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Janelle Bekkering, a former Gonzaga star, brings back an All-Calgary team, including longtime friend Stephanie Price (Lethbridge University) and Kimberly Lee (Waterloo University).
Former Gonzaga women’s basketball player Shaniqua Nilles has signed a contract to play for SISU Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Gonzaga University senior guard Shaniqua Nilles has no serious aftereffects from an injury suffered in the Bulldogs’ Women’s NIT game Thursday night.
The game went on Thursday night, just the way Shaniqua Nilles wanted.
First-year Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier accepted a postgame congratulatory handshake from athletic director Mike Roth. Before he could say a word, Fortier offered the following: “I know. There’s two halves, I already know.”
Just moments after learning that the Gonzaga women’s basketball team would be playing James Madison in the first round of the NCAA tournament, coach Kelly Graves said he remembered watching the Dukes play on television earlier in the season. “They are similar to us. They had one marquee player, Burkholder, I believe her name was,” Graves said.
Shaniqua “Shaq” Nilles has a little fan who watches her every move when the former West Valley star takes the home court for the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Not yet 2, Nevaeh peers out from the arms of her grandmother, Renee Nilles, whenever her mother, a reserve 6-foot sophomore forward, gets to play in a roster filled with talented players.
Shaniqua “Shaq” Nilles has a little fan who watches her every move when the former West Valley star takes the home court for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
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.
Shaniqua Nilles made a baseline jumper at the buzzer to lift the 24th-ranked Gonzaga women’s basketball team to a 59-58 victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
Shaniqua Nilles has always been a coach’s kid through and through. All 6 feet of her. So it’s no surprise that the forward from West Valley High would take a look at her surroundings and see a niche on the Gonzaga women’s basketball team that on the one hand fits her like a glove, and on the other wouldn’t necessarily be apparent to someone who wasn’t steeped in the game from the time she first picked up a ball and bounced it in the living room.
It seems like an eternity since the No. 24 Gonzaga women’s basketball team beat Eastern Washington 78-58 exactly one week ago. But the respite is ending. The 3-1 Zags’ upcoming 2 p.m. game Saturday against Colgate at the McCarthey Athletic Center will start a stretch of seven games in 18 days that will test the endurance of coach Kelly Graves’ squad.
The annual Jack Blair Memorial girls basketball game always features the top talent in the Inland Northwest. The 18th edition presents a first. Five players are headed to the West Coast Conference.
It was evident going into the girls basketball season that it would be difficult for West Valley to repeat as Great Northern League champ. After all, Pullman and Clarkston, with the addition of Walla Walla transfer Jamie Weisner, figured to be challengers – not to mention East Valley, which joined the league after dropping 3A to 2A.
If the prospect of carrying an undefeated record into the postseason weighs heavily on the minds of the West Valley High School girls basketball team, they hide it well. West Valley, 20-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state behind undefeated River Ridge, can secure a berth in the Class 2A state tournament tonight at 7 p.m. with a win against visiting Clarkston in the Great Northern League district tournament.