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03-03-2011, 10:42 PM
Women looks for fourth WCC championship in five years

By Ian Powell

Staff Writer

The Gonzaga women's basketball team completed the 2010-2011 season with a perfect West Coast Conference record. The Zags' next goal is to head to Las Vegas and be crowned the WCC Tournament champions for the fourth time in five seasons. This is the second straight season that the Bulldogs have gone undefeated in WCC play, concluding the regular season with an 80-55 victory over the University of San Diego in front of a sold-out McCarthey Athletic Center.

The Bulldogs (26-4, 14-0 WCC) are ranked No. 22 in the AP Top 25 and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed in the WCC tournament, which has automatically qualified the Zags to play in the semifinals game. St. Mary's (18-11, 10-4 WCC) is ranked the No. 2 seed and has also earned an automatic spot in the semifinals game on the other side of the bracket.

In Gonzaga's semifinal game, the Bulldogs will face either No. 4 seed University of Portland, No. 5 Santa Clara University or No. 8 University of San Francisco. In all six meetings with these three teams, the Bulldogs won by a margin of 20 points or more.

The Bulldogs' closest WCC game was on Jan. 15 against LMU when the Zags won 65-59. No. 2 seed St. Mary's would be considered the Zags' biggest competition in the tournament, but the Zags scored more than 100 points in both of the two teams' meetings this season.

The Zags ended the regular season with some impressive personal stats. Four Bulldogs averaged double-digits in scoring Courtney Vandersloot (18.7), Katelan Redmon (17.4), Kayla Strandish (16.7), and Janelle Bekkering (11.6). Vandersloot also became the fourth player in NCAA women's basketball history to hand out 1,000 career assists and led the nation this season, averaging 9.9 assists per game.

Gonzaga has completely dominated WCC play for the past two seasons, winning 30 straight regular season conference games dating back to the end of the 2008-09 season. The Bulldogs have won seven straight WCC regular season titles.

Two of Gonzaga's four losses this season came against top-10 teams, No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 2 Stanford. The other two losses were to Southern California and Ole Miss.

Last season, the Bulldogs entered the WCC tournament as the No. 1 seed and beat No. 3 Pepperdine 76-48 in the final game. The Zags then went on an impressive run in the NCAA tournament, reaching the Sweet 16.

The Bulldogs' semifinal game is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at the New Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. If the Zags win the semifinal game, the championship game is scheduled to be played Monday, March 7, at noon.

The Gonzaga Bulletin (http://www.gonzagabulletin.com/women-looks-for-fourth-wcc-championship-in-five-years-1.2044737?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=The_Bulletin_2&utm_campaign=The_Bulletin_2_2011332245)

03-04-2011, 10:29 PM
The Zags play Sunday at 11 a.m.

Lady Zags' Basketball Turns Its Focus To WCC Tournament

Bulldogs, the top seed, wll face either No. 4 Portland, No. 5 Santa Clara or No. 8 San Francisco

March 3, 2011

Sunday, March 6 - 11 a.m.
Orleans Arena (7,845) - Las Vegas, NV
Radio: 1050 AM The Key - Gametracker: www.GoZags.com
Live Streaming: www.GoZags.com or www.WCCSports.com

No. 4 Seed UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND PILOTS (15-14, 6-8 West Coast):
Gonzaga opened the 2010-11 West Coast Conference season with the 81-55 win in Portland, Jan. 8. The Bulldogs and Pilots played last on Feb. 4 at the McCarthey Athletic Center with GU earning the 87-67 victory. Courtney Vandersloot and Kayla Standish both averaged double-doubles in the two wins over the Pilots. Vandersloot averaged 23.0 points and 10.0 assists, while Standish averaged 19.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. Portland's Lauren Angel has been a tough player to defend for the Bulldogs as she hit 19-of-32 from the field in the two games combined for 43 points. She had 18 points in the first meeting and then tallied a game-high 25 points, hitting 10-of-17 from the floor in the Pilots second meeting with GU. The Zags last played the Pilots in the WCC Tournament in 2007; GU, the No. 1 seed, defeated No. 8 seeded UP 68-55 in the quarterfinals. Gonzaga leads the all-time series 35-27 and has won 20 of the last 21 meetings.

No. 5 Seed SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY BRONCOS (10-18, 6-8 West Coast):
The University of Portland and Santa Clara University were tied in the West Coast Conference final standings, both finishing at 6-8, but the Pilots got the No. 4 seed by winning the tie breaker, so Santa Clara University earned the No. 5 seed. The Broncos are coached by Jennifer Mountain, former Gonzaga player (1987-91) and assistant coach (2001-08), who is in her third year at the helm. SCU Director of Operations Amanda Brown also was a player (2006-09) at Gonzaga and was the Zag Director of Operations (2009-10) for one season. The Broncos lead the all-time series 27-25, but the Bulldogs have won 17 of the last 19 meetings, including 11-straight. Gonzaga defeated Santa Clara 89-53 at the McCarthey Athletic Center Jan. 20 and 93-65 at the Leavey Center, Feb. 17.

No. 8 Seed UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO DONS (4-24, 1-13 West Coast):
The University of San Francisco is coached by first year head coach Jennifer Azzi. Azzi also played for the USA National Team, played five seasons in the WNBA, was a founding member of the American Basketball League (ABL) and had an All-American collegiate career at Stanford University. Gonzaga leads the all-time series with San Francisco 27-24 and has won 17 of the last 19 meetings, including 11-straight. The Bulldogs defeated the Dons 97-60, Jan. 22 at the McCarthey Athletic Center and 103-59 at War Memorial Gymnasium, Feb. 19.

Gonzaga Link including Printable Bracket (http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/030311aab.html)

03-05-2011, 02:22 PM
Ladies will play Portland tomorrow. The team and coaches were at the Portland/Santa Clara game to see how they'd be playing. Doubt that they really needed to scout much having seen both teams twice.

USD is a bit of a surprise so far playing well, up41-30 at the half over Pep.