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Four Eastern Washington University football players – led by offensive MVP Cooper Kupp – have been selected to the 2015 Big Sky Conference Preseason All-Conference Team, announced Monday by the league. Kupp, a consensus All-American his first two seasons in the program, was named to the team and as the offensive MVP. Senior offensive guard Aaron Neary, senior offensive tackle Clay DeBord and junior defensive end Samson Ebukam were also honored on the preseason squad.
LAS VEGAS – A rebound, a few swift dribbles up court, a bold move to the hoop – it was Lindsay Sherbert revealed, if not as her old self, then as a reasonable facsimile, playing with the practiced abandon so prized by her Gonzaga teammates. Then came the collision and a fall, and a disturbing flashback, and in a mere second everything but the silence was siphoned out of Orleans Arena. What is worse than unlucky? What makes unfair seem like a gift by comparison?
Having already punched their ticket to the Big Dance, Gonzaga women’s basketball players sat on folding chairs in front of a big-screen television Monday waiting to find out who they would play in the NCAA tournament. After initially showing excitement after EPSN played a cameo of Stephanie Golden dancing in front of her teammates in the selection show’s opening segment, the bracket flashing Gonzaga’s name drew a collective thud when it showed the Bulldogs were headed to College Station, Texas, as a No. 6 seed to play 11th-seeded James Madison (28-5).
Gonzaga’s starters had taken their final bows, another WCC women’s basketball tournament championship had been secured and the last seconds were melting away.
Gonzaga’s top two scorers were 2 of 20 from the field at one point and the Bulldogs were still in control of the game. The Bulldogs’ defense and deep bench delivered and Shelby Cheslek grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds as top-seeded Gonzaga shut down No. 4 Saint Mary’s 68-60 Monday in the WCC women’s basketball tournament semifinals at Orleans Arena.
Although they had trouble securing a halftime lead, the No. 22 Gonzaga women’s basketball team exploded in the second half Saturday to bury visiting San Francisco 101-66. Gonzaga (20-3, 10-1) solidified its first-place position and enjoys a two-game lead in the West Coast Conference with the win over the Dons (8-14, 3-8).
Although they had trouble securing a halftime lead, the No. 22 Gonzaga women’s basketball team exploded in the second half Saturday to bury visiting San Francisco 101-66.
Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves said it’s too early to read much in the league standings, but he prefers having every conference game turn into a grudge match. Coming off of the 79-78 overtime loss to Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference opener, Gonzaga (12-3, 2-1) responded with an 83-68 win over Pacific and then a 56-24 thrashing last Friday of Portland.
Coming off a crushing defeat to No. 6 Stanford, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team came out cold Monday but rallied behind defense to run away in a blowout 87-43 win over visiting UC Riverside. The Zags couldn’t hit anything early. Lindsay Sherbert’s first 3-point attempt caught only air.
Coming off a crushing defeat to No. 6 Stanford, the Gonzaga women’s basketball team came out cold but rallied behind defense to run away in a blowout 87-43 win over visiting UC Riverside.
Having returned triumphantly from a road trip that toppled two Big 10 powers, Kelly Graves and the Gonzaga women’s basketball team now face their biggest test of the season as the team travels to play Stanford at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Senior Stephanie Golden was introduced to the ultra-competitive Lindsay Sherbert quickly last year after she transferred to Gonzaga from the University of California. “When (Sherbert) first gets here, I’m like, ‘What’s your go-to move?’ She says, ‘I’m not going to tell you that,’” Golden said.
All of Kelly Graves’ West Coast Conference coaching peers believe his Gonzaga women’s basketball team has the talent to win its 10th conference championship in a row, according to a poll released Thursday at the league’s tipoff event in Los Angeles.
Women’s basketball: Gonzaga reloaded Friday, adding a transfer with impressive basketball genes. Former California starter Lindsay Sherbert will transfer to Gonzaga and will be eligible to play after redshirting the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules.