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Angelo Roncalli
04-06-2011, 12:59 PM
SPOKANE, Wash. - (April 6, 2011 - www.GoZags.com <http://www.GoZags.com> ) The Gonzaga University women's basketball team closed out its history making season by ending the year ranked No. 8 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 poll released Wednesday. The Bulldogs finished the season with 497 votes to garner their highest-ever final Top 25 ranking.

The Zags made their third-straight trip, and fourth in five years, to the NCAA Tournament in 2010-11 and reached the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. The No. 11 seed Bulldogs upset No. 6 seed University of Iowa 92-86 in the first round and then knocked off No. 3 UCLA 89-75 to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the second consecutive season. Gonzaga took one step further than it had a season ago, defeating the University of Louisville 76-69 to reach the Regional Final.

The Bulldogs, who finished the season with a school best 31 wins at 31-5, also won their seventh-straight West Coast Conference regular season title with its second-straight 14-0 finish and claimed their fourth WCC Tournament title in five years.

Texas A&M University finished the season in the top spot of the Coaches' poll after winning the national championship and going 33-5.

ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Top 25 Final Poll

1
Texas A&M (29)
33-5
748

2
Notre Dame
31-8
714

3
Connecticut (1)
36-2
682

4
Stanford
33-3
672
5

Baylor
34-3
626
6

Tennessee
34-3
599
7

Duke
32-4
548

8
Gonzaga
31-5
479

9
Green Bay
34-2
434

10
DePaul
29-7
411

11
Xavier
29-3
394

12
North Carolina
28-9
381

13
UCLA
28-5
364

14
Georgetown
24-11
349

15
Oklahoma
23-12
312

16
Miami (FL)
28-5
282

17
Ohio State
24-10
276

18
Michigan State
27-6
230

19
Louisville
22-13
229

20
Florida State
24-8
225

21
Marist
31-3
200

22
Kentucky
25-9
139

23
Maryland
24-8
118

24
Georgia
23-11
104

25
Marquette
24-9
94

* Others receiving votes: Penn State 32, West Virginia 29, Georgia Tech 18, Rutgers 13, Houston 12, St. John's 10, Temple 8, Iowa State 7, Northern Iowa 4, Dayton 3, Iowa 2, Louisiana Tech 1, Middle Tennessee 1

BobZag
04-06-2011, 01:53 PM
Awesome, and many more great results to come. Way to go, gals!

spudzag
04-06-2011, 02:12 PM
Seems appropriate after making the elite 8.

U Zig, I Zag
04-06-2011, 02:17 PM
Exactly. Lowest* seeded of the 8. Seems perfectly logical.

*always throws me. Ranked the lowest in the tourney. Wait, that doesnt sound right either. Nevermind ;)

Oldsport
04-06-2011, 02:37 PM
Some were saying that 2010 was out best year and we may never repeat that effort again. As our current season began with our first four games some thought that we were doing the best we could with last year's team, after the Seniors graduated. Wooooo-Nelllllly,...After that Stanford loss in November, Kelly said that he was proud of the team and that we were something special! If Kelly was ever correct about anything, he was correct about the 2010-2011 Lady Zags.

Congratulations Lady Zags,...Best Lady Zags team ever,.....at least to-date,....there may be an improvement to this program next season.

#8 National Ranking for 2011

:adored::adored::adored:

sylean
04-06-2011, 03:46 PM
IF only for a freakish lack of hitting baskets, I think the Ladies were a final four team and yes, they could have won the whole thing....I think this team is THAT close....I saw no overwhelming evidence that ND or A/M were that better, and Stanford beat us thru a "Butleresque" type game..

I just wish the whole nation would have got to see the Iowa/Ucla/Louisville games.....to know just how great the zag team was/is....

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ZagLawGrad
04-06-2011, 06:57 PM
Pretty darn impressive. Indeed.

Blitzing-Zag
04-06-2011, 09:47 PM
That is really cool. Congrats ladies!