, but getting buckets and piling on the points is hardly her favorite part of playing basketball.
Just before finals week, Gonzaga coach Lisa Fortier sifted through her bench for a bandage against UNLV. With the Zags’ top shooter Jill Barta out with an ankle injury, Fortier needed someone to take her place, and fast.
Back home after almost a month, the Gonzaga women also got back to basics Thursday night.
Gonzaga women’s head coach Lisa Fortier has said it again and again this season – each game is a new game and, most importantly, an opportunity to learn.
Stars dotted the floor for the 23rd annual Jack Blair Memorial girls basketball game.
The Gonzaga women’s basketball team is going from guard starved to guards aplenty. Jessie Loera, who will be a senior next year at Moses Lake High and is regarded as one of the best guards in the nation in her class, has given the Bulldogs an oral commitment. “I really like the environment, the coaches and the players,” Loera said. “It’s like a family environment. I like the academics, too. They have a great human physiology program. It’s good for my education in physical therapy.”