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Angelo Roncalli
03-14-2011, 03:36 PM
#6 Iowa
#11 Gonzaga
#14 Montana

Win both games and move onto the regional at the Spokane Arena.

Couldn't have been much better.

03-14-2011, 03:51 PM
Totally agree - this is great! BTW, Gonzaga is ranked #20 in the country, and Iowa is #25 in the new AP poll, so Gonzaga should be considered the favorite in the first game. UCLA is #8 in the AP, but may have to play Gonzaga at McCarthy.


03-14-2011, 03:54 PM
If Gonzaga can make it to the Sweet 16 at the Arena, the likely other teams will be Stanford, Kentucky or North Carolina, and Xavier. Xavier would be the opponent in the Elite 8.

03-14-2011, 04:11 PM
This is great for the Lady Zags! The Sweet Sixteen matchups sound a lot like last year, though. Another shot at Xavier (and the wierd blue blob) would be great!


03-14-2011, 04:18 PM
BTW, Gonzaga is ranked #20 in the country, and Iowa is #25 in the new AP poll,


How does that happen? It's like the seedings have no meaning.

Go Zags!

Angelo Roncalli
03-14-2011, 04:20 PM
How does that happen? It's like the seedings have no meaning.

Go Zags!

It happens because all 4 #1 seeds are hosting and because of who the other first round hosts are. Creme had a detailed explanation on ESPN. We've known for a long time that we'd be an 11 or a 10 at best.

03-14-2011, 04:24 PM
Just got home and watching the selection show on espnu now.

03-14-2011, 04:31 PM
Montana got a good draw with the #14 seed. A short 200 mile bus ride to the MAC where they should have some good fan support.

03-15-2011, 09:39 AM
Congratulations to the Lady Zags and Coach Graves.

Getting the opportunity to play a Big Ten team and the possible opportunity to play a PAC 10 team on your home court is just great for the Gonzaga program.

Plus, the NCAA Selection Committee opened the door for the Lady Zags to play their 3rd and 4th round games in their hometown. I can not recall the Selection Committee doing that for even one of the #1 seeds.

The Lady Zags and Coach Graves have come a long way in a relatively short period of time.

No. 11 Seed Bulldogs, No. 6 Iowa In NCAA Women's Opener
No. 3 UCLA, No. 14 Montana round out field for McCarthey Athletic Center

March 14, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University's women's basketball team will take a No. 11 seed into the NCAA Tournament, facing No. 6 University of Iowa of the Big Ten Conference Saturday at 1:10 p.m. Pacific Time in the McCarthey Athletic Center in one half of the Spokane Regional bracket.

The other first-round match-up will have No. 3 UCLA of the Pacific-10 Conference facing Big Sky Conference champion and No. 14 seed University of Montana 30 minutes following the Gonzaga-Iowa game.

Saturday's winners meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday for the right to advance to the Spokane Regional to be held at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena March 26-28.

Iowa brings a 22-8 record to Spokane after falling to Ohio State University 71-61 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Hawkeyes were 10-6 in the Big Ten and earned the No. 4 seed into the conference tournament.

The Hawkeyes are paced by 5-9 senior guard Kachine "Kash" Alexander who is averaging 14.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.3 assists/game. Her 9.5 rpg are the most by any guard in the country. She was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team. She became the first Iowa player and just the fifth in Big Ten history to score 1,000 career points, grab 800 career rebounds and dish out 300 assists. The native of Minneapolis, Minn., was on the Wade Trophy Watch List. Last season she was a State Farm Coaches and Associated press honorable mention All-America pick and was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region 6 first-team.

Jaime Printy, a 5-11 sophomore guard, from Marion, Iowa, leads the team in scoring at 16.5 ppg, averages 4.3 rpg and 3.5 assists/game. She leads the team in 3-point field goal shooting among the regulars, connecting on 65-of-172 for 37.8 percent. She also shoots 87.3 percent from the free throw line on 110-for-126.

The Hawkeyes are coached by Lisa Bluder in her 11th season at Iowa and her 27th year overall. This is Iowa's 10th post-season appearance and their eighth NCAA appearance in Bluder's tenure. Iowa is in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year.

The dean of Big Ten coaches, Bluder has posted a 211-131 record at Iowa and 567-273 overall in her 27 years on the bench. Her 211 wins at Iowa are the second-most of any Hawkeye women's basketball coach, behind Hall of Famer C. Vivian Stringer with 269....Gonzaga Link (http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/031411aac.html)

03-15-2011, 09:46 AM
From Gozags.com:

Gonzaga Lady Zags NCAA Tournament Center Link including Complete Tournament Bracket (http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/gonz-11-ncaa-wbb-tourney-central.html)

Go Lady Zags!!!