The Lady Zags OOC schedule is beginning to come into focus. The Lady Zags will play in the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving Weekend in Estero, Florida. The 8-team field includes five (5) teams that made the NCAA tournament this year, a historically mid-major powerhouse (Dayton) and a representative from the Big-10 (Purdue). Looks like a challenging field for the Zags.

Here is the information from GoZags.com:

Women’s Basketball to Play in Gulf Coast Showcase
Eight-team field features five NCAA Tournament teams
Women's Basketball 5/14/2019 11:56:00 AM

ESTERO, Fla. – The Gonzaga women's basketball team will play in the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. The three-day tournament takes place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the 8,284-seat Hertz Arena.

The tournament field includes eight teams and will feature four games a day over the three-day event. The 2019 field features six teams that won at least 20 games during the 2018-19 season and five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament; both Gonzaga and Arizona State advanced past the first round of the NCAA Tournament while Auburn, Drake and Maine each fell in the first round. The full bracket, along with first-round matchups, will be released at a later date.

"We are looking forward to bringing our team to the Gulf Coast Showcase," head women's basketball coach Lisa Fortier said. "It's always great to play in a tournament of this caliber and to test ourselves early in the season."

This will be Gonzaga's first trip to the Gulf Coast Showcase since its inception in 2013, while Arizona State, Dayton, Maine, Middle Tennessee and Purdue have each played in the tournament previously. The tournament field features three potential first-time opponents for the Zags in Auburn, Drake and Maine. The full list of teams is as follows:

Arizona State – 22-11, 10-7 (5th in Pac-12 Conference) / NCAA Tournament
Auburn – 22-10, 9-7 (T-6th in Southeastern Conference) / NCAA Tournament
Drake – 27-7, 17-1 (1st in Missouri Valley Conference) / NCAA Tournament
Gonzaga – 29-5, 16-2 (1st in West Coast Conference) / NCAA Tournament
Maine – 25-8, 15-1 (1st in America East Conference) / NCAA Tournament
Middle Tennessee – 23-11, 11-5 (T-3rd in Conference USA)
Dayton – 17-14, 10-6 (T-4th in Atlantic 10 Conference)
Purdue – 19-15 overall

Gonzaga is coming off one a record-breaking season that saw the Zags reach new heights, earning a program-best No. 12 ranking in the Associated Press and as well as a program-record No. 11 ranking in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time in program history, earning a program-best No. 5 seed.

In addition to the women's tournament, the Gulf Coast Showcase also features a men's tournament Nov. 25-27 that will feature Drake, Wright State, Northeastern, Weber State, Miami (OH), South Alabama and an additional two teams yet to be announced.

Ticket and Fan Travel Information:

Tickets for the 2019 Gulf Coast Showcase will go on-sale this summer. Fan travel information, including preferred hotel rates at the official tournament resort hotel – the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point – is available on www.GulfCoastShowcase.com.
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