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03-09-2008, 11:17 AM
Gonzaga vs San Diego. This is for the auto bid to the NCAA Tournament. Both teams know what's at stake. Here's to a good game.

Tipoff is at 1:30pm PDT.

I may not be online till after this game.

Angelo Roncalli
03-09-2008, 01:21 PM
For those in the Seattle area, the game is on Comcast channel 412.

03-09-2008, 01:42 PM
6-9 at the first media TO.

Do either team have much of a chance of an at-large bid (as necessry)?

03-09-2008, 01:50 PM
USD up 25-10, about 11:00 to go in the first half. . .USD is making all of their 3's and the Lady Zags look tight. . .still a lot of game to go

03-09-2008, 01:53 PM
4-14 FG ... :(

C'mon Ladies ... Time to heat up!

03-09-2008, 02:08 PM
What a game so far. Leina is controlling the boards. USD came out scorching hot but have cooled and GU is making a run. Under 4 time out, USD 30, GU 21.

03-09-2008, 02:10 PM
We gotta find a way to stop Morgan Henderson :(

03-09-2008, 02:12 PM
7/7 from 3? Oh come on.

03-09-2008, 02:16 PM
38 - 29 at the half; Lady Zags put a dent in that big lead.

03-09-2008, 02:17 PM
I think they can pull it out. San Diego will cool off from 3-land and the Zags all-around game is better.

03-09-2008, 02:38 PM
45-38, 15:50 to go

03-09-2008, 02:44 PM
woo! GU on a run, USD47, GU 45!

Tiff made a clutch 3

03-09-2008, 02:57 PM
Henderson makes another three (6-7 now) ... Heather with a lay-up ... 48-52

03-09-2008, 03:01 PM
56 - 54, USD, under 8:00 media T.O.

03-09-2008, 03:11 PM
62-61, USD, 3:10 to go. TV Time Out.

Nail-biter. Great drama, hard fought game.

03-09-2008, 03:15 PM
Sheesh refs...if you are gonna call flops, then call em for both sides.

03-09-2008, 03:22 PM
Tough to spot a good team like San Diego a 17 point lead and expect to win. Takes too much energy to come back.

03-09-2008, 03:25 PM
70 -66, USD Wins.

Hope the "Or Bust" part of this thread proves wrong. . .

03-09-2008, 03:25 PM
not to be ... 66-70 Final. Made up a lot of ground but USD answered at the end.

03-09-2008, 03:29 PM
Anyone think they can get an at-large with an RPI of 36? Yikes

03-09-2008, 03:36 PM
Well, as regular season champions we are guarenteed at least a WNIT bid, right? We could end up hosting a game or two...

03-09-2008, 03:44 PM
I thought overall the officiating was good but in the last couple minutes they really blew it. Bowman was clearly fouled on that bucket she made, and the bail-out foul called when Sprague went up was atrocious, not to mention the flops by Henderson followed by the blocking foul on Vandersloot. Ugh.

03-09-2008, 04:14 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Morgan Henderson scored 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers, and Kiva Herman added 16 to lead San Diego to a 70-66 upset of top-seeded Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game Sunday.

The Toreros took a 17-point first-half lead and snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.

No. 3-seed San Diego (19-12) withstood Gonzaga's second-half charge but never relinquished the lead. The Bulldogs had only one lead at 6-5 -- and it lasted all of eight seconds.

Conference Player of the Year Heather Bowman led Gonzaga with 25 points, and Tiffanie Shives finished with 11. The Bulldogs (24-8) have won four straight regular-season titles, and were going for their second straight WCC tournament championship.

Amber Sprague added 14 points for San Diego, which won its first WCC tournament title since 2000. Sam Child and Amanda Rego each scored 10 points. Rego also had 12 assists and eight rebounds.

San Diego used a 22-4 run over a 7-minute stretch in the first half to take a 27-10 lead with 10:08 left. The run was highlighted by Henderson, who made three 3-pointers.

Gonzaga then scored eight straight points to cut the lead to 27-18 with 5:44 remaining. Bowman went the first 13 minutes without a point before scoring four during the Bulldogs' run.

Henderson hit all five of her 3-point attempts in the first half as San Diego built a 38-29 halftime lead. The Toreros shot just 41.9 percent in the first half, but went 7-for-7 from 3-point range.

After trailing by nine at the half, the Bulldogs used two baskets by Vivian Frieson and Bowman's rebound putback to cut San Diego's lead to 40-35 just more than one minute into the second half.

The Bulldogs keep chipping away at the margin as Michelle Elliott hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 left to pull Gonzaga to within 60-59 with 4:28 left. Herman answered with a basket before Bowman scored on a baseline jumper with 3:34 remaining to cut the lead to 62-61.

Gonzaga twice had a chance to take the lead in the final three minutes, but Frieson missed a shot and Bowman was called for a charge.

Herman then hit two free throws and made a 15-foot jumper with 1:18 left to put the Toreros ahead 66-61.

Box Score (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncw/boxscore?gameId=280692250)

03-09-2008, 05:38 PM
This is devastating, but not entirely surprising in the conference tournament scenario, especially when the home team is a decent-to-good team and the best team is not wholly dominant. To play the schedule and amass the impressive win-loss record we did and then drop the conference title game in a conference that would be considered overall pretty weak in women's hoops is a killer. Zagco will be surprised if we get an at-large bid.

Boise State's women won the WAC for the second year in a row and have a real nice win-loss record, but they must win the tournament this week down in Las Cruces to advance to the NCAAs. They did it last year down there. However, the home team is pretty decent, and there are two other pretty good WAC women's teams to contend with. That's life in college basketball! In this mediocre conferences, you play a whole year for nothing more than maybe a first round bye. Other than that, it's all meaningless for the most part, in terms of what happens in a tournament, especially when you play on another's court.

Will the women's tournament be moving to a neutral court next year also?

03-09-2008, 05:50 PM
Zagco is correct, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a NCAA at-large bid. Possible, sure. Probable, not so much. I'll be happy to see the tourney move to Vegas. For the ladies to whip USD on their homecourt twice, plus in K2, is asking a whole lot of a team like the Lady Zags. A neutral court will be fairer.


Despite a gritty performance, the Gonzaga University women's basketball team faltered in the championship game of the West Coast Conference Tournament. The Bulldogs, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, dropped a heartbreaking 70-66 decision to the University of San Diego, the No. 3 seed, at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif. Sunday afternoon.

"I want to congratulate USD," said head coach Kelly Graves. "They played a good game and we wish them well. We played a good game after the first 10 minutes but it was too big of a hole to get out of. If we took the lead I thought it would go our way. I feel bad for Michelle Elliott, our lone healthy senior."

Sophomore Heather Bowman, the WCC Player of the Year, did all she could to try and help Gonzaga pull out the win. Bowman, who was named to the All-Tournament team, poured in her third-straight 25-plus performance, finishing with 25 points, along with seven rebounds and one assist.

"When we were down 17 coach (Graves) told us not to try and get it back on one possession but one play at a time," said Bowman. "We chipped away and got it close. We all believed this is where we get over the hump, but t didn't happen. If you look at last year we came out strong. But you can't come out against a team at home like we did today. It will be a tough week but we can't do anything about it."

Vandersloot, who also was named to the All-Tournament team, finished with 10 points, seven of which came in the opening half. The freshman point guard also dished out three assists, made one steal and brought down two rebounds.

The reason San Diego was able to earn the four-point victory was due largely in part by the hot shooting of Morgan Henderson. Henderson, who finished with 20 points, hit 6-of-8 from behind the three-point arc, including hitting all five attempts in the first half.

"Henderson is their main threat," stated Graves in the post-game press conference. "She can shoot, maybe not that well, but we over helped and you can't leave a good shooter open. It kind of became a snowball effect."

Another key to the Toreros victory was Kiva Herman. Herman finished with 16 points, 14 scored in the second half. Six of her points came in the final 4:29 when Gonzaga was surging to take the lead.

When the Zags cut the lead to one, 60-59, at 4:29, Herman hit a jumper to put the Toreros back up by three. When Bowman nailed a jumper to again get the Zags within one of tying, Herman made two free throws and then hit a jumper to seemingly put the game out of the Bulldogs reach.

Gonzaga did claw its way back from an early first half 17-point deficit to go into the locker room down only nine, 38-29.

The Zags, who closed out the regular-season at 24-8, will now wait to see if they get an at-large bid into the NCAA Division I Tournament. Selection Monday is set for March 17 at 4 p.m.

"We scheduled up," explained Graves on his team's non-conference schedule. "People forget we were without Bowman for five games and went 2-3 without her. Then we were without Vivian Frieson for some games. I think we're something like 17-2 when we've had our team together. We'll at least be in the conversation and we have a good RPI. It will be a long week waiting it out, though.

I'm going to give them three days off. We'll practice Thursday, watch the selection show on Monday. We know we're in the post-season somewhere."

Newspaper Box Score
San Diego vs Gonzaga
03/09/08 1:30 p.m. at Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, CA
At Jenny Craig Pavilion, San Diego, CA
SAN DIEGO (19-12)
HENDERSON, Morgan 6-10 2-2 20; HERMAN, Kiva 6-14 4-4 16; SPRAGUE, Amber 4-7
6-6 14; REGO, Amanda 4-11 1-2 10; CHILD, Sam 4-5 1-1 10; STRANE, Alcha 0-0
0-0 0; ESTELL, Brianna 0-4 0-0 0; MANGRUM, Kaila 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 24-52
14-17 70.
GONZAGA (24-8)
BOWMAN, Heather 10-19 5-7 25; SHIVES, Tiffanie 4-8 0-0 11;
VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 4-14 1-2 10; ELLIOTT, Michelle 3-6 0-0 8; FRIESON,
Vivian 3-7 0-0 6; BJORKLUND, Jami 2-9 0-0 4; HASSETT, Maria 1-1 0-0 2;
BEKKERING, Janelle 0-0 0-0 0; RENIUS, Elaina 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 6-9 66.
San Diego..................... 38 32 - 70
Gonzaga....................... 29 37 - 66
3-point goals--San Diego 8-11 (HENDERSON, Morgan 6-8; CHILD, Sam 1-2; REGO,
Amanda 1-1), Gonzaga 6-17 (SHIVES, Tiffanie 3-6; ELLIOTT, Michelle 2-3;
VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 1-5; BJORKLUND, Jami 0-2; FRIESON, Vivian 0-1). Fouled
out--San Diego-None, Gonzaga-None. Rebounds--San Diego 31 (REGO, Amanda 8),
Gonzaga 36 (BOWMAN, Heather 7). Assists--San Diego 19 (REGO, Amanda 12),
Gonzaga 12 (VANDERSLOOT,Courtney 3; ELLIOTT, Michelle 3). Total fouls--San
Diego 10, Gonzaga 14.

03-10-2008, 06:41 AM
Did not help that UTEP lost to SMU yesterday...there's one less at large bid now. I just don't see how the UTEP women don't get a spot...they ended the season at 27-3, and their 23 game winning streak was the best in the nation.